Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Christians...who needs 'em?

I had a chance this week to see once again how Christians are sometimes the worst salesmen for Christianity.  Right now some of you are saying...finally, a Christian who admitted it.  Whew. 

I say, so what?  People are screwed up sometimes.  It doesn't mean you're justified in turning away from God because of it.  What do I mean?  I mean I've heard so many times "I don't go to church (or switched denominations) because when I used to attend there was this (person, priest, teacher etc.) who acted like a hypocrite (or said something mean, or that I didn't like...), so I don't go there anymore.  That makes sense, they're a hypocrite so you damage your relationship with God.  Go figure. 

Once I was whining to my spiritual advisor how I'd been wronged by an authority figure in my church. An action which was going to cost me several thousand dollars.  After a pause in my complaining , they said "so how fairly do you think Jesus was treated?".  I shut up...then went to the same church Sunday morning. 

Grow where you are planted. That's the path to a fulfilling life.


Saturday, May 2, 2009


So often people search for happiness by chasing things they think will make them happy.  It doesn't work.  We receive happiness when we do the things which create the life we want. Take someone in a bad relationship.  They choose to look for "happiness" outside the relationship.  It doesn't work, because the same things which caused relationship #1 to fail will repeat themselves in #2. Guarenteed.    

When they say they want "happiness", what they mean is they want a fulfilling relationship.  So they should work on having a fulfilling relationship...with #1.  The same stuff needs to be worked through.  Save the pain of a divorce, work on what you got.  Then you'll have happiness. Really.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Going Up Hills

I took my bike on a trip to the library today.  It is about 12 miles each way several looooong hills. Like a mile or so.  As I was riding my mind was wandering about all sorts of things. Occassionally I'd downshift or stand for a bit, but mainly just enjoyed pedaling.  I've been riding a lot over the past couple of years and a rule I wrote about on a previous post is that I don't stop going up hills.  I also bought a single speed I call "tank" which has caused me to get much stronger. Once I arraived at my destination, I realized a year ago I would have been sucking wind on the same ride, not looking forward to the ride back.

Then I got to thinking the challenges we face in life work the same way.  As we face them and make a decision to not quit, they eventually become easier.  That's a Good philosophy. Commmit to working through the problems and you become good at overcoming them.  Keep it up.      

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Doin' the next right thing

I didn't work today.  I had my to do list and got about half done.  Some easy, some not so easy.

I'm reading the Andy Stanley book I used for some of the last few posts and realize the road I've travelled has brought me to where I am.  Sounds simple I know, but I don't want to be where I am right now.  I want to be fully employed in a job which gives me a sense of fulfillment.   I'm not.  But the secret isn't to do things which will make me feel good. It is to do the things which will take me where I want to go whether I want to do them at the moment or not, which will cause me to be fulfilled.  To do that I just need to do the next right thing in front of me.


Sunday, April 26, 2009

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How would Jesus add value to my life?

Jesus produces hope- Hope is defined as expecting with confidence, or being optimistic. Most people tie hopefulness to security about the future. Jesus produces hope through providing true security. Real security is not in knowing the future. It comes through placing your life in the hands of Jesus, who holds the future. He is described in scripture as our “blessed hope”! The hope produced by Christ begins in this life and continues forever, “What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have Him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now!” (1 Peter 1:3-5, The Message).


Saturday, April 25, 2009

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How Would Jesus Add Value to My Life?

Jesus provides purpose- Purpose in the most general sense is the anticipated result which guides action. It is often used as a synonym for goal or objective. When most people long for “purpose in life”, they are looking for something that will bring meaning and deep, long - term satisfaction to their lives. Jesus is described this way in scripture, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in Him all things in heaven and on earth were created…all things have been created through Him and for Him” (Colossians 1:15-16, New Revised Standard). You were part of His purposeful creation. True meaning and purpose comes as you do what He created you to do. Jesus lived with the same purpose. He said at the end of His life, “I glorified you on earth by completing down to the last detail what you assigned me to do” (John 17:4, The Message).


Friday, April 24, 2009

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How Would Jesus Add Value to My Life?

Jesus provides peace- Peace is a term that most commonly refers to an absence of aggression, violence or hostility. Also, it represents healthy or newly-healed relationships with others. Finally, peace can describe an individual's sense of himself or herself, such as being "at peace". Interestingly, the Bible refers to Jesus as the Prince of Peace. Through Christ one can find forgiveness. “He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God. Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.” (Romans 4:25-5:1, New Living Translation). Forgiveness provides peace with God, peace with others, and ourselves.