Posts tagged ‘smile’

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!

August 8, 2008

Serve

In Joshua 24:14-15 the word ‘Serve’ is stated 5 times.  If we know anything about scripture, we know that when there is a word or term that is expressed over and over, that it’s important and there is a theme going on.  We understand that in these 2 verses the word and theme here is ‘Serve’ 

So, what does it mean to serve?  Dictionary.com describes serve with many definitions and I’m picking a couple here:  to render assistance, be of use, help, to act as a servant, to render obedience or homage to(God), to provide with a regular or continuous supply of something.  These are some great definitions among others.  Probably the most likely aspect of our service to the Lord would be many varieties of these definitions. 

Let’s remember to continue to give of ourselves in service to the Lord.  It doesn’t have to be that you pack up your family and household and become a missionary right now!  It doesn’t have to be so big in size or grandiose, it can be in the little things.  Jesus said, to whom much is given, much is required.  Jesus also said, I came to serve and not to be served.  If we listen to Jesus closely, I think we realize that it’s in the mundane and daily rituals that we see Him and we serve with a servants heart to give and not just receive.  To share openly with ALL that we have, including financial gifts, spiritual acts of service, random acts of kindness, a smile or even a hug.  In this we fulfill the service and we also fill the ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’

Go serve today and give of what God has blessed you with as we all have been given gifts to serve and give back.