"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

Great Day Every Day by Max Lucado

Posted by Emma on April 18, 2012 | Filed under: Books,Christianity,Perspective

Some days are just amazing. Others are dismal failures. Wouldn’t it be nice to have great days every day of the week? In this book, Max Lucado explores concepts and ideas that can help us have a great day every day. Every day should have the chance to be great. Oftentimes what the day ends up being is base on our perspective. Max Lucado starts where we should start everyday, focused on God, His love, and forgiveness. From there, he goes on to talk about leaving our days in God’s hands and trusting Him with the events that happen. Finally, he talks about accepting what God has for us and making it great.

This book really showed me how your perspective effects the events in your life. It was also a very good reminder about surrendering our days to God and living with joy in what He gives us. As we focus on God and looking for what He has for us each day, the petty problems start disappearing and we see the love God shows to us. Perhaps the most challenging thing for me was to give every day a chance. Each day is a new day, without the mistakes of the previous day. Let that day live itself out and when something wrong happens, do not let it get you down. Stand up, smile and move on.

Great Day Every Day is definitely a good book to read. If you apply the principles in it, you will have a better day, draw closer to God, and be filled with joy.

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!

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. 

Who is Unquestioning?

Posted by Emma on March 2, 2011 | Filed under: Christianity,Faith,Perspective

The other day we were discussing evolutionist. My father commented that they do not question evolution or millions of years. That got me thinking. Some people say it takes more faith to believe evolution than it does to believe creation. If this is so, it would seem like more people would question evolution rather than creation. We see the opposite of that. People are always questioning creation, but rarely evolution. Why is this?

I think it is because the evolutionist have more faith than the creationist. Evolutionist have enough faith that they do not question their assumptions. Creationist lack that faith. Fundamentally, christians lack the faith that these secular evolutionist have. I watched a video of a scientist who found blood cells and soft tissue in a dinosaur bone. Blood cells and soft tissue do not last millions of years. They were dating this bone as being 67 million years old. In the video, she does not question the millions of years but questions their understanding of how fossils are formed. From my perspective, it would seem logical to first question the dating process, rather than the fossilization process. But no, she could not question her million of years. She had too much faith.

Why do christians questioning creation, salvation, the Bible? Because we lack faith. This is shameful. We have let the world get ahead of us in an area that is foundational for our religion. Without faith you cannot be a Christian! Why do we doubt and question? Evolutionist cannot afford to question millions of years, without millions of years their theory’s do not work. In the same way, christians cannot afford to question God, salvation, or the authority of the Bible. We must have faith, without doubting, in those areas or we may not be children of God. Christians should have more faith than people of the world. Brothers and sisters, it is shameful that the opposite is true.

Have faith, unquestioning faith! Never questioning God, His power, or authority. Do not question the Bible and it’s authority. And do not for a second, doubt  Jesus’ saving work.

The Butterfly Circus

Posted by Emma on December 8, 2010 | Filed under: Attitude,Media,Perspective,Video

One of the greatest teachers I have ever had said, “It’s all in your perspective.” That is so true and it extents to every area of life. This video is an example of that quote. It is worth the time to watch.

The Butterfly Circus – HD from The Butterfly Circus on Vimeo.

This film has won several film festivals. For more info about this film click here.

What is your perspective? Do you need to change it?

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