If this meme touches you, I’d be delighted if you share it with friends.
Thanks a bunch, Lisa!
Have you ever said, “After this happens (fill in the blank), everything will fall into place and I’ll be happy?” It’s a basic human desire to put all the blocks in place so that our lives are secure and comfortable. But it doesn’t usually work.
Sometimes no matter how we line up the blocks, they fall through. Or maybe a block is missing from our set and we just can’t seem to find it. Either way, our dreams of a happy life on autopilot don’t materialize. Perhaps we’re setting our blocks in the wrong order?
How about placing the spiritual block first. When we do that, we have a firm foundation of peace and partnership with God. Then as we place the rest of the blocks, they’ll sit on a firm underpinning. Even if a few of them fall, the foundation still stands. Then, with God’s help, we can set the blocks again even firmer than before!
Is your spiritual building block in place?
Looking for a way to make a difference? Perhaps you see pressing problems in the world and you’d like to help. Or maybe there are issues you feel passionate about and want to get involved. But you look at your time and finances and decide there’s no way.
Think again. There is something you can do. Encouragement costs you nothing and can help a hurting soul. It doesn’t even need to be anything specific or special. Sometimes just telling a sales clerk that she’s doing good work is enough, especially if she’s new on the job and flustered.
I know a man whose goal is to be a blessing to everyone he meets. When people see him they feel honored and respected, no matter what their circumstances. I believe they actually see Christ reflected through him.
So is it time to begin scattering encouragement wherever you go? It’s free and I’ll bet God will be smiling!
Who can you encourage today?
Let’s hear it for fortune cookies! Who hasn’t gleaned at least a kernel of wisdom from these sweet gems? Recently Calvin and I visited our favorite Chinese restaurant. My fortune said, “If you keep too busy learning the tricks of the trade, you may never learn the trade.”
Wow. I don’t know if the all-powerful fortune cookie writer across the sea realized that he or she was actually dispensing spiritual advice. But that’s exactly what it is since many of us work incredibly hard at our Christian lives. We go to church, do Bible study, read theology, and attend prayer meetings. And don’t forget about teaching Sunday school, organizing the church picnic and singing in the choir. Whew!
But even as we perfect the “tools” of our spiritual lives, could we be overlooking the main reason for our devotion – being together with Jesus? It’s possible. So rather than trying to fit in even more activities, why not consider a change of focus. Try slowing down and remember to keep the main thing the main thing!
By Lisa Are Wulf ~
Why does surfing the net seem ever so much more amusing than prayer? Why does working in the office feel more attractive than talking with God? Why does doing just about anything rank ahead of a moment of tranquility?
Even though Calvin and I maintain a pretty rigorous prayer discipline, I’m trying to start carving out a few extra minutes during the day to turn my attention back to God. That way I can make sure I’m on track and we (God and I) are still together!
Only sometimes the end of the day comes and my plan is in the dust. So I promise myself to do better tomorrow. But then I get caught up in stuff again and tomorrow doesn’t always turn out better than today.
Actually, it’s really not as bad as it sounds. But I’m struggling a bit to make this a consistent habit. Do I need an alarm clock? What do you think?