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Anything Worth Doing

The other day I saw a car with a magnetic advertising sign on the back.  It listed the company name and the agent’s name and phone number.  The thing that caught my attention was the slogan:  “Anything worth doing is worth doing rite.”  The letters r-i-t-e had nothing to do with the company or agent’s name or phone number.  I began to wonder if the sign had just not been worth making.

It seems everywhere we look, we have turned into a world where “doing things right” has become “close enough.”  When our parents bought a new car for $15,000.00 dollars, there was a full tank of gas.  We spend $30,000.00 on the same car and there is just enough gas to get us to the station.  Instead of shopping for just the right gift, we go straight to the register and buy a gift card.  Example after example – and while we know it is true, we give them little more than a passing thought because it’s “close enough.”

The Bible tells us: For it is written, as I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.  So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God, Romans 14:11,12.  That means every thought, every word, and every action.  But when we measure ourselves as Christian men, do we use the world’s yard stick or God’s?  You see, there is no place on God’s yard stick for “close enough.”  He takes us as we are, so He can make us as we should be.  He wants all of our baggage, problems, and struggles so we can leave them with Him.  Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light, Matthew 11:28-30.

“Sure, Cary, that sounds great.  But how exactly am I supposed to dump everything on God and leave it when it won’t leave me?  I can pray ‘till the cows come home and I’ll still have the same job, the same traffic, the same bills and the same life.”

The short answer is Ephesians 6:10-20…every single day.  Get out of bed and fall to our knees.  Pray for our loins to be girt about the truth.  Get the breastplate of righteousness of the hanger.  Stand up and shod our feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace.  Grab the shield of faith hanging at the foot of the bed.  Pick up the helmet of salvation sitting on the table and harness the sword of the Spirit as we head out the door.  Any piece of our armor we forget, leaves a weak spot Satan can and will exploit.  Put on the whole armor of God every day.  He left nothing out because when it comes to our protection and salvation – He will never settle for “close enough.”  If you believe being a Christian is worth doing, then it’s worth doing RIGHT!

 

Article by C.S. Depew

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Rose-Colored Glasses

It’s amazing how many people feel Christians look at the world with naïve optimism.  I was fortunate enough to assist with a Christ-centered addictions program for two years.  Week after week I watched people come to the program once or twice and never return.  One man even stood up and said, “You’re not giving these people any real help.  When they are down in the gutter, they need someone they can call on to drag them out.  Sitting here in a church and praying isn’t going to help them in the real world.”

Oh, how wrong he was.  Many of those people came to church on Friday nights hoping to find a magic cure:  “do this, this and that and presto – the gutters of the world will be a distant memory.”  The glorious truth is they were closer to a cure than they ever realized.  I believe addiction is the result of a conscious or unconscious attempt to deal with the sin-riddled world around us.  It starts with a drink, pill, food, etc. that temporarily blurs the vision, numbs the senses and disarms the moral compass within to give some comfort from the harsh reality of the world in which we live.   They make things, at least for a while, more bearable.

Addiction is the result of a conscious or unconscious attempt to deal with the sin-riddled world around us.

Now, here’s the rub.  As Christians we try to help people with these addictions without realizing we do the exact same thing.  John 14:16 says, “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever.”  In John 14:26 Jesus says, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

Why is the Holy Spirit called a Comforter?  Because He is sent to help make things more bearable.  The Comforter sent to us by God clears our vision, heightens our senses and guards our moral compass so we can see beyond the harsh world in which we live and see the world that was intended and will be again.  The rose-colored glasses we wear do not blind us from the reality of the world.  They allow us to look at those who have fallen into the gutters of this world and see children of God.  Our Comforter allows us to reach out to those around us and give them true hope in Jesus Christ and, for the first time, let them see themselves through the eyes of The King.

 

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My Name Is…

Everyone has TWO names: Who YOU think you are and who OTHERS say you are …

It has always been said that how you are PERCEIVED is how you are eventually RECEIVED. What does that mean you ask? Simply put, if someone thinks you are a mean person, they will treat you like a mean person. If someone thinks you to be positive and fun, more than likely you will have quite a few more friends than someone who isn’t.

So often we dig ourselves into man-made holes and when we fall into them we blame everyone but ourselves. I love what Psalm 7:15 says:

He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.

Honestly, we as Christians do some pretty stupid things sometimes. The problem that we fail to comprehend is that every action we perform places a mark upon us for EVERYONE to see. People today, especially teenagers, mope around wondering why people view them in the light that they do — Poor choices will result in unfavorable consequences. On the other hand, do right and live right, and a POSITIVE mark is placed on your forehead (figuratively speaking of course) for everyone to see! The best part of all this? YOU get to choose how people PERCEIVE you! Look at this passage from Proverbs 22:

A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold. – Proverbs 22:1

What an opportunity! We get to pick how and what we are going to be known as. Think right now of someone you think that is a liar … Now think of someone who you think is honest. Why did you pick the people you picked? It is because they gave you a reason! They picked their “name” and allowed you to perceive them that way.

Everyone has seen those, “Hello, my name is…” stickers right? Let’s imagine that you took a blank one and stuck it on your forehead and gave 10 people who you know fairly well a marker. Their job was to write how they perceived you on your sticker … What do you think it would say when they finished and you pulled it off? The choice is yours ….

TAKE AWAYS

  • Our actions formulate the opinions that others have towards us
  • Once someone has made their mind up, it’s hard to change it
  • YOU ultimately get to choose how you are known and how you will be remembered

 

Article by Kevin Crozier

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