Thought of the Day—Do you have times when you struggle with self-esteem so you go to your local Walmart and stroll around to people watch until you feel better about yourself? Are those snickers and eye rolls? If you answered yes, you may have more than just a self-esteem issue; you may have a judgmental one. It is so tempting at times to compare ourselves with others who aren’t in our “class” or standing and we write them off with a wave of our mental hand. But in all honesty, we are the true “bottom feeders” if we stoop so low and are so shallow as to judge by glance. After all, who are we except perhaps one job away from welfare, one chronic illness away from poverty, or one accident away from mental impairment? Here’s another thought; Jesus came from and mingled with “the least of these”. Who are we to give anything else but compassion to others? We need to pray for new eyes to see others as God sees them; His blessed creation. Come to think of it, that’s exactly how He sees us. Kind of boosts the old self-esteem, don’t you think?
Thought of the Day—Do you have a case of the wandering eye when it comes to other people’s lives? Did you know that the time and energy spent on wishing you had someone else’s life could have been better spent on improving your own? God gave you a unique set of people, geography, and circumstances to help make you who YOU should be, not someone else. And even though there may be a few weeds to pull and perhaps a little grass seed to sow in the dry patches of life’s lawn, just remember; the only reason that grass looks greener on the other side is probably because it’s only artificial astro turf…
Thought of the Day—I know most of you have heard the old adage, “time heals all wounds” which is true, especially when forgiveness was applied. Many times, what’s left is a scar that serves as a reminder of a painful but teachable experience and when put in proper perspective, can give strength to one’s character. But when we are in the process of healing, we need to be on the lookout for what I call scab pickers; those that attempt to reopen that same painful wound by throwing out reminders of the hurting incident and therefore, keep you from healing. Satan is a pro at doing this; so are some “so called” friends or family…don’t be deceived by their tactics but always keep these “antagonistic monsters” at arm’s length and pray for peace, healing…and perhaps selective memory loss?
Thought of the Day—Many times when we are facing a challenge, the biggest obstacle isn’t in front of us, but deep inside. Like evil twins, fear and doubt can cloud our judgment and cause us to trip up instead of stepping out in faith and putting our trust solely in the hands of the One who created us in the first place. So whatever it may be, give it to God and just back away…yeah, that means YOU…no fingering. Allow God to do what He does best; lighten the load, bear the burden, and liberally apply grace where and when it’s needed most.
It’s not about the bunny or the patent leather shoes
It is not about the colored eggs or mama’s brand new do,
It is not about the spectacle of baskets with candy heaping full
It is about the selfless love God has for me and you.
For God so loved the world that He gave his only son
To take our place, to take our shame, to die for everyone,
And on that first Easter morn when God raised Christ from his tomb
Hope also arose for all mankind, that our destiny would not be doomed.
So as you celebrate Easter, celebrate also the empty cross
And praise the name of Jesus Christ without whom we would all be lost,
For it’s not about the bunny but yet a sense of life renewed
Eternal life for us is possible because of the empty tomb.
Thought of the Day—God doesn’t want us to go through life like a simple pane of glass; thin, fragile and easily broken. Rather, God wants to transform us into strong, transparent, sparkling diamonds. But we must first submit to His authority and allow God to work in our daily lives; to discipline and teach us His ways. Bit by bit, He chips away the unnecessary and harmful habits in our lives until we become a useful multi-faceted gem that reflects His beauty…not our own…
Thought of the Day—Believe it or not, the only constant in life is change and that is a very good thing. If we never allowed God to change our attitudes and behaviors, we could never be molded into what He had intended for us to be. So as you face another of life’s challenges head on, have faith that God actually knows what He is doing. Just consider your pain and tears, your loss or your trials as life experiences that can be transformed into uniquely hued embroidery floss, applied by God to the beautiful, intricate and very ornate tapestry of your life. Allow Him to delicately but deliberately interweave the ordinary into something quite extraordinary…YOU…