Am I Enough?

I enjoy watching the movie “A Moms’ Night Out”.  The story is about a few moms that go to the same church.  They decide to have an outing with no husbands and no kids.  It is a fun idea, but the night doesn’t go they way they planned.

The best scene is when Bones (the tatoo parlor guy) talks to the mommy blogger after the night out goes badly.  She is complaining about how she isn’t “enough”.  Bones gives some great advice.  He tells her that she has impossible standards for herself.  This isn’t what she expects.  His words can give us all a light bulb moment.

We set impossible standards for ourselves and others.  We have thoughts about how life is supposed to be, then we try to live that ideal.  I have found many of these standards have no Biblical basis. 

God gives us a standard.  An impossible standard.  Our standard is Jesus Christ.  If we understand Romans 3, then we know we will fall short.  However, since God gave us the right to become the sons of God (John 1:12), He gave us the ability to become like Christ. 

So the next time you think you aren’t enough, ask God.  He will remind you that He is enough and He gives freely (James 1:5).  So you are enough.  Because He is.

Praise His Name!

My Birthday Reminder

Last week my birthday reminded me that little things can be just as important as big things.  (Sherlock Homes said, “To the great mind nothing is little.”)  Let me share some stories.

While on vacation the week before, my friend sent me a picture that she and her family thought I should put a verse on.  She knows how much I enjoy that and she wanted to encourage it.  Then her daughter-in-law sent me a message about puting verses on pictures from their recent trip to Israel.  Pictures from the Holy Land?! Oh yeah! I am honored to be asked.

While on vacation, my friends daughter found something that she thought I would enjoy.  She was right.  When I opened the gift I went right for this set of cards that I could color.  I enjoy anything creative.  I was so blessed that these friends (who know me well) would be thinking of me on their trip.  I have already enjoyed creative time with my gift. 

I have learned from experience how much those little positive things can bless me.  Some of the stories I have shared happened years ago.  Some are more recent.  No matter when they happened, they bring a smile to my face again and again.

Father God, thank you for the reminders of how much You love me through the thoughts and actions of my friends.  You have blessed so much.  I praise Your Name.

“Me First”

Usually, we think of “me first” as a selfish idea.  Most of the time it is.  However, when it comes to giving – we should lovingly say, “Let me give first”.  When a conflict arises, love says, “Let me makes things right first.”  When there is a need, Christ-likeness decides to go first to meet that need.

So the next time you have the chance – go first for the sake of Christ and others.

Whom Are You Watching?

We all have people we look up to and respect.  This may be a favorite teacher/college professor, a pastor, parents, a close friend, etc.  However, when you look up to them – whom are you really watching?

God has been teaching me that when I look at people I admire, I shouldn’t watch the person.  I should look at Christ’s work in their lives.  People will make mistakes.  The best examples are people who seek Christ and allow Christ to shine through them.

How about the reverse?  Who is watching you?  And whom do they see?  I pray that God increases in my life and I disappear – so people only see Christ and His work.

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“Love my Neighbor and Myself”

“Love my Neighbor and Myself”

I was recently reminded of a cute story from working with 3-5 year olds in my church’s Wednesday night program.  We were learning Mark 12:31.  The shortened version for the preschoolers was “Love thy neighbor as thyself.”  (We were using the King James Version at the time.)  I wanted to teach respect for God’s word by having the children say the exact words, but this one seemed to backfire.

If I broke the verse down into two sections the kids could say the correct words.  But when we put the whole verse together, many of the kids said, “Love my neighbor and myself.”

Not “as myself”.

“And myself.”

At first I just chuckled over the cute mistake, but I realized the truth behind what they said.

Preschoolers are often brutally honest.  The truth is that we do love ourselves.  We don’t naturally want to put others first.  Unless we come close behind.  But to put others first without the thought of getting something in return…that is not so easy.  Especially for preschoolers.   And adults.  Pretty much all of us.

I enjoy reminiscing about cute kid stories, and the lessons they sometimes bring are priceless.

Now to work on loving others.  May God help me put Him first (Mark 12:30) and others next (Mark 12:31).  I need to disappear (John 3:30).

Mark 12:30-31 KJV
30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

Mark 12:30-31 NASB
30 and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’31 The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.

Mark 12:30-31 AMP
30 and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul (life), and with all your mind (thought, understanding), and with all your strength.’ 31 This is the second: ‘You shall [unselfishly] love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.