Posts Tagged ‘action’

  

“Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold.” (Proverbs‬ ‭22‬:‭1‬ NLT)

Robert Hanssen was deeply religious, being a devout part of the Opus Dei sect of the Catholic Church. He was also very dedicated, giving almost 25 years of service to the Intelligence Field of the FBI. But what he lacked among his good traits was the most important one – he lacked character. Working as a double-agent for the Soviet Union, he was the most notorious spy in American history, costing many lives and endangering our national security, all for ego and a little more money to live on. 

According to the Bible, there are some things of greater value than riches, and one is relationship. We are not reflectors of God’s goodness because of our income status, political affiliation, or esteemed popularity, but because we simply act like God’s Word says we should. A good reputation only comes from right action, which in turn stems from godly character. 

Abigail Van Buren of “Dear Abby” fame once said concerning Character: ‘The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.’ The Golden Rule still applies! What I will do stems from who I truly am. Let your goodness stem from your godliness! You are loved today! 

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“All the people…in pride and arrogance of heart…are destroyed.” (Isaiah‬ ‭9‬:‭9, 16‬ NKJV)

Throughout history, men only needed two things to become a military officer: money and title. With no experience whatsoever, men have led troops around the world, and lives were wasted for the sake of privileged arrogance that desired adventurous renown. Such was the case at the Battle of Königgrätz of 1866.

As the Prussian (German) army advanced against Austria, the great Austrian General, Von Benedek, prepared a strategy to defeat the powerful invaders. It would have worked, except two Counts, Von Thun and Von Festetics, desiring glory, attacked without direction. As a result, the Austrians lost the battle, their sovereignty, and Benedek would be blamed for the loss, demoted, and died a broken, shamed man. 

As you live your week, know that your actions create reactions in the lives of others, both good and bad. Rash actions are usually based in pride and never lead to good. Live as a child of God, whose ripples bless those around them! You are loved today! 

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Who brought you here, and what are you doing in this place? Why are you here?” (Judges‬ ‭18‬:‭3‬ NLT)

On June 5, 1989, a single man impacted a world. As a column of tanks drove down Chang’an Avenue to put down a protest at Tiananmen Square in China, an unknown man came out from a crowd and blocked their path, positioning himself to prevent the tanks from maneuvering around him. Eventually he was pulled back into the crowd, but not before his stand was immortalized for the world to see, even being listed by Time Magazine as one of the Top 100 most influential people of the 20th century.

The “Why” questions of our text are questions we ask ourselves all through our life. To find the answer, we must live it out before God. Our life may be to spend years helping others, like Mother Teresa. It may be to empower people, like Martin Luther King, Jr. Or it might be that for one brief but influential moment, we take our stand for what is right.

We are that Unknown Rebel, standing our ground for what is right in God’s eyes before a world bent on not seeing Him. Let God help you answer the “Whys” of your life by letting Him use you to impact others. A life spent helping is a life spent living! You are loved today!

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Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not.” (2 Timothy‬ ‭4‬:‭2‬ NLT)

In 1999, Vibe magazine predicted that companies in the next millennium would pay people to get tattoos advertising their brands. Joe Tamargo, of Rochester, NY, is a walking billboard, advertising 15 companies on his body with permanent tattoos. The only problem is that most of those groups went out of business years ago. Hope all the pain and money was worth it.

We are also human billboards. As we walk this journey down the Christ Life path, people are watching us. While most people don’t preach sermons from pulpits, we do by what we say, how we act, how we treat others and what we post on our social media accounts. People will judge Jesus and the Bible by how we live, whether we want them to or not. So how’s your sermon today going?!

Don’t be “bad ink” for the Gospel! The Christ Life is not lived when we find it convenient, then temporarily shut down when it’s not. Live the best sermon about how great your God is everyday! Hopeless people are looking for more than an empty expression, they need life! So show them! You are loved today!