Are You Living?

30 04 2014

So often we simply exist in life. We go about our daily routines, never really stopping to see all that “is” around us. We always think, if I could just get this house. If I could just get this car. If I could just have this job. We are so focused on the if I could just, that we miss the “what is”.
I’ve heard it said time and time again, that the journey is often times better than the destination. My wife and I have really taken hold of this concept. Each time we travel somewhere, we are in no big hurry to arrive at our destination, but in turn, enjoy every aspect of our journey. Weather it be the conversation in the car, the scenery on the road side, or a stop just for a restroom break. Each moment of that journey is savored like a expensive cup of coffee, or a fine meal. Many times we have reflected back on a particular trip and it was those MOMENTS that stood out most. Yes the destination was fun and enjoyable, but it what we did getting there that impacted us the most.
So….what are you doing? Are you just sitting by thinking of how happy you will be WHEN, or are you enjoying life and happy on the TRIP. It certainly will change your approach to life and the way you take each and ever step.
Make a conscious choice to start paying attention to the journey and not be so focused on the destination. God already has those planned out. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jer 29:11

Food for Thought

1. Think back on your last trip, were you more focused on the destination, or did you enjoy the make-up of the journey?

2. Are you living life in the IS, or are you living life in the WHEN?

Ask God to help you be more in tune with his Spirit and recognize the IS in your life. Move forward with this change in thinking and watch God renew you mind.





Religious?

26 07 2013

A co-worker asked me the other day if I was religious. I have often been put off at the sound of that word. To me it always had a negative connotation. I always thought of those people that were more concerned with laws and rituals as opposed to those people that have a personal relationship with Jesus, as religious.
But this time The Lord spoke to my heart. He had me look up the definition of religious. So as I sat at my desk, I did! This is what I found.

Definition of RELIGIOUS
1: relating to or manifesting faithful devotion to an acknowledged ultimate reality or deity
2: of, relating to, or devoted to religious beliefs or observances
3: scrupulously and conscientiously faithful

Wait a minute. This isn’t at all what I thought. This definition describes what and who I am. You can imagine my surprise! All this time I had placed a negative meaning to the word ‘religious’ only to find that the word indeed is what we all are as Christians. We are faithfully devoted to the Father and His Son. We live our lives bound by guidelines or religious beliefs. And then it dawned on me. Maybe that is what’s wrong with us today. For so long as Christians, we have avoided the word religious and lack the govern of religious beliefs in our life. It’s the perfect deception. Just as the serpent deceived Adam and Eve, into thinking that the protection and provision of God was God trying to hide something from them (Genesis 3:4-5), the enemy has deceived many of us into thinking that being religious is a bad thing. It’s sort of like that saying “don’t throw the baby out with the bath water”. But that’s exactly what many of us have done. Instead of guarding our heart and not being caught up in relics or ideals often associated with being religious, we just eliminated the whole idea. This is something we need to return to. We need beliefs in our life. We need values in our life. We need religion in our life. Not just to say we’re religious, but to guard and protect our lives.

Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans that I have for you, “declares the Lord,” plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.

You see God already knew what would come our way. He already knew all the scenarios we would encounter. He has the play book for our life. That’s what the guidelines do. Just that, they guide. And suddenly my view of the word religious completely changed. I saw the word for what it truly is and what it truly means.

Now ask me today, ‘are you religious’ and with great pride and a resounding confidence, I say YES.





Remodel

15 06 2011

As I meditate this morning it occurs to be just how difficult it is for people to not become a product of their environment. So often a person gets engrained with a pattern of thinking that can’t be broken. Maybe it’s that they are not smart, not good looking, not outgoing enough, and the list goes on and on. Why do they think this? Maybe they’ve been told all their life, your just not smart enough. You’re just not talented enough. Nothing is going to go right for you, it never does for our family. Don’t get to happy because you know something’s going to go wrong. Or my favorite, don’t expect from people and you want be disappointed because there’s no expectation. These are all lies. Lies from, perhaps your family, lies from a friend, classmate, co-worker, teacher, parent, spouse, child or worse, yourself.

All of these allegations couldn’t be farther from the truth. You may be in need of a remodeling. An overhaul. A formatting. Reboot. Renovation. Are you ready?

Over the past couple of weeks we have been remodeling my moms and dads house. We have gone in and stripped everything old from the building, it’s shell. Sure we could have painted over stuff or maybe covered something up in and attempt to make it look new, but that’s not what my parents wanted done. They wanted to discard of everything old and create a new environment for them to live. A complete rebuilding.

This is what God wants to do in each of our lives. Many of us cover an area, in an attempt to make it appear better, newer or more useful. We put on a fresh coat of paint and think this will change our behavior. However, what we truly need is a complete remodeling. We need to ‘gut’ the inside and leave only the shell allowing God the rebuilding process. “So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away – look, what is new has come!” 2 Cor. 5:16

Guess what? Now that you know the truth about yourself, the words spoken to you by friends, spouses, teachers, self, no longer matter. What does matter is you have now been rebuilt. Who knows you better than the master craftsmen. The very one that built you. He knows your features and functions. He knows your capabilities, and they’re limitless! Now instead of knowing yourself as a person with limits, know yourself as the person that “can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Phil 4:13. This does not mean some things. This does not mean most things. This doesn’t even mean a lot of things. It’s ALL THINGS! All those these you thought you weren’t smart enough. All those things you thought you weren’t talented enough.

So what are you waiting for? Start remodeling and be the one that people can have expectations on.





A Fragrant Reminder

2 03 2011

So as I was walking into work this morning I caught a wiff of my jacket and instantly I was taken back to my childhood.  The smell reminded me of the time I would be out with my dad cutting firewood.  It was smell that triggered this thought.  Wow, so quickly i was taken to a difference place in my mind’s eye. The day before I was helping a friend build some cabinets, so my jacket had wood residue and saw dust all over it. You see, scientist say that smell is the strongest of our 5 senses.  How amazing and wonderful that something that occurs within a fraction of a second can transport our mind to a time and place with such vivid detail and bring the memory of that event back.

The same can be true of a time with our heavenly Father.  Has it been a while since we’ve been in His presence?  Has it been so long that those memories are not even prevalent any more?  All we need is just one encounter with the aroma of His presence to bring us back in time to a day we remember most with God.