On the coach, scrolling on the phone, watching others be successful.
But no, it’s actually the opposite of easy. Watching others work for their success while you seem to be glued to the bed or the sofa or the chair staring out the window -to the world that’s out there. Out there where, maybe, you could have a chance to shine. But it’s all dim inside. Someone sucked the joy and energy out of you and you feel like there’s no turning back. Every opportunity lost forever, every dream shattered, you try to put the pieces back together but the mess is too much to handle, so you give up. Each day. You give up. And you feed the lie that you’re a failure. The still small voice tells you it’s a lie, but the lie is louder. It screaming and laughing at you.
And yet, someday, (and I pray soon) you will rise.
The couch will call. The lies will haunt. And yet you’ll rise. You will get up and believe the truth. You are worthy, you are capable, and this is still your time.
God made us unique, so why are we worried about being different? He did it on purpose. We are never a mistake.
God gave us all different colors in His masterpiece, so why are we pretending one color is more beautiful than the other?
He gave us different gifts and talents, let’s use them for His Glory!
Choose to see others (and yourself) the way God sees you —and make the decision to see value in the roles each of us plays in His Kingdom.
“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ… Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” 1 Corinthians 12:12, 27
It might be easier for us to understand what the Bible is referring to when it says that our speech should be gracious, but have you ever wondered what it means to have speech that is “seasoned with salt”?
In my Bible study, I learned that “seasoned with salt” means that our words should be “tasty” -they should be encouraging to keep the conversation going.
Nobody really enjoys talking to person that is not courteous or to someone that seems to be “talking down” to others.
God’s message can make sense to us, but it might be brand new to someone. If we want respect for ourselves (and especially for God’s Word), we need to model that respect.
Keep the dialogue going by making your conversation tasty and inviting -seasoned with salt! And above all, let’s show the same grace we have been given!
“Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. ” Colossians 4:6
What are we filling our minds with? What we spend time thinking about and consuming (through books, movies, music, internet, social media, television, etc.) determines what we say and do. What are you influenced by?
Yes, it’s very important to be knowledgeable about a variety of topics and to always be learning new things that will not only help us but help others too.
But ultimately, fixing our thoughts on Jesus, spending time on God’s Word, and consuming wholesome material will make the biggest difference in our lives and the lives of others around us.
“Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8
Each one of us, like a wildflower, is being cared for by the loving rain.
God takes care of the wildflowers and gives them rain, soil, and sun. And his love for you is much more than that! He gives you everything you need, and he walks with you through seasons of waiting too.
Don’t doubt that he listens to your prayers. Don’t give up!
Even when I feel alone I know you’re with me. When I feel small in the vast beauty of this earth, you remind me I am also your creation. You see me when I feel unseen, you love me when I feel unworthy, and you carry me through the storm until the sunny days are back – and even then you never leave me.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6