Apr 25

Find your resonate tribe

Resonance, in physics, explains the sense we have when we meet our people. Resonance occurs when an object’s natural vibration frequency responds to an external stimulus of the same frequency. If we know an object’s natural rate of vibration, we can make it vibrate without touching it. We are feeling something or experiencing something in common with people. This is connection.

We resonate with our people at the same frequency when we share the same view through the same lens and we value the same things. Amos and God were in sync with one another when God did the punishing and Amos told Israel it was Him doing it. Can two walk together, unless they are agreed? (Amos 3:3).

Connection comes not from finding people who view the world from a right-wrong perspective. True connection comes from finding natural kinships within diverse groups or tribes.

Success is often determined by being on the right bus with the right people who have a like passion and purpose. Who is in your tribe? With whom have you connected? Who shares your same passion and purpose? With whom have you resonated?

Connect with your people.

Apr 11

#communitymatters

We are designed and instructed to live in community with others. God’s Word encourages and urges us to be compassionate and kind. We must forgive and love. We can’t do that unless we live in community and interact with others. All of our responsibilities and duties involve other people. We must live in community to display Jesus’ character to others.

It doesn’t take much to live in community with others. We only need simple and kind words spoken plainly to share and point others to Jesus. The way we live our lives and go about our daily responsibilities reveals the Gospel and who and what drives us. We can live like Jesus as we help others along on their journey of faith.

Just live and love life and invite others to join you.

Apr 10

Who is in your world?

Ask yourself: Who is in your world? Who is in your circle? Who has God brought into your life?

We can read and study for ourselves, but self study involves more than only ourselves in mind. God wants us to be a part of changing the lives of those around us. How are we reading and studying for ourselves? What is God teaching us individually? What does God want us to do to teach others and encourage others in their walks with Him?

Our circles do not have to be big. Often the smaller the circle, the more impact we can have. Our interactions may be more intimate and trusting when our circles and friendships are smaller and closer. Sometimes the smallest acts have the greatest impact as well. A word of encouragement or a simple act of kindness can make a big difference in someone’s day and in their life.

Look for those around you. Look for ways to change the lives of those around you. Be kind. Be compassionate. Make a difference.

Mar 31

Life in the Exclamation Points

There is a Facebook feed going around posted by my favorite author Len Sweet about how we grow and develop through life. Life begins as a tiny dot, a period, and grows into a comma, a small curve opening up and spreading out from the dot. As we continue to develop and grow, we become more vertical and straight up like an exclamation point. We continue as that exclamation point for years until we begin to curve around again into a question mark shape during our older years.

How are we living our exclamation point years? Are we living straight up, living life standing tall and strong? Or are we trying to curl up back into that comma position?

Life was meant to be lived and loved. May we show God how proud we are to be His child and live life to the fullest during those years we have the strength to stand tall. The more we stand tall, the longer we will likely stand tall and strong.

God, may we live and love life in the exclamation points.

 

Mar 28

Hold on to God

In my career these days I am given some pretty big tasks. I am a leader and must balance many people on the staff at work and juggle schedules to meet many needs and time schedules. Some days it is tough. And certain parts of the day are even tougher. We have time demands and needs of others to uphold and make it work for all on the staff and the public with whom we interact.

I am a planner and like to know in advance what is happening. With other people, knowing in advance does not always work. Things happen. Schedules change. For the most part I am a flexible person, but when I must meet schedule demands and maintain positive customer service, it is difficult to meet everyone’s needs and wants while maintaining company policies and time schedules.

I must remember Proverbs 3:7. Do not be wise in your own eyes. 

Yikes! I don’t always know best, but God does! God knows how those schedules will work out. He knows how each person on staff will get what they need when they need it. It becomes my job to communicate to everyone that company policies, time schedules, work demands, and customer service must become priority while we all work together to meet our individual needs and schedules.

When I know my weaknesses and know that I am helpless and hopeless without God, that’s when He steps in to show off and make everything work out for the best of all involved. I must be strong and stand strong on policies and meeting needs the best way God sees to do it.

Mar 26

A Hammer and Nails

As Easter is approaching, we begin to think further about Jesus’ death on the cross. We think about His suffering. We think about the forgiveness He offers to us. We messed up. We sinned. Jesus was perfect and did no wrong, but He took our place on the cross. He offered us forgiveness for our sins and wrongdoings.

When we hammer nails into the wall, we hear the clink clink clang clang of the hammer on the nails. That’s the sound Jesus heard as they were nailing his hands and feet to the cross. He was human so he felt the pain and torture. But he didn’t try to get out of the punishment … our punishment. He did it for us. He endured the pain for us.

When we think about forgiveness, the forgiveness Jesus offers to us is free to us. It cost Jesus His life.

When we need to forgive others, what are the costs? Do we offer forgiveness to others are readily as Jesus did for us?

The Scriptures say: Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.'”(Matthew 18:21-22)

Fill a small cup about half full of water. Drop an Alka-Seltzer tablet in the water. Watch the tablet fizzle and dissolve in the water. It takes about 77 seconds for it to dissolve. That is about as long as it should take us to forgive others for something they say or do to us. We should be able to forgive others in about 77 seconds. Can you forgive that quickly? Can you let things go in 77 seconds?

It may depend on the offense or what someone said or did to you, but 77 seconds comes nowhere near how Jesus forgave us and took our place for our sins. He endured way more than 77 seconds of pain and torture on the cross for us. The least we can do is talk to others and give them a chance. Whatever we think they did or said to us is nowhere near as bad as what Jesus had to go through on our behalf.

The next time you hear a hammer on nails think about Jesus and His forgiveness for us. It’s only 77 seconds.

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