New Day

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I wanted to remind you that today hasn’t happened yet.
It is a day yet to be lived.
It is a page in your story that is unwritten.

Just because your story has been going one way up until today, doesn’t mean it has to continue that way.

Just because you made a bad decision yesterday, doesn’t mean you have to make one today…or tomorrow.
Just because you are in a habit that is unhealthy yesterday, doesn’t mean you have to repeat it today.

You have the freedom of choice and you have the power to change.

Today is unwritten.
God has a plan.
You have the pen.

“Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.”

Philippians 4:13 MSG

Your Way

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“Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.”
Psalm 37:5  NKJV
Commit your way. 
To commit is an action, not a choice.
When I commit to a diet, I’m making a decision.
When I mail a letter, I’m taking action.
You can’t mail a letter if you hold onto to the edge of it. It will never get to where it needs to go and you are not trusting the postman or woman to do their job.
To commit your way to the Lord is the same thing- you need to give your way to Him. You are putting the direction, the journey, the destination into His care. The word for commit here means to “roll away”. 
To the Lord.
Give your future to God.
Let God have it.
Pry your fingers off the fears you have for your future and give it to Jesus.
Lay down the cherished dreams of a perfect life and roll those over to Jesus as well. Your expectation of a perfect life without pain or heartache is not reality and doesn’t help you deal with it. Those expectations actually trip you up more than your fears do.
Let go and let God.
Trust also in Him. 
Focus on your relationship with Jesus and let Jesus focus on your future.
And He shall bring it to pass.
The phrase in English “He shall bring it to pass” is actually just one word in Hebrew, asa.  It means He shall assemble, accomplish, create, produce it. He shall attend to it, bring it about and ordain it. He will bring it to pass.
“And then finally, when you’ve gotten to the place where you can commit your life and the affairs of your life into God’s hands, then you have arrived at the place of that glorious resting in the Lord. ‘God, I’m just resting in You. Whatever comes, Lord. However. It’s in Your hands.”’
Chuck Smith
It is only when I commit my journey (and re-commit it hourly) to the Lord and trust Him to bring it to pass in my life that I am truly free to rest. I am free to discover delight. I am free to focus on doing good where I am instead of carrying the weight of the uncertainty of the unseen future on my shoulders and give it all to God.
I roll it over to Jesus and say, “Here, this is yours. You can take care of it.  I’m Yours and so is my future. Thank you that I don’t have to carry it, worry about it, fret and fight to make it happen. You already have a plan and a purpose for me. Help me to discover it step by step with You.”
How do you deal with an uncertain future?

No Mistake


My friend, you are not where you are by mistake.

You were created with a purpose and equipped with gifts and talents to pursue it.

You are loved by the God who created you and wrapped within His amazing embrace.

There are things that only you can do, there are people in your life that only you can love and touch today.

The circle of your influence begins at your fingertips – those within your grasp today.

One of my favorite moments documented in Jesus’ life is in Marc 10:22. It is the beginning of a conversation with a young man who wanted to know “what more do I need to do” (vs 17). It says that

”Jesus looked at him and loved him.”

He saw him, listened to him, looked at him and loved him right where he was. Before the man obeyed or disobeyed – Jesus loved him for who he was right at that moment regardless of the outcome of their relationship.

Jesus loves you that way and he wants to love others through you that way.

The circle of your influence begins at your fingertips.

That doesn’t mean that your life is easy or comfortable – it means you are valuable right where you are.

You are where you are for a reason and that reason probably has more to do with who you are here to love and less about what you are here to accomplish.

Do you know God loves you regardless of what you do for him?

Who do you need to love like this today?

Don’t Get Distracted. 

  

I don’t want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don’t want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere. 
Eph. 4:2 MSG

We all have a path that leads to nowhere in our life. Just to the right, always tempting us to spend some time meandering down a mindless easier way. The settle-for-less path. The this-is-the-best-it’s-ever-going-to-be path. 

I am not talking about resting your body or refreshing your spirit. I am not even talking about Facebook or social media. I am talking about the path that distracts from running after what God has called you to.

I know you might not even realize that you are there and that suttle distractions have led you down a road you never meant to travel.

The temptation is to quit when it gets hard. To settle for second or third or worst. To let a mindless distractraction drain your energy and water down your vision. To simply stop pushing back against tension of resistance that forward motion toward the vision of God brings.

No one will notice if you quit, right? 

Wrong. God will notice and your world will be impacted. It will be effected by the void of your growth and the loss of your God given gifts in it. They may not know it at the time but everyone will be impacted by it. 

Look around- are you going the right way? Are you fighting the good fight or have you given up?

If this is where you find yourself- wake up! It is NEVER to late to turn around and get directions back to where God has called you to be. 

If you are getting discouraged because the right road isn’t easy or comfortable- hold on! Keep focused. Press through. Don’t quit. 

Those around you are the ones that are most impacted by your decision not to settle. 

Don’t get distracted.

No One Said It Would Be Easy

  
Life change.

Transformation.’

Rebirth.

New life, every day.

“In light of all this, here’s what I want you to do. While I’m locked up here, a prisoner for the Master, I want you to get out there and walk—better yet, run!—on the road God called you to travel
Ephesians‬ ‭4:1‭MSG‬‬

In light of this: God can do more than you can ask or imagine. In light of God’s ability, not your ability. In light of God’s worthiness, not your worthiness. In light of God’s power, not your power – RUN on the road God has called you to travel. Not someone else’s road: yours. This is your journey, your family, your school, your job, your road. 

The road God has called you to travel has more to do with your character than your career- who He wants you to be rather than what he wants you to do for a living. 

Paul’s road lead through prison but he did not see it as God’s failure but as an opportunity for God to use him where he was. He saw it as a part of his path.

Paul went to prison but did not stop there nor was he defined by it. Paul’s idenity was defined by his relationship to God through Jesus and by his passion to share that truth with everyone that crossed his path: guards, fellow prisoners, politicians and any one else who God brought to him. 

This is how you are to get out there and walk on the road God has called you to: anchor your indentiy in Jesus and share the good news of the gospel with every person who crosses your path. 

Who are the people you are surrounded with in your everyday life? That is who God wants to reach through you. That is who God wants to use you to encourage, love, and share the good news of the gospel with today. 

Set your heart to love, your hands to serve and your feet to run your road empowered by God’s amazing grace. 

Make a Plan

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Even if it is only five minutes, take some time today to plan. To ask God for direction and wisdom. For vision and hope.

The craziness of the holiday season is over and a new rhythm of life is about to begin. Without much thought, the rhythm could revert to habit or bend to the urgent.

When you “plan” with God (hold it gently), you set the rhythm of the next season with Him.

Not with the old habits, new urgencies, or always present necessities but with God.

With His wisdom, His vision and His faith.

Take some time today to plan the things you want to do in the next six months.

Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry and scurry puts you further behind. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭21‬:‭5‬ MSG)

What do you want to do on purpose in the next six months?

What things are non-negotiable?

What is possible with God?

Thing that Can’t Succeed

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There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭21‬:‭30‬ NIV)

When your perspective comes from you, everything looks impossible:

I can’t make this happen.
I can’t do this.
It is too late.
I have nothing left.

When your perspective comes from the world, everything looks possible:

If I am smart enough, I can make this happen.

If I plan everything right, I can do this.

It is not too late, I just need more education.

I will create a plan and stick to it.

The problem with both of those perspectives is that they are focused on your own power and strength.

When your perspective comes from God whether it is possible or not doesn’t matter.

If God wants something to happen, nothing can stop it.

Your job is to be faithful to what God has asked you to do. Faithfulness doesn’t take a special gift or talent. Everyone can be faithful.

God is not asking you to do miracles, He is asking you to be faithful. He is asking you to do your job and let Him do His.