Sunday, September 29, 2013

# 3 - Stay in the Now

If there is one weakness I have, it is my inability to stay in the now.

My mind likes to take road trips everywhere. It will visit high school, my old home town, my summer ministry opportunities and then the future. Ah yes, the unknown potential-filled future. That is a fun one to play with for sure.
Who knows what is just around the river bend? Why live the safe route, ya know?
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All of this detracts from the now. The reality that I have a test I have not studied for and assignments I have not done. I distracts from the sad fact that my money is dwindling while other financial demands or desires rise.

God is not interested in the past. He forgives and forgets.
In regards to the future, He has that in His hands.

So what is my job?
To serve Him in the now, the complete the task given me.
To refuse to do so is a sin. That's right. I'm sinning when I don't do what I now is right....right now.

These are my thoughts. This is my struggle.

But thankfully THIS IS MY GOD. The Look by Steve Pettit Evangelistic Team on Grooveshark

Thursday, September 12, 2013

# 2 - This may sound conceited or odd....

This may sound conceited or odd. To be honest, I'm not really sure.
The honest truth is though, for the first time in my life, I can look at myself and say, "Wow, I'm pretty. I'm actually pretty."
It's not for real reasons. It's just I've been growing up and changing, and I'm actually okay with how I look. I've learned to use makeup for one. haha!

Unfortunately, I know I shouldn't get too excited about it. I definitely shouldn't get caught up in it.
True beauty is not on the outside.
True beauty comes from the inside.
That is why, although I may be okay with how I look on the outside, I know on the inside I'm not nearly as "beautiful" as I ought to be.
Many ugly thoughts and decisions have floated through my head. I'm like beautiful like Jesus was.
I want to be beautiful like my Jesus was. When He was on earth, He loved beautiful unconditionally.
He did not tolerate sin. He didn't sin for that matter.
He spend hours with the Father, because He knew that's what really mattered.

I don't know Jesus as well as I should, but I do know this. Jesus is the most incredible person in the world. He is perfect and good. He is the epitome of manhood. He is Holy, Holy, HOLY.

Jesus is beautiful.