Today’s Inspiration

“He gives power to the weak
and strength to the powerless.
Even youths will become weak and tired,
and young men will fall in exhaustion.
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.”

Isaiah 40:29-31

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“There are no ‘if’s’ in God’s world. And no places that are safer than other places. The center of His will is our only safety – let us pray that we may always know it!”

― Corrie ten Boom

Today’s Inspiration

“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”

1 Peter 5:10

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“How completely satisfying to turn from our limitations to a God who has none.”

– A. W. Tozer

Today’s Inspiration

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”

Jeremiah 17:7-8

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“Faith don’t come in a bushel basket, Missy. It come one step at a time. Decide to trust Him for one little thing today, and before you know it, you find out He’s so trustworthy you be putting your whole life in His hands.

― Lynn Austin, Candle in the Darkness

Today’s Inspiration

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

Hebrews 11:6

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“The more you go with the flow of life and surrender the outcome to God, and the less you seek constant clarity, the more you will find that fabulous things start to show up in your life.”

– Mandy Hale

By Your Grace…

WHAT YOU BECOME

Many churches teach a gospel that is so hard to follow. ..

And when we struggle to stay on what they say is the right path…

We feel ashamed and end up staying away from the most important relationship we have, our relationship with God.

When I became a Christian, I felt so much pressure to get involved in church, to participate in ministries, to go to most of the services, go out and evangelize, even though that was very uncomfortable to me. It was like, now that you are a Christian, you have to get involved, and if you don’t, perhaps you are not a real Christian. That is how I felt for a long time, however our salvation is not based on our work:

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast”

–  Ephesians 2:8-9

I felt that If I didn’t get involved, or participated in some of the activities at Church I would be letting God down, I would be less of a Christian. It took me some years to realize that this is not how God wants us to feel. He doesn’t want to pressure us into getting involved, and there is no list of good deeds that will make him love you more or less.

Attendance to church and participating in a particular ministry are not the most meaningful aspects of being a Christian, the relationship we have with the Father is! We don’t have to feel pressure to participate in any of the ministries at Church, we don’t have to feel guilt for missing a service. I believe that each one of us has a purpose in life, and we just need to figure out what our purpose in life is.

““What you are is God’s gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.”

– Hans Urs von Balthasar, Prayer

Dear God, please show us your purpose for our lives. It is our desire to be closer to you, to honor you with our work. Please show us which path to take, show us the desire of your heart. Amen

 

 

Thanks

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“Is your place a small place? Tend it with care; He set you there. Is your place a large place? Guard it with care! He set you there. Whate’er your place, it is not yours alone, but His who set you there.” – John Oxenham

Just love this quote! Thank you, Lord, for making me realize that there is no better place to be than being in the center of Your will for my life. That’s where we find unfailing hope, peace, happiness, and love.

 

Beloved

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“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed” Isaiah 54:10

I am so thankful that God’s love and peace are always with me. He is so wonderful and faithful that no matter what happens He will never withhold his love of his peace from us!

That’s right! That’s what you read, NO MATTER what happened in your life, and NO MATTER what you do, His love for you will remain the same!

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, don’t ever think you are not enough, or that you are worthless. In God’s eyes, you are perfect, you are enough and you will always be loved.

Ambition vs selfish ambition

I am sure you have talked about AMBITION at some point in your life, whether it was talking about your own ambitions or ambitions of others, this word is most of the time associated with bad behavior right? When we think of someone being ambitious we think of someone not being a team player, or someone that wants to look good and make others look bad, who is willing to do anything or go over anyone to get what they want.

In the workplace environment, it is not different. Although many times we catch ourselves or others being ambitious, we often do not want to be associate with being an ambitious person, instead, we say that we are committed and determined.

So the question I want to ask is, is ambition good or bad? Many people say that ambition is good because it drives us to want more, to become better at our work.

In Philippians 2:3-4 Paul writesPhil-23-4-square-760x760.jpg

So, is there a difference between ambition and selfish ambition?

In the dictionary ambition means – “a strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work”

On the other hand, selfish ambition (Greek word Eritheia) means – “to be self-seeking and always looking out for one’s own interests above the interests of anyone else”

Do you see the difference? Ambition alone is good, it will drive us to have determination, to achieve our goals and to work hard, it will help us to achieve our goals not only at the workplace but also in seeking God and learning more about Him, to become better and
serve Him to our fullest.

Now, that being said, selfish ambition is not good. Selfish ambition will drive you to achieve your goals by not allowing you to care for the needs of those around you. If your motivation comes from pride, egoism, greed, self-love, and self-advancement, then, what is driving you is not ambition but selfish ambition.

Self-ambition can become a dangerous type of behavior not only at the workplace but in other areas of your life. If you stop one minute to think about this you will see that when we let selfish ambition be our motivation we stop working hard and we start looking for the “easy way out”.

At the workplace, that might be taking credit for something you did not do or lying to your boss about something you have done because you are afraid of the consequences and you do not want to show them your weakness and faults.

In your marriage, it could be that instead of valuing your family, you value your work and lie to yourself and others saying you need to “work hard” to provide for them when the only thing they really need right know is you time and commitment to them. But it is so much easier to hide behind work and not deal with the stress of marriage and raising kids right? Your work life serves as a valid excuse for you to do just that.

Instead of being the man and women, father and mother, son and daughter, brother and sister that God wanted us to be, we keep chasing after our own interests and fail to knowledge that our family and others have interests too.

In your relationship with God, it might be that you so focus on your own achievements that you start trusting yourself more than you trust God. You rely on you own understanding instead of God’s.

In Proverbs 3:5-6 the Bible saysown understanding

It says to trust God in ALL our ways right? But why it is so hard to do that? Why is it so hard to wait for that promotion at work or to be recognized for our achievements?  The problem is that we want what we want and we want it now. We do not want to wait, we have no patience and because of that, we get in trouble sometimes.

Dear God, as I learn about this topic today, I ask you to teach me to be patient, that I will learn to trust You with all my heart and that I understand that Your way is always better. I know that it might not look like it is right now, and I know that I sometimes get discourage with my work and personal life achievements, but I know that You know what is better for me, so I will trust in You.

For a Better World