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.
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….
Another great sermon, this one goes through the Beatitudes. If you have time or need a way to make your quiet times more enjoyable, look up sermons like this one and watch them, most sermons are at least 30 minutes long so you’ll get a quality quiet time in and it can open your heart to know what God may be trying to tell you. I’ve been watching Red Rocks sermons lately for my quiet times, but you can check out any churches sermons. Enjoy!