Guilty of this too. I think we should continuously remind ourselves that the resources given to us has a higher purpose than self-gratification.
Love the unworthy so they will eventually strive to become worthy (Luke 6:27-36)
And when we do love them, our heart is changed in the process as well. It expands and we become more capable to love, much like how God loved us. (Romans 5:8)
May our worship doesn’t end after the service or mass every Sunday. Worship essentially should be seen in our everyday life, in how we honor God in our decisions and actions everyday.
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.
4 “Show me, Lord, my life’s end
and the number of my days;
let me know how fleeting my life is.
5 You have made my days a mere handbreadth;
the span of my years is as nothing before you.
Everyone is but a breath,
even those who seem secure.
6 “Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom;
in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth
without knowing whose it will finally be.
7 “But now, Lord, what do I look for?
My hope is in you.
(Psalm 39:4-7 NIV)
Got rebuked by this verse for fussing about trivial things. I should be focusing on what He has called us for, seek it all the time, and everything else follows (Seek first His righteousness and all these shall be added unto you. – Matthew 6:33). Our life is fleeting and it is but a breath to God. He can take it anytime He wants to. Let’s strive to be faithful stewards of the call He has for our lives. Focus on the Main Goal.
When the Bible says, “Your Word is a lamp to my feet,” the indication is that God is only going to show us the next step. While it is hard not to think about the past and future, God illuminates for us what we need today (our daily bread). And that’s the only place where we can actually DO anything anyway. – Michael Thompson (http://cslewiswisdom.blogspot.com/2012/01/living-in-present.html)
“The Future is, of all things, the thing least like eternity. It is the most temporal part of time–for the Past is frozen and no longer flows, and the Present is all lit up with eternal rays.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
The PRESENT is the only real thing we have. This is the only time we can really make a difference. Not in the future for we do not know for sure what lies there. If you can make it right, make it right NOW, do what you can do now and be present to the people you are with. Worries about the future and regrets about the past will just rob us of the joy we can have in the present.
Embracing Stress now. I love the fact about how stress bring courage, resiliency and most especially about the stress hormone Oxytocin and how it enables human connection. God is so wise that he wired us in that way. And I love how Kelly advised on decision making. It should not be based on avoiding discomfort but more on chasing meaning even if there’s discomfort.
Excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I’ve been to the mountain top”
Good Excerpt from the book Taking your soul to work:
From Paul Stevens: ” I discovered that most jobs are open only to candidates with years of relevant experience. That approach is wrong. Dee Hock, President of Visa international argues that we should “hire and promote first on the basis of integrity, second, motivation; third, capacity, fourth, understanding; fifth knowledge; and last and the least experience.” He says that “without integrity, motivation is dangerous; without motivation, capacity is impotent; without capacity, understanding is limited; without understanding, knowledge is meaningless; without knowledge, experience is blind. Experience is easy to provide and quickly put to use by people with the other qualities.”
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. -Matt 6:34
The morrow shall take thought – The morrow will have anxieties and cares of its own, but it will also bring the proper provision for those cares. Though you will have needs, yet God will provide for them as they occur. Do not, therefore, increase the cares of today by borrowing trouble from the future. Do your duty faithfully now, and depend upon the mercy of God and his divine help for the troubles which are yet to come.
I pray everyone especially those dear to me will open their eyes that salvation or justification cannot be achieved by good works but by FAITH ALONE. Not a combination of both, but Faith alone in Christ that he has done the work for us and that good works are the fruit of being born again in Christ. We cannot save ourselves. Only Christ can, and He already did by dying on Cross for our sins! We just have to believe in Him. This liberating knowledge is so life changing in me that I pray everyone will experience the freedom and joy of this knowledge.
Paul affirms that the justification comes to us as a gift not as form of a wage were we must earn it. (Romans 4:1-5)
Some may argue that if you are justified by faith alone, will it not give you reason to sin because you are saved anyway if you just believe. Certainly not as Paul says Romans 6. We don’t sin anymore after because we’ve been freed from the slavery of sin thru Christ. we are now a new Creation. And by being in Christ, we are created for Good works and that we should now walk in them (Ephesians 2:8-10).