Monday, October 29, 2012

Lame gifts are the best

The LAMEST gift I ever got was a journal for our senior graduation. Are you kidding?! A journal? So yeah, that was something I put deep into my closet, maybe to re-gift for a girl that would do a girly thing like journaling. BAM I journal now and am probably the most avid journaler you know.

Another LAME gift was the Bible on cassette tapes. BLAH! Someone considered that a gift? Again, way back in the closet. Then one day, I got the urge to use them in my car Listening to the Word of God brings a fresh, new meaning and understanding to His Word/Voice.

I got a hat as a gift before and never wore it. For years. Then I realized while I was in the desert in Peru that a hat is an amazing invention.

While I was on the world race, I was on the airplane and got a little travel kit. Travel toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, earplugs, and a few other small things. Wow, those come in handy when you are traveling around the world. Best free thing ever.

So my advice to you: never consider a gift “lame,” because it just might turn into the most AMAZING gift after you humble yourself and realize how God-inspired that gift really was. Be thankful for the little things, and learn what the secret of contentment really is (Philippians 4:11-12). Once you are faithful with the small things, then you will be given greater things (Luke 16:10).

Saturday, October 6, 2012


It is a fine line when it comes to Christianity. So many topics, issues, ideas, and the list goes on. An example: Where is the line between forgiveness and justice? Where is the line between resting in God’s presence and having discipline in seeking God’s face? I mean, yes, Jesus is OUR BEST FRIEND, but that doesn't mean we always do what we want to do. Sure, it’s OK sometimes, but honestly, it’s an excuse so that I don’t have to die to self. I want to relax or just think instead of press into God. So sometimes, we have to die to self and stay up late with Jesus or wake up SUPER early to talk to Jesus. He died for YOU, now it’s time to die to ourselves. Press in. our relations ship with Jesus IS a bed of roses and He wants us to relax, but He also wants us to die to self and press into Him, especially in the times we don’t want to. *cough*cough* example: FASTING. I hate fasting, because I LOVE FOOD! But I fast anyways, because I love Jesus so much and He requires it: Matthew 6:16, Acts 13:2, 14:23.

So there are MANY other topics that have made me realize it is a fine line. Another word that is similar is equilibrium. With this whole ‘finding the line or equilibrium,’ you need to be mature. I already gave an example and it’s all about maturity. Don’t be lazy, but at the same time, don’t get tied down to rules and regulations. Another example: line between legalism and holiness? Hmmm..
An ‘easier’ example is the one I was working through recently, which is where is the line between serious and joking. Do I just want to be a serious (sometimes ‘boring’) person all the time? No. do I want to be a joke (sometimes ‘childish’) person all the time? No. Be mature. Find the line. Walk it. And I would walk closer on the ‘HOLY’ side of things. I mean, let’s look at our God, 1 Peter 1:16.