Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I have a Lion by the Tail

     Have you ever looked back and said, "I wish I would have done that differently." Have you ever been scared to step out and do something you have never done before? Have you ever thought something is above your capability so you don't even try? Have you had a situation in your life that became so difficult you stopped trying and let someone else do it? I would have to say I have done all of these. I believe one of my many downfalls is a lack of confidence. I know you are laughing at that but I am a good actress and I overcompensate by being all out there. Because of my lack of confidence, I have been scared to step out and realize my God-given potential.
     In 2 Samuel 23:20-21 Benaiah chased a lion into a pit on a snowy day and he killed the lion.  He didn't run from the lion. He didn't sit and think about what to do with the lion.  He didn't say wait a minute lion I will get to you later. He flat out took off after that lion. He faced him head on. Because of this action he was known as one of the most mighty men in the Old Testament and God used him in great ways.
   In the book "In the Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day" Mark Batterson states: "Our calling is much higher than simply running away from what's wrong. We're called to chase lions - look for opportunities in our problems and obstacles, and take risks to reach for God's best.  When we don't have the guts to step out in faith and chase lions, then God is robbed of the glory that rightfully belongs to Him."
     I know that I have got me some lion chasing to do. I have sat back and let the lions take over; but that stops now. Look out lions (lack of knowledge, negative people, lack of faith) you are going down. How about you, have you chased any lions lately? If you haven't; come go on a safari with me.

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
Romans 8:37

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

I'm a Bible thumper

     I have taken on a new adventure this year in our church. I am co-teaching in the College and Career Sunday School. I have been in the Youth department for the past few years and I decided it was time for a change.  I had most of the college kids in class before and they  know how this old lady works.
    This past Sunday I was setting in the circle listening to the teacher when I noticed the boy next to me was leaning closer and closer to me.  He was sound asleep. He righted himself just before he fell.  He then put his elbows on his knees resting his face in his hands.  This wasn't so bad until the snoring began.  All eyes were focused on him. I don't know what came over me (I would like to say the Holy Spirit but that would be a lie) when all of a sudden I grabbed my bible and lightly taped him.(OK, I hit him rather firmly).  He looked at me startled.  I mouthed off and said,"Young man you need to go to bed earlier on Saturday night."  He told me that he did but that he had worked hard all day. "Well then you need some vitamins," I exclaimed. He just gave me a big grin and reached over for a snack to keep himself awake.  I then noticed that all eyes were on us.  We had stopped the class from going on with the lesson.  We had become a distraction.
     Isn't it funny how just regular old life can become a distraction. We allow anything out of the ordinary to get us sidetracked. I believe as Christians we are to stay focused on the job that he has planned for us.
     This week stay focused on him.  Watch for the opportunities he has laid before you. (Do not hit anyone with your bible)

Be very careful, then how you live - not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.
Ephesians 5:15-17

Thursday, September 6, 2012

I have a fear

      Have you ever been afraid that someone is going to notice your little flaws? (you can't spell) Have you ever been afraid that  you made the wrong decision? Have you ever been afraid that something is going to happen to your children? Have you ever been afraid that you married the wrong man? (not you honey) Have you ever been afraid that you made the wrong career choice? (delivering telephone books) Have you ever been afraid that life is passing you by and you haven't made a difference?
     If you have all of these fears the old me would have said for you to find a doctor to talk to (I have a few numbers you can call)  because we all know that I don't have the gift of compassion.(Prozac could be your answer) Butttttt, the new me is not so quick to send you down the trail. I have to admit to you and myself I have had problems with fear. I am such a control freak that if it isn't perfect I feel that I have failed. Rather then fail I give up and don't try.  For many years I wanted to be a Christian speaker but was afraid. I wasn't afraid of speaking in front of a group. I wasn't afraid of not having anything to say. I was afraid that something bad was going to happen to me or my family.  You see every Christian woman that I had heard speak had some kind of tragedy in her life. They had been abused.  They had overcome a terrible sickness.  They had lost a child. I had prayed that the Lord would take my gift because I wasn't willing to go through that so that I could speak. This struggle became so strong for me.  I remember coming out of a ladies bible study one night and was so into my own thoughts that one of the ladies asked what was wrong.  After years of holding it all in I finally let her know my fear. This wonderful friend sat me down, opened the word and gave me an ear full. She quoted 1John 4:18,"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love."  Fear is not from the Father but from the one who doesn't have perfect love. Fear is from the one who wants to keep you distracted from doing what God has called you to do. She made me realize that Father would not punish me or my family for a gift He had given me. She also reminded me that if trials did come my way He would be beside me with that perfect love.
    My friend if there are things in your path today that are causing you fear let the Fathers perfect love help you overcome them.

 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7