Monday, May 24, 2010

New Perspective

The other morning my toothpaste lid rolled across the vanity counter, onto the floor and under the bathroom cabinet. The cabinet is raised and has feet so, of course, the lid rolled all the way to the back by the wall. Frustrated, I got down on my hands and knees to retrieve the lid. As I reached under and grabbed the lid, I also caught an unwanted dust bunny!

I don’t know about you, but I don’t put a lot of time or attention to making sure the area under my bathroom cabinets are dust free. But after practically laying upside down to retrieve the wayward toothpaste lid, I’m deciding to give it a little more attention!

Sometimes God allows us to see the things we forget about or take for granted in a new way. He has a unique ability to turn us on our axis to completely change our perspective. God knows how to get our attention and shows us a new perspective for our benefit.

Do you think you may have some spiritual dust bunnies that may need to be cleaned up? Is there anything that may have built up over time because it’s been ignored? Anything been ‘out of sight, out of mind’? Things like unforgiveness, anger or bitterness are not only spiritual dust bunnies, but they seem to breed new ones. When you’ve chosen to ignore the dust bunnies, God will give you a new perspective to remind us that it’s time to clean it up! What needs your attention??

Be blessed,
Jennifer

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24

Monday, May 17, 2010

Congratulations...

As I was driving to work listening to a favorite local radio station the other day, I heard a rather strange conversation between the radio announcer and a contest winner he was calling:

“Congratulations _________, you’re our Teacher of the Month!”

“Oh great!” she said politely.

“You’ve won $1000!”

“That’s nice.” she states.

“In addition to the money, you will also receive…” (he began showering her with gifts)

“What a nice treat, thank you.” she replied with minimal excitement in her voice.

At that point they wrapped up the call and I sat in my car completely amazed that the woman had not been whooping and hollering, crazy excited about being chosen for such an honor! How was it possible that she not be more excited or perhaps even emotional about receiving such a selfless gift? I thought about all the times a similar conversation has taken place:

“Congratulations _________, you’re loved and chosen!” God proclaims.

“Oh great!” we say politely.

“Your gift is eternal life with Me in Heaven!” God continues.

“That’s nice.” we state.

“In addition to Heaven, you will also receive…” (He begins to shower us with Spiritual gifts)

“What a nice treat, thank you.” We reply with minimal excitement in our voice.

We’re given an amazing gift through Jesus Christ, yet somehow we seem to lose our excitement about Him. We can receive what He gives with a polite smile or with complete abandon. He wants us to be crazy excited and sold out for Him. Enthusiasm is contagious and there’s nothing more thrilling than the love of Jesus Christ. Let’s go be excited about Him today! Can I get a woot woot?

Be blessed,
Jennifer

“Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

Monday, May 10, 2010

Hold Fast

While sipping coffee from my travel mug, I sit in a long, twisting line of cars all waiting for a train to cross. From my vantage point I can see the end of the train and there are only about 15 or 20 boxcars still to come, so I relax for a minute and begin flipping through a little daily devotional that I keep in the center console of my car.

A woman in a small SUV several cars ahead of me must have gotten tired of waiting and decided to just turn around. I thought this was rather odd because we hadn’t been waiting very long and, as she drove past glancing at her watch, I watched the end of the train go through the crossing.

If she would have only waited, she would be moving forward by now heading in the right direction. Instead she will be going several miles out of her way to find another crossing that will get her to the other side of the tracks. All because she couldn’t bear the wait!

I can’t help but think of all the times I’ve been that woman. Instead of holding fast and having faith, I lose my patience and try to find a short cut. All the while I miss out on the blessing that God provides when I wait on Him. By the way…God really dislikes short cuts, it’s not His thing!

Have you ever made more work for yourself because you were impatient? In the end, did it turn out your way or God’s way? You would think by now we would understand that when God says ‘Wait…’ there’s a reason. That means He’s up to something and it is usually for our benefit and His glory. I know the ‘train’ can seem so long and be painfully slow, but have faith that no matter what you’re going through, the train will pass and the blessing will come!

Be blessed,
Jennifer

“I waited patiently for the LORD; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.” Psalm 40:1-3

Monday, May 3, 2010

One decision away...

What comes to mind when you think of hell? A cartoon red horned devil running around with a pitchfork and a tail? Or perhaps an evangelical preacher thumping on the Bible as he warns about the flames of hellfire licking at your feet? Or maybe just a dark void of nothingness that you prefer not to think about.

The truth is we are all one decision away from an eternity in hell. So does that mean if you cheat on your taxes or cut someone off in traffic that you’re heading to hell? What about telling a lie even if you’re trying to spare someone’s feeling? Oh, oh… and what about not telling the cashier when she gives you too much change back? (Are you hearing the ‘Highway to Hell’ song playing in the back of your mind?? I am.)

Of course the answer to all of these questions is ‘no’ because none of these are the ONE decision that we need to make to avoid hell. Point blank – the ONLY way to avoid going to hell is to confess that Jesus Christ died for your sin. The decision is to accept what has already been done.

You might be thinking ‘I’ve already accepted Jesus’ death for my sins so I’m covered’ but let’s think about the people in our lives that may not have made that decision yet. The people who are still thinking that if they are a good person or do good things, that will be enough. They’re the ones on my heart right now!

Is God laying someone on your heart that may not have accepted what Jesus died to give them? Are you nervous about having a conversation with them about it? Ask God to give you the words that are tailor-made for them. It’s the most important conversation they’ll ever have…

Be blessed,
Jennifer

“I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.” Luke 12:4-5