Thought for the Week – Loving Others

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So I am changing this to thought for the week, as coming up with a daily thought is becoming difficult.

Anyway…. My thought for this week is about loving others. Sounds simply right? You know, just being nice, helping out every now and then? Actually, loving others involves a lot more than that. See, we tend to forget that love is about more than just how we feel. We are more than willing to show love when we are happy, or when that person has been especially nice to us. But what about when we are in a bad mood? What if that person has hurt our feelings? Should we still love them even then? The answer is yes.

You know how you will have those days when you just want to do this to everyone? AHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah, we all have them. So we should still show love? Yup. Because you see, God calls us to love everyone, all the time, regardless of how we feel, or how they treat us. “Really?” You might say. “Surely the Bible doesn’t REALLY say that.” Well, if you will turn your attention to Exhibit A…

“Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”” Matthew 22:37-39

 

I don’t see anything about “unless you are in a bad mood” or “except when your neighbor is mean to you”. Because love is eternal. And while we will never have the perfect love that Christ has, we should strive to reflect that perfect love everyday. For example: Lately, I have a bad habit of snapping at my sister when she says something that upsets me. Should she be saying things to me that upset me? Nope. Should I snap at her just to upset her too? Nope.

So let’s all strive to be a little nicer, and show God’s love to everyone. You never know, you could be the only glimpse of God that they see. So let’s all make a goal to think before we speak, and consider if what we are about to say will show that person love. In closing, here is a verse that gives the definition of love.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Thought for the Day – Taking Action

This world is filled with a terrible disease, that destroys people, countries, and more. It is called apathy. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, apathy is: lack of feeling or emotion(impassiveness) OR a lack of interest or concern(indifference). We live in a society full of people who have ceased to care. For example, we have all heard by now about the shooting in California, by a man who hated women. We should be grieving with the families of the victims, praying for the people in the hospital. But what happens? The feminists turn it into a cute hashtag and make it about them. Now, I am not saying that they do not care, but it seems that they care more about their cause, and very little about the actual victims.

As a Christian who has attended several churches during my lifetime, I can honestly say that I have witnessed firsthand the apathy that runs rampant in our churches, especially among teens. Christian teens care more about having fun than learning about God, and more about summer camps that are “more about them” (I quote what a teen I know said) than about camps that center on serving God. What has happened to our culture? When will teens wake up and realize that their future is at stake? If we don’t start taking action, the church will fail. Already we have a generation of teens that believes in the “it’s all about me” gospel. It is time for teens to rise up and fight against the apathy in our culture, and fight for Christ.

“Get up sleeper, and rise up from the dead, and the Messiah will shine on you.” Ephesians 5:14b

Thought for The Day – God’s Plan

In the light of graduation season, I have been thinking about this a great deal. I am a junior, but I often find myself thinking, what does God have in mind for me? For graduates, it is an even more important question. They are moving into a new phase of their lives, many moving out of the house and leaving their families, heading off into the “great unknown” so to speak. Many older teens often wonder what God has in store, and many think that He has no plan or direction in their life.

Well, I can say without a doubt that He does. Remember the verse from the other day that said “all of my days were written in your book before a single on of them began.”? Well, that says it. God has our days planned out, knowing each and every step we will take, before we are ever born. He has known about you since before the world existed. So you can bet He has something planned for you. What does He have planned? Well, that is a question each person must ask God themselves. We should seek His will for our lives, and ask: What do You have planned for me God? What path should I take? And He will give you an answer, sometimes in the way you least expect it. God has a purpose and a plan for everyone. The only question is: Are you going to follow that plan?

“”For I know the plans I have for you,” Says the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a future and a hope.”” Jeremiah 29:11

Thought for the Day – Being You

In the society we live in, there are so many people around us who tell us to be ourselves, while in the same breath saying that we should also do our best to fit in. We are told to have the coolest clothes, watch only the most popular movies, and listen to only the neatest music. It seems that individuality has gone out the window, even among Christians. A question that I have asked myself many times through the years is this: Who am I? Where does my identity come from? I never wanted to conform to what everyone else was doing, but I also wanted to belong. It was a dilemma I dealt with for a long time until I suddenly came to a startling realization. My identity comes not from what I wear, watch, or listen to. Not from my outward appearance or if guys like me. My identity comes from the One who made me, God. The Bible speaks so many times of a Christian’s identity in Christ, the fact that we are set apart with a purpose and a plan. When we come to the place in our lives where we can be happy with that, we can truly begin to seek God’s purpose for us. So as you go through the everyday grind of life, never forget that you are who you are, and that God created you that way for a purpose. You should never change yourself in order to conform to the world’s way of thinking.

“For it was you who created my inward parts; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise you because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, and I know this very well. My bones were not hidden from You when I was made in secret, when I was formed in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began.” Psalm 139:13-16

Thought for the Day – Perseverance

Hey everyone! Sorry that I haven’t posted the last couple of days! I have been sick with the stomach bug and felt pretty miserable.

I have been participating in something called Camp NaNoWriMo this past month. It is a more relaxed version of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November, which is basically an event where you try to write a novel in a month. Anyway, it can get rough. There are a lot of times when I just want to give up on whatever I happen to be writing at the time, usually because I have writer’s block, my story just isn’t going well, or I am struggling to connect with a character. Then I remember perseverance. That I should give it my all and do my best. And somehow, it helps me do better than I ever thought I could. This applies to many areas of our everyday lives. We often give up when the going gets tough, forgetting that the reward at the end will make the work worth it. In school, in sports, in friendships, in life, we often forget just how important perseverance is. But the Bible calls us to persevere, to complete the tasks we are given, because we are given those tasks for a reason. Sure, we might not see the big picture, but we can be sure that God does. The Bible also says that we should be faithful in everything, both the little things and the big things. So next time you want to give up on something because it is getting hard, remember that your perseverance will pay off in the end.

“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12

Thought for the Day – Facing Temptation

We face temptations every day. Sometimes it is nothing more than the temptation to sneak a piece of that cake when you really shouldn’t. Other times, it is a strong urge to be rude to your parents. And sometimes it is even a temptation to do something really, really wrong. When we are tempted to sin, that is when we must put into practice the verse about the Armor of God. We must arm ourselves in every area of our lives so that we can fight Satan. I can say from experience that Satan will attack you the hardest in the places you least expect to be tempted in. Often, when we are tempted, we beg God to take away the temptation, and when He doesn’t, we give in. But I have learned that first, we must fight it, even if it is hard! I have been tempted do something so hard that I had trouble breathing, but living with a guilt free conscience was well worth the fight. Second, instead of asking God to take away the temptation, I have learned to pray that he would give me the strength to fight it. When I have no more strength, I ask Him to fight it for me. Many times we are told that God will not allow us to be tempted more than we can handle. This is often interpreted as meaning that we don’t need God to help us fight temptations. It does not mean that. It does mean that no one will be tempted so much that God will not provide an escape. And most of the time, God is that escape. He allows us to be tempted to the point where we cannot handle it so that we will turn to him to fight it for us, to fight through us. So next time you are tempted, pray that God would be your strength, and would give you a way out.

“No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13

Thought for the Day – Faithful in Everything

I know that I struggle with being faithful in everything, especially the little things. I struggle to find the motivation to do math and science, and to do the chores that I really hate. We are often more willing to do the big things, because they get more notice, while the little, menial tasks often go unnoticed and unrewarded. But we must remember that we should not look for rewards or applause from humans, because we should seek God’s approval first. We often look at a task with the thought: “What will I get out of it?” When our thoughts should be: “How can I glorify God and edify others through it.” We must learn to be faithful in everything, even in the things that seem unimportant. You never know what doing that little task might do for another person. It could brighten someone’s day, help someone in need, or even teach you something. So remember to be faithful in everything today.

“He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and who who is unrighteous in a very little thing  is unrighteous also in much.” Luke 16:10

Thought for The Day – Learning to be Joyful, not Happy

So I thought I would start doing daily thoughts, little snippets of what I hope are inspiration for y’all!

Today’s thought is on being joyful instead of happy. I know that sounds a bit contradictory, but roll with me here, because there is a difference between the two. Happiness is a feeling, something that often comes and goes as we hit life’s ups and downs. Happiness is actually kind of fleeting. That’s where joy comes in. True joy comes from a heart that is living in the light of Christ, and, unlike happiness, joy does not come and go. Joy does not mean that we will be dancing and smiling every second of our lives, but it does mean having hope, and gladness, even when times get rough. We will still have our tough days, but joy is what helps us to get through them with strength. Joy is something that only comes from Christ, and is evidence of someone who is at peace with God, the world, and themselves. Will you have joy in your heart today? Or are you focusing on what makes you happy for the moment?

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

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