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The Gift Within

I Timothy 4:14

Neglect not the gift that is in thee…..

Everyday I see people come in and out of my life.  My contacts may be from the Church we pastor or the Juice Bar that I own and operate.  What I do know in the many people who I see or talk to, is that they are people and people desire relationship with someone who is going to give them hope.  They also desire someone they can do life with, to share experiences and dreams with.  They want people to inspire them, encourage and pray for them.

Just this past week, I had a customer come thru the doors with tears streaming down her face, crying.  I gave her a glass of “happy berry juice” and also a smoothie as she waited patiently for me to finish.  Then upon leaving, I hugged her and prayed for her.  She gripped me tightly as she explained her grandmother was on her death-bed and that she knew it was a matter of time. This saddened me also.  Her hug was so deep and tight, she needed comfort, like a child with a mother.  This touched my heart deeply.  The ironic thing, this is not a one time experience for me.  It has happened several times.  Ministry…..

I experienced life of stress and parenting in my twenty’s and thirty’s.  In my forty’s I felt like I was searching for significance and career as well as my identity since I was no longer raising children in the home.  It has taken me over 54 years to discover this.  What I have inside me is a gift.  A gift to give to others.  There is no one like me and there is no one like you.  We all are created unique and we all have gifts to give to others.  I do not expect others to be like me nor act or think like me.  Sometimes I think I am a little hyper in my mind.

Although I involve myself in many outlets, I enjoy what I do.  I enjoy serving others.  How about you?  What is your gift?  What is your purpose?  How can I help you?

This is my link if you want to discover your hidden possibilities in what God has called you.  Let’s discuss!

Continue to use your gifts and let your light shine!  Someone out there needs you!

In His Service

Melissa

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Your Behavior is Linked to Values

your actions are determined by your valuesLeading like Jesus my husband says, “If you live for Jesus hard, it is easy” but “If you live for Jesus easy, it is hard”.

Everyone of us must have a vision to know where we are going.  Most of us can have goals and try to achieve them in life.  Hopefully for all of us, our vision is heaven.  However in life we get distracted by life or get caught up in life we forget the ultimate goal.  Now don’t get me wrong, we should have life goals and achieve them, but we also should have a life full of peace and joy as we live it to see things accomplished .  Not only in that sense but to leave a legacy.  How will people remember you after you are gone?   Yes, life is not all peachy and roses but it is thru the tough times, Christ is there with us, leading us along the way to make right choices.  Those choices are determined by our values.

Seeing the ending in mind means we have a vision.    An element to the vision is our values, because values is linked to how you behave.  Values are nonnegotiable principles that define character in a person regardless if you are a leader or not.  Values is what drives behavior of all of us for our purpose and picture of the future.

true valuesIn Matthew 22:36-40 Jesus ranked two values and He put them in order.

  1.  Love God with all your heart, soul and mind.
  2.  Love your neighbor as yourself.

These are great principles for life but unless they are translated into behavior it won’t happen and they become good thoughts or just words on a paper that we all should live by.  In fact many people say they do live by these words, maybe not daily but try to.

We all  must make good choices and sometimes that means change.  Some of us are hot-wired for change and can adapt very quickly when others, change only is seen by heartache and pain.  We all want to be great leaders, in some form or fashion but to lead as Jesus, these two values must be put above everything else even if it means changing your environment.  The appropriate response for your circumstances will depend on what God has in mind for you.  Since we don’t know what tomorrow brings, that is hard I have to admit.  You see Jesus knows what is best for us regardless on how we feel, nevertheless He gives us a choice.

Our life and leadership are all about choices and the choices  made are based on our values.

I always said, “you are where you are right now in life because of the choices you made yesterday”  What do you stand for?

Before you can reach your goal, you must have a vision and the vision must compel and drive you to reach it.  Nothing should stand in your way.  Not circumstances, not change, not feelings or emotions, not hurt, nor life itself.  It’s called Living For Jesus Hard.  It’s being sold out to the cause.   Is it tough? Yes.  Is it hard to stay strong? Yes.  Do you feel like giving up? Yes.  Is it hard to keep the flesh under control and live by the Spirit under the name of a Christian. Yes.    what values do you hold

It is staying focused.  It is COMMUNICATION with the Most High and with people.  It is doing the right thing and having the wisdom for direction.  It is putting others first before yourself.  It is looking into the future to see the outcome: bettering people’s lives in reaching the ultimate vision.  It is determined by values.  Your choices in life always reflect your values.  Your behavior that you show has your value written all over your face and everyone will see it.

actions determine values

What values do people see written on your face?  They may not see it at first because of the mask, but they will see it in your actions.  Actions will always determine if you reach your vision (goals).   What is your life’s goals?  Do they reflect these two commandments?  Are you doing the right things in your behavior?  It’s kind of funny because sometimes I am hard-headed and aren’t we all sometimes when it comes to listening to the voice of God! Ha!.    Ultimately, I pray that my values will shine upon and through my life for the betterment of more people in influencing more than just a few.  How about you?

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Money Talks

How do we know if money talks?  We all have heard the saying haven’t we?   If we depend on it more than God to meet our needs it talks to you with statements like, “I will bring you happiness”, “You must work or do this in order to get rich no matter what the consequence are”, “Your marriage would be better if you had more money”, “It gives you freedom” and the list goes on.  Money carries the spirit of the anti-christ because it gives the promise it is the only thing that can help you live and not God.  It yells loudly of “Buy, Sell, Trade, Spend, Debt, Love Me, Save, Cash Now!”

In the earlier periods of history, families produced all they consumed and consumed all they produced. There was no need for money. But this changed once began to specialize. When some people became hunters and others became farmers, for example, they often made transactions by trading or bartering. This was relatively simple at first because the number of goods being traded was so limited. But the barter system has flaws.  This continues until money had to take the place of bartering because of the value of worth.

Today everyone depends on money to buy or sell.  We need money to live, pay our bills, support our families, give us food, clothing and shelter.  However, the ties to “the love of money” has its consequences if we allow it to talk to us.  We must understand God owns everything in this world including our cash.

God blesses giving and right motives.  He wants us to work greed and selfishness out of our lives.  The rewards come with a right heart.  Jesus spoke about money often in his parables more so than heaven or hell.  In fact over half of his stories talk in some way speaks about money and the hold it has on people.

The Lord says only to the extravagant givers that I say, “Ask anything” and He will do it.

We must learn to give.  We must be givers and that includes our money.  Money talks in more ways than one.  If we keep it, it controls us, if we give according to God’s ways and plans, He blesses us.  We sow the seed and reap the benefit either way. For the love of money is the root of all evil. Not the money itself, which if used as by a steward of God is a blessing, so much as the love of it. This greedy love is the source of every sin, for love of money Judas sold his Master.

What is money saying to you these days?

I Timothy 6:10 New International Version (©1984)
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

Prayer:  Lord, I must depend upon you to provide for my every need.  You alone are my source of income through different avenues of your provision.  I thank you Lord for always being there for me in times of need.  Let me give cheerfully to continue your Kingdom on this earth.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.

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The Power of Giving

Jesus spoke much about giving.  Giving is unfortunately sometimes hard to do when we by nature are a selfish human being.  We want it our way and on our time.  We determine who, what and where we want to give.  We determine how much and why and if it brings us something in return before we give.  However, by God’s influence and with Christian living, God wants us to give not only our time, love, money or things but give also as a gift of His love living in us.  If we refuse to give we are not feeding the Spiritual but the carnal nature of man.  Giving is a product of God living in us.

Last month I got a phone call by accident of someone I knew in our county.  She was crying, she was embarrassed and didn’t know this was my number.  She wasn’t asking for my help even after she found out it was me that she had called.  Her electric was going to be shut off that very day because she had failed to pay the electric bill and the help office had given her my number for some reason to call thinking maybe it was the churches number.  It was more than $300.  It wasn’t that her and her husband didn’t have the funds coming in but just that she hadn’t made the payment due to other expenses.  She now faced shut off.  I was quickened to tell her that I would just pay for it myself in which I did.  I don’t make much money with my photography and the money I had been saving was going on my own bills, however her situation was in my eyes more important than mine.  She was very grateful and I also asked her to come to church.  I didn’t question why she had let herself get in that situation or if she was going to pay me back.  The act of giving was not about the results of what I was getting out of it but the act of giving to her and her family.  I also am not saying this for a pat on my own back but trying to make a point of accepting the call of giving when the Holy Spirit quickens, giving even when we can’t afford to or just giving because Jesus wants us to.

God has been dealing with me on this for quite some time.  I should give more and then there is always the “but” word.  But God, “but, I don’t have time”, “but I don’t have it”, “but I don’t have it to give”, “but God I give all the time”.  The word excuses rings throughout our mind and in our ears even when we know the promises God has for us when we give.  Giving is not for us to do when and if or where, because the gift of giving is the action not the result of the giving.  Giving is done with a glad heart in knowing you have obeyed the voice of God and knowing the promises of being blessed.  It is not for us to think or decide or to determine the outcome of where we give or whom to.  Our giving should be based on our opinion or if we get returns from giving.  Of course I realize we don’t cast the pearls before the swine so to speak but we still give to that of promoting the Kingdom, to others to help, to bless others and never to benefit our own selves.  Does this make sense?

If God sent His Son to die for us, He gave the ultimate gift.  He gave regardless to whom, when, where or what the outcome.  He knew that some would misuse the gift or not respect the gift and He knew that some would be thankful and treasure the gift.  He did not question this giving.  He gave regardless of the outcome.  This gift Jesus was given to us so that we would also learn how to give, and to have in the end, eternal life as a result from this giving.

So today when God pricks your heart and ask you to give of something, don’t use the excuses “but”.  Stand firm and realize it is all in the heart of giving and in the end you will be blessed.

Prayer:  Lord quicken me with your Spirit when it comes to the homeless, the needy and the ones who need help.  Quicken me also in giving when I think before I act, I want immediate obedience and wisdom when it comes to your giving.  You have blessed me so that I can bless others.  I know others see you in me when I give from the heart.  In Jesus Name. Amen.

Deuteronomy 15:10 New International Version (©1984)
Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.

New Living Translation (©2007) 2 Corinthians 9:7
You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”

Luke 6:38 New International Version (©1984)
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Malachi 3:10 New Living Translation (©2007)
Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!

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I Love Giving

This month our church is focusing on giving.  The church is giving back to the people and to our community.  This past week we have taken up paper towels, kleenex, wipes and zip lock bags for all the school age children to be handed out Saturday for the Back to School Bash.  We also are collecting little bicycles to be given away at the fair next week.  Last night during the service we wheeled in the new Bye Bye Buggy for our Kidztown as we surprised our children Pastor Kevin with it.  A couple of weeks ago while he was on vacation we took up a special offering just for this.  The children are also getting a new play area outside that a member has so graciously put together.  Last Sunday we handed out fruit and the Sunday before bottles of water.  The last Sunday of the month we will handing out Sunglasses.  I love seeing the look on people’s faces when you tell them it is free or a gift.  At Christmas time, birthday or special occasion it brings me great happiness to be able to give something to others.  The smile on a child’s face is priceless.  The look of getting something you never expected or always wanted brings an excitement in the air.  I remember hearing the boys scream, “OH Yea”! when they got a new game or toy they practically begged for.  Giving you see is a form of love.  Love that is unconditional and expecting nothing in return.

The next time you give just remember it is about others, it is about blessing others not for the return you might get back.  If the motive is controlling others, wondering if the gift will be appreciated or used correctly is not the purpose of giving.  The true art of giving comes from the heart and that is the heart of God = love.

Prayer:  Lord let me never lose sight of the real purpose of giving and loving.  I thank you that you have given to me so that I may give out to others.  In Jesus Name.  Amen

Luke 6:38 New International Version (©1984)
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

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Watching Coaches

Tuesday afternoon I had a photo shoot with a baseball team of 8-9 year olds.  I decided to stay throughout the game to shoot action shot pictures too.  It was only 98 degrees, so I hope I at least sweated five pounds off.  It was a real treat for me since it had been years ago that my boys were involved with baseball and the memories flooded back.  I remember how heartbroken the boys were when they lost a game and how the parents would get so involved with the game they actually became angry at the coach or umpire.  What impressed me the most were the coaches and the parents.  They were encouraging and showed a great passion for what they were doing. They loved on the children with those pats on the backside along with the high fives and encouraging words.  Never once did I see them get down because they were losing.  The pep talk after the game also impressed me.  They gathered around the coaches as he spoke about keeping your chin up and stating that it was just a game and to have fun.  The parents hugged their children and rewarded them with uplifting words and positive feed back.

We all need a coach in our life.  Someone who will encourage us, be an example, teach us, and lead us to victory.  If however defeat lies at the end of the day, the coach will once again teach, be patient and help us through the loss. If we take time to allow Jesus to be our coach everyday then at the end of the day, we will always have a smile on our face knowing we have a friend who loves us no matter what our performance may be.

Prayer:  Lord I thank you for leading me, teaching me and yes be patient with me and all my careless ways.  Help us be the example of you and teach others to love as you love.  Let us strive to please you, learn from our mistakes and go forward into our destiny with abundant living everyday.  In Jesus name. Amen

John 14:26  New International Version (©1984)
But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

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Pulpit Time Wanted

I remember when as an early Christian, my husband would sit on the front row just waiting to preach his next sermon.  The pastor rarely asked him to teach or preach, while Jeff sat patiently waiting for his season to come.  While he waited, he studied, went to school and found every available resource to educate himself to be wiser in the word and wise with his actions.  He worked a secular job however upon arriving back home, he would immediately go to the church.  He would pray, mow the yard, clean the church and do anything for the pastor including hospital visitation.  He became a servant during his time of waiting.  He served in every venue the church had going on, including just about every ministry and every outreach.  His actions proved to be that he had a heart to minister and to touch others lives with not only the gospel in pulpit time but also in home bible studies as with his actions in servanthood.  Being a minister for the gospel of Jesus Christ is not all about standing up in front of people proclaiming what you know but ministering also with character, actions and integrity.  My husband waited for almost 14 years before becoming a pastor of a congregation although he was used in the gift of faith, healing and tongues.  What we know or how God uses us is not always the determining factor of pulpit time.

We recently went to a leadership conference where Pastor Hornsby made mention of those wanting pulpit time or a public ministry in the church or at least the microphone during the service.  His warning to use wise decisions was worth noting about.  When young Christians are so easily touched by their new life or experience they are ready to take on the world and feel called to preach, however their knowledge or wisdom in using words may not be so well-developed, therefore they wait for their season.  Through many trial and errors, pastors have learned not to give their pulpit to anyone they are unfamiliar with because as a pastor, you guard your sheep and protect them from others who may but not intentionally harm.  As country churches, many let just about anyone sing, play or preach cause a family member knows them, they heard them at another church but however it should be noted that just because someone may have a talent or speak well doesn’t mean they live a Christian lifestyle.  Therefore you protect your sheep from those who may influence your sheep to another direction.

Horsby also spoke how true leaders have an attitude of serving and if there is no serving, you simply shoot yourself in the foot and walk with a limp hindering the call you have on your life from God.  Instead of using authority of “I am called by God” there is more influence with people by serving therefore opening your ministry to touch others through different venues besides pulpit time.  This is what he says do when someone comes to him and says, “I have a ministry” or “I want to start a ministry” or “I am called to preach or teach others the gospel”.  He puts a red flag on them right off the top when they put “I” first.  He stated that what they were truly saying was, “I want an announcement and I want pulpit time” as if they state they deserve being elevated because of their knowledge or gifts.   He in turn makes them wait for six months to prepare and see if they have a heart to truly minister to people by serving others and getting involved with seeing the Kingdom grow.  If they sit without action, they are wanting only to elevate themselves and not the Kingdom.  He said most of the time after six months have passed, they have forgotten about “their ministry” because it wasn’t God called but a way to elevate self in front of others.  However, if they put on a heart of servanthood their pulpit time is welcomed and encouraged.

Many people who think they are called want pulpit time.  They feel as though they should pastor or be an evangelist, or teacher.  Although these callings are all so wonderful and true, our greatest attribute to show is being humble and produce the fruit of the spirit along with servanthood actions.  My husband certainly didn’t “earn” his place but graciously walked into the calling as God lifted him up.

Now you may be wondering why I am writing about such a topic and that it may or may not pertain to you when it comes to the five fold ministry.  However, we all are called to serve for the Kingdom, enhance our relationship with Jesus Christ and to continue to walk as a Christian and grow spiritually.  How do we learn and grow or be elevated?  It is the best blessing of all and that is to serve as Jesus did.  He calls us to be a servant, to give to others and lay down our lives for the cause of another.  If you are willing to do this, then my friend, your season will come, for you reap what you sow whether it be in the pulpit or on the pew or other ministries.  If you are not the type of person who seeks to stand and proclaim in front of crowds, what about standing up in front of your family and friends?  God will elevate you to have boldness to witness, proclaim and teach to them.  They will listen if you have given yourself to them in servanthood.

At PromiseLand we are in a campaign called, “Be a hero”.  Whenever you volunteer in any of the facets of ministries, you become a hero.  A hero is where others come before the “I”.  Yes, it takes time, money, resources, and it is work but in turn it is all worth it to have a self-giving attitude verses the ‘what I want’.  As you give yourself to others, you grow into a place where Jesus wants you the most and that is loving others and showing it.

Prayer:  Lord forgive me for my selfish attitude at times and show me where I need to be serving for your Kingdom.  I know in due time we all reap what we sow, therefore I choose to serve you by serving others.  In Jesus name.  Amen.

I Peter 4:10 New American Standard Bible (©1995)
As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

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Maintaining Financial Security

My husband and I are teaching this upcoming Wednesday about finances and managing your money.  I have been working on the teaching series off and on for several weeks planning out the best way for people to grasp the concept and want to learn from it.  I have not always been good at managing money but as I get older I have learned with the help of my husband who has wisdom when dealing with the subject of finance.  He has been a financial advisor for over twenty years in the insurance business.

We have seen many couples struggle with the issue when it comes to money in fact most fights start with money, how to keep it, spend it and make it.  People get really upset when you talk about their money and they don’t always agree when it comes to learning to budget, spend or even give to the church.  I have figured out it is a learning process and many people are not taught how to manage money from an early age, in marriage etc,  so they continue in life living from paycheck to paycheck struggling, fighting among themselves and limit their blessing.

I usually relate to it in this way.  Priorities must be first in order and straight before every thing else will work out, period.  If I was to find a treasure in a field worth billions along with it a map to other treasures which I was supposed to give the map to everyone, what kind of person would I be if I kept it all to myself?  The principles in which we have found are true, they work and they are a map to success when it comes to dealing with finances.  However, as good as we can explain it or tell or show it, people will write it off, give excuses and not follow the steps to reaching financial security because of unwillingness to learn or change habits.

Here are some good books to have and learn from:  

Managing your money with God as Your Partner, The Treasure Principle by Randy Acorn, How to get out of Debt and into Praise by Rev. James T. Meeks, and The Financial Peace Planner by Dave Ramsey.

All of these books are the easiest to learn from and are excellent resources however after reading them we must learn to apply them.  It all starts with changing our mind, renewing our mind, trusting in God and follow the steps.  You can order them off of Amazon.com for a good price or from your local bookstore.

Prayer:  Lord I pray that you will always lead us into wisdom with stewardship of what you have given us.   In Jesus Name.  Amen

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New Living Translation

Blessings for Obedience

1“If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully keep all his commands that I am giving you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the world. 2You will experience all these blessings if you obey the LORD your God…

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Small Acts Of Kindness

Yesterday I was out eating in a restaurant with the family and had to use the restroom.  The first stall I went to didn’t have any toilet paper in it so I was thankful I looked down and noticed it before my used the bathroom.  I went into the next stall.  Then as I heard someone come in and go into the previous stall that I had just came out of, I said, “Excuse me, but I just wanted to tell you there is no paper in that stall.”  The lady kindly replied a big thank you and was awed that I would tell her when I didn’t have to.  As I was washing my hands and she came out, she was an elderly woman and she just stood there and stared at me with a smile.  Have you ever had that moment when you think you have seen a person before?  Anyway, she said again, “That was so nice of you to tell me not to use that stall.  No one else has ever did that and been so considerate to me before.”  I replied with a thank you and went on my way thinking it was such a small thing but she seemed to be just astounded of my action.  A simple act of kindness that I thought was just a little of nothing meant a great deal to this lady as it had never happened to her before.  She was smiling and I think I made her day for what it was worth.

Many times throughout the day, God puts someone in our path as an opportunity to be kind with just a small simple act.  Mine yesterday was the bathroom experience, holding the door open for someone, and providing a snack for my hostess at a meeting.  Acts of kindness should come natural and not have to be thought out but just taking time out to do it.  It is living out with what you have on the inside of you.

A few weeks ago, I was on my way to pick up Roxie from being groomed.  On the way was a pregnant young girl stopped in the lane with a flat tire.  The area had no phone reception and I could have just passed her by but instead I stopped to see if I could help.  The tire was completely shredded and she was on her rim so she was going no where.  Ditches and guard rails on both sides, dangerous curve ahead she was definitely stuck in the road.  I calmed her down as she was spitting out a few curse words, stating she was on the way to the doctor, it wasn’t her truck and she had no money.  After several people passed by and thirty minutes of walking around waiting for the wave of a signal, I was able to call a wrecker for her to take her to the tire center up down which was only three miles up the road and I paid with a check.  The girls grandmother shows up to drive her home thanking me and telling me that she would pay me back.  I stated that there was no need for it was a gift.    Needless to say, I then didn’t have time to go get my dog because I had a photo appointment waiting on me back at the house.  The point of this story is, I could have went on my merry way, passed her up and kept my money and time, however God put her in my path knowing she would need help and that a small act of kindness would actually be a blessing to me.

So today as you go on your merry way, there will be opportunities for you to show Jesus in you.  Sometimes they are directly in your path and you must go out of your way costing you time and money or they could be simple acts of just information, kind words or a hug.  Let Jesus shine within you to others.  It is all about others and all about love.  So at least smile today so everyone you meet will be blessed!

Prayer:  Lord I thank you for the divine appointments you give me daily to touch others.  I just pray that I will continue to recognize those small tasks you give us to complete to bless others in turn you bless us.  In Jesus Name.  Amen

Matthew 25:40 New International Version (©1984)
“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

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Born With A Silver Spoon

Have you ever had anyone to say this, “He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth”.  It is usually used as a term to say you get what you want, you are spoiled or everything good comes your way.  Some people say, It means that one was born into a wealthy and influential family and was therefore able to enjoy privileges and advantages that only the wealthy can enjoy.  However, research shows that people have certain traits intertwined in them to attract the positive.  So how do we attract the positive side and get a silver spoon?

People who have the silver spoon have an extraordinary ability to persist in the face of adversity. They are teachable.  They are social.  They are happy and people want to be around them.  Their determination to push forward no matter what obstacles stand in their way naturally exposes them to a greater array of opportunities that often reveal themselves the further they are able to push through the challenges in their lives.  They are fully committed and disciplined to set and follow through with goals.  This discipline enables them to focus wholeheartedly on the tasks at hand, allowing them to block out all distractions and spot potential opportunities that may suddenly come their way.  They are optimistic by nature. They fully understand that optimism enables them to identify solutions and answers where pessimists only see problems and heartache.  People who give to others without any hidden ulterior motives show humbleness. Their generosity naturally gains people’s respect and admiration, and as a result they are more likely to receive the support and assistance they need to achieve their personal goals and objectives. This humble demeanor naturally widens their perspectives, enabling them to focus outwards outside of themselves, allowing them to spot opportunities that other people would miss because of their inwardly directed energies.  People view failures as only set backs and therefore do not dwell on the past.  They look forward to the future.  

So let us do something about it in our lives!  It deals with change.  Do we set around, point fingers and ridicule those who are blessed?  No, we go out there change our attitude and become the person God wants us to be.  We move forward and hope for the future.  How do we get “born” with a silver spoon in our mouth?  Be born again into the family of God, become one of God’s children, let Jesus pass on the character and traits of one who resides as King, one who overcomes and one who gives and receives blessings of the Father.  With that in mind, display your spoon to the world so they too can have what you have, show and lead them the way to a better life.

Prayer:  Lord, I pray today that others will obtain and know what it is like to be blessed, not just wonder if it is for them too, but know truly in their heart that you want the best for them.  Continue to teach us daily.  We love you.  In Jesus Name. Amen.

I Timothy 6:15 New Living Translation (©2007)
For at just the right time Christ will be revealed from heaven by the blessed and only almighty God, the King of all kings and Lord of all lords.