Posts tagged ‘gifts’

December 19, 2011

Christmas 2011

What a blessing it is to celebrate this & every season of Christmas. In Sunday school class that my wife and I teach together, we asked every 10th grader this question, “What does Christmas mean to you?”  With many different answers, the same line did pervade every answer.  It’s about Jesus and being born and what he did for us. I was trying to hit home to them that they need to continue to focus on that aspect of Christmas more than just the presents under the tree.

That’s my issue with ‘Black Friday’ and the Christmas season in America today. It’s not about Jesus, it’s about monetary items, it’s about selling and advertising and capitalizing on the holiday rather than celebrating the Real reason for the season.  Understandably, the devil wants us to avoid the Real reason and get us distracted and focused more on a present to give or receive than worshipping Jesus and celebrating his birth some 2000 years ago.

I don’t focus on gifts anymore these days as I once did when I was a child. Nor do I give gifts to family members as I once did either. To me it’s giving back to charities and spending time with family and thanking God for the Best gift of all – the one and only true son of God, Jesus, the Christ child, the Messiah, the Saviour of the world!

So when your opening and unwrapping your gifts on Christmas morning, remember, the best gift of all has already given us the best he has, the best gift of all, his life for our sins.

Thank you Jesus and Happy Birthday!

September 28, 2010

Using your Talents

To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability – Matthew 25:15

In SS class this past Sunday we discussed the Parable of the Talents.  2 of the 3 people used their talent and doubled it’s worth and 1 hid his talent and never used it out of fear.  The 2 that used their talents were blessed and given high praise while the 3rd was given scorn and cast out where there was weeping and gnashing of teeth.

I thought about this scripture before and it hit me then as it hits me today. How important it is to give back what you have been blessed with(For it is better to give than to receive.)  How important it is to leave a legacy of good after you leave this planet.  To use the gifts God Almighty has given you while you are here on earth.  To share and not be stingy and greedy.  To smile and encourage someone.  To leave loving impressions on people and to leave people in a better state than when you met them.

I don’t think life is meant to be a huge riddle or some hard quiz.  I think it is simple in lots of ways. The problem is us.  I think we let the world jade us to points of forgetfulness.  Where we forget to smile.  Forget to love and give and share and say “Thank You” 

We must not be conformed to this world(Romans 12:2), but be transformed by the renewing of our minds in Christ Jesus. 

If we keep our eyes on the prize(Jesus) then I think we will be able to conquer anything that comes our way. I truly believe this. 

Life isn’t easy or fair.  But, to know that God himself is on our side.  To know that the creator of the Universe loves you & me and wants the best for us.  How comforting is that to know?  I know it gives me joy and happiness.  I know that no matter what happens, God loves me…Period!

We all get caught up in the daily grind.  I do too.  But, it doesn’t take me long to snap real quick and know that God is right beside me and that’s when I pray to Him and thank Him for where I am and what He has done for me and where He has brought me from.

I always pray.  I keep praying.  And no matter what God is right there listening and loving on me, wholeheartedly. 

For He will never leave you nor forsake you – Hebrews 13:5

I know this to be true.  I have burned these scriptures upon my heart.  There is no lie the devil can tell me because God Himself has promised me these things and I don’t need a book in hand to remind me, for I have burned these verses upon my heart.

Take this word of encouragement from me today.  Be bold in the Lord and KNOW that Jesus loves you FOREVER!!  amen!

November 24, 2009

Happy Turkey Day

Thanksgiving is a reason for this season and every season.  May you and I both be thankful and grateful for all the gifts He has given us.

Thank you Father for all your gifts of health, love, family & friends for they are all gifts from you.  Amen.

“I will…open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”  Malachi 3:10

March 27, 2009

love languages

I wanted to share a great book with you.  It’s called the 5 love languages.  The book is a short and great read.  There is also a video series that can accompany it as well.  Basically, there are 5 love languages that everyone of us have.  This book dives into those languages and helps you understand…YOU! 

What better way to find out more about yourself and your love language.  The different languages are:  Quality Time, Physical touch, Gifts, Acts of service and Words of affirmation.  There is a test to find out what you are as well.  You typically have a top 2 and then it drops off from there.  My 2 are PT and Acts of service–go figure.

The way we love is the way we express love.