In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. proverbs 3:6
Riding bikes can be so fun. Most people go from being merely onlookers to riding with training wheels, before finally learning the art of balance to ride with just two wheels. Most didnt learn to ride by themselves. It usually consisted of someone holding on to the back of the seat until your courage had been built up enough to set you free. Get a mental picture of yourself as an inexperienced rider focused straight ahead with hands holding tightly to the handle bars. The teacher coaching from behind. Reassuring you of all the possibilities that awaits you. He reassures you that he will hold onto you till you’re comfortable. You hesitantly take your feet from the ground to resting them on the peddles. Trees are ahead – sidewalk looks hard and unwelcoming. You begin to peddle – wobbly at first, but you feel the presence of your teacher. You trust him. You begin to feel the wind beating upon your face – such an exhilarating feeling forming inside you – you are enjoying the mobility and the freedom with all the possibility.
Something begins to change – your teacher is holding less of your seat. You’re still a tad bit wobbly but it’s getting a little easier. You’re riding and your teacher tells you that he is going to let you loose a little but that he wouldn’t be too far behind. That knot catches your throat and you wonder if you will remain upright. You begin to peddle a little faster – you noticed you are peddling by yourself. The thought of that catches you of guard and you woble yourself right into the bushes. Ouch! Your teacher manages to help you back on the bike while you determine that maybe that bike riding isn’t for you. The teacher gets hint of this and tells you that even when you’re wobbly the key to gaining experience is to get back on. Before long you are riding alone – no longer needing someone to hold on your seat. You learn that learning to ride a bike consist of finding your balance.
Once you learn to balance yourself you can go anywhere. You can ride fast or slow. Up hills or down. You may even learn the art of taking your hands of the bars while keeping the bike steady and moving straight. You find that riding is fun, adventurous and freeing.
We can put our trust in God – he is always right there with us. He holds onto us when we are wobbly. He reminds us of how much we are capable of – and that in all aspects of our life we have to find balance by following him. Even Jesus rested. When Jesus needed answers – he turned to the one that sent him – he did not lean unto his own wisdom and understanding. It is within our quiet time – when we rid ourselves of noise and our attention is on him – we can hear him more clearly. Our directions are precise – and he keeps us fine tuned for our destinations. We must yield and serve God with all of our heart – soul and mind. He becomes our mind regulator for our entire day when we give him our first thought in the morning. When God is the center of our life – everything about us shifts center toward him. Acknowledging that he holds our future in the palm of his hands equips us with a confidence and boldness to get on our bike of life and ride.
Hold fast to your balance that is within Christ Jesus – your path shall be straight.
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger and you took me in; I was naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me; I was in prison and you visited me. Matthew 25:35-36
Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.
Isn’t it fascinating that we are called to love and care for one another. He gave us dominion not to just frolic and have a good time, but to insure we are doing his perfect will. Living in different areas I have come across many people who were down on their luck and even wandering the streets and no place to call home and very little food to eat. I have also been around others who felt such persons were trying to get a buck for a cigar or alcohol binge and feeling like helping was a weak thing to do. Whatever anybody think – we must ask what would Jesus do?
I imagine him stopping to converse with them, encouraging them – feeding them like he fed the five thousand. And while they are eating themselves full he would tell them about the one and only true living water that will quench every thirst. Could you imagine their eyes lightening up – their hearts filling up with joy that someone took notice without judging. They would leave physically and spiritually fed.
My challenge in a time where challenges run rampant – let’s treat people like Christ did. Offer the homeless food instead of passing them by. Donate gently used clothing to a shelter. Spend some time at a nursing home. Let’s open our eyes to those in need, let’s look for opportunities where the love of Christ can be shown. Create magic moments that can change the course of someone’s life today. Big or small we all matter – remember what we do our don’t do is done to God.
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ Matthew 25:21
Everyday we have a responsibility to do what we are called to do. To be faithful over what we have in our hands. Not to merely have the same amount we began with when we started – but to increase what God has entrusted us with. No need to look at what your neighbor has been entrusted with, because God has given you more than enough for your assignment.
Do we hold it and keep it to ourselves? Do we honor what we have been given and double or triple it? The Scripture reminds us that if we are faithful over little he will entrust us with more. We have to show God that we have a high regard and appreciation for every thing we have at our disposal.
We often ask God for more when we wants to see how faithful we are over our little. In order to have more money – one must learn responsibility over giving God our first through tithing – giving and helping others and saving. Giving increases – keeping decrease. God calls us to be givers and to do so with a joyful heart.
So what do you have in your hand? To get increase, use what you have to help the world. This doesn’t have to mean money only – could someone benefit from giving of your time? Challenge yourself to never take for granted your blessing. Be thankful for all things. Your spouse needs your faithfulness – show love even when you don’t feel like it. Your children – or even your job. What can you do to show your faithfulness. Getting to work on time and giving it your all.
Excellence is driven by our faithfulness. To be excellent with our families, our business and even our friendships we have learn this principle of faithfulness. God is always faithful – he is the greatest example on how we should live our lives. He is faithful to his promises – his love and grace. He takes care of us with such excellence – how marvelous are the works of his hands.
We can become more faithful by being faithful over our little. When we grasp that – our little forms into much.
As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed–the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not. Romans 4:17
How powerful it is to not only know the world of God, but to learn the power of application that can transform a life. It is not the same as just speaking positive, but it is affirming the promises of God over your life. It applies truth to your life that is greater than anything else. It’s speaking the life into every area of your life – thus activating the FAITH – to manifest that what you’re believing for.
It begins with altering automatic responses of the mind to make it obey his word. Sow the good you want to see that you may reap from it.
“like a freshly plowed field – your mind grows whatever seeds of thought you plant”
You are in charge of what you think and what you say. Agree with God everyday. Speak health, success, life into your life and you will begin to see its manifestations.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
For this one thing is true that by grace we are saved and by grace we live. We can’t be good enough for it – earn – it just is. It is the free unmerited favor of God upon our lives. It’s sufficient – it’s. everlasting. He wipes the slate clean – providing new beginnings. He forgets the track record. He brings his child into his presence with open arms – like a father welcoming back a child that has been gone too long.
Today how can you show grace?
We all have heard these words – on numerous occasions. All things are possible through God that strengthens you – said to a child who says I can’t when it comes to math. Tears streaming down her cheek – frustration carved across her face. Thoughts of playtime slowly disappearing – out of reach. I buckled down and helped her through the word problems – there was a test waiting for her the next day. I so wanted to give in to her puppy dog eyes – wanting to rescue her from having to endure the pain and hardwork for math problems jumping off a page. I wanted – needed her to know that she could conquer it – so I gave her a few more problems at the risk of becoming the annoying mom. She finished it and I reminded her that she indeed had more strength than she realized.
Perhaps you have something in front of you that is difficult. Maybe throwing a tantrum seems like the best feasible answer than just digging in and putting your best foot forward. Maybe you find your attempts futile and not paying off. God often steps in and remind us of who and whose we are – a soft push to stand in strength. Even when the pull to quit tugs at us – we take another step. Yes it may include tears but the power of “yes you can” trudges us forward.
Often it isn’t the difficulty that is difficult – it is our thought about the difficulty. It is our perception of who we think we are or aren’t. You are more than a conquerer – there is nothing to tough because your God is good. He will help you – he is the greatest teacher. He may not give you the answer, but he will remain by your side step by little step. he knows that you will become stronger and then when something difficult arises – you will pull from previous victories. So go ahead dig in – it will be worth it.
The Lord our God, the Lord is one. love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorpost’s of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:4-8
There is but one God – the God of all creation. We are to love him with every part of our being- ingrained in our hearts. Spreading the love – keeping it at the front of our minds. Teaching our children about such love and greatness. His love for us is at all times – in all ways – never ceasing. It is unrelenting and unshakable. Let that love resonate within you today – allowing it to break through to any place that needs a touch from God. Walk in it – talk it – live it today.