Happy New Year! 2015

Before the promises – before the resolutions I remember. I remember the many firsts and the many lasts in my life. I remember the successes. I remember the failures and I give thanks. I thank God for allowing me to see this day – a year older and unfortunately in some years not always wiser, but always grateful for the opportunity to try again. That’s what saying yes to God has meant for me. Yes, at times it’s meant taking risks but without out risks (action) there is no reward. Yes, at times it’s meant making myself vulnerable but without vulnerability not even the good things are able to enter in. Yes, at times saying yes has caused some pain, but without some pain it would be difficult to discern difference. Every New Year has much to offer each of us. Let us not forget that we have much good to offer the New Year. Let us be true to who God has called us to be and the trueness of God will continually be revealed. Have a wonderfully blessed Happy New Year!

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Agents Of The Gift

Do not love the world or the things in the world. 1 John 2:12-17  “Don’t chase the dollar, chase the dream.” A line straight out of the movie “BIG” is excellent encouragement from the producer of a gifted, young, up and coming rap star. It worked, but unfortunately short-lived, when the part of the “world” that is rivalry; physically took his life. 1 Timothy 6:10 reads; “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.” This reminds us that our desire to use our gifts successfully can not be driven by riches. Cultivating any gift whether in music, sports, dance, etc., requires discipline. If our desire is to have success in that gift we have to work at it. Such is our spiritual relationship with God. When we focus on the gift that is life in the Spirit as expressed in the life of Christ. We then participate as producers and agents of the gift of the Spirit that God has given us. Focusing on the world takes away from God. Focusing on the gift of the Spirit gives back.

The gifts he gave were … for building up the body of Christ…until all of us come to the unity of the faith… Ephesians 4