Labor Day Thinking Spot

We are in Tennesee this weekend for Labor Day and are staying at Welcome Valley Village. It is located right along the Ocoee River not too far from Cleveland Tennessee. Found this great reflecting spot that I hope to utilize the next three mornings for some journaling.

How are you spending your Labor Day Weekend?

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2 Things From Proverbs 30

Here are a few things that stood out to me in my readings in Proverbs 30.

| “Two things I ask of you, O Lord; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, “Who is the LORD? Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.” | Proverbs 30: 7-9 [NIV]

That my life would be…

1) Truthful

2) Dependant on God for our daily needs. **Francis Chan had an awesome interpretation of this scripture that is well worth watching, Click here to view I Dare You To Pray This

| “For as churning the milk produces butter, and as twisting the nose produces blood, so stirring up anger produces strife.” | Proverbs 30: 33 [NIV]

The more you entertain anger you change the original substance from just being angry to a more violent conflict. We must not entertain our anger but have to deal with it in a positive way in order to relieve the conflict. We must resolve to not allow it to escalate to a point of superiority, where we lord our position or point over another person but must consider others better than ourselves.

You’ve Been In The Sun

The signs are all over Peyton’s face that he was out in the sun yesterday. His cheeks aren’t burnt but they are a little red. His face shows the effect of being exposed to the sun if even but for a short period of time. There is a spiritual implication in this. The exposure to God and Jesus Christ through His word has the same effect. The longer you are exposed to him the more it will show. I firmly believe that your face will show it as well. It doesn’t matter the circumstances around you, or what situation you find yourself in. Exposure to God will shine through you. Your face will show it. I wonder at times if my face is a sure indicator of how often I spend time with God. Can others see via my look, that I have been alone with Him. I want others to see that God is working in and through me and that I have spent time with Him when they come into contact with me.

Blast the Tune

There is something great about volume control.  You can turn down what you don’t want to listen to and blast the tunes that really make you move. You’ve been there, driving down the road, and all of a sudden the song that brings back so many memories and good times starts playing, and the first instinct is to blast the tune. You may roll down the windows beat on the steering wheel even bob your head a little. There’s nothing better than blasting your favorite tune.

We tend to do the same thing with God. He begins to play the tune to our life, and if what he plays takes us back then we turn up the volume with our lives, and live out the song he plays. The opposite is true if we don’t want to hear the tune, that he plays for our life, we turn down the volume or either turn off the signal completely. The truth is that there is nothing better than blasting the tune he has for our life. Agree with it or not, fearful or joyful, to journey in the direction that God is moving you is blasting the tune with your life.

The Scripture: Hebrews 11:1

The Challenge: It doesn’t take much faith to know that when you turn the volume up on your music device that the tune will get louder. Following God however, is all about faith.

In your journey with Christ what is the tune that is being played? What is demanding faith and action out of you? Are we blasting out the tune or turning it down?

Laughter, Is it Really That Hard to Do

Peyton reminded me of something I use to do when I was younger. Please note that at the time of this post he is only 19 months old.  This was not a physical conversation but in his own toddler way he reminded me of what my cousin and I would do, when we were younger, for fun.

As I was getting Peyton ready for bed I always have a habit of tickling his belly.  Most of the time he will let out one of those made up laughs, you know the one, where you reach down into your gut and just let out a bellow.  I mean you can tell that it is made up because of its sound and the reaction. However it quickly leads into full blown laughter. As he did this it made me think about the past. When I was younger my cousin and I would have laughing contests.  We had nothing that we were laughing at in particular just trying to laugh longer and louder than each other. A lot of times this would lead into a funny moment in which we would be laughing for a long time because of the way that each other would sound.

Now what is it with laughter, kids seem to have it down packed. I mean if you look at Peyton in a weird way he will start laughing and will continue to laugh. However I believe that as time goes on we forget about laughter throughout life. Why this is I am not sure. Maybe life gets in the way, jobs, commitment, maybe too busy of a life. I am amazed at how many people I come across on a daily basis at work, in stores, and even in church that never has a smile on their face and hardly ever laughs.

There is a saying, and believe it or not it comes out of the Bible. I know I am going to butcher it because I don’t have the verse in front of me but it goes something like this. Laughter is good for the soul, or either it is laughter is as a good medicine. Either way Gods word to us is that we laugh. To me that represents that God wants us to have fun. To enjoy life. To many times like I said laughter is far from peoples minds because life has gotten in the way of purpose.

This is my take on the subject. Maybe it is time that we become more like a child in the fact that we need to laugh. Try it sometimes, it will make your day go by better, you can see things in a different way, and to be honest it just makes you feel good in the center of your soul. You see Peyton will laugh for no particular reason at no particular time, and it brings joy to the whole room. Maybe it is time to become more like children, in that we get the most out of the little things.

Go ahead I dare, laugh – yeah someone may look at you funny but who knows you might feel better or you may help out someone around you. Remember laughter is a good medicine.

When No One is Looking

How would others define how I lived.  Do they see who I say I am.  I believe that it is easy to say one thing and do another when no one is looking.  Imagine this what if two people followed you around without you knowing.  If they were able to peek into all aspects of your life.  What would their conclusion be as it related to your life.

That was a sobering thought for me. Our journey in life must be taken seriously. I belive that we are not here by accident and things don’t just happen. We have choices that affect not only us but those around us. How are we interacting, how are we living, what are we doing when no one is looking?

Search Party

So why does it seem the most insignificant things tend to be the ones we seem we can’t live without?

The Problem: So Chanelle, Peyton, Tracy (Peytons G-Ma) went to taste of Beaufort on Saturday. We were getting ready to take off and I had Peyton up on my shoulders. After a little while I brought him down and was holding him and we noticed that of all things he dropped his pacifier.

Talk about panic…why was it panic? Well we only have two left and it seems the pacifiers we got him hooked on no one seems to have. Well we can find them in the same styles but not the same color and our little wonder will not take any other pacifier unless it is the exact style and color as the one he has (he gets the pickyness from his mother). So anyways we are stuck in a dilema, keep walking or go back. It didn’t take a deliberation on what to do. It was as if a diamond ring had been lost. All three of us took off backtracking the route and to our amazment we found it. That little adventure got me thinking.

Something so small and insignificant ran our life if but for a moment. The truth is he really doesn’t need the passy anymore. It isn’t like he really sucks the thing anyways. It is there out of mere habit. He is used to always having it, and trust me we know it if it isn’t there. In perspective that would probably been a conveniant time to start weaning it from him. I mean if it isn’t there and there is no way to get another one isn’t that good enough? Wouldn’t he understand?

How does this relate to my life – Think about it. Is there anything that you can live without but since it has been there for so long you have become accustom to having it. Is it there out of mere habit.

How does this relate to my relationship with God – Sometimes it is easier to keep on going after the same things that we know we should give up because we have always had it. Like the pacifier there are things that we really need to get rid of but as soon as we notice there not there anymore we frantically search to get them back. Instead of letting them lay and walking away from it we try to find some ways to get them back in our life. This is true with unhealthy relationship but I will leave that one for another date.

The Challenge – I am guilty of holding on to things when I should let them go. But my challenge is that we could really learn to let go and live. Let go of the habits, call the search party off. Live without the limits. Don’t let the small things turn you around, leave them behind, keep going forward.

I can’t remember the verse but it goes something like this…

“Lay aside the weight and sin that sets you back and run with endurance the race that is before you.”