So, last August I got a full time job finally in the School District I’ve been working at. This meant that I had to give up a few things, one of the biggest was to have to back out of being a cross country assistant coach, which was my dream from the very beginning. Some smaller things was moving to a different school, not getting cans, scrap metal, spare change, and ruling the roost like I was used to at my previous school. Because of this change though I get to work less at Steinhafels and therefore open up more free time for myself which I’m not used to having. I also got an apartment now and have been moving into that and finding joy in having a place like an apartment, which is very hard since I used to live in a condo. This year I am hoping to learn how to cook a little and maybe find that special girl!! 🙂 haha a boy can dream right?!
Anyways, you haven’t heard from my friend Steph Mox lately, but she’s having another kid and moving to another state, which is hard to take sometimes because it’s been such a joy getting to visit them! If she had the time to write on her blog I guarantee it would be something of legend with the amazing things that God is doing in her and her husbands lives. There’s certain people that when you see them, you realize there’s something different about them. They have a sort of glow around them, and that is the Mox’s. I’ve never seen two people more in love with God than those two are and they are a shining beacon for the world to see. I hope one day to reignite my passion for God and shine as bright as they do for his glory.
With the new year, I did purchase the bible on audiobook and have been listening to it in the car, I realize I have been fading as a Christian and want that light to burn bright within me so that everyone knows that God is alive and on the move. So, I have been doing what I can do get back into the word and grow in my faith once again.
What’s something you’re doing this new year to get back into the swing of things? Is there anything or are you doing everything you want to be doing? How are you shining in the darkness?
I remember back in the day when I was younger, I’d carry a composition book everywhere with me and write down all sorts of thoughts I had. It was something I don’t do often anymore and I hope to start back up. Sometimes a walk through the woods is the best medicine and simply writing everything that’s on your mind can be the greatest inspiration. I get so caught up in life now a days that I forget to enjoy the simple pleasures that life has to offer.
May we shine a little brighter every single day and help all those in need. May we never forget where we came from and why we are here on this Earth. We often look inward instead of outward, focusing on ourselves instead of focusing on others around us. I have failed this way more and more recently as the years have gone by. I want to be go back to when I cared for others more than I cared about myself, back when I placed it ALL in God’s hands and if he failed at providing, I would be in major trouble. I want to be a radiant Christian whose light shines into the darkness of the world and of life and lights it up like a blazing fire, so that the world may see the good and know that God is still on the move.
You are loved, there is hope and there is a light inside all of us…..please let it shine forth….
Honestly, I’m struggling financially right now. I’m opening with that because I have a ministry fund and I was told I should use that money to pay off bills. Most people would think that was an awesome idea I’m guessing since I’m living paycheck to paycheck. But in reality, if you look at the bigger picture, if I used that money, I’d be in the same hole just deeper down because that money would all disappear fast as well. A co-worker explained it to me like this: When you’re on a plane and there’s an emergency, the oxygen masks come down and what do they tell you to do? They tell you to take care of yourself first and then help any children around you. Honestly, that just shows how bad we are these days. If there’s a six year old child beside me in an airplane and those masks come down, I’d rather save his life rather than my own. I’ve lived a decent life already, he still has his whole life ahead of him. Let’s say you’re a 90 year old grandma and those a 6 year old sitting next to you, to put it on yourself first is just foolish for the same reason as I pointed out above, you’ve lived a long life, if one of you is going to survive and the other isn’t, I’d rather the 6 year old survive. It’s time we start looking at the big picture and not just worrying about the small things in life, but the big impact we can have on this world. So, I challenge you to look at your life and switch to a bigger picture mode instead of a small picture mode. God bless and shine bright.
I’m sure you already know the power of the mind. You could be in the worst possible day and with the simple “resetting the mindset” you’re the happiest person in the world. I find at work, I need to reset my mindset constantly. Being a custodian often feels like being the scum on the bottom of the bucket and being a part-time custodians like being bacteria on that scum… But with the depression comes happiness and with that happiness you can shine even brighter. I hope to move on someday to a “dream job” where I’ll make enough money to live comfortably and donate a large portion of it. For now though, there are days when being a part-time custodian is a dream job, here are a few reasons why: you get to serve others, the money isn’t horrible, the hours are flexible, you get to help people be happier, you learn to listen and humble yourself. I’m known as “the guy that can make things happen” which means I’m able to make a lot of people happy and feel appreciated. They know they don’t need to fill out paperwork or wait for months when they come to me because I do everything in my power to help them ASAP. Some people annoy and anger me to the point my blood is boiling, but if I reset my mind back to the reason I’m there in the first place, I’m as happy as a monkey eating bananas 😀 . More than anything else in life, I want to glorify God and be Christ-like in my words and actions…Christ humbled himself to being a servant instead of a king, he made himself like us (except sinless) and so when I’m able to serve, I feel like he can work his strongest through me.
If you work at a place with custodians, you probably do, thank them! Even a simple smile can change their day! Thank you and may you always shine your light… 🔥🌟🌞⭐️🌠🎆🌄🌅🌇 (I ran out of light emojis haha)
The world is a crazy place, sometimes we can even feel like it’s crashing down all around us right? We start to think that the world takes on a human persona and is out to get us… Hang in there though! The struggles can often be blessings in disguise. At Believers Voyage, I want to help be that shining light at the end of the tunnel. If you need help, let me know… Perhaps I can help you see the blessing…
On another note, I’m not so sure switching out this blog was the best idea, so I might go back. What’s the sense of paying for a blog you don’t write on. Truth is, I don’t know what to use this blog for. All I know is that in life, I want to help people. If you have any ideas on how I can do that, please share, sharing is caring! 🐝😃
True happiness comes from doing one good deed after another without expecting anything in return but a smile. It’s humbling yourself to serve others with no strings attached, even if you feel like they don’t deserve it. Pay it forward, be the first to plant the seed and then enjoy as you watch it grow into something breathtakingly beautiful! You were put on this earth for a reason, don’t wait for someone else to start something, start it yourself!!
3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. (NIV)
If everyone who reads this verse has a log in their eyes, every brother (or sister I think it’s safe to add) wouldn’t that mean there were no real specks in eyes at all but just logs. I wonder how many meanings we can come up with for this verse, but if I’m correct it is talking about the problems in our lives. Don’t go out and judge someone for spending money unwisely if you spend unwisely, don’t tell your brother that they are saying stupid things when you know you yourself say stupid things, etc. First take care of your problems, or “clean your side of the street” first and than go and help your brother/sister clean their side of the street in a way that doesn’t belittle them but lifts them up. I struggle with this every single day with a guy at work, he just does some things that I see as stupid and I constantly get on him about it, and I know I’m the same exact way and make the same exact mistakes, if not now I have in the past and so part of me whispers in my ear, “you’re just trying to help him not make the same mistake you made” but he’s human…..he’s going to make the same mistakes I make and that’s part of growing. If you baby a person too much, they are never going to grow and learn how to live for themselves. Parents do this kind of thing all the time, but a child will only learn if he is left to make mistakes himself and hopefully learn from them. Sometimes it’s a gamble because the kid will never learn and continue to mess up time and time again, but sometimes he does learn and he becomes all the stronger because of it.
19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.
In the ESV version, instead of “at once” it says “immediately”, just think about these two verses for a while. First of all, “fish for people” kind of sounds funny, what did Jesus want, for them to throw nets on people and catch them? But if you think about it, these guys lived and breathed fishing, this was their identity and profession, they were fishers, that’s pretty much all they probably knew. So, using that analogy worked for them, they knew exactly what Jesus was asking them. But they didn’t know who Jesus was, he was just some stranger who happened to walk by and talk to them, and yet they IMMEDIATELY left their nets and followed Him. They didn’t say “ummmm we don’t know you, we’re not really interested in that.” or “let us think about it first and then we’ll let you know later if we want to follow you or not” they left at once. They left everything that was comfortable to them, everything that they had known to follow a stranger. They didn’t know where he was going to lead them, all they knew was that they were going to be “fishing for people”. How many people these days need to think about it, think about what it was going to do to their lives, how it was going to affect them selfishly, instead of just trusting God with their lives and going for it, giving up the comfortable for the uncomfortable….