Love And Thanksgiving

Citizens of the United States are running around today, the day before Thanksgiving, to be sure they have everything they “need” for family and friends to enjoy food and fellowship tomorrow. What a wonderful time of year to pause and give thanks for everyone and everything in our lives.

But, with all that is going on in the world, I can’t help but think of the millions of people who have so little to be thankful for on this day. War. Famine. Disasters. Terror.

The fact that I have time to post this, and you have time to read it means that we are in a position of peace and wealth compared to most. Have we become so wound up in our own little world that we think that we are the only ones who deserve this kind of life?

We complain so much, and point our finger at others. We want to shut people out due to their color, creed or station in life. We may pretend as though we are “welcoming” to all, but as a collective society, ARE WE REALLY?

This post comes on the heels of my Aunt Tami’s wonderful post last week. I have struggled to come up with a post for this week because I have been so disgusted in general with humanity, the “Christians” chief among them.

So, at this time of joy and jubilee (and, I am not saying there is anything wrong with this – we have MUCH to be joyful about!) – I am sure it is a bit dark for me to post this…but do try to walk a mile in the shoes of a terrified refugee. Imagine fearing for your life, and trying to protect your family. Imagine having to flee. Imagine seeing blood and death, and hearing crying and screaming. Imagine just wanting some peace, and then being turned away by people who say they represent a loving, caring God. Imagine feeling as if no one wants you and somehow you are worth less than others.

WHAT IF IT WERE ME? WHAT IF IT WERE YOU? No one chooses to whom or where he/she is born. We are all human. WE ARE CREATED EQUAL. We all have the same basic human needs, desires and feelings.

Let us open our hearts and arms. Let us show love to others. Let us let God do the judging. LET US NOT LET FEAR outweigh LOVE.

Today I received a beautiful picture from the Arms of Love Children’s Home in Andhra Pradesh, India – which is the orphanage that I started 13 years ago through AndyBooks Outreach. (visit andybooksoutreach.org for more info). Here you see 12 beautiful young children who had no hope. Abandoned. Starving. Lost.

We took them in, and they are thriving, despite the hand they have been dealt in life. It’s a beautiful thing.

Arms of Love 2If we all take time to be kind and loving to one person at a time, the ripple effect will spread. It starts with each one of us. Let us be the good Samaritan. Let us not pass one in trouble on the road because we are too fearful, or in too much of a hurry to tend to ourselves.

Let Thanksgiving Day be just a starting point for each day moving forward: to love, to show compassion, to be grateful by sharing what we have with others. Let us not tire until EVERYONE has the opportunity to live a life of peace and gratitude.

TO ALL, A HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

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They Will Know Us By Our LOVE – revisited

Is it me, or has the world gone mad?

And I don’t meant crazy. I mean MAD.

Everyone’s mad at everyone else for existing, it seems. Take a quick scroll through any social media outlet today (especially Facebook), and you’ll see post after post by fearful, angry people. People angry at the government. People angry at the people who are angry at the government. People rushing to decide what everyone else should think… and being mad when they are challenged.

The current refugee crisis has me heartsick these days. And feeling helpless. I can’t begin to imagine the pain and suffering these souls are enduring. Children are dying. And all we can think about is our false sense of security by keeping them at arm’s length and never ministering to their needs. God didn’t call us, as Christians, to be safe. He called us to be loving. He called us to bring hope. The gospel is dangerous. Jesus is dangerous. When did we decide otherwise?

As I pondered writing about this topic today, I was reminded that I wrote almost the same sentiment more than a year ago. Christians were MAD, but for a different reason. Does it matter what we are mad about? Or does it only matter that the world is beginning to frame us as angry, fearful people who don’t seem to really believe that our God has the final say in world events?

I choose love. Won’t you join me?

(You’ll see my original post from March 31, 2014 below… I’d love to know what you think.)

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PROVERBS 10:12 ~ HATRED STIRS UP CONFLICT, BUT LOVE COVERS OVER ALL WRONGS.

I’m saddened lately by the vicious rhetoric Christians are capable of unleashing on one another just because they disagree.  Quite honestly, if I were not a believer already I don’t think I would be attracted to the faith, based on what I see from Christians today.

You’ve seen it, too.  I know you have. This person accuses that organization of no longer being Christian because they changed a company policy.  Thousands go online to dispute or defend. That person warns Christians who attend a certain movie they will lose their faith. More thousands dispute and defend, and not in a loving correction kind of way, but with outright hate-filled finger pointing. An absolutely-I-am-right-at-all-times attitude that makes me want to pretend I’m not one of you. No mercy. No grace. No love. No bueno.

Scripture references are tossed back and forth like arrows – cutting into the heart and soul of the accused. Whatever happened to the most important ones like

Love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:31, Matthew 22:39, James 2:8)

Love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8)

Love covers over all wrongs (Proverbs 10:12)

Let love and faithfulness never leave you (Proverbs 3:3)

Love one another (1 Peter 3:8, 2 John 1:5)

And of course, the LOVE chapter beckons us to read it again and again. Let the words really sink in – these are truly LIFEWORDS:

1 Corinthians 13 (NIV)

1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poorand give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

We are told in 1 Peter 1:22  to love one another deeply, from a pure heart.  How is it possible to have a motivation of love when slinging the arrows that accuse and wound so deeply?  I have a friend, a former worship leader, who risks suffering a panic attack every time she enters a church building.  I dare say such a reaction was not caused by being unconditionally loved on by Christians.

I grew up singing a sweet, simple song: “They will know we are Christians by our love, by our love ~ yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.”

Stop and take a good look around. Listen to what we are saying to each other.  Will the world know?

NOW YOU CAN HAVE REAL LOVE FOR EVERYONE BECAUSE YOUR SOULS HAVE BEEN CLEANSED FROM SELFISHNESS AND HATRED WHEN YOU TRUSTED CHRIST TO SAVE YOU; SO SEE TO IT THAT YOU REALLY DO LOVE EACH OTHER WARMLY, WITH ALL YOUR HEARTS. 1 PETER 1:22 THE LIVING BIBLE

 

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Give With No Expecation

This is sometimes a difficult one for me….if you are honest, it is for you too. 

Just yesterday I was about to pull out of a parking lot. A guy was walking down the sidewalk and getting close to where I was waiting to pull my car onto the road. He was young, and seemed in a hurry, so I backed up a few feet to let him cross…smiling at him. I had had plenty of time to safely pull out before he got close, but I thought I’d be nice. This wasn’t a pedestrian right-of-way situation.

He crossed without so much as a nod. In fact, he seemed to cast a devious glance of entitlement as he sauntered slowly by… 

That rush of anger welled up inside me. Immediately I thought, what an ingrate! I didn’t have to do that… I was patient and kind, and he didn’t even thank me for it! 

OOPS. Was I? Really? Maybe not so much. 

I had to repent, and then have a little talk with myself. I went into that act thinking I’d just do it because it was nice. But, I came out of it having expected something in return.  

We are to be charitable, and selfless, even with our enemies. Altruism is however, many times, something we do for ourselves to “feel good” as much as it is due our desire to be kind and to help others.  

I was reminded of Jesus’ words in Luke 6 when he said, 

32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” 

Remember also that Christ willingly gave His life for us, with no guarantee of our acceptance or appreciation. He did it out of pure love. End of story.

We all encounter circumstances every day that range as small as the example I gave, to challenges of deep sacrifice.  

What will I do the next time I have the chance to give with no expectation? Will it come from the right place in my heart? I sure hope and pray so. As humans, our work on ourselves with God’s assistance is never-ending! Let us examine always our motives.

God knows our hearts, and he is merciful and giving. Let us follow in His way.

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Best Friends Forever!!!

What comes to mind when you hear the word relationship?

Family. I think of this past weekend when I was able to meet up with my cousins to go surfing. I think of my mom and dad coming down to San Diego spending time and money to move me into my new place. I think of camping in Yosemite.

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Friends. I think of all the friends I have met all over the world. I think of hiking to the top of a mountain in the Philippines in a monsoon with my friend by my side the whole time.  I think of traveling to Colorado to see a dear friend, camping, hiking, and sharing our hearts with one another. I think of training for a triathlon, swimming in the bay side by side.

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But most importantly I think of Jesus. I think of sitting in a storage closet in Cambodia and Jesus being with me. I think of walking through the Red Light District and Jesus being with me. I think of God creating the ocean for me to enjoy. I think of Jesus not only being my best friend, but also the lover of my soul.

Jesus wants to have a relationship with us. He wants to be the one we go to when we are having a hard day. He wants to be the one we laugh with. He wants to be the one to hike a mountain with us.

Let’s get rid of this idea of religion and focus on the relationship. Religion is law; relationship is love. It’s all about love with Jesus. He doesn’t care if you recite a prayer correctly, or go to church every Sunday. He doesn’t tell us to do something and THEN we will receive his love. There is no ultimatum. Jesus already paid the price. We don’t have to earn his love. We need to open up our hands and receive it.

He wants a relationship with you. When you are in a relationship with someone you want to spend time with them, right? That’s what Jesus wants with you.

“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. Psalm 139: 7-10

“For great is your love towards me; you have delivered me from the depths of the grave.” Psalm 86:13

“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10

What does your relationship with Jesus look like?

 

BEST FRIENDS FOREVER (BFF!!!)

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Be YOU

When you look at yourself in the mirror, what do you see?

Do you see all your flaws? The mistakes you have made? Wish you were someone else? Wish you looked a certain way? Had a certain car, house, you name it!

 

The world we live in is full of lies and pressuring us to be someone we are not. To the world it’s all about how you look, how you act, what kind of job you have, how much money you are making. But that is not what is important at all.

 

Do you know what God sees when he looks at you?

He sees you as beautiful, as his child, worthy. He created you to look a certain way, to be unique, to be the only YOU, one of a kind. He created you to be different. He doesn’t care how much money you make, or what you look like. All he cares about is YOU.

 

I pray that you stand in confidence as the person you are.

I pray you walk in boldness and stand out because of the one who loves you and who lives inside of you.

I pray you are a light to this dark world.

I pray you find what you are passionate about and run after it even if you are ridiculed in the process.

I pray you stand strong in your faith.

I pray you are who God created you to be and no one else.

 

Don’t let the world define you. Your identity is found in Jesus.

 

Be the YOU God created YOU to be. And smile when you look at yourself in the mirror knowing the God above loves you and made you just the way you are for a reason.

 

“Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.” Psalm 100:3

 

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:14

 

“He has made everything beautiful in its time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11

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Eyes of a Child

Adults can be such a drag.
Worrying about this and that. Pre-judging situations and other people.

There is a reason Scripture says, “a child shall lead them.”

Children have no filter. They do not pre-judge. They do not see color, station, or religion. If you will smile and look them in the eye, respect them, and play with them – YOU’RE IN.

End of story.

This indicates that we learn our prejudices. Whatever “group” we are in dictates to us how we should feel about this or that.

Have you ever watched a child see someone who looks different for the first time? They study them with wide eyes. They are amused. Captured. They take it all in and then judge only based on the interaction that ensues.

And so should we be as adults. But, generally, we are not. We have learned to judge. We have learned to weigh all the stats to decide whether or not we should give each person the “time of day.”

This is not correct.

I was hanging out with my 4-year-old friend Walker, and he stopped our pool play to say he needed to thank God for some things.

Okay, I said. Go for it.

He said, “THANK YOU GOD FOR EVERYTHING (waving his hands in the air)!
Thank you for letting us wake up today!
Thank you for my Mommy, My Daddy, my Sissy, My Mimi, My PawPaw, the water, the trees, our car, the animals, our water guns.
Thank you God for EVERY PERSON in the world!” IMG_6731a

The point is – the little ones are all out. They just say what they think. We are born to appreciate life and love. We learn to hate. We may be born into sin, but the hate part comes from observation.

Let us be aware of this. Let us realize that the little ones are watching. Let us treat all others with dignity and respect, regardless of how “different” they may appear. Let us speak kindly. Both to others, and about them.

As the old saying goes, “if you don’t have something nice to say, say nothing at all.”

A child shall lead them. Christ Himself said we must be “reborn” to be saved. I think this partly means we have to erase all mis- and pre-conceptions. Start over. Be new. Give everyone the same chance. How hard this is when it seems we spend all our lives being taught that somehow we are better than everyone else.

Isaiah 11:6 “In that day the wolf and the lamb will live together; the leopard will lie down with the baby goat. The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion, and a little child will lead them all.” (NLT)

There will one day be true peace on earth. Born enemies will live together in harmony.

We can choose to live this way now, even though most of the world does not. If we are truly changed by the love of God, we will truly love others. This is our charge in this life – to love others – without exception.

Romans 13:8 “Owe nothing to anyone–except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law.”

As Walker said – THANK YOU GOD FOR EVERY PERSON IN THE WORLD! And may we properly treat all we meet!

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Birthday in Belize

For the past 3 years I have been outside of the US in different countries on my birthday. Whether the dates of the trip so happen to fall on my birthday, or God intended it to be that way, I don’t know, but I do know I really enjoy spending my birthday doing the Lord’s work.

The first of the 3 years I was in Nicaragua with Paz Naz (the church I grew up in) on a mission trip. The 2nd of the 3 I was on the World Race and celebrated my birthday with my squad of 42 in Cambodia and had the privilege of going to Angkor Wat. This 3rd year I am in Belize on another mission trip with Paz Naz and there is no place I would rather be.

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(My birthday in Nicaragua [2013] working a medical clinic)

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(My birthday in Cambodia [2014] while on the World Race)

My heart beats with excitement when I am traveling, especially when it’s for Jesus. My birthday is a reminder that I was put on this earth for a purpose. That I was born into the family I was born into for a reason. And God wants me to use my life for him everyday not just my birthday! And when I say YES to his call, I end up in other countries on my birthday!

There is something about giving from yourself for the benefit of others. There is something about seeing the smiles on people’s faces when you are able to bless them. There is something about being selfless that gives you pure joy. It is humbling and honoring at the same time. This isn’t something you have to travel out of the country to do. It is something you can do in your own backyard!

On my dear friend Mary’s birthday this year, she made dinner for her friends. She wanted to bless others on her own birthday! With her own money, she bought everything she would need to make dinner, and served her friends. Another dear friend, Kari, planned her own birthday party, in her own backyard around her family and friends. She told me “I just want to be around the people I love.” These two ladies demonstrated a selfless act on the day of the year they could make the excuse “ but it’s my birthday!” And they did it because they are full of the Father’s love. I am overjoyed to call them my friends and sisters in Christ!

 

Stop. Take a moment and look at the faces of the people around you. How are you loving them? How are you a blessing to them? How are you being Jesus? Are you being selfish and thinking of only yourself or are you being selfless and looking at the needs of others?

 

How are you going to celebrate your birthday this year?

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31

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Wedding Day

‘Tis the season for weddings! I went to my 2nd wedding this summer (and it’s only June!) for a dear friend yesterday and there are many more to come.

Weddings are a fun celebration of two people joining together. I love it when a wedding is a perfect representation of the couple getting married. The decorations, the ceremony, reception are exactly the personality of the bride and groom. Wedding days are happy days!

The moment I love during the wedding ceremony is when the bride walks in and looks as though she is glowing and radiant, and then I turn to look at the groom. His face is of pure joy and excitement and love for his gorgeous bride who is before him.

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Picture yourself as the bride (yes, it’s harder for men to picture this). And standing before you is Jesus. His face is of pure joy, excitement, and love. The way a groom looks at his bride as she comes down the aisle is how Jesus looks at you. However, Jesus doesn’t care how you look, he loves you just as you are. He loves us with an unconditional love that we may never completely understand. But marriages here on earth and the representation of a bride and groom, help us to understand a little better.

 

“As a young man marries a maiden, so will your sons marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.” Isaiah 62:5

 

I am excitedly looking forward to the day I marry the man God has chosen for me on earth, but I am especially looking forward to the day I get to see Jesus face to face.

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I’m Offended. You’re Offended. Let’s All Be Offended Together!

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Everyone’s offended. All. The. Time.

It seems that way, doesn’t it?

Sometimes, there’s a great reason. A true offense has taken place that must be faced head on and reconciled.

Sometimes. But most times it feels like our politics, religion and choice of coffee have to match each other, or we take offense.

I cannot deal with this. Literally. Can NOT. I shake my head when people comment about this or that terrible difference in someone else. I shudder at comments on social media by those who act like it’s perfectly okay to tell someone what they’ve said on their personal account is wrong. Their personal account. Personal, as in, it belongs to them. “I know this is YOUR Facebook post and all, but what you’ve said here is stupid and it really offends me, and I think you should not think this way or be this way or have this opinion because it’s stupid and you’re stupid. But hey, we can still be friends, right?”

Don’t believe me? Just tonight this popped up as I scrolled through Facebook:

“My friends,
I can see the things you like or comment on.
When I see you liking racist posts, gun nut posts, anti-LGBT posts, sexist posts, pro-right wing religious impingement, I will unfriend you.
No discussion, no bickering. Done. Simple.
I have zero tolerance for bigotry and
uneducated, fear based views.
I wish you all a beautiful evening.”

Ouch. I’m guessing we won’t be “friends” for long. Who could possibly live up to not offending this person?

The more I see people being offended at every little thing, or giving me the cold shoulder because I said something the wrong way, the more I worry about the future of our culture. Sadly, we Christians are not immune to this. As Christians, we are to bring light to the world. But how can we, if all we ever do is complain that everyone else is doing it wrong?

The world will be offended by us. That’s just the way things are. But we are called to more.  

The way I see it, offense is the enemy’s trick to render us ineffective in business and in ministry. In life, really.

When we hang on to all those times someone has hurt us, intentionally or not, we are trapped in a dark den of feeling sorry for ourselves, unable to release love into the world. And that, my friend, will be the beginning of the darkest days our planet will ever see.

“And then many will be offended, and will betray one another, and will hate one another.”   Matthew 24:10

Let me be blunt: being offended is a daily happening.  Staying offended is a choice, and a dangerous choice.

In his book, The Bait of Satan, John Bevere points out, “Anyone who has trapped animals knows a trap needs one of two things to be successful. It must be hidden, in the hope that an animal will stumble upon it, and it must be baited to lure the animal into the trap’s deadly jaws.” He goes on to say, “One of (Satan’s) most deceptive and insidious kinds of bait is something every Christian has encountered – offense. Actually, offense itself is not deadly – if it stays in the trap. But if we pick it up and consume it and feed on it in our hearts, then we have become offended. Offended people produce much fruit, such as hurt, anger, outrage, jealousy, resentment, strife, bitterness, hatred and envy.” I would even add depression to this list.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance; against such there is no law.”   Galations 5:22-23

My mother, Gladys, was all kinds of awesome. I learned first hand from watching her how to be unoffendable. We had a family friend who was a gruff and grumpy old guy, who filled the air with swear words and cigarette smoke whenever we were with him. Although it may have made her cringe inside and she could’ve said, “not in front of my daughter, please…” or berated him about how he wasn’t behaving the way a former Bible college student should, she never said a word. She just loved him. Consequently, she was the only preacher he ever darkened the doors of a church to hear.

I watched her befriend the local teenagers in the 1970’s and instead of condemning them for their pothead behavior or the way they dressed, she created a coffee house called The Turning Point – a place for them to hang out on the weekends and hear some music, and just maybe learn something about love and Jesus while they were there. While other preachers of the day were busy being offended by these kids and condemning them to hell, my mom was planting seeds of love into their lives.

“Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.”  Romans 14:13

Let me be clear: I am not some superhuman who doesn’t feel the sting when a friend neglects to invite me to a fun event, or when I am brushed off as not being important when I feel like I have some really great news to share. When I see blatant blasphemy in socialmedialand I know it must hurt God’s heart even more than it hurts mine. Ouch. But I truly have learned and chosen that the best way to deal with offenses of all kinds is to let them go. I still need lots of work on this, but fortunately today’s culture of offense gives me plenty of practice!

When our outward appearance belies the torment inside, it’s a good time to seek out some healing for the wound hanging onto an offense can cause. An offense that is coddled starts like a little scratch that gets infected and is allowed to grow. Soon, that scratch becomes a festering wound, taking up all your time and energy to try and fix it, but now it’s gotten out of control, and may even land you in the hospital; far greater consequences can occur, even to the point of losing a limb or death. (Truth. Believe me, my best friend is an ER nurse and I’ve heard all the stories…) So, just as you wouldn’t want to hold on to an infected wound, don’t hold on to that little scratch of a hurt feeling. It will grow into a festering wound.

Grace is the salve that heals the wound. Let’s spread a little more of it around, shall we? GRACE.

 

From Tami: I have learned that holding on to an offense can wound us deep in our soul and keep us from doing the work God has set aside for us to do. If you’d like to dive deeper into this concept of becoming unoffendable, I invite you to check out these resources: 

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Comfort Zone, it was nice knowing you.

In this season of my life, God has been challenging me to be obedient and walk in boldness; two things that do not come naturally to me. It’s about stepping out of my comfort zone and saying yes to anything God has for me. And some of those things are not easy.

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“How do I do that?” you may ask. First it’s about having INTIMACY with the Lord so you are able to hear his voice and do what he says. He wants us to take time out of our “busy” lives to sit and be still with him. I feel like I write about this often, but that’s because it is SO IMPORTANT! Having intimacy enables us to hear his voice, and when we hear his voice we know what direction he wants us to go in.

 

Obedience means compliance with someone’s wishes or orders or acknowledgment of their authority. If we love God we will want to be obedient to him. I want to please him. I want to show him love in return. However, no matter what I do or what I say, God loves me anyway! I am a sinner and God still loves me. I mess up every day and God still loves me. The least I could do is be my best for him.

 

John 14:23 “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father in heaven will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.”

 

Boldness means showing an ability to take risks; confident and courageous. This is how I want to live my life every day. And I feel obedience and boldness go together. I have a recent example, and I don’t give this example to prove what I did, it’s about what Jesus did.

 

Last week in the evening I went to look out at the ocean. I sat on a short wall and stared off into the endless blue ocean thinking about God and his love for me. A group of 4 people came up and stood to the left of me speaking another language. They were Asian and I could tell they were visiting. I felt God tell me to go over and talk with them. I sat for a few minutes more and then got up and headed over to the group. I said hello to them and asked them where they were from. They seemed shocked that I came up to talk with them. They were a group of friends from China visiting for 6 months. I introduced myself and told them to enjoy themselves here in beautiful San Diego with the wonderful ocean. They smiled and nodded at me and said thank you. Then I said good-bye and was on my way.

 

I didn’t mention Jesus. I didn’t force anything upon them. I was obedient to the voice of God to talk with them. Who knows the impact that made, but I know I brought the light of Jesus to them simply by saying hi and engaging in short conversation.

 

God wants me, he wants us, to be a vessel for him to spread HIS love to HIS children. It doesn’t matter what people think of you. All that matters is that you are doing what your father in heaven is telling you to do. He wants us to be obedient, step out in boldness, and love his children. We are the hands and feet of Jesus here on earth. We are a light in the darkness. We are vessels of God’s love to the world!

 

Are you taking that responsibility lightly? Or are you using what God has given you and sharing it with the world? His children are all around you. Love them one person at a time.

 

1 John 6 “And this is love; that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.”

 

Psalm 138:3 “When I called, you answered me; you made me bold and stouthearted.”

 

Bold as Lions

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