Life Management is Time Management

A lot of successful businesses keep ahead of everyone else by how they manage their time. I’ve worked in 2 large law firms and I can affirm that time is money. Most people are particular in who they pay to do their business, or to represent them. Clients also research firms to see how proficient they are in handling certain types of cases in terms of time management. After all, if you’re paying an attorney to do some work for you and he/she’s charging $500.00 an hour, they better know how to manage their time. So it is with life. …

It’s Not Necessarily Wrong

Take cell phones for example. It’s not a sin to have a cell phone, billions of people do. And it’s not so wrong to have a fast sporty race car. But, are these things really necessary? People ask us older folks all the time, “so, what did you do for fun when you were a kid?” I answer, “we had good clean fun, like playing outdoors with each other. We played jax with marbles; we climbed trees. We pretended we were adults and played ‘house.’” In my opinion technology has robbed kids today of all this. What would the average …

Accept the Assignment

Accept the assignment. I am probably among the many who, after giving my life to Jesus, followed Him for a little while, then went my own way. What happened to me? Did I just slowly lose my salvation? Once you truly give your life to Jesus and make the lifetime commitment to follow Him, you’re sealed into eternity. You shouldn’t treat salvation like fire insurance. You can’t just get saved and sit on the sidelines and enjoy a comfortable life. Jesus died in our place, for our sins, so that we would have an abundant life. But, He also gives …

New Source of Old Temptations

  How many times have you either looked for or checked your cell phone today? I hate it, but yet the temptation is there. The latest statistic says most people check their cell phones every 12 minutes. This boils down to being on your phone almost 24 hours a week. Ugh. Can you imagine what this world would look like if those people opened the Bible every 12 minutes, looking for guidance? The problem is not the cell phone itself, but temptation. And, this is not anything new. Temptation started with an apple in the garden and now it’s an …

You’ll Need to Let Go Of the Ashes

Did you know that God’s best work is turning ashes into beauty? But, before He can do a work in us, we must let go of the ashes. We can’t hold onto the past and expect to go forward. We can’t dwell on what happened to us and expect God to turn things around. You also can’t harbor unforgiveness and hurt and trust that God’s going to honor your requests. But, once you let go and give it all to God, you’ll be blown away at how God can turn your life around. It’s hard to see the beauty in …

Clear Out the Clutter

I admire some aspects of the minimalists. Most have a clean, sometimes sparse home. They tend to live life simply. The few I know have a small amount of furniture, with very little art on the walls. On the other side of this as a group, sometimes called, “hoarders.” A hoarder is someone who hoards things. Some collect and keep things, even things that may seem useless or of little value. These things tend to clutter the living spaces and might limit them from using the space or area as intended. Hoarders tend to have a lot of anxiety. They …

It’s Not About Perfection

It’s not about perfection. It’s about practice. Some of you may know someone who always wants things perfect; someone who likes things in order and gets stressed out if they’re not. Nobody’s perfect, and if you’re a Christian, you know that our perfection is only found in Jesus, and when He takes us home to live with Him one day, our lives will accomplish perfection. Jesus doesn’t expect us to be the ‘perfect’ Christian. He asks that we obey Him and succumb to His will, daily. How do we do this? Practice. To be good at something, anything, it takes …

Victory in Everything

Victory in everything. We all love the thrill of victory. Some say they get a ‘high’ out of watching their team win a game. I love it when I follow a recipe and the results are mouth watering! Everyone loves to win, but how are you winning in life? Do you occasionally have little victories on the job that keep you motivated? Are you looking for opportunities to put a spark in your marriage? Are you consistently seeking to serve others? God wants to give us victory in everything. He wants our life to be successful, our marriages to thrive …

People Don’t Care What You Know

People don’t care what you know until they know you care. I heard the above statement yesterday and it is so true. John 11: 33 – “When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled.” The best thing we can do for people when they are hurting is to listen. Open up your heart and really listen to what they’re saying, or even what they’re not saying. When people are discouraged or troubled, they don’t want advice from us, they just want to tell …

Get Out of ‘Selfie Mode”

  ‘Get out of ‘selfie mode.’ Everywhere you go, you’ll see someone taking a picture of themselves, a selfie. I’ll admit, I’ve done it. But some people take it too far. They take selfies when they’re eating their favorite food, or standing in front of a famous landmark. Does it sound like we’re obsessed with ourselves? Are we solely thinking of ‘me’ all the time? Philippians 2: 3 – “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” The Bible clearly states to not merely look at our own personal interests, but to …

Faith Not Tested

Faith that has not been tested is faith that cannot be trusted. If you’ve been a Christian more than 24 hours, then you can’t deny that your faith has already been tested. Moments after my conversion to Christ, the devil was trying to tell me, “that didn’t work, you’re not saved.” Testing our faith is one way that God determines our authenticity. God knows our heart already, He just wants to bring it out in our character. I’ve had my faith tested many many times over the years. Most of the time I failed the test. But, the wonderful thing …

Pride

Pride can be a dangerous thing. The opposite of being prideful is being humble. Are you too proud to ask for help? Proverbs 16: 5 – “Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished.” I can remember my own kids, more specifically, my daughter, as she was a, let’s just say ‘active’ toddler. As her strong-willed character began to blossom, I became more aware of what I needed to do to enable her character to submit to my will. Often times her stubborn pride won, but over time, she …