Pick up the Mirror

2 Chronicles 7:14

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

 

It can be so easy to look at the condition of our world and point the finger of blame towards our government leaders and the famous celebrities. We can look upon others we consider to be “worldly” and “sinners” and shake our heads in despair.

We want to see breakthrough in our country, and we believe that if those who were in the spotlight would change the message they are sending, and live with integrity that the state of our world would change.

But this scripture does not say if all the sinners, who do not know Me, will pray and turn from their ways that I will heal their land.

NO.

It says – IF MY PEOPLE who are called by MY NAME.

Too many of us find it easy to point out the faults in others while ignoring the issues and sins that are raging in our own lives. We see what needs to change in others, rather than what we need to change in ourselves.

 

It is time to lay down the magnifying glass and pick up the mirror.

 

Do Not Judge

“For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye?… Matthew 7: 2-4

We, as Christians, as God’s chosen people, need to examine our own lives. We need to take inventory of our own pride, actions, and thoughts.

Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18

We have to humble ourselves. We are better than no one. We are saved by grace, and we are called to show the love of God to others around us, not point our fingers.  Jesus did not come to judge us or condemn us. He came to love and save us.

Something needs to change.

The standards of our culture are sickening. Heartbreaking. But, you and I, we can do something to change it.

We need to rise up, by laying down our pride and humbling ourselves before the Lord. We are promised that if we pray and seek the face of the Lord that He will hear us, that if we will turn away from our sin He will forgive us and heal our Land.

And our land needs to be healed.

Around the Table

Tonight a couple of students came over and we cooked dinner together. Since steaks were on the menu, I decided the best place to eat was around the table.  As I was setting the table, the comment was made: “We are sitting at the table!? That’s cool, my family never sits down at the table!”  A prayer was said before we began to eat, and although the three of us have known each other for a relatively short amount of time, it felt like I was in the presence of family.

There is just something about sitting around a table, praying together, and sharing a meal that can unite hearts.

While dinner was wonderful, what was even more wonderful was the conversation that took place. We talked about our dreams, ideas, and frustrations. Visions and goals were shared followed with encouragement to move forward. I was inspired as I listened to two young men talk about changing the world and overcoming their pasts, naysayers, and obstacles.  I have to say, my heart was very happy.

During the meal, we were not on our phones, and incoming phone calls were put off for later, because we knew the most important thing was to be there in the moment, listening to each other.

I cannot help but wonder, how many opportunities are missed because we don’t take time to sit around the table? To talk. To listen. To share.

There is something powerful about spending quality time with people and getting to know their hearts.  Life is busy. It is fast-paced. Tonight I was reminded how valuable it can be to take time to slow down and enjoy the company of friends.

Think about someone you can invite over. It doesn’t matter if your house is clean or if you have a fancy menu.  What matters is that you take the time to listen and talk about something that matters.

Today, I have heard that a bunch of discussion and attention has been given to a comment that was made on a popular television show, but the conversation that took place around my kitchen table tonight was far more important and worthy of my attention.

I love that I have a place to call home where I can invite people to come and share their hearts, talk about life, and be encouraged. I saw first-hand how important it is to provide an opportunity to unplug from life and gather around the table.

“Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity…”

Ephesians 5:15-16

Jackpot!

Day: Saturday, September 3rd
Time: 8:00 pm
Place: My Mom’s House
Mood: in awe

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I have never really gambled – and I for sure have never heard the loud ringing bells that sound when you win big at a casino. But, I feel like I just hit the jackpot! So I will sound the winning bells myself…

RIIIIIIIIING-ALING-ALING-ALING-ALING!!!!!!

Wisdom.
I thought I knew just what that meant and all that it encompassed. It just means you have a lot of smarts right!?!?!
=P just kiddin’. But, man wisdom is far more powerful and important than I ever knew.

I don’t know if it is the phase of life I am in or what but Proverbs has really been hitting the spiritual spot for me. I swear I have read from Proverbs before, but it is like the light bulb came on and I am beginning to really understand the importance of making seeking wisdom a priority.

Just a few tidbits I have learned about wisdom so far…

It starts with God. The first step in learning is bowing to God.
God gives out wisdom for free
With wisdom comes common sense, a personal body-guard, and the special attention of God
It’s worth far more than money in the bank
It blesses you when you hold it tight
It keeps you alive and well
It helps you sleep without worry
It helps you stay calm when you are surprised or ambushed
If you have wisdom you are rewarded with honor
It guards your life
It gives you grace and beauty
It gets you out of tight spots and sticky situations
It is a beacon for your life
It leads to sanity, knowledge and direction
It provides good counsel, common sense, insight and virtue
It leads to life – real life
It is better than anything you could wish for
It helps leaders to rule
Those who look for wisdom find it
Wisdom is accompanied by wealth and glory
Honor and a good name follow wisdom
It’s benefits are worth far more than a VERY BIG salary

Those are just a some of the things I have learned about wisdom and there are still 23 more chapters to go!

Needless to say the #1 spot on my priority list goes to bowing to God  – giving Him my first and best – to gain WISDOM!

Watch out world! I just hit the jackpot!!!
and this is just the beginning…