Go For It!

Philippians 3:8  “I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.”

 

A number of years ago I went cliff jumping with a couple of friends.  To be clear they had done this before and it was my first time!  I remember walking up to edge of the cliff, looking over, and stepping back.  I did this a number of times until eventually I decided to “go for it!”  What a rush. 

 

Tags:  Go For It, Paul, Philippians, Step of Faith, Faith

Give Thanks

1 Thessalonians 5:18  “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s Will for you in Christ Jesus.”

My daughter has worked at Chick-fil-a for the past year and truly loves her job.  One of the many things I admire about this company is its corporate culture and one of my favorite things they do is say “My Pleasure” to almost any request.  “Can I have another ice tea?”  “My Pleasure.”  “Can I have some extra sauce?”  “My Pleasure” I only wish my daughter would say “My Pleasure” when I ask her to clean her room!

Tags:  Paul, Thessalonians, Thankfulness, Give Thanks, My Pleasure

Habits

Romans 7:19 “For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do-this I keep on doing.”
The other day I received a notice that was troubling. I glanced down on my phone to see a report that I used my phone for over 3 hours that day. I know that some of that time was for work but when I looked deeper into the report it revealed that much of the time was used to browse newsfeeds, social media, and a certain golf game that has become a little addiction.
Tags:  Habits, Romans, Paul, Addictive

Attitude is Everything

Philippians 2:3-4 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others.”
 
Have you witnessed a person who is under the influence? If so, you may have suspected the individual in mind was just a little off or not themselves completely. In Galatians 5 the apostle Paul challenges us to serve one another “under the influence.” The “influence” of the Holy Spirit and when we do it changes our attitude! We serve with a gr
Tags:  Attitude is Everything, Philippians, Serve, under the influence, Paul

Finding Your Role

1 Corinthians 12:12 “Just as a body, though one has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.”
Have you ever been part of a great team? When I was a junior in high school my varsity basketball team was loaded with talent!
Tags:  1 Corinthians, Paul, Finding Your Role, Spiritual Gifts

Let it Go

 1 Corinthians 13:5 “Love does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”
 
I love making lists. Task lists, pro and con lists, project lists, even lists of goals I would like to accomplish in the coming year. However, there is another type of list that is not very helpful. Some people make a list of individuals who have done wrong against them. They may refer to it as a grudge list or black list. You may not have a physical or handwritten list but many keep a mental list in their head. Your l
Tags:  Let it Go, Paul, 1 Corinthians, Love

Switching Tracks

Acts 9:5-6  “Who are you Lord?  “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting,” he replied.  Now get up and go to the city, and you will be told what you must do.” 

Tags:  Switching Tracks, Acts, Saul, Paul, Life's Direction

Prayer - Your Secret Weapon

Ephesians 6:18-20 "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people."
 
During World War 2, the Nazis were working on a secret weapon for conquering England and winning the war. It was called the V-3 gun.
 
The V-3 gun was a huge cannon that was over a football field and a half long. It was so big that much of it had to be built underground.
Tags:  Ephesians, Paul, Prayer

The Good Life: Vacation

 Ephesians 5:15 ”Be very careful, then how you live - not as unwise but as wise.” 
 
I love vacation! You probably do too! There are few things better than breaking away from the work and stress of everyday life to get a little rest and relaxation. On a good vacation it feels like time moves slow. The days are packed with memories with those you love and the “real world” seems far away. When I think about the Good Life I think about vacations. The only problem is that the challenges of life do not really go away. They still exist back home, but we just get to
Tags:  Ephesians, Paul, The Good Life, Vacation