Saturday, November 6, 2010
Words matter long after they are spoken. When we speak hurtfully, we may ruin a relationship for life. Words can continue to do harm for many years. I have met many who are still seeking to be healed from wounds caused by words spoken to them from their past. Be a healer, and not a hurter, and bring life to others while drawing them to God. Choose your words wisely and sometimes it is wisdom to choose to be silent.
Friday, November 5, 2010
When you want to angrily send an email to a friend who has hurt you deeply, don't send it! Let the email sit for a day, read it over a number of times, then ask yourself, "Will this email bring life to me and my friend? Will it bring healing, will it bring a blessing?" You do not have to hide the hurt or offense, but you can respond in a way that makes healing and forgiveness possible and opens the door for new life.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Impulses win sometimes. We get hit, we want to hit back. We want something, and we go after it. Our will, aligned and empowered by God's Spirit can override our natural responses to life. The key to allowing Spirit to direct us is to wait before responding. We must delay until we are able to bring life into our happenings. A prayerful and thoughtful response helps repay evil with good while glorifying our God.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
If you desire to win friends and influence people, it is best to "Seek first to understand, and then to be understood." When we value and validate others first, we gain trust, favor, and the reciprocity of others desiring to understand us. Speak sparingly, wisely, and humbly while having your spiritual ears and eyes wide open. A listening and caring heart goes a long way towards trust filled relationships.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
As pioneers on the journey of God's eternal ways and partakers of His divine nature, all things work together to prepare us for a glorious future. As we live for our future now, our lives are in constant adjustment towards God's intended finish. The view we see now gives way to the view we have yet to see of God's unfolding Kingdom. We must understand that unseen realities are as real as what we presently see.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
If you want to connect with others, you must get over yourself. We must willingly shift from "What's in it for me" to "It's all about them," if we really want to serve others. The focus should be to hear their hearts, tap into their needs, while listening to God for a word fitly spoken, or a loving gesture done for them in His name. God's love can move through us to heal, restore, and bring needed life to others.