Archive for February 2013

Walk in the Light

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

1Peter 2:9

Recently I attended a meeting honoring a police officer who, at his pending retirement, will have served 33 years. Leaders in the police force lauded his diligence and commitment to protect others. The keynote speaker for the event mentioned that the number of “perpetrators” of crimes in our country is in the millions. No wonder it easy to focus on the darkness of the world. Yet, we are called out of darkness into the light.

We have to focus on seeking the light. It takes diligence to seek the light. Even our daily frustrations can take our eyes of God, our light. I’m not saying that we should turn our eyes away and be naïve about what’s going on around us. Yet what’s our focus? We have a hope in our savior, not only for eternal salvation, but for our daily walk on this earth.

 The next time you feel down about what’s going on around you, ask God to take you into the light, to help you focus on Him and His glory. Choose to walk in the light.

Attitude of Gratitude

Recently, I heard a man, who owned a consulting company that I worked for, speak at a business leadership event. The topic of his speech: how relationships, or failed relationships, impact our society. The statistics that he presented were compelling to say the least! He talked about the impact of failed relationships in our families, business communities and the world.

As I was listening to him, it struck me how working for his consulting firm had impacted my life. Several weeks later, I had a coffee meeting with the woman who I reported to at the consulting firm the speaker founded. I told her that if I had not worked there under her tutelage, I would never have accomplished what I have in my consulting practice.

She was touched by what I said. God had used her to enable me to support myself and ultimately follow His calling for me. This meeting inspired me to remember to tell people how they have impacted my life.

Who has impacted your life? Have you told them about it? You will be blessed by thanking people who have helped you on life’s journey!

Running for God

Recently, I read an article about a young man named Derrick Henry. Derrick is a football running back who ran over 12,000 yards during his high school football career. He broke a record that was set in 1953. His coaches encouraged him to work hard and stay humble. According to the article, it sounds like he has done just that. His jersey has a 2 on it. He says this is because two things inspire him to run: God and family.

This story really inspired me to remember to work as unto the Lord. He has given me gifts that He expects me to use for His glory. How awesome it is to work hard and perform excellent work in the name of Christ.

Are you using the gifts God has given you? You may be an excellent nurse, or salesperson, or homemaker. Remember Christ in your work. He is pleased to have your hands, feet and heart working for Him!

Who’s Agenda is It?

Jeremiah 29:11 says: 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.”

It sounds like God has good things in store for us. So why don’t we trust His plans? For some reason the simple task of being obedient to God becomes complicated and difficult. It doesn’t need to be.

When you plan your day and your week, whose agenda is it? Is it your agenda or God’s? I can ask this question because I am guilty of trying to take charge of my life instead of giving control to God. When I plan my goals each year, I ask God to oversee them, to direct me in my plans. After all, His purpose is the reason I’m on the planet.

The next time you plan your day or week, you can simply ask God: “What’s your agenda for me?”

 

 

 

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