Mow Now

Every time I try to type the word Mow into my phone, it autocorrects and changes it to Now.  I appreciate Autocorrect when I am in a hurry and it corrects my misspellings, but I feel there are some things it shouldn’t try to change, then again it is only being told what to do by those who programmed it.  How about you…who is telling you what to do?  Who or what dictates your course of action through the day.  If you have an employer, you likely have a certain job description that guides you into the majority of your work.  If you are self-employed, you still likely have projects to work on and it is in your best interest to finish them sooner than later.  What about all the other things, like mowing the yard, getting your oil changed, exercising, going on a date with your wife, spending time with your kids, etc…how do those things get done?  Do you wait for opportunities to just happen, or do you schedule them in also?  What if it is not raining and you need to mow now, does something else get the boot?

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.  Proverbs 27:1

Today, I had some time off work, and had a nice sized list of things I wanted to accomplish.  Mowing the yard became a priority as we had a slight break from the rain and the yard was looking a little gnarly.  This seems to be the theme on an almost daily basis, as urgent things take over.  What is most important to get done today?  Another term I have heard used is the ‘Tyranny of the Urgent.’  It is almost as if you are being yelled at by whatever things you are tasked with that seem the loudest.  This was due yesterday, get it done!  Its not always the most important things, as those often take a back seat to the most demanding things.  Sometimes you have an opportunity to participate in something that rarely happens, and I am a sucker for trying to make those one-time meetings and experiences happen, again often at the expense of other things that need getting done.  How do you juggle it all, and still do well?  Practice I guess, or saying ‘no’ to things that should not take priority in your life.  How do you prioritize what is most important in your life? 

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Matthew 6:33

It is easy to do what is easy in life, but takes greater effort and discipline to do what is right.  Just take a look at what Jesus did in his short ministry.  He related to those he came in contact with in a personal way and addressed the heart issues they were struggling with, whether a blind beggar, Pharisee, outcast woman, tax collector, or anyone.  He knew what each person needed most, and what we all needed most.  I especially like the story in Matthew 9 where a paralyzed man was brought to Jesus (expecting Jesus to heal him), and instead He forgives his sins.  And to confirm to others that he can forgive sins, physically heals the man as well.  We all go to God with our wants and needs, and often our greater needs are not those physical things that we think will make us complete, but healing on a deeper level than we are often willing to admit.  Brothers, we are all broken to varying degrees, whether physically, intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, or a little of everything.  When we can admit that, we are more open to being  restored by our Savior, and being used by him to help others.  This is something that I need to realize on a daily basis. 

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.  Ephesians 4:31-32

So, take some time to inventory all that you can do, have to do, and should do today and what part that may play in your own salvation or the salvation and growth of others.  Are you addressing needs at home as well as work?  Where are some areas you are lacking and require help to get done what is needed?  May you turn to your Heavenly Father for direction whether you are walking the right path or not.  May each day be blessed as you seek to honor Him in all you do this day, and each day of your life.

The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him.  Psalm 37:23

Yours in Christ,
Clark

Live a Better Story- Part 5

Where I live dog racing is a big thing.  There is a round horse track and attached to the middle of the track is a mechanical rabbit.  The race begins, the rabbit appears to be running, and the dogs lose their minds chasing it. Recently, one of the rabbits exploded mid race.  One of the dogs stopped, layed down and took a nap.  A couple dogs kept running thinking the rabbit was over the fence, and they ran through it breaking a few ribs in the act.  The remaining dogs realized the crowd and began barking at them.

I thought to myself, what a picture of humanity! When we do not have something specific to go after… aka a vision for our lives, we will either take a nap, hurt ourselves, or bark at the people around us. 

Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint.

Restraint is something that holds us back.  It can be handcuff or an internal conscience that keeps us from hurting ourselves or someone else. The Message translation says it like this:

Proverbs 29:18 If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; but when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed.

It is like a crowd of people running in the dark.  There will be chaos, and it will be crazy.  Turn on the news or go to the mall and you will see this verse right in front of you. So if that is not God’s plan what is?

Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Good work prepared in advance for us to do.  What is the good work God planned for you?  The happiest people I know are not the ones with the best of circumstances.  In fact some have lost their spouse, been bankrupt, lost their job, faced physical illness, and many other things.  Yet they carry a joy that is bigger than all they face.  They have a clear purpose and are making a difference in the world they live in. How do you feel when you bless a widow, give a honkin’ tip… for those of you that did not grow up in the country “a generous gratuity”, buy groceries for a single mom, help someone on the side of the road.  Or people who start a business to help people get a job and keep it. I know people who serve homeless, serve in kids ministry because they want those kids to really know God, people who reach out to teenagers, coaches, teachers, CEO’s who give millions to churches and missions.  

1 Corinthians 9:22 Whatever a person is like, I try to find common ground with him so that he will let me tell him about Christ and let Christ save him.

Want to make a real difference that lasts for eternity.  Do you want your heart to be alive?  It can’t happen on the lake, or on the bike, or with the bigger house, or the bigger bank account, or the prettier spouse.  Your heart will be alive when you know God and look to make Him known.  How do you reach someone?  Don’t go on a mission trip! Cross the street!  Find someone in need and help meet that need.  When you do listen to their story and dont judge them.  What is wrong with them is not their bad behavior but they don’t know Jesus.  Meet the need and Jesus said that is meeting His need.

If you are bored, facing mid life, wandering if there is more than 9-5, get on your knees and ask God to give you vision for you life.  Know this… You cant Make a Difference if you don’t Discover Your Purpose. You can’t Discover Your Purpose if you don’t Find Freedom.  You can’t Find Freedom if you don’t Know God. 

So where are you?

Where ever that is take a next step.  When? Today! Now! Go!

Helping People Live a Better Story

Brandon Sereg

A Day to Remember

John 15:13 New International Version (NIV)

13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

Today at Vital Ministries we want to remember those who gave everything. We are in full support of the men and women of the Armed Forces. We are in full support for their sacrifice and dedication so that our freedoms continue to this day.

Many workout and exercise organizations do what they call the Murph Challenge. They will run for 1 mile, do 100 pull ups, do 200 push ups, 300 squats, and finish by running another 1 mile.

The workout is designed to honor fallen Navy Seal, Michael P. Murphy. Because of his bravery, he was honored with the highest award given in the Military, the Medal of Honor. He was killed in action trying to protect 3 other Navy Seals by going out in the open to radio for help. He was killed June 28, 2005 by Taliban Forces in Afghanistan.

Lt. Michael P. Murphy and many other men and women gave everything so that our freedom can and will continue in America. But, let me ask you a question today. How can we best honor them in this day we remember?

In my mind, we live as good Americans. He honor each other. We open doors, say ‘Thank you’, buy a cup of coffee for another, and choose to honor those around you.

This is sacrificial living. There has been no greater One who showed love than, Jesus on the cross. Men, let’s remember today. The Marines have a great motto, Semper Fi, which means: God, Country, and Corps – Fight to the last man.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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I See You

Luke 19:5 (NASB) ‘And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. ‘ 

This past Sunday at Celebrate Church in Knoxville, Aubrey Schneider shared with us the story of Zacchaeus the tax collector.  She told his story very well and brought focus to a man that most gloss over, I know I did.  She did a remarkable job of describing some significant things about the man, his position and the impact of these things during his time.  She created a context and vantage that I personally have never looked from.  I would strongly encourage you to listen to Aubrey’s message online and do some further digging into the significance of Zacchaeus’ inclusion in Luke’s gospel.

What I would like to highlight for the sake of today’s writing is something that Aubrey shared in prayer and asked that we focus on going forward.  She asked us to think about someone we do not get along with, perhaps even hate.  Think about someone, that if they were chosen for some great honor, instead of you, it would just really chap your backside.  Then she asked that you pray for that person, pray that God would bless them.  Then she asked that we pray for God to  (and this is the part that really got me) allow us to REALLY see them, to allow us to look on them through His eyes, as He sees them. 

In verse 5 of chapter 19 it says ‘And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him’.  Jesus “SAW” him.  He always does doesn’t He… see us?  He sees the person He created in His image.  He sees our worth, our potential, not what the world sees, not the tax collector, the sinner.  What would happen in and to your life, the life of ALL those around you, not just the people you dislike or those you hold grudges and animosity towards, but everyone you come in contact with, what would happen if you prayed everyday for God to bless them?  What would happen if you followed those prayers with, “Heavenly Father, open my eyes and my heart, Lord, that I would see this person as You made them, as You love them, through Your eyes, Lord!”  WHAT WOULD HAPPEN?! Let’s experiment, shall we?!  Have a blessed weekend.

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace

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