Are You a Pessimist or Optimist?

optimist I think we all would like to say we are optimists but even the true optimist has pessimistic moments.

If you are a true pessimist then like Chicken Little the sky is always falling. The glass is always half empty... I have certainly known a few people like that, haven't you?

What about the optimist?  Are they the ones who always have sunny skies?  The glass is always half full... I've know very few of these.

Most of us fall somewhere in the middle.  But we tend to lean more toward one side of the spectrum or the other.  Have you ever noticed that you will start to think and act more one way or the other simply by who you are around?  I have!

So, what's a person to do? We need to draw close to the ONE who never changes; the ONE who is the Author and Finisher of our faith; the ONE who creates, heals and restores!

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Jesus came to give us life and not only life, but life to the full!  Abundant life!  My how I have to be reminded of that!

Do you want to see opportunity in difficulties rather than difficulties in opportunities? Then change your focus! Focus on the ONE who gives LIFE- Life to the Full!

 

Flowers Fade

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That is a Tung Oil tree in my son's yard.  I love the blooms it puts out!  They are pink and white and the tree is covered until the leaves come.  Then the flowers fall and fade away. As you can tell, the leaves are coming out. If you've ever seen my yard, you know I love flowers.  I try to have something blooming from spring through fall.

Blooms remind me of new life.  Every year I think I'm not going to plant ANYTHING ELSE.  And my husband whole heartedly agrees. But then spring comes and birds sing and blooms pop out AND I PLANT!  I just can't seem to help it.  I really try to plant mostly in pots instead of the yard, but...well...let's not go there.

I think God gave us four seasons (maybe not Louisiana) for a reason.  We tend to get bored with things, don't we?  Just when you think you can't take one more day of cold, dead winter, a little shoot of life pokes its head out of the ground or tree trunk.  Before you know it, spring is here and we are reminded how our great God makes all things new!

Throughout this year, as you enjoy God's beautiful creation, think about what you see and how the grass withers and the flowers fade but one thing stands forever...The Word of God.

The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.           Isaiah 40:8

John 1 verse 1 tells us " In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."  The 'Word of our God stands forever'. John was talking about JESUS!

Well, HALLELUJAH!

Every Gesture Matters

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I often find that my intentions never reach the point of action.  Do you?  I saw the above clip and was reminded that no one knows our intentions, but the action of that intention turned into a gesture can go a long way.

I am a "touchy feely" person by nature.  That's not always a good thing.  But, I'm always happy about that when I see a widow or widower because many people who live alone are seldom touched. That may not seem like a big deal to those of us who are still married or have children that live at home or near us.  But I have had elderly people tell me the impact a single touch can have because they are rarely touched.

How many times have you heard someone say, "I was about to.... and then..."?  Maybe it was "end it all and then I heard this song" or "give up and then he/she told me I could get through this".  You know what I'm talking about.

Be reminded that every act of kindness, whether it was intentional or not, has an impact on the person for which it was given and often on someone who saw it. You never know if your word of encouragement reached a person in a deep way that you had no idea.  You  don't know if that handshake, pat or hug warmed the heart of someone who misses physical touch.

Sometimes I think if I don't do something "big", then I might as well not do anything at all.  That is so wrong.

Jesus said in Matthew 25:40 "Truly I say to you, to the extend you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me."

Don't underestimate the power you have in a person's life with a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of kindness.

Blessings ~ W

Church - more than a building

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I recently read the book, Everyday Church by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis. They remind us that we are called to live out our faith everyday just like the early believers in 1 Peter. Ever since Jesus walked the earth, believers have been pushed to the margins of society.

The early church faced daunting persecution, as believers all over the world are facing today; and yet, they lived out their faith everyday. Near the end of the book, the authors ask and answer questions as to whether or not we have what it takes to live as God's people.  Yes, we do.  Through our faith in Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit, we have what it takes.

"Do we have the imagination to be what we can and should be as the people of God? Do we have the desire to be the people of God together on mission? Can we move beyond church as a weekly service and become a community that shares life and mission? Can we be a people for whom church and mission are our identity rather than occasional events? God gave His Son and sends His Spirit so we can be His people and live as His people." (Everyday Church by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis)

In a post-Christian society, people do not come to our church events all that much just because we ask them.  No longer does the Bible carry weight for society as the moral, ethical and evangelical standard of authority.  Times have changed. And so must we.  No, the gospel message will never change, but we can no longer passively invite people to come to church and expect to see souls saved.  We MUST LIVE IT.  Loving people, helping people, encouraging people and telling people the GOOD NEWS of CHRIST everyday.

Yes, we still need church meetings to strengthen and encourage believers so we can serve and share everyday.  It needs to be part of our fuel but service is outside the walls of the church building.  WE are the CHURCH and WE must be telling the world about Jesus or how will they come to know Him?

America has been blessed for so many years because our founding fathers built our country on Christianity.  However, America has changed and is changing.  Do you find yourself more and more on the margins of society?

The authors remind us that from the time Jesus walked on the earth, Christians have been pushed to the margins of society - persecuted for the faith.  And, they remind us that it is during those times that the gospel is spread the most.

"But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;" 1 Peter 3:15

Believer, you are here now for this time in history. Are you ready?