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"Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize?...Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly;" 2 Cor 9:24-26

Tonal Importance

Posted by Emma on January 2, 2013 | Filed under: Attitude,Daily Thought,Leadership,Love,Words

I was reminded today that your tone is reflecting in other people as you speak with them. If you are harsh, they will be as well. If you are gentle, they may follow suit. If you are laid back, likely they will seem laid back. It is important that we are careful about the words we choice and thoughtful about the tone in which we say them. Perhaps that is what it means in Colossians 4:6 when we are instructed to “let your speech be always with grace”. Our tone needs to be one of grace. We also in Ephesians 4:15 are instructed to speak the truth in love. Our speech should have the tone of love.

Take thought to what you say and also take thought to how you say it. 

You’re a Grownup when…

Posted by Emma on April 24, 2012 | Filed under: Attitude,Character,Daily Thought,Leadership

  • You know there are many things more important than yourself.
  • You’re willing to say, “I was wrong.”
  • You’re attentive to the footprint you will have left on the world.
  • You make decisions that benefit all who are involved.
  • You forgive the carelessness of the young, and regret the thoughtlessness of your own youth.
  • You are willing to learn from others’ experiences and mistakes.
  • You finally realize you have no one to complain to.

Growing up is a choice you make by identifying your values and then acting accordingly; jettisoning the excuses while retaining your sense of humor.

I stumbled across this today and really liked it. I don’t know where it is originally from but I think there is a lot of truth in the points they make. Young people need to live out these principles and become grownups. The one thing I would add from personal experience is, You’re a grownup when you give up your own wants and desires to work for the best of those around you and under your care.

The Things We Take For Granted

Posted by Emma on February 9, 2012 | Filed under: Attitude,Christianity,Perspective

I’ve been thinking recently about how much we take for granted. How many things we just expect to be there. How little we really are thankful for.

When we look honestly at ourselves, we are extremely selfish people. We expect things to just always be there. Seldom do we stop and thank God for our blessings. In fact we usually do not realize that they are blessings. We take things for granted.

Let us take a look at a few of the things we should be extremely grateful for but tend to act like they are rights. We expect them and we nitpick at them. Instead we should be blessing God for them and thankful to just have them.

Food. When is the last time you thought about the fact that you were eating food, that you had food on your pantry shelves, that you had food in your refrigerator. Probably the last time you were hungry, but do you know what hunger really is? Have you gone a whole day without food? Two days? A week? For most of us the answer is no. Sure, we’ve been hungry for a few hours but we go get food and are fine. Few of us know the feeling of extreme hunger, the stomach aches, the gnawing pain. We are always full and we do not realize how blessed we are. If you realized how blessed you were to have food, you would not complain because it was a little burnt or did not taste as you think it should. Once you have felt the true pains of hunger, you are just grateful to eat and be full. You no longer care that it does not taste just right or it is not your preferred food. But we have not felt true hunger pain and so we take food for granted.

Houses. You probably live in one. But do you thank God every day that you are living in a house. Not everyone has a house. People are sleeping in cars, a friends apartment, or on the street as I write this. You are one of the privileged who has a house to sleep in, lights to turn on, running water, heat, and so much more. If we really were thankful that we had a house to live in we would not mind so much when something broke down and needed fixing. We would not fret that a room was not the perfect color or that the carpet had gotten a stain on it. When you realize the blessing of a house you are suddenly thankful that the pipe broke and you can fix it. A lot of people in the world either do not have pipes in their house to fix or do not even have a house. They would love to have a house even if it meant fix a pipe or living with a stain in the carpet. Yes, we take houses for granted.

Internet. So this area might not be taken for granted all of the time, but most of the time it is. Especially by my generation and those younger than me. We barely remember a time without the world wide web, some of you reading this may not remember those times. We have gotten so use to living in a culture where we get emails, we can video chat with someone, find any information we want, and keep up with friends on social media. When the internet is running slow we complain. When we cannot get online we complain. When a website is not functioning properly we complain. There are lots of people in the world today who do not have internet. They would not complain about it being slow, they would be glad to just get on. But we have gotten use to the internet and think that we have a right to it and a right to have all sites working and working fast. We take the internet for granted and it is not even a basic necessity of life.

I could go on about clean water, vehicles, stores, cellphones, the Bible and basic freedoms. All of these we take for granted. We feel they are rights and we should have them. When we do not have them, we grumble and complain. People, these are not rights! These are privileges that we should earnestly be thanking God for. When you start realizing how much we are blessed, you have to thank the Lord. He provides our needs and so much more.

So stop and think about everything you have around you. Thank God for His blessings on your life. And the next time you have to fix something in your house, you are hungry, or your internet is running a little slow remember that you have a house, food, and the internet. Quite taking things for granted and start living a life of gratefulness to God!

A Challenge

Posted by Emma on November 23, 2011 | Filed under: Attitude,Christianity,Daily Thought

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. A day on which most Americans get together with family and friends and give thanks for the good things they have, while feasting on turkey and pumpkin pie. This is not a bad thing. Taking time to stop and think about what we are grateful for is a very good thing and can show us how much we have that we take for granted.

Giving thanks is always a good thing to do, especially when our thanks is directed to God. Countless times in the scriptures it says give thanks to the Lord. 1 Chronicles 16:34 is just one such example, “O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good; for His mercy endureth forever.” Another is 1 Chronicles 16:8 “Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon His name, make known His deeds among the people.” When we give thanks to God we show what He has done for us.

It is easy to give thanks for the good things in life. We do it all the time. But can you give thanks for the bad things in life? Is it possible to give thanks to God for a health problem that you or a love one has? How about the hurts that have taken place in your life? Or the loneliness you might feel? Can you truly thank God for taking away your dearest treasure or cherished dream? How about the empty areas of your life? What about the hurts your loved ones are going through? Can you thank God for the worst experience you had this year? The person who hurt you the most? The darkest time?

These are hard questions. A man who went through some very hard times responded to them saying, “Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” (Job 2:10) Good and evil will both come our way. The good is easy to look at as a gift from God, the evil not so much. But if we are a Christian we need to consider Romans 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” All things. Not just what we perceive as good, also those things we think of as evil. If all things work together for good we should thank God for all things.

This is what Paul tells us to do in 1 Thes 5:18 “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” In every thing give thanks, not just somethings, not just the good things. In every thing give thanks. We should thank God for the bad as well as the good, for the hurts as well as the joys, for the dark times as well as the light times. God allows the bad things to happen to us for a reason. When we thank Him for those things we start seeing the good in them. we start seeing why they happened. We take the focus off ourselves and put it onto God.

Let me challenge you this Thanksgiving to thank God for the bad things in life, not just the good. It will be hard, but it is also rewarding.

Shutting Up The Little Voice

Posted by Emma on August 18, 2011 | Filed under: Attitude,Daily Thought,Perspective

Your perspective and attitude make a huge difference in the way things go during your life.

I was thinking about this fact today. My father and brothers got the chance to go tailgate at the baseball game. I was very happy for them. Circumstances had my mother away from the home this morning so it fell to me to get everything gathered and ready for the boys to take. I did not mind doing this at all, and had the help of one of my brothers as a bonus.

During the afternoon I worked around the house on various projects. When they got home naturally I went out to the kitchen to hear their stories from the day. They carried everything into the kitchen and then my father started getting dinner ready for the brother, who had to leave in a few minutes to teach summer mission clubs, and the other boys were telling my mother about the afternoon. I saw that the tailgating stuff needed put away so I happily pitched in and started cleaning it up.

While I was doing this, a little voice crept into my mind asking why I was putting the stuff away, saying it was not fair, that I had worked most the day for the family and that one of the boys should be cleaning up from their mess. It started complaining about the work I was doing. For a brief second it crept in, with it’s messed up facts, and started stealing my joy. That caused me to stop and think. I had been perfectly happy to put stuff away, I had no resentment, only joy as I was working. Now, with this little voice, my joy was leaving and wrong feelings were taking its place. I recognized this was wrong. So I shut that little voice up, told myself it was for the family that I was doing this, to be a blessing, and to serve the Lord. Instantly, my joy came back and I finished the job, happy that I could do something for team Kordik.

This incident caused me to ponder joy and serving willingly. It showed me how much your attitude effects the task you are doing. Had I listened to that little voice, which was probably Satan, I would have ended up feeling sorry for myself, being resentful, and grumpy. I would not have blessed the family and it could not have been service to the Lord. Because I refused to listen, but chose to do the work with joy, I was happy, I, hopefully, blessed the family, and I was serving my Lord. It is essential to keep a good attitude in all we do.

A good attitude is easier to keep when you have the right perspective. That little voice was trying to get me to change my perspective. It wanted me to look at what I was doing as unfair and someone else’s responsibility. That was not the right perspective. The right perspective was that it was a job I could do to help team Kordik succeed, to bless others. By choosing to have the right perspective I kept the right attitude.

You can choice the perspective you have on life and the attitude you approach life with. You choice whether you will complain or whether you will have joy. You choice whether you are going to be resentful or whether you will serve for God. These are things we can control and we must. We must have an attitude that is God honoring. Complaining is not God honoring, being resentful is not God honoring, thinking just of ourselves is not God honoring. Joy is God honoring, being a blessing is God honoring, serving others is God honoring, at least it is when coupled with joy and the right attitudes.

So, Choice a Godly perspective. Shut up lying voices. Always have joy. 


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