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15 Seconds of Fame

In a time when “Random acts of kindness” seem to be strategically set up, recorded and publicized regularly on social media, and news outlets, we (Christ followers) must know and remember that Gods word says good deeds done in secret are really the ones that count.

Is what you do Gods work? Is it really from the heart? Or are you looking for your 15 seconds of fame?

Matthew 6:1

Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

Hebrews 13:16

Do not neglect to do good, and to share what you have, for such sacrifices please God

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To Give or Not to Give

Does giving gifts have take away from the true meaning of Christmas? No, it does not. If we focus on the wonderful gift of salvation the Lord has given us (Isaiah 9:6), giving to others is a natural expression of that gratitude. The key is our focus. Is your focus on the gift, or on the ultimate gift-giver, our gracious Heavenly Father? “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights…” (James 1:17).

I was doing some Christmas shopping the other day and started to feel some kind of way about the serious stress I was seeing on the faces of other shoppers.  I listened to conversations and watched disputes take place all in the name of Christmas giving.

It was depressing, I felt a bit convicted about the whole thing.  Why do we try to do so much, stressing over pleasing people when the purpose is to give a thoughtful gift in the name of love and kindness.

The reason is I believe is that we are now doing way too much.  We want to impress others, we want to compete with others, and in the process we create more debt than we can afford.

Let’s try to remember the real reason for this season, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ selflessly coming into this world to save us from eternal suffering.

It’s pretty simple, show love in how you care. Give meaningful gifts, gift that supply a need not just a want, and not just at Christmas

Don’t get tired

It’s so important to always do the right thing for the right reason.  Do good (the right thing) because you truly care, and because Gods Holy Scripture says, we are to care for one another (Romans 12:8).  Don’t do anything to be seen or to be praised by others, instead do it because Jesus did it for you when He gave His all during His lifetime on earth and ultimately in His death on the cross.

Don’t permit yourself to be upset or feel that you’ve been wronged by someone who seems ungrateful,  or totally unconcerned with you now that their crisis is over.  Be thankful for the time and the friendship you had, for what you learned from them positive or negative, and especially for what you were able to do to assist them in their time of need.   That’s God’s love being exhibited through you.  Don’t worry about anything else because your God who sees what you do in secret will reward you openly.

Galatians 6:9 “Let us not grow weary in well doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not”.  That’s the promise we get from God.

Love Never Fails

I know Valentine’s Day isn’t a favorite holiday for some BUT!! We all love to feel appreciated, and we all love to be told “Thank you”, don’t we?    That’s what you are saying when you take the time to do something special for the one you love.  So, no matter how you may feel about the holiday, make it a point to go out of your way to do something special for them just because you love them, and you want to show your appreciation for all they do everyday for you and your family. 
For most people, it doesn’t take a lot of money to show someone that you care, it just takes a little imagination.  It can be as simple as a quiet moment together where you make a declaration of your love or a promise to be more mindful of them, a card with a heart felt message, a romantic candle lite dinner at home (you get to skip all the crowds, the waiting and the expense).  If you can’t cook, get take out and dress it up at home.  You know, set the table with plates, wine glasses, folded napkins, silverware, some candles and turn on some soft music, that’s  it!!  You can get all of that from a “Dollar store” if you don’t have it already!!  Get your flowers from the grocery store, they are much cheaper and you don’t have to worry about delivery on Sunday.
My husband buys me flowers because he knows that’s what I like, and I usually cook him a special dinner because I know that’s what he likes.  I don’t always expect anything and I know he’s not crazy about how expensive things get around these special calendar days, but he does it for me not for himself.   My point is that you know your spouse, your girl or your guy,  and if you sit down and give it just a little thought, I’m sure you’ll come up with something just right for them, something that they will appreciate.  You still have time! Valentine’s Day is Sunday.  
Now, if you didn’t know already, they will be asked, “What did you get for Valentine’s Day” or “What did you do for Valentine’s Day”?  Make it your goal to give them a wonderful response to that question come Monday.
Love is not selfish, it is always giving, protecting, thoughtful, considerate, patient, kind……

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 “Love never fails”
Happy Valentines to all of you, and thank you 

Me or We

 As selfish as I can be at times, I have come to realize that my unselfish actions (things I do for him) sometimes (not always) bring me so much more joy than if I only did what makes me happy or content.

Philippians 2:3

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;
  Andy Stanley

Even If You Feel Used Up, Don’t Give Up

My husband and I know as much as the next person how hard it can be to be totally disregarded by people who you have been there for emotionally, physically or even financially.  The Word of God tells us no matter what, the good we do will be rewarded If we do it with the heart of God.

Galatians 6:9 “Let us not grow weary in well doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not”.  That’s a promise from God!

 That’s why it’s so important to always do the right things for the right reasons.  Do it because you truly care, and because God’s Word says, we are to care for one another (Romans 12:8).  Don’t do anything to be seen or praised by others (the world) instead, do it because Jesus did it for you in giving His all in His life on earth and ultimately in His death on the cross.

Instead of being upset or feeling that you’ve been wronged by someone who seems ungrateful,  or totally unconcerned with you after you have been there for them;  Be thankful for the time and the friendship you had with them, for what you learned from them positive or negative, and for what you were able to do to help them in their time or times of need.   That’s God’s love being exhibited through you.  

 Friends come and go, and not all relationships are forever. It’s okay!