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Worldly vs. Eternal Significance

Let’s face it: Most of us are stuck feeling like our lives are insignificant. Without fame or fortune or status, we feel like there’s no way we can make a difference…let alone change the world!

But in Psalm 139:14, we learn that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” by God. This means that we DO have significance!

While you may not ever experience worldly success or significance, God has created you to have an eternal significance by giving you the ability to impact the lives of those around you. He’s given you a mouth to encourage, hands to serve, and a heart to show compassion to family, friends, and even strangers you pass on the street.

So stop focusing on your worldly significance and start embracing your eternal significance today!


Posted on: March 24, 2017

 

The Best Time to Make a Difference

When we talk about making a difference, we’re usually referring to the future. One day I’ll go downtown and serve the homeless. One day I’ll invite my friend to church. One day I’ll write an encouraging note to my spouse.

But what if we replaced one day with today?

Instead of getting caught up in the distractions of our lives, it’s time to take a step back and remind ourselves what life is all about: loving God and loving others.

Psalm 118:24 says, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” God wants us to make the most of the time we have on earth…and that begins with making the most of the time we have today. Because the best time to make a difference is now.

So what are you waiting for? Go and make a difference in someone’s life today!


Posted on: March 24, 2017

 

Why Two Are Better Than One

Everyone craves community. Everyone wants to have friends they can count on when times get rough. Even God agrees! In Ecclesiastes 4:9, we’re told that “Two are better than one.”

So today, we’re gonna look at some reasons why two are better than one!

  • When you’re part of a team, you develop deeper relationships with people
  • When you’re part of a team, you don’t feel alone
  • When you’re part of a team, you have a better sense of purpose
  • When you’re part of a team, you learn to stay humble and kind
  • When you’re part of a team, you can dream and collaborate together
  • When you’re part of a team, your wins are bigger and your losses are easier to handle
  • When you’re part of a team, you achieve more

What are some other examples of how two are better than one? Share your reasons for wanting to be part of a team in a comment below!


Posted on: March 21, 2017

 

Honoring God with Your Actions

How does your spouse know you love them? Probably from the way you call them throughout the day and remind them. Or the way you encourage them when times get tough. Or the way you have stood by them all these years, choosing to put them before yourself.

This means that your spouse knows you love them through your actions.

In the same way, our love for the Lord is often displayed through our actions. When we are obedient and patient and kind, we are demonstrating the importance of our relationship with God. But when we are selfish and rude and quick to become angry, we are missing out on an opportunity to show God we love Him.

John 14:15 says, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” In other words, God wants our actions to echo our love for Him. So be encouraged and choose to make choices that honor God!


Posted on: March 21, 2017

 

2 Ways to Be a Great Leader

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We all want to lead well.

We all want to make a difference, encourage the people around us, and be the best leader we can be. So today, Coach Dungy is sharing two of his keys to being an effective leader! Check it out below:

  1. Be Approachable. First and foremost, it’s so important that you’re approachable as a leader. People won’t trust someone they don’t like. So be friendly, be authentic, and be sincere. Only then will your leadership be effective.
  2. Be Available. And second, make sure you’re available to talk with people. It doesn’t matter how friendly and caring you are if you’re never there! So make time to check in with the people you’re leading. Ask them how they’re doing, how you can encourage them, and how you can better lead them.

What are some other key characteristics of a strong leader? We’d love to hear your ideas. Just comment below!


Posted on: March 14, 2017

 

10 Ways to Live in the Moment

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It’s all too easy to rush through life. It’s all too easy to become busy and stressed and rushed. This means we often miss out on what’s right in front of us.

But not anymore. Because today, we’re sharing 10 simple ways for you to make the most of your time and live in the moment! Check them out below:

  1. Make a list of what you’re thankful for.
  2. Tell your family you love them.
  3. Listen to your favorite song.
  4. Go for a walk with your spouse.
  5. Read a book.
  6. Find a quiet place to pray.
  7. Play in the yard with your kids.
  8. Take a deep breath.
  9. Watch the stars come out.
  10. Spend more time doing what you love.

What are some other ways to live in the moment? Share your ideas in a comment below!


Posted on: March 13, 2017

 

Top 5 Bible Verses on Obedience

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Most of us don’t like rules. We don’t like being told what to do or when to do it or even how to do it. We like to be independent and make our own decisions. Why? Because we tend to believe that we know what’s best.

But want to know a little secret? Oftentimes, we have NO IDEA what the best decision is. And we end up making mistake after mistake after mistake. That’s why God gives us truth and that’s why He convicts us to follow His word.

So today, we want to share some of our favorite bible verses on obedience. Check them out below!

  1. “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” James 1:22
  2. “Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching.'” John 14:23
  3. “The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” 1 John 2:17
  4. “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” Matthew 7:24
  5. “Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.” Proverbs 10:17

What other verses encourage you to be obedient? Share your favorites in a comment below!


Posted on: March 08, 2017

 

Why Your Friends Matter

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What do you want your tomorrow to look like?

Maybe you dream of becoming the president of a successful business. Maybe you dream of traveling the world. Maybe you even dream of working with underprivileged people and changing their lives.

We all have dreams and aspirations and goals for our lives. But not all of us are making wise decisions now that will contribute to those dreams and aspirations and goals.

One of the biggest ways to predict your future is to take a look at your peers. Who do you surround yourself with? Are you spending time with people who encourage you or dismiss you? Because whether we realize it or not, the voices that we listen to are the voices that affect us most.

Hebrews 12:1-3 says, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” God designed us to live in community and to be encouraged by the relationships we have. He meant for our family and friends to be witnesses in our lives, helping us run the race set out before us.

So dream big, and surround yourself with people who will never stop believing in you!


Posted on: March 08, 2017

 

God’s Good Gifts

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We all work hard.

Whether it’s running an office, taking care of a family, or coaching a team, we all spend our days working hard and trying to do things with excellence.

So when something good happens, it’s natural for us to see it as a result of our hard work. Maybe your team makes it to the championship, and you can’t help but think that it’s because of the new drills that you created and brought to the table. And so you get caught up in your skills and abilities, unable to see the bigger picture…unable to see God’s hand in the situation.

But James 1:17 says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” Not just some gifts. Not just most gifts. ALL gifts are from the Father. He is the one who has given us minds to think and dream, bodies to say and do. So in that way, every blessing is a result of God’s goodness, not our own work.

What are some of the good gifts God has given to you? We’d love for you to share them in a comment below.


Posted on: March 03, 2017

 

How to Love Your Enemies

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We all have people we don’t get along with, people we don’t see eye to eye with, people who frustrate or annoy or anger us. Whatever name just came to mind first for you is probably the relationship that fits one of those categories.

But we’re quick to downplay our enemies. We dismiss our bitterness, often choosing to simply ignore these feelings out of fear of actually addressing them. So we continue to go about our days and convince ourselves it’s fine, it was no big deal. But our actions show otherwise as we slowly build up resentment every time we don’t say how we’re feeling. And suddenly it’s become easy to be mean to them, to bring them down in front of others, and to be selfish when it comes to that relationship.

So how can we not just talk the talk, but also walk the walk of loving our enemies?

Luke 6:27-31 says, But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.”

Don’t be like the world. God wants SO MUCH MORE for you! He wants you to have relationships that flourish, that are noticeably different from the relationships around you. So take a few minutes this morning to pray through how you can better love your enemies. And have the courage to put action behind your words.


Posted on: March 03, 2017

 

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