Out Live!

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“A single lie destroys a whole reputation of integrity.” – Baltasar Gracian
One of my favorite quotes is, “Live in such a way that the pastor doesn’t have to lie at your funeral.” You can’t fight a lie, but you can out-live it. Instead of fighting back when lies come against us, we need to live in the truth. It may take a while for the truth to come out. Friends and family may leave us but if we are living a life of integrity, people will start to question what is the truth.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” – Phillipians 4:8

Dropping Nets

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I have always been intrigued by the story of the fishermen dropping their nets and following Jesus. They not only dropped their nets but also left their boats, baskets, equipment, family, friends and homes. This always brings a question to my mind, ‘would I give it all up to follow Jesus?’

When I think about it, what have I really given up? A little time on Sunday mornings, maybe helping in the soup kitchen or serving on a church committee. Have I really left it all behind? Could I?

Have I sacrificed my time, money, talents or even prayed for others? I just wondering what life would look like if I gave up my sports team instead of just Sunday mornings? What about devoting as much time to reading the Bible as I do to checking Facebook? How about interceding for others in prayer instead of talking about them? Can I turn off the radio and wait and listen for Him? I have some nets to drop. What nets do you need to be untangled from and let go?

Unplug

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There is a great scene in ‘The Matrix’ where Neo becomes aware and unplugs. So many times we all wish we could unplug from life. Stop the world I want to get off. Yet, when have we taken the time to unplug?

Last week my wife and I had a ‘Wireless Wednesday’, where we unplugged. We turned off the phones and computers for 24 hours and decompressed. Instead of checking emails and latest thing on social media, we read, prayed and talked. It was a time of reconnecting for us and with ourselves. I found my mind was clear and thoughts and ideas came bursting forth like they never have before.

Knowing how liberating unplugging now is I hope to find that freedom more often. I will put time in my schedule to put down the technology and just be. We are human ‘beings’ not human doings.

“Be still and know thatI am God” Psalm 46:10 

Find the time to unplug and just be…

Reign Down

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Running has always been a great prayer time for me. It allows me to dump the worries and stresses of the day. But some days are very special, like running in the rain. There is something special about running in a down pour. I have always loved getting a good run in when the skies have opened up. The rain keeps me fresh and cools my body. It reminds me of God’s grace and love. He is constantly showering us with these gifts. Cleansing, making us new and loving us through our missteps in this adventure called life.

He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass, like showers that water the earth. Psalm 72:6

Soak Him in and let Him reign down on your life.

#HumpDayChallenge

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For the last several years it has been difficult for me to get into the Christmas spirit. I’m not sure why I have felt that way. It could be the commercialization of this precious time of year has been lost. Or the pressure of “having to” get everyone a gift whether you really know them or not. Maybe it because I’m missing my dad, or the loss of my job. For whatever reason it has not seemed like Christmas.

So this year I’ve decided to search more for that Christmas spirit and found it only comes from one place. It is the gift of a Savior that came to die that I might live.

The #HumpDayChallenge is to take the time and search for the real meaning of Christmas. That could be a few minutes in prayer or giving to someone in need. But above all find Him, for He is the reason for the season.

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