Sunday, December 30, 2007

Is Your Clean-Out Clogged?

It happened again. It's been probably two years since we got it fixed the first time and now it has happened again.

Our plumbing clean-out got clogged. The clean-out got clogged so the drain water from the washing machine had no where to go except back into the house. The pipes were clogged with built-up particles that do not belong in drain pipes.

We had a clogged drain pipe and things get trapped and backed up and over flowed into the house.

So of course we had cleanup to do. Part of the backup flowed into the kitchen sink and made the dirty dishes dirtier and the sink looked like a dirt pit. More carpet got wet as well as the ceramic tiles in the kitchen.

The buildup created a backup that resulted in a much needed cleanup. We had to have the plumber run an auger into the clean-out and through the pipes so that the bad stuff could flow out and the dirty water will not impact our home any more.

The clean-out is similar to our minds. We need to keep our minds clean and flowing with the pure Word of God. When we listen to the world, we clog our mind and His truth can not permeate our beings. When we are filled with falsehoods instead of being filled with His Spirit and truth, eventually those falsehoods backup and overflow into our lives and the lives of those around us. If we accept the relativism of the world instead of the truth of the scriptures, we will eventually share those ideas and concepts with others thus clogging their minds as well. If we don't keep our minds and hearts focused on our Loving Lord and His Word and His truth, we can be the cause of many messes in the lives of those around us. A clogged up soul will negatively affect your witness for our Lord.

What concepts of the world are you accepting as truth today? Abortion, alternate lifestyles, materialism, adultery, fornication, greed? Will you ask our Loving Lord to run His spiritual auger through your soul and expose what needs to be cleaned up in your thinking? Will you surrender to His truth and clean out the worldly influences in your thinking? Will you prevent the trap from getting clogged again by staying in His Word and in prayer?

Psalm 119:9-16 (The Message)
How can a young person live a clean life?
By carefully reading the map of your Word.
I'm single-minded in pursuit of you;
don't let me miss the road signs you've posted.
I've banked your promises in the vault of my heart
so I won't sin myself bankrupt. Be blessed, God;
train me in your ways of wise living. I'll transfer to my lips
all the counsel that comes from your mouth;
I delight far more in what you tell me about living
than in gathering a pile of riches.
I ponder every morsel of wisdom from you,
I attentively watch how you've done it.
I relish everything you've told me of life,
I won't forget a word of it.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Will You Stick With The Sure Thing?

I received this email today...

We have reviewed your resume at Careerbuilder.com and are eager to inform
you that we are ready to offer you a vacant position of the "Financial Agent".
We looked through your skills and became sure that you correspond to our
requirements.
The position of the "Financial Agent" will require from you a
half-day activity.Your work will consist in transferring money among our
clients.
Job scheme will comprise the following:
1. You get a check by mail.
2. Than you cash it
3. You transfer the money to our clients
Your earning will be 8 % of the amount of each check. Additionally we are
going to effect you $1500 as your salary at the end of each month.
Required
skills to start this job:
- Honesty, responsibility and promptness in operations;
- Prior customer service experience is a good benefit;
- Internet and e-mail skills; Experience in online work;
- Good communications skills
This job will allow you to:
- Get additional free time;
- Efficiently work at home;
- Get financial independence working only 3-5 hours per day;
General requirements:
- Prior customer service experience is a good benefit;
- Internet and e-mail skills; Experience in online work;
- Willingness to take the responsibility to set up and achieve goals;
- Effective interaction with customers;
In addition we will be able to offer you $ 2500 as a monthly payment after completion of the trial period. In case you are interested in the position, please answer this message. We will get in touch with you within 2 working days.

It's interesting that these con-artist even put the word 'scheme' in their email.

How easy is it for us today to get caught in a trap like this one? Easy money, big dollars, little work. These people would send you a check and you would deposit it and transfer the money to their 'clients' and get a commission for doing so. Sounds easy. Sounds good. The only problem is that the check they send you would be no-good and you would be out the money you transferred, out of your own, personal money. It is wise to be aware of schemes and scams.

The same can happen in our walk with the Lord. Some one comes along talking a good game of theology. You are caught unaware. You leave your good sense behind and follow this 'new view' of the Bible. Then.

Then you realize that you had already built a good, solid foundation and your witness had been strong. But you threw it all away when you 'cashed a bad check' from a false prophet. You brought others along with you who now, because of their weaker foundation, are confused and disillusioned by the faith.

Will you check your spiritual bank account today? Will you see if there are enough deposits (prayer, Bible study, use of your God-given spiritual gifts) to sustain you through hard times? Will you remember that even in hard times the Truth is the Truth and we still need to make those deposits? Will you keep your eyes on our Loving Lord so that you will not be swayed by wooers who want to tell you the easy way to free time and riches?

Isaiah 26:3-4 (The Message) People with their minds set on you,
you keep completely whole,Steady on their feet,
because they keep at it and don't quit.Depend on God and keep at it
because in the Lord God you have a sure thing.



Monday, December 03, 2007

Can You Accept Change? (revised)

Football is big in Texas.

Currently the best high school teams are in the play-offs seeking a state championship in their division. Our largest high schools are 5A and we have 5A division I and 5A division II.

One local school, Southlake Carroll, had some unbelievable win streak come to an end early this year when they played a high school from my hometown which is in Florida.

Still, the Carroll Dragons made the play-offs as did the team my son graduated from, Trinity High.

This past weekend Carroll, once again, lost. The Trinity Trojans won. Trinity is still in the play-offs and Trinity is one of the noted teams in this area.

So I was very surprised when the news media did a full package story on the Dragons complete with player interviews but only said "in other games, in a rematch between Oddessa Permian and Euless Trinity, Trinity came out on top." No pictures, just the scoreboard. No highlights or interviews.

I thought to myself, "This news team is so used to Carroll winning that they can't bring themselves to not give them press coverage. They're out. Come on guys, give coverage to the ones still in the hunt."

How often do we hold on to the past instead of accepting the present? How often do we say "but I'm used it being this way not that way"? Oh there are many ways that we say it..."I wasn't raised that way", "I've never done it that way", "I wasn't trained to do that". How often do we refuse to accept change?

When we come to Christ, we come to change. Sure that change is from the ways of the world to the ways of the Lord but it is also to change that comes from Him leading us in our lives.

What if Jesus had said "I can't change that water to wine. My wine would be much better and no one has ever left the best wine for last"? Or if he had said, "I can't bring Lazarus back from the dead. You know that's not the way we do things around here. Dead is dead."

How will you let our Loving Lord change you today? What will you do to accept change like you never have before? Whether you are 9 or 99 or somewhere in-between, will you say "Okay Lord, here I am, what fact of change do you want me to accept today?"
2 Corinthians 5:17 (King James Version) Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new
.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

How Did It Happen Before Email?

I'm very curious about something even though I think I know the answer. How did stories about things God is doing spread around before email?

I'm also curious as to why He suddenly needs email with conditions to have His love spread around. You know what I mean by 'with conditions'. Emails that instruct you to send the email immediately to x number of people within in x number of hours or days so that you will receive a special blessing. You've received them, right?

I'm still looking for the prophecy in scripture that says that this is how He will continue to spread His Word.

Now don't get me wrong. I'm not against using email to spread the Gospel. I do it each time I write a blog and release it to my subscribers. I realize there are many types of electronic items that exist today that were not available in our Loving Lord's days on earth. Things like the telephone, radio, television, internet, even microphones and sound systems so more people can hear the word at one time. And I think all of these can be used for good to share the Message.

I also find it funny that those who have me in their address books and forward 'message' emails to everyone, well, these people seem to leave me off when they forward Little Lessons on. If they are forwarding the ones that speak to them, I'd love to know. So I think it's one of two things, people don't think there is anything here worth sharing, or, I don't promise any thing more than what the Word of God promises so the lessons are not worth passing along. Right?

I still wonder about the need for believers to fill other believer's email boxes with clearly witnessing stories just because their is a hook in the email that says 'if you forward this email, you will be blessed within 24 hours.' I receive these from friends all the time.

I also wonder if one person anywhere really actually has a testimony about what happened to them based on forwarding one of these emails. Oh, I know. I know that the email SAYS that the person who sent it to the person who sent it to you was shocked and surprised by it. The email says it's mystical, magical, mysterious how it happens. But has anyone every actually witnessed 'it' happening? Has anyone ever really received a big check from forwarding an email or received deving healing because they didn't break the chain?

I have a suggestion. If the story really speaks that much to you, instead of forwarding to everyone, or almost everyone, in your address book, why not do one of these things instead...

  1. Think of the person you most want to send it to. Then pick up the phone, call the person, ask them how there day is going. Then tell them that you just read an email that made you think of them. And ask them if you can read it to them. If the person is a believer, you can simply tell them why this particular email made you think of them. If they are a non-believer, you can share more and possibly lead them Christ. I think it would be the very rare case where the non-believer would have read the email and picked up the phone to call YOU to ask more.
  2. Print the email out and add a hand-wriitten note to it and then mail it to those you want to share it with. If it's not worth the stamp, it may not be worth forwarding in email. Then when the person gets a hand-written note from you, it will probably make their day and that my friend should always be a blessing.
  3. Finally, if the message of the email is that good and if you feel you must share this particular email with a ton of people, then go ahead and click forward BUT WAIT, before you hit send, move down into the body of the email and strip out everything but the actual story you want to share. Strip out all the addresses of the people who forwarded it to people who forwarded it to people who forwarded it to you. Strip out the parts that talk about "if you forward this to x people then..." Simply share the story.

What will you do? How will you handle the next great witnessing story or friendship story that you receive in your email box? More importantly, how will you share one-on-one with those that really need to hear the Good News to be sure the Message gets through?

Revelation 22:18-19 (The Message) I give fair warning to all who hear the words of the prophecy of this book: If you add to the words of this prophecy, God will add to your life the disasters written in this book; if you subtract from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will subtract your part from the Tree of Life and the Holy City that are written in this book.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Will You Take It Up A Notch?

I love to write. Not that you could tell it by coming here recently. But I do. I love to write.

Each week I write at least one thing. Each week I write an entry for the FaithWriters Writing Challenge. A few weeks back, I was awarded first place for my entry on Evangelism called Breaking It Down. This meant I had to move from Level 1 and now compete at Level 2. It meant I had to step it up and be sure I was improving and writing stronger.

This week, my niece sent me a link to her new ministry page on MySpace. Then she sent me an email asking me if it was okay to place a link to Little Lessons from my Loving Lord on her website. I told her of course it was fine to do so. I also told her that this meant that I had to start writing again...which of course I already knew that I needed to do.

What is it that you are gifted to do that you need to re-start doing? What is it that you need to take to the next level in your life, home, ministry? What is that you need to improve upon and be stronger at starting today?

Colossians 3:23 (Amplified Bible) Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as [something done] for the Lord and not for men,

Thursday, November 15, 2007

What Is Your Idea?

Yesterday at work, I saw a video about Johnny the bagger. I had heard the story before. If you are not familiar with it, either click the link or search for it on the Internet. There are several places you can read his story.

Anyway we were talking about it at dinner last night and this was the conversation..

"That's great but it would never work where I work. People are too beat down."
"But it start with one person. You could be that one person. Johnny, a down syndrome boy, changed his whole store."

I don't know about you, but I'm not sure I remember the last time I complimented a bagger at the grocery store. I'm usually too concerned about whether they put the ice cream in the bag with the cereal. (Which makes me crazy by the way. Dry with dry. Cold with cold. Meat with meat. That's how I want my groceries bagged. Oh and don't put my milk in a bag.) Bagging groceries today is pretty much a thankless job. Since they don't 'carry them out' any more in most places, you don't even tip baggers any more. Yet in this thankless job, one person, being 'thoughtful', changed his world.

Then this morning, I read a quote (after I read my Bible) that says:

If a man cannot be a Christian where he is, he cannot be a Christian anywhere.
-- Henry Ward Beecher


So I thought to myself, if Johnny can change his whole grocery store with his idea and if we are to be Christians no matter where we are, how would we impact the world if our idea was to be a Bible-believing, God-fearing Christian every day no matter where we are, no matter how depressing our circumstances?

What idea will you find today to impact your world? What will you do to live the Christian life in your place of business or in your home? How will you be Jesus to those around you today?

Matthew 5:14-16 (The Message) "Here's another way to put it: You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don't think I'm
going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you on a light stand. Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven."



Tuesday, November 13, 2007

What Is Your Job?

So this morning I wanted to follow the challenge from yesterday...however...I'm still not a 'get up' early morning person. So a stayed in bed, quoted some scriptures I know from memory, spoke with our Loving Lord about them then finally got up and got ready for work.

I was in the bathroom and noticed the sink needed to be cleaned. I got a tad bit frustrated about this as it seems I am the only one in this house who knows how to clean the sink.

Then I noticed it.

I noticed the empty wastebasket next to the sink. I had not emptied it. In fact, I rarely empty it. Dear hubby almost always empties it.

I almost always clean the sink and he almost always empties the trash. Teamwork. We complement each other. We each have our jobs and they are not the same jobs but they are both important jobs nonetheless.

What job (teaching, benevolence, ushering, cleaning the worship center, others?) are you always doing for our Loving Lord where you wonder why no one else does that job? What job are you NOT doing for Him that someone else always has to do? Will you decide today to quit complaining about what you are obviously gifted to do and instead find those who do what you don't want to do and thank them for being in His service?

Matthew 20:26-28 (New International Version)
26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

Monday, November 12, 2007

Are You A Morning Person?

I'm an 'OK' morning person. I can wake up and have a conversation before my eyes are even open but I don't like getting up. Planning to get up 'early' takes a lot for me.

I have recently discovered a truth that makes me jealous of morning people and of older people.

Yes, I said jealous of older people.

Why?

Well because, based on my experiences, I think most older people prefer 'traditional' worship services. (Actually modern traditional not ancient traditional but that's a lesson for another day.)

And most traditional worship services are now the 'early' service. (But I can remember years ago where the 'contemporary' service was the early service...my how times change! But I digress.) Stay with me here, Okay?

OK. Let's recap.

* I'm not a morning person.
* I've recently discovered a truth
* I'm jealous of older people
* Most older people like traditional services
* I like blended services
* Most blended services are the later services

So why am I jealous? Because the older people that go to the early services get to experience it!!!

What is 'it'?

It is the Biblically modeled time to spend time with our Loving Lord. Yes that's right! Check it out...

* Early in the morning Abraham returned to where he stood before God. (Genesis 19:27)

* At daybreak, LORD, You hear my voice; at daybreak I plead my case to You and watch expectantly. (Psalm 5:3)

* O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is. (Psalm 63:1)

* I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. (Proverbs 8:17)

*And all the people came early in the morning to him in the temple, for to hear him. (Luke 21:38)

*And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. (John 8:2)

Early. First. The best part of the day is the first part of the day.

Are you a morning person? If not, when do you meet our Loving Lord each day? What part of your day do you share with him? Does He get what's left over at the end of a long, stressful day? Or does He get the good stuff, the first fruit of your day? How do you think your day would be different if you refused to do anything at all until you first spent time with Him? What if you left the TV off until you read His Word and had a chat with Him? What if you didn't even go get the paper (let alone read any of it) until after you share time with Him? Don't know where to start? Would you consider printing off this link, http://www.biblegateway.com/resources/readingplans/survey.php, and putting it with your Bible? Will you commit two months, just two months, to giving Him the first moments of the day He has blessed you with? Will you come back to Little Lessons and share with me what impact spending time with Him is having on your life?

Psalm 119:97-98 (New Living Translation)
97 Oh, how I love your instructions!
I think about them all day long.
98 Your commands make me wiser than my enemies,
for they are my constant guide.


Friday, November 09, 2007

Are Your Doors Open or Closed?

Tiger, my boy cat, often spends time in the bathroom with me. The other day he was in there and the door was closed and he wanted out. So I turned the door handle just enough so that Tiger 'could' simply nudge the door with his nose and walk through it. Verbally, I encouraged him to "go...go on" but he just sat there. He sat there meowing at me. Seemingly he was saying "open the door, open the door". So I told him "It's open. Go on. Push the door and go." He turned his gaze to the door handle and meowed again. He just did not recognize that the door was open and he would not take a step of faith towards it to see if indeed it was open.

Today he was again in the bathroom with me. This time the door was really closed. The door was closed and I was too far from it to open it for him. He wanted to go through this closed door so bad that he took his paws and reached under the door and scratched and pulled and whined and tried his best to go through the closed door. The door won. Tiger stayed where he was until I opened the door a few moments later.

Tiger has it backwards. We need to stay away from the doors that are closed to us and with faith walk through the doors that are open for us.

What door is currently closed for you that you are trying to open? Is it a promotion? An engagement? Fame? A Mansion?

What door is open to you that you won't take a step of faith toward? Is it a missions opportunity? Is it a position of leadership where you would be held responsible for the outcome as well?

Will you assess the door before you today and see if it is really closed or not? If it is closed, will you take time to seek our Loving Lord's will and find out what other door you need to go through. If it is open, will you take the step of faith toward it and then step through it?

Acts 14:27-28 (The Message) On arrival, they got the church together and reported on their trip, telling in detail how God had used them to throw the door of faith wide open so people of all nations could come streaming in. Then they settled down for a long, leisurely visit with the disciples.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Are You Prepared For The Tests?

A while back my son lost his job with a major package carrier. He was very disappointed about this event in his young life. He knew what he had to do. He had to get a new job. He wasn't sure what he wanted to do or where he wanted to work.

So what do you do? How do you find a new place to work?

He immediately went to the mall and put in some applications. He came home and joined Monster.com and CareerBuilder.com. He applied for several jobs and got a few responses.

First he got an offer to work for a home improvement store chain and was delighted.

Then I saw a sign on my way home advertising that a major airline was hiring for it's frequent traveler program's customer service team. His application was submitted that night.

As soon as he got started at the home improvement store, he was offered a position at the airline. He started at the airline just over 3 weeks ago. He has been working both jobs. To keep the airline job, he had to pass four separate tests. After each test, if you failed, you were out.

He really likes the airline job. He has discovered what he wants to do and where he wants to work.

Today was test four. He has studied, practiced and prepared for today since before his 1st day on the job (they had to learn city codes before they actually started). He passed! He is now ready to do the job he was hired for.

How did he get here? There were signs that were heeded and tests that were prepared for and passed.

Do you know where you are going? Do you need help to determine where you should be? Are you watching for the signs our Loving Lord is showing you? Are you heeding the signs? Are you in the Word daily preparing for what is ahead? Are you prepared for the tests that are sure to come your way as you journey with Him? Will you pass the test when the time comes?


James 1:2-4 (The Message) Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don't try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

What Are You Hiding Under?

Smokie and Safire are two cats that allow my sister-in-law (s-i-l) to live in their home. She, of course, loves those cats as if they were her children.

Recently my s-i-l was accepting a delivery at their home and after the deliverymen left, Safire was no where to be found. No where!

She looked high and low for her. Inside and outside for her. She had never ventured outside so everyone was pretty sure she hadn't left but since she could not be found inside, what was the other option?

My dear hubby went over to help look. They looked in the bedroom where Smokie and Safire spend much of their time. They looked under the bed. One cat. Sure it was him. Sure it was Smokie. Looked around some more. No second cat. Looked back under the bed holding on to the top of the bed for stability. What? What is this? There's a cat on top of the bed under the bedspread. And one under the bed too! Two cats! One must be Safire. She was found.

There was much rejoicing in that home and throughout our family. Safire, who we thought was lost had just been hiding. Safire was safe.

Are you hiding today from the One that is seeking you? Are you ignoring those He has called in to help lead you back to Him? What are you hiding under? Are you hiding under alcohol? sex? work? sports? money? What are you covering yourself up with that is preventing you from enjoying and experiencing the love and the presence of our Loving Lord? Will you come out right now and be found in Him? Can the rest of the family of God rejoice over you today?
Philippians 3:8-9 (New International Version) 8What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Will You Slamma Jamma Today?

Tigger, my girl cat, loves to boldly walk up to me when I am sitting down and slam her body into my legs. We call it 'slamma jammin' herself into one's legs. Sometimes she also slamma jamma's into my side when I am laying down.

The interesting thing is that when I am sitting down and she slamma jammas, if I reach out to pet her, she moves away. Moves out of reach. Which, of course, starts a conversation.

Me: Tigger, you slamma jamma'd me...don't you want me to pet you?
Tigger: {stares blankly at me}
Me: Come on girl...let me pet you.
Tigger: {more stares and a couple of steps backward}
Me: Tig's come on, Mommy wants to pet you.
Tigger: {Takes one step towards me and turns and walks away}

Me: Okay then...don't slamma jamma me if you don't want my attention!

Today when she did this to me, it got me to thinking about us and our relationship with our Loving Lord and His church.

I wonder how often, when one has wondered away, I wonder how often we come back to Him and slam right back into His side saying "I'm back. I'm here. Notice me. Love me." Then when our Loving Lord or the people of His family reach out to share and show that love, we back away and say with our actions "Don't touch me. Don't help me. Don't reach me with your love."

Wherever you are today, will you boldly go to Christ today and 'slamma jamma' into His lap and say "Here I am, Lord." Then, instead of jumping down and running away, will you stay right there in His lap and let Him show His love to you? Will you let Him touch you today in great and mighty ways?"

Matthew 14:36 (New Century Version) They begged Jesus to let them touch just the edge of his coat, and all who touched it were healed.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

What Day Will You Celebrate?

Tomorrow is a special day.

It's a holiday but most people don't know that. Tomorrow, November 1st, is All Saints Day.

Tomorrow is a special day.

It's not special because it's a holiday, it's special because it's someone's birthday and that someone is special to me.

Tomorrow is a special day because it is Dad's birthday.

Today is a day that many people fuss over. Today is a very weird day. Today is a day that the pastor last Sunday spoke about when he said "you just can't explain this day outside of our country". He went on to say that it is hard to explain to people in other countries that we celebrate evil and darkness on this day.

Whether you look on October 31st as a day that previously is said to have had spiritual significance or you look at it as a fun day to play dress-up, you can't deny that the focus is on the negative, the evil, the scary.

I choose to treat today as just another day but I love tomorrow. I pretty much ignore Holloween but I love my Daddy's birthday.

What if we did that with how we approach the bad things in our lives? What if, when we were surrounded by evil, instead of focusing on that, we focused on seeing all the saints in glory tomorrow? What if we focused on what our Father has in store for us instead of stressing about what the enemy is throwing at us?

2 Corinthians 11:3 (The Message) And now I'm afraid that exactly as the Snake seduced Eve with his smooth patter, you are being lured away from the simple purity of your love for Christ.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Do Horses Belong At Starbucks?

We saw it. We really did. Coming home from lunch on Sunday after church, we saw it. Two girls, on horses, coming out of the 'drive through' at Starbucks. Two girls with their Starbucks cups in hand, on horses, at the end of the drive-through.


I had to wonder...Do horses belong in the drive-through at Starbucks? (Does that change it to a trot-through?)


We just got a good laugh out of the apparent creativity of two young girls craving some gourmet coffee possibly with horses as their only means of personal transportation.


And Starbucks did not turn them away. Was that the right thing to do? Their drive through is meant for cars. Their drive through is not designed for horses. They have rules. They have traditions. If those girls wanted coffee from the drive through then they should have found someone to drive them through, right?


Wrong!


The girls had a perceived need and Starbucks knew they had the solution and welcomed them anyway they got there.


What if we did this in our churches today? What if we looked on the young parents who had never been to church but knew they had a need for 'something' so they showed up one Sunday morning in their 'Sunday best' clothes, which for this whole struggling family is the jeans with no holes and the T-shirts with no slogans? What would we do? Would we, like Starbucks, see their need and try to accomodate them? Or would we see their 'lack of respect for how you should dress for church' and refuse to speak to them?


Oh, I know many churches are very casual these days so the clothes may not turn you off. But what would we do if the kids didn't act right in the Worship Center? What if the parents didn't understand the Lord's Supper and they each grabbed a hand-ful of crackers/bread as the plate went by? Would we be appalled by them or would we be the one to go to them after the service and lovingly explain the awesome priviledge we have to partake in the Lord's Supper and what it all means? We we be the one to share the Good News with them or would we walk away thinking "someone needs to set that family straight"?


What is your choice today? Will you laugh at the out of place things and people in this world? Or will you go to them and help them find what they are looking for?

Luke 14:23 (English Standard Version) And the master said to the servant, 'Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.

Monday, October 29, 2007

How Will You React To The Fires Around You?

I have a friend from childhood that grew up and became an actress. As adults, we've only had a few opportunities to visit. Whenever I find out that she is anywhere near me, I do try to go see her both as a friend and to support her career.


Recently she had a gig in a nearby town and I really wanted to get together with her however the timing was just not right. So we simply chatted by phone and got caught up on our families.


Since I know that she currently lives in the L.A. area, I asked her about the fires. Are they close to her? Has she been affected by them? She said that they were about an hour away in any direction and that the air in her part of town was white with ash and it was very hard to breathe. She was very thankful for the 'reprieve' that she got by coming here to perform.


However, she did not want to go back right away. She wanted to stay in the fire-free air of North Texas. Wouldn't we all?


Sometimes we live in and amongst the fires of the world. Sometimes the raging fires seem to be coming in from all sides. Sometimes we feel that we can't breathe spiritually because of the junk in the air of the world around us. Profanity. Pornography. Alcohol. Drugs. Promiscuity.


Then we get a chance to get away from it all. We go on a retreat. We go on a trip. We get a massage. We do something equally relaxing that lets us just for a moment forget that we live in the heart of an area besieged with fire. And we really want to stay there. Stay where we know it is safe.


What do we do? What should we do? We know the answer. We have to go back to 'reality'. We have to go back and do our part to help defend our part of the world from the raging fires. We have to go back and protect our home. We have to go back and help our neighbors find protection. We have to go back and do our part to fight.


That's what my friend did. She is now back home in L.A. Back in the center of the fire in more ways than one. See my friend is a strong Christian. A strong Christian living for our Loving Lord in L.A. A strong Christian living for our Loving Lord in the 'Hollywood culture'. She has a real heart to take Him to the lost in her industry.


What fires are you facing today? How are you facing them? Are you using them as an excuse to avoid contact with others or are you using the fires you face as a way to share our Loving Lord with those around you?


Psalm 50:2-4 (Amplified Bible)

2Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth.
3Our God comes and does not keep silence; a fire devours before Him, and round about Him a mighty tempest rages.
4He calls to the heavens above and to the earth, that He may judge His people:

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Can I Ask You Some Questions?

I've missed writing to you all. However...

Have I not written because I've been too busy?

Have I not written because I chose other activities over Little Lessons?

Have I not written because many of the Little Lessons that I would have written were possibly at the risk of exposing the shortcomings of someone else instead of my own?

Have I not written because I've been uninspired?

The answer, depending on when you ask is, yes.

The reasons vary by day but what I do know is that it effects me more negatively than it affects you. No, really, it does. Doing what I know I have been called to do (write Little Lessons) actually energizes me. Being obedient to His call is to my spirit what iron is to my anemic body (and yes I am anemic!)

What are you called to do? Are you called to write personal notes on real paper and mail them (with real stamps) to those who need to be encouraged? Are you called to cook a meal for no special reason for a family that is less fortunate than you? Are you called to spend time with a short-term or long-term shut in? Are you called to pray for teens involved in 'the world'?

How does it affect you when you do what you are called to do?

And...

How does it affect you when you don't do what you are called to do?

Which will you choose today?

Jonah 2:9 (Amplified Bible) But as for me, I will sacrifice to You with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that which I have vowed. Salvation and deliverance belong to the Lord!

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

How Can An All Knowing God Forget?

I have 'extremely short' term memory loss.


I don't have 'short-term' memory loss.


Examples of my 'extremely short' term memory loss include:

  • I get in the shower, wet, shampoo, and rinse my hair, wash my body and wonder "did I shampoo my hair or just wet it?"

  • I sit to write a little lesson and get this far through and wonder "what point was I going to make?"

  • When I leave for work, I put my things in my car, go out and get the paper and throw it on the porch for dear hubby to get, get in my car, drive down the street and wonder "did I remember to throw the paper this morning?"

Now I don't forget things like have I paid the bills or how to cook supper (although the family would argue that at times) or whether or not my son has cleaned his room lately (although he wishes I would forget that).

Our Loving Lord doesn't forget anything.

Our Loving Lord doesn't forget anything at all, right?

Our Loving Lord doesn't forget anything at all ... or ... does He?

What about that sin you confessed to Him last night? Does He remember that? We often try to think that He does so that we can hold ourselves guilty.

But He can't remember the sins we confess or else He would be a liar. Right?

Do you have unconfessed sin in your life? Are you holding on to if for a reason? Will you confess it to Him today? Will you ask, and let, our all-knowing God prove to you that He can and does forget?


Isaiah 43:25 (King James Version) I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.



Monday, October 01, 2007

Do You Have A Language Barrier?

Each evening about the same time, our girl cat, Tigger, expects at least one of us to go to bed. If we are watching TV, she will come and sit in front of us and stare. If we don't respond, she says "meeeow?" which I think means "Aren't you going to bed?" But I'm not completely sure because I don't speak cat very well.

So the other night, I did indeed go to the bedroom before she had to come to find me. As I entered the room, she was on top of the TV. (Dear hubby has another story to tell about her being on the TV...something about "It's rabbit ears not cat ears" but that may be a story for another day.) So I said to her "get in bed, go on, get in bed" and she just sat there and stared at me ... and said "meowww?" and I said "Don't talk back to me just get in bed." .... She stared some more ... and I repeated "GET IN BED!" and suddenly she must have understood because her eyes lit up (they do that, they really do!) and she jumped on the bed and waited for me to join her.

Cats meow. People talk. Yet somehow we do manage to understand them and they, when they want to, understand us. Or at least we pretend they do.

I speak and understand English. My Loving Lord speaks and understands every language ever created. Yet sometimes I have a hard time understanding what He is saying. He speaks and I try to listen. But sometimes I just have to give Him a blank stare. So thankfully, I know that as long as I do listen and try to hear, He will keep letting me know what He wants me to understand.

Do you have a language barrier with our Loving Lord? Do you speak to Him without understanding His response? If so, will you faithfully continue to listen to Him speak (through prayer, Bible study, preachers, wise counsel, etc.) until you do understand?

Matthew 11:15
(New International Version) He who has ears, let him hear.
(The Message) "Are you listening to me? Really listening?



Friday, September 28, 2007

Are You Weak?

Welcome to the weakly edition of Little Lessons from my Loving Lord.

No. That is not a typo. It does seem that I am writing less frequently, like weekly, so perhaps 'weekly edition' also works.

The weakly edition is how I feel.

One reason that I've only been writing on an occasional basis is that the strong lessons that have practically written themselves over the past year, well, their just not there. I feel weak in my endeavor to write.

Why? Maybe because of the stress of the new job. Maybe because He is being silent in my life right now. Maybe because I am otherwise occupied and not listening very well.

I'm not sure.

When we are weak physically, we usually take actions like exercise to get our blood flowing or eat for energy. When we are weak spiritually, we usually turn to prayer and Bible study as well as fellowship with other believers.

Are you weak or strong today? If you are weak, what are you doing to regain your strength? If you are strong, how are you helping the weak around you to regain theirs?

Exodus 15:2 (New International Version)
The LORD is my strength and my song;

he has become my salvation.
He is my God, and I will praise him,
my father's God, and I will exalt him.

Monday, September 24, 2007

How Are You Supporting The Front Line?

Today of all days!

Why?

I normally don't pay much attention to my hair since most days ARE bad hair days with thin, fine, straight, non-existent hair.

But today is the day my new team 'goes-live'. That means that they are taking on the work they were hired and trained to do. So we will have guests from the home office visiting us to help ensure that all systems are go.

And I'm having a bad hair day. Well, not really a bad hair day...just a bad bangs day. The rest of my hair is acting fine. It's just the part out in front. The first part people see when they see my head.

So I need to get going to get to work on time but I couldn't leave the house without passing along this little lesson...

Since Christ is the Head of the Church, our church leaders can be viewed as the 'bangs'. They are the ones that most of the rest of the world sees first when they look at a church. If they look bad, the world doesn't care about the rest of the 'haircut style'. If the church leaders are 'falling away', it doesn't matter much to the world what good works the body is doing. And we all have a responsibility to support our leaders in prayer, encouragement, and more.

If you are a church leader, what are you doing to ensure that when the world looks at the Head and sees the bangs first, that you are sporting a positive image spiritually, morally, ethically, etc.? If you are not a church leader, what are you doing to support your leaders? Are you praying for them regularly? Are you sending notes of encouragement whenever you see them following the Lord's direction? Do you let the pastor know when God speaks straight to your heart because of what the preacher said that day?

Philippians 4:7 (Contemporary English Version) Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

What Is Changing Where Your Are?

Wow. It's hard for me to believe it's been a week since we last met but that's what the date on my log in blogger.com says.

The new job is going good. This past week I had the thrill of hiring and the agony of firing. Neither are easy decisions however both are part of the changes that happen in life.

My son's job situation is better. This past week he started a new part time job and he interviewed for a full-time job which he was offered and accepted. He plans on working both jobs. More changes that happen in life.

My nephew and his wife spent yesterday morning at the hospital because she was having contractions. However it wasn't time so they sent her home. That evening the couple, accompanied by Granny, went on a long walk trying to encourage the baby and move labor along. The birth of this baby will be a change that happens in life.

What changes are happening in your life? What is our Loving Lord changing in your circumstances? If the changes are hard, are you asking our Loving Lord what He wants to teach you through them? If they are blessed events, are you taking the time to thank Him for orchestrating your life this way? How are you responding to the changes in your life?
2 Samuel 14:20 (English Standard Version) In order to change the course of things your servant Joab did this. But my lord has wisdom like the wisdom of the angel of God to know all things that are on the earth.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Will You Stay Awake With Me?

Each night as I go to sleep, I lean up against dear hubby and pray myself to sleep. Most nights I start out praying for my dear hubby and the concerns in his life. Funny thing is ... the more I want to pray about, the faster I fall asleep ... never making it through my list.

Then I when I wake up in the morning, I reach out and touch dear hubby and start praying again. I pray between the times my snooze alarm goes off.

Or I try to at least.

See what happens in reality is this...I start praying each morning then my mind starts to wonder based on what I am praying about that day.

So this morning, once again, I was laying there praying...and my mind started wandering and then I was quickly back asleep...that's alot to happen in just nine short minutes between the snooze alarms.

But once again, my Loving Lord reminded me of a Little Lesson. And it was not the first time He had to teach this Little Lesson.

Seems the disciples had the same problem that I had. Jesus asked them to stay awake with Him during prayer time but they couldn't do it either.

What are you praying for or praying about today? How will you stay alert/awake enough to finish your prayer? How will you keep your mind from wandering off to something else?

Mark 14:37-38 (The Message) He came back and found them sound asleep. He said to Peter, "Simon, you went to sleep on me? Can't you stick it out with me a single hour? Stay alert, be in prayer, so you don't enter the danger zone without even knowing it. Don't be naive. Part of you is eager, ready for anything in God; but another part is as lazy as an old dog sleeping by the fire."

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

His Way Or The Freeway?

As many of you know, I try to avoid the freeways at all cost. Occasionally I will venture onto one of them but not during rush hour or other high traffic times. This, of course, leads me to go through many traffic lights on my way to my destination.

Traffic lights can be all green and make for a smooth commute. Or they can occasionally turn red, making for a slower trip to where I am going.

That does not necessarily mean the freeway would be faster. The freeway is dangerous and has many more wrecks than the side roads I travel. It is often both safer and faster to be on the less traveled side road.

The same is true with life. If you take the 'free way' where you are free to live life at any speed, you are more likely to have 'accidents'...affairs, unplanned pregnancies, excessive debt, drug addictions, etc.

If you take the less traveled side road by following our Loving Lord and His instructions, you will encounter red lights along the way. When you heed those red lights, you are less likely to have those same accidents.

Which road will you take today? Are you in such a big hurry to run your own life that you insist on being on the 'free way'? Or will you slow down on the side road, read His Word, pray, and heed His direction and warnings (red lights) for you life?

(As we pray today, let's remember to pray for our nation on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.)

Matthew 7:13-14 (The Message) "Don't look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don't fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires total attention.



Thursday, September 06, 2007

What Stories Are You Writing?

Where does the time go? I can't believe that it has been a week since I visited with you here at Little Lessons.

I have been writing some, not much but some, in other places

One such place is at Faithwriters.com. Some of you know that I enter the weekly writing challenge there.

In the most recent judging, I received a Highly Commended. This is my 2nd time to be highly commended. It's like getting 4th place within my division.

When I write here at Little Lessons, what you read is real. I write based on my real live adventures

When I write at Faithwriters, I get to write fiction. The interesting thing is that many people read the entries/stories and think that what I'm writing is real...truth... but it's not...it's a writing 'mask' that I put on.

How often do we 'communicate' with the world or with the church with our 'mask' on so they think we are something that we are not? Would people you know at work be surprised to know that you know the Lord? Do people that you go to church with think that you are more spiritually mature than you are? Will you just be real today? Will you leave the fiction stories to writers? Will you let His light shine transparently through you?

Luke 12:2 (New International Version) There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Better Than The Original?

I just read a story online about a man that had to have the top of his head replaced with a plastic prosthetic because his scalp was not kept well during a surgery. (You can read it yourself at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20495967/wid/11915773?gt1=10316.)

The story ends with a statement that "The experts consulted by the court concluded the new skull roof was better than the original," ... REALLY???

As a society, are we really of the opinion that we can make parts better than the Original Maker? Are we of the opinion that a plastic prosthetic is better than the flesh and bones that our Loving Lord used to create us in the first place?

Oh, I get it!!! Since most 'scientist' think that we are accidental formations of an evolving species, surely their inventions are better than something that resulted from a big bang in the sky, right?

It is so easy for the world to discount the marvelous work of our Father when He designed mankind. I do, however, recognize that modern medicine is a gift to us. That many people's lives have been enriched because of replacement parts. But I also know that if plastic had been the best way to make us, God would have used it! Amen?

How will you stand for our Loving Lord and His Word's truth today? Will you stand or will you simply agree with the teachings of the world? Will you share with some one today that the 'orginal' version of you is so much better than anything this world can create? Will you remember that you are indeed 'fearfully and wonderfully made'?
Psalm 139:14 (New International Version)
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Are You In Good Times Or Bad?

This week I get to work in my actual office. Well...most of my time will be in the training room with my team but at least I'm working 'locally'...and I don't have to count on the shuttle bus for a ride back to where I will lay my head for the night. Times are good for me.

As of this past Saturday, my young adult son is no longer employed. This week he will be job hunting with a vengeance. We spent most of the weekend applying for jobs and 'networking' where we could. He still has bills to pay. Times are not so good for him.

My dear hubby is fretful about a vote that is underway with the union he must belong to at his work. He is spending a great deal of energy trying to discover the future results of this vote. One day it looks positive and he thinks things are good. The next it looks negative and he thinks things are bad.

Are things good for you today? Or are they bad? Are you trying to discover your future? Take a look at today's verse...Our Loving Lord has indeed made each! Either way, will you take time to thank Him today? (And while you are at it... on a personal note...will you pray for His provision for my son to quickly find a new job? Thanks!)

Ecclesiastes 7:14 (New International Version)
When times are good, be happy;
but when times are bad, consider:
God has made the one as well as the other.
Therefore, a man cannot discover anything about his future.

Or as The Message says it:
On a good day, enjoy yourself;
On a bad day, examine your conscience.
God arranges for both kinds of days
So that we won't take anything for granted.



Sunday, August 26, 2007

Is Your Power Weak Or Strong?

Last week, I was once again at the hotel where the hair dryer was unplugged. So, of course, before I started to dry my hair, I checked the plug to see if it was connected to the power ... It wasn't ... So ... I plugged it in. (Ya rarely have to tell me something twice ;-))

Each morning, I used this hair dryer to dry my hair. It did the job just fine.

Then I came home.

When I came home, I was once again able to use my own hair dryer (which I leave here for dear hubby and son to use when I travel).

That's when I noticed the difference... My hair dryer at home is much more powerful than the one in the hotel.

If we are truly saved, when we are away from the "church", we still have the power of our Loving Lord. He still can and will work in our lives. Yet when we come "home", come back to the church, come back to the "assembling together of the saints", when we study and fellowship and learn and grow together...we are stronger and able to experience more power.

Does your connection to our Loving Lord seem weak today?
Or is it as strong as it has ever been?
Have you wandered far?
Or are you at home in His loving arms?
Are you plugged in and operating at His full power?
If not, will you come "home" today?

Romans 12:11-13 (The Message) Don't burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don't quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.


Monday, August 20, 2007

Are You Taking It All In?

My Mom and Dad have always managed their money very well. They rarely spend money that they don’t need to spend. Because of this they are able to provide special treats for themselves when they want to. One of their favorite special treats is going on a cruise! I couldn’t agree more.

Anyway, one of the ways they ‘save’ money is to drink water when they go out to dinner. They like water. It’s good for your body. And it’s generally free when you dine out. So it’s a win all the way around.

When they were in Texas visiting us recently, one night we went to the Incredible Pizza Company. At the IPC, your drinks are included in the price of admission. So whether you drink Tea, Coke, or water, it all costs the same. My parents enjoyed the change of pace and did not drink water that night. Why? The drinks were included. It didn’t cost more to drink Tea or Coke than it would have to drink water.

Guess what? All the benefits and amenities and blessings listed in the Word of our Loving Lord are included in one price…the price He paid on Calvary. There is not one single promise that that is not part of the whole deal that He provided for us.


Are you using all the Power that has been granted to you? Are you living fully under the grace that has been given to you? Or are you only skimming the surface and leaving some of the free stuff on the table trying to save some of your talents, money or time?

James 1:17 (New International Version) Every good and perfect gift is from
above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change
like shifting shadows.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

More On People In Chains...

Recently I blogged about "What Do You Do With People In Chains?" and a friend asked me to share more of my thoughts on this topic.

I can not say that I have personally been tangibly involved in a prison follow-up ministry. I have been a prayer supporter for several though. I have also been closely involved in situations where family members have had to deal with the arrest of a loved one and the results of such a situation.

At one point in my life, I did want a 'sterile' church home. Oh, it was OK if you were a 'saved' ex-con that came to my church and gave your testimony then moved on to your next speaking engagement. I loved it when we learned about Teen Challenge, Nicky Cruz, and David Wilkerson...but I don't think I wanted any of Nicky's friends in my local church youth group.

Then I grew up, got married, and had a son...and over the years my world has been rocked in ways that I could never have imagined. And I realized that we all have our chains...

If we are going to have a sterile church, the church would probably be empty. Let's see who could not go in because of their chains...

How about those that are addicted to food? Or simply overeat on a regular basis?...gluttony is a set of chains...

How about those that overspend their budget? Isn't debt a strong holding set of chains?

How about those that talk about others? Oh, surely you agree that gossip is a hard set of chains to break free from, right?

What about those that fail to give their first fruits faithfully to our Loving Lord?
...those that envy the clothes that others wear?
...those that lust after the pleasures of this world?
...those that have ever been drunk?
...those that are sloppy, messy, disorganized, unclean?
...those that are slave to anything?

Each of us comes with our own set of chains that we have worn at some time in our lives. With God's help, we have broken free or we can break free.

I once heard a lady say, when asked why so many young Christian boys were housed at a juvenile detention center, that it was the work of the enemy... "Cause Satan done got those other boys where he wants them, he wants these boys too." The enemy wants us to continuously wear chains that affect our witness. But our Loving Lord paid the price to free us from all of our chains!!! And if He accepts us just as we are, who are we to judge those that come to our church having had their past chains removed? Regardless of what their chains were...were they in jail?... were they a drug dealer? ... were they an adulterer? ... were they an embezzler? ...were they a prostitute? .... were they a liar? a cheater? a thief?

If Jesus forgave the thief and invited him directly to Heaven with Him, how can we do less than forgive the person who was once in chains (weren't we all) and welcome them into our church?

2 Kings 25:27-30 (New International Version)
Jehoiachin Released
27 In the thirty-seventh year of the exile of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the year Evil-Merodach became king of Babylon, he released Jehoiachin from prison on the twenty-seventh day of the twelfth month. 28 He spoke kindly to him and gave him a seat of honor higher than those of the other kings who were with him in Babylon. 29 So Jehoiachin put aside his prison clothes and for the rest of his life ate regularly at the king's table. 30 Day by day the king gave Jehoiachin a regular allowance as long as he lived.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Are You Sharing Your Adventure and Trip Stories?

I'm still in Madison and my boss is up here this week as well. We also have two other employees with us. So last night we gather to go out to dinner and my boss just starts driving. No directions. No particular place in mind. We get on the freeway.... and realize after a time that we are going in the wrong direction for the area we think we want to end up. So we turn off of the freeway and head toward what we think will be downtown. We get to the downtown area ...and turn away from town instead of toward town.

My boss keeps saying ... "We're on an adventure. We need to have a trip story to tell."

We eventually get into downtown, park, and start walking. We find a great restaurant in a theater that was built in 1927 and has been reformatted as aCheck Spelling restaurant. It was beautiful!

After dinner we realize that their is a Shriner parade going on around the Capital. My boss says "I need to see me some funny cars!" So we watch the parade for a while. Then she says "Now we have our adventure (downtown) and our trip story (funny cars)"

What a cool perspective on traveling on business.

Are you on an adventure in your spiritual walk? Are you collecting trip stories along the way? Are you sharing your Loving Lord adventures and trip stories with others?

2 Kings 18:5-6 (The Message) Hezekiah put his whole trust in the God of Israel. There was no king quite like him, either before or after. He held fast to God—never loosened his grip—and obeyed to the letter everything God had commanded Moses. And God, for his part, held fast to him through all his adventures.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

What Do You Do With People In Chains?

Today I want to do something a bit different.

I subscribe to some of the Heartlight.org features. One feature is "Today's Verse"

And today's verse is "May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains. -- 2 Timothy 1:16"

And this got me to thinking...

These people were not ashamed to have this prisoner/former prisoner in there home. They knew where he stood for Christ. They knew his 'conviction' record and they still refreshed him and were not ashamed of him.

And that got me to thinking...

What if we were more like Onesiphorus? What if we refreshed the former prisoners of this world and we were not ashamed of them? Prisoners that either really served time or prisoners of their own sins that turned to Christ and choose to follow him. What if we welcomed them into our churches without judgement? What if we helped them to re-adjust? What if we treated them like friends instead of avoiding them?

What do you think would happen? Perhaps the Lord would show mercy on us...what a thought.

Be blessed.

{{{{HUGS}}}

Monday, August 13, 2007

Will You Act On A Good Idea?

Years ago when I was in college, I needed to stay awake late at night to study and prepare for classes. Everyone else drank coffee to remain alert. I didn't/don't like coffee. So to make coffee drinkable, I asked for a scoop of vanilla ice cream in my coffee when we went to the 24 hour restaurant. Little did I know that such drinks could sell in a coffee shop for four bucks a cup.

As a newlywed, I used to make cheeseburgers by putting shredded cheese in the middle of the hamburger meat. In other words, the cheese was in the middle of the hamburger, not on the hamburger. This week I received my latest copy of Guideposts Magazine. Guess what? It had a recipe in it for 'Inside Out Cheeseburgers'. Little did I know that such a recipe was worthy of being published in a magazine.

Had I acted on my idea for iced vanilla coffee drinks, I might be Starbucks today! Had I submitted my recipe to a magazine, I might have been published years ago!

What idea do you have that you should act on today? Has our Loving Lord planted a desire in your heart to work with kids? Will you act on it or let someone else reap the glory for 'your' idea? Perhaps our Loving Lord has given you a gift to share time with senior citizens...will you get involved today or will you forgo the rewards that He has waiting for you? What seed has been planted that you need to water? When will you start?

Acts 17:20 (New International Version) You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we want to know what they mean."