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Saturday
Sep062008

Living life Out Loud

I can't remember where I first ran across this idea of "Living Life Out loud;" living with abandon,not holding back or holding in, but  simply being myself and not apologizing for it..

II Samuel 6:21 in the New Living translation says, "...so I am willing to act like a fool in order to show my joy in the Lord." This was King David's response to being criticized by his wife for showing some unbridled joy. This verse motivates me to not live in a box, be confined to one swimming lane predetermined by other people, dance to other people's music. 

It doesn't mean being arrogant, full of myself, having an independent spirit or not being teachable; but it  does mean simply being whom God made me to be and lving it out without fear of what others might say or think. Too much of my life has been spent in trying to keep everybody happy and missing the real me created by Jesus Christ. It was Bill Cosby who said, "I don't know what the secret to success is, but I do know what the secret to failure is and that's trying to keep everybody happy."

Friday
Sep052008

I Need These Three

Just like you, I, at times, get tired of: Five ways to this; seven steps to that; the three most important things you need to know. Having said that, allow me to suggest three things I have been thinking about that I personally am in desperate need of  if I am to finish my race well and not take the Humpty Dumpty fall. My sense is that most people I know are overwhelmed and over committed; trying to do too much and traveling too fast. These help me with perspective and pacing.

I need:

  • Personal renewal times that replenish me
  • Personal relationships that protect me
  • Personal  systems that organize and focus me

 

Friday
Aug222008

Making God Laugh

Yesterday In reading a blog,  I read "If you want to make God laugh, tell Him about your plans."

I asked a co-worker what came to mind when I shared it with him.  His response was along the lines of making our own plans and being independent of the Lord.  My initial thought was that so many times my plans are too small with very little God-size vision.

What thoughts come to your mind when you read, "If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans?"

Tuesday
Aug192008

Jesus' resurrection and 2nd coming

Phil 3: 20,21 ESV

"But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself"

Jesus, I was think this morning about the Resurrection that provides power and the 2nd coming that provides accountability. Two enormous aspects of You that should daily and constantly influence the way I think, live, minister and pray

You died to provide forgiveness and a new life. You rose to provide power over sin, you are coming again the thought of which inspires and motivates and gives me perspective and good accountability. Luther's idea of living as if Jesus died yesterday, rose today and is coming again tomorrow.

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