Category Archives: Listening

Thought of the Day–4/18/18

Thought of the Day—We use sunscreen to protect our skin from the sun.  We use sunglasses to protect our eyes from the same source.  We strap ourselves into our cars to protect against an impending accident and strap our children in devices for the same reason; even though it takes the owner’s manual to figure out how to get them back out again.  We buy guns and alarm systems to protect our homes and families from potential intruders.  But how do we guard our own hearts and minds from harm?  Simply put, we need to safeguard our minds against triggers that could cause us harm.  It could be something as simple as a television show, movies or perhaps the type of material you read.  It could also be the types of folks you hang around with.  We need to pray for discernment and wisdom concerning our journey and what we ingest from the world.  People can be just as toxic and dangerous as any poison or street drug.  They don’t necessarily have your best interest in mind and won’t stand beside you when you fall.  In fact, many times they will use their tongue as a sharp knife to slice away at your reputation and character.  Keep your eyes open and guard your heart!

Thought of the Day–4/11/18

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–4/6/18

Thought of the Day—Have you ever noticed when sunflowers bloom, their large mustard yellow heads and black faces continue to follow the sun all throughout the day?  It’s part of their DNA, how they are created.  Here’s a question for you; what turns your head?  What drives you, where do your passions lie, what peaks your interests?  If you have trouble answering that question, you are not alone.  But there is a caution that aligns with our hesitancy.  For in this age of gimmicks, fads, trends and instant gratification, we are very easily distracted by those things that fade almost as fast as they appear and we end up looking like…well…bobble heads, never really focused in on anything of substance.  Today I challenge you to reexamine the “head turners” in your life.  Are they contributing to your life or eternal goals? Remember, we all have the same hours of every day and only one life here on this earth with no promise for tomorrow.  Are we being good stewards of the time we have been given?

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.  Hebrews 12:1 (NLT)

Thought of the Day–4/4/18

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.