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‘SIGNS’ in Life

For the next few weeks, I am going to embark on doing a series. I figure…why not?   So here goes – here is a preview of what the series is about:
In life, there are many signs to follow. Do we obey the signs? Do we take a left turn, a right turn or do we yield? Do we ‘turn on our blinker’ to indicate which path we are going to take?  It all depends on whether we are following God’s lead and listening to His Holy Spirit. We know that if God let us in on the details, we wouldn’t be able to handle the results.  He gives us the answers when we are ready to hear them. Many times – there is no direction at all and we have to be okay with that.  Why?  Because we trust God for the outcome.  Sometimes, we never hear the answer or see the result – we have to totally obey the STOP sign. Again–we have to let that go & trust God with the outome.  There many Biblical charaters who lived this out….like Moses who did not get to actually walk onto land in the Promised Land.  He had to see it from a far.

Would you be able to do that?  Be promised something and then be so close to it yet don’t get to fully see it?  I have experiened something similar (not quite as spectacular as Moses) and it really hurts when you don’t get to taste that sense of victory but then God slowly unfolds some of the reasons why it didn’t happen that way.  He has His reasons…we just need to obey and trust Him for the outcome.

What about you?  Are you ready to trust God as you follow the ‘Signs’ in your life??

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Check back soon….’signs’ will be posted two times a week.

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“Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, and small minds discuss people.”  I have always loved this quote and I found that it is attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt.  http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/File:Eleanor_Roosevelt_portrait_1933.jpg  Not to pick Eleanor’s quote apart, but this quote has me thinking and of course, I need to share my thoughts with you!

1. Great minds discuss ideas.  I  love this part of the quote because I love ideas.  I am a thinker and am constantly ‘thinking’ about something.  (However, I do wish my brain would shut down at night and give my brain a rest!).  I have all these great things that I want to do, helping solving issues at work by coming up with ideas, planning new and exciting fun things to do, etc.  In the Bible, there are many great truths and those are discussed by many theologians over the centuries.  One of my favorite quotes on truth is found in John 8:32, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” One thing I love about this verse is that it was on the wall as I walked in to my Junior High where I grew up in Iowa.  It didn’t ever have the scripture reference attached it but I am curious if it is still there today….I am betting some anti-Christian extremists figured out it is a scripture verse and it has been removed and replaced with something more politically correct. 🙂

2.  Average minds discuss events.  I am conflicted on this one….there are the events that are of no consequence that people talk about over the water cooler.  “Wow, it sure is a hot one out there today!” “Yeah, I am glad I don’t work out in this heat.”  Talking about the weather is not that exciting and I can see why Eleanor called this an average-minded topic.  However, there are events that so worth discussing….like Jesus dying on the cross for our sins for all of mankind.  To me, minds that discuss this event are truly great!

3.  Small minds discuss people.  Whenever, I have heard this quote….I have agreed with this part because when I think about minds discussing people it is usually gossip and in my mind, these people DO have small minds.   But when I think about some great people in history – like Abraham Lincoln, Billy Graham and even, Jesus, himself….minds who talk about great people are truly great as well!

So where do we end up with this quote?  Great minds discuss great ideas, great events and great people….yep, that’s it!  I can agree with all of those…but then the ‘greatness of the idea, event or person’ is in the mind of the beholder.  My son, Kyle, says that I picked Eleanor’s brain…nah, just questioned the validity of each part of the quote.

Ahh, I will leave the quote the way it is…way to go Eleanor!

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“Necessary Roughness” is a show on USA about a psychologist who works for a professional football team.  Each show, she solves the person’s issue while dealing with her own….recently devorced, parenting two teenagers and balancing work, love and money issues caused by her ex.  What I like about this show is that the plot matches the similarities of the issues that she counseling a patient with to the issues in her own life.  The part of me who studied sociology and psychology is intrigued by a therapist is also struggling with some issues of her own.  So the tag line that ‘everyone has issues’ is so true.  So many times, we are looking at the issues or sin in another’s person life yet we don’t stop to take a look at our on lives and where we need to correct the same thing.

Matthew 7:3-5 says, “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in someone else’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from the other person’s eye.”

How often is this true of me?  More than I’d like to admit.   It seems like each time I am complaining, I need to take a look at my own life with some ‘necessary roughness’ and ‘tackle’ or remove that BIG plank from my own eye.

Hut, hut…time to tackle those issues!

NOTE: Pluggedin.com review of this show is not as glowing as my thoughts on it: http://www.pluggedin.com/tv/mno/necessaryroughness.aspx  due to the sexual content and language in this show.  You will want to read the review and make a decision as to whether this is something that you or your family will want to watch.

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I have not been blogging recently and many of you may have not noticed or cared. I don’t say that to get attention or make you join my pity party. I say it mostly because blogging really is ‘practicing’ writing and doing it whether no one cares should be fine. Since I am an over-achiever at times and WANT to do well in everything…I am disappointed when I don’t get the gold star, the A, the accolades of ‘well done’ OR in this case, # of hits on my blog post. Why is that so important? Our society has placed the importance of going over and above, looking out for #1 and doing ‘it’ to make you look important, achieving the A’s on the test or top of the class. So why are these things important to me? I think several things come to my mind. 1) I was trained as a kid in our culture to look out for #1 and ACHIEVE! Now getting A’s is not all that bad and in fact, I even encouraged my children (ok, STRESSED!) the importance of getting A’s and B’s in school. Why? Because good grades mean more scholarship monies for college AND most importantly–I knew that they could do it…that they were above average students. 2) I am definitely your typical Type A ‘first born’ kid. I take charge in group discussions because no one wants to be responsible and get it done. I see a task and want to complete it so I can get onto the next thing. And of course, in the midst of this discussion group/project for the class, is that I want the A grade & don’t want everyone’s non-participation to take me down! 3) This last one is the hardest to admit…I am selfishly doing this to see how many hits I can get and get awareness out for me to speak more about the truths God’s Word speaks about. I can put out the sinful nature disclaimer but I might as well call it what it is….I think I need to make myself feel or be important.  Now, it is good that I want to speak more about God’s truth, BUT, it should be done to glorify HIM and ONLY HIM!  Not me.  God does not CARE about hits on a blog and likely doesn’t care much about me writing a blog.  What He does care about is me doing it to Glory Him and NO ONE ELSE.

If I am going to do this right, I need to do a ‘disppearing act’ (not for the 5 months of non-blogging, of course!). Jesus said in John 3:30, “He must become greater; I must become less.”

In blogging, the focus NEEDS to be on Christ and not on me.  Essentially, I need to disppear into the back ground and God shoud appear in the forefront.  It is not that achieving should be down played, we need to acheive and do well (get those A’s for better scholarships, do well at a task at work to improve your pay, get promoted, etc.)..but the point I am trying to make is what we do is not for our benefit but to bring Glory to God.  In Matthew 5, one of my favorite verses talks about this.  “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (5:16).  We are to be salt and light to the world in our deeds and bring glory to God.  By doing so, we lead others to Him and that truly is what the work on the Cross was meant to do.

I am hoping that I will continue blogging more but I can’t guarantee that I won’t ‘disappear’. 🙂

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