More than twenty-five years ago, I was part of the staff of a local mission that served men, women, and children. Working there was a non-stop learning experience. God constantly showed me the beauty of the souls that surrounded me. Unfortunately, I often failed to see people with the love and compassion He saw them with.
One day, I needed to pop into the mission to pick something up. I had my son, Jared, with me, who was around 6 months old. It was the time of day when men who needed a meal would sign in to receive one, so there was a lot of activity in the reception area.
As I stopped to chat with a co-worker, I suddenly realized Jared was smiling, waving, and chattering over my shoulder to a man in the corner. Jared was usually a little hesitant with strangers, so I couldn't wait to see whom he was so excited to see. I turned around and saw a bedraggled man who was dirty, had an overpowering aroma, and whose hair and beard were matted and filthy. The man wasn't someone most...
It breaks my heart that so many people today are wasting their lives agonizing about what their purpose is.
Our purpose is to bring God glory.
Understanding and accepting that simplifies everything, doesn't it? We each have different callings and assignments, but regardless of what we do or where we're called, our sole focus should be to glorify God in all we do. Focusing on glorifying God requires us to submit to Him and humble ourselves.
Living life to glorify God is a choice. Most of us are faced with temptations that force us to make that choice many times a day.
My encouragement to you is to make God the first and last person you talk to every day. Start your day be praying this simple prayer:
Dear God, Please help me glorify You in all I do today. Please keep me in the center of your will, and help me stay so focused on You and your love that nothing can steal my peace. I ask you to mold me so your light can shine through me into the lives of others in...
Have you ever been angry at God? Most of us try to deny it, but almost everyone has been angry at God at some point in their life. Reasons for being angry at God vary, but the most common ones include:
We never want to admit we're angry at God. In the midst of all the denial, we forget God already knows we are angry. He knows why, and He knows the depth of our pain. He is waiting with open arms to heal us from...
Have you ever seen someone pass up a ministry opportunity by saying, "Oh ... that's not my spiritual gift"?
That reveals a very sad deception about why God gave us spiritual gifts and how He wants us to be open to letting Him use us.
God gave us spiritual gifts because He wants to use us to encourage others and build his Kingdom.
Paul made that clear in Romans 1:11-12: For I long to visit you so I can bring you some spiritual gift that will help you grow strong in the Lord. When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.
To clarify, Paul was not implying he could bestow spiritual gifts on others. He was simply saying he longed to be with them in person so God could use him to encourage them and help them grow in their faith.
The modern church gets way too hung up on identifying spiritual gifts. Do you think God is limited by and can only use the spiritual gift He gave you when you accepted Jesus as your...
We live in a world where people live in a constant state of being offended. They are offended by other drivers in traffic; social media posts; politicians; the opinions of others ... we live in a world where no one has any peace!
I admit I used to be frequently offended. I'd take words the wrong way and get defensive, feel disrespected when people called me "Pam" instead of "Pamela," believe my belief was the only correct one, assume the person that cut me off in traffic was an idiot. I covered every base possible when it came to being offended. I never realized that my offense came from petty self-centeredness and had no love in it at all.
Then God started changing my heart and revealing things I'd never paid attention to in scripture. I was forced to change my attitudes as He changed my heart, but I was set free as a result. God's truths always set us free, don't they?
God first chose to address the fact I often felt disrespected. Do you feel disrespected at times? It's a...