February 22, 2008

Have You Enrolled?


O my son, give me your heart.
May your eyes take delight in following my ways.

Proverbs 23:26 (New Living Translation)

My son, give me your heart
and let your eyes keep to my ways.

Proverbs 23:26 (New International Version)

Dear child, I want your full attention;
please do what I show you.

Proverbs 23:26 (The Message)

The very best thing you can do is to enlist freely and decidedly in the army of the Lord. Surrender yourself into the hands of God, that your will and ways may be guided by the One who is unerring in wisdom and infinite in goodness. To withhold yourself from God is to rob God of that which is His own. The Lord has need of you, and you have need of the Lord.

February 21, 2008

Habits – Colossians 3:2


Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.

Colossians 3:2 (The Message)

Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

Colossians 3:2 (New King James Version)

Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.

Colossians 3:2 (New Living Translation)

February 20, 2008

Quiet – Psalms 131:1b-3


Lord, my heart is not proud;
my eyes are not haughty.

I don’t concern myself with matters too great or awesome for me.
But I have stilled and quieted myself,
just as a small child is
quiet with its mother.

Yes, like a small child is my soul within
me. O Israel, put your hope in the LORD — now and always.

Psalms 131:1-3 (New Living Translation)

My heart is not proud, O LORD,
my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
or things too wonderful for me.
But I have stilled and quieted my soul;
like a weaned child with its mother,
like a weaned child is my soul within me.

O Israel, put your hope in the LORD
both now and forevermore.

Psalm 131:1-3 (New International Version)

God, I’m not trying to rule the roost, I don’t want to be king of the mountain.
I haven’t meddled where I have no business
or fantasized grandiose plans.

I’ve kept my feet on the ground,
I’ve cultivated a quiet heart.
Like a baby content in its mother’s arms,
my soul is a baby content.

Wait, Israel, for God. Wait with hope.
Hope now; hope always!

Psalm 131:1-3 (The Message)

February 19, 2008

Laziness – Proverbs 12:11


A hard worker has plenty of food,
but a person who chases fantasies has no sense.

Proverbs 12:11 (New Living Translation)

He who tills his land will be satisfied with bread,
But he who follows frivolity is devoid of understanding.

Proverbs 12:11 (New King James Version)

The one who stays on the job has food on the table;
the witless chase whims and fancies.

Proverbs 12:11 (The Message)

February 18, 2008

Fear – Psalm 27:1


The Lord is my light and my salvation–
so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger,
so why should I tremble?

Psalm 27:1 (New Living Translation)

The LORD is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 27:1 (New International Version)

Light, space, zest— that’s God!
So, with him on my side I’m fearless,
afraid of no one and nothing.

Psalm 27:1 (The Message)

Fear can paralyze you and I. In 1 John it says,
“perfect love casts out fear.” Allow His love in you life today.

February 16, 2008

It’s Going to Be Okay


by Max Lucado

Bill Tucker was sixteen years old when his dad suffered a health crisis and consequently had to leave his business. Even after Mr. Tucker regained his health, the Tucker family struggled financially, barely getting by.

Mr. Tucker, an entrepreneurial sort, came up with an idea. He won the bid to reupholster the chairs at the local movie theater. This stunned his family. He had never stitched a seat. He didn’t even own a sewing apparatus. Still, he found someone to teach him the skill and located an industrial-strength machine. The family scraped together every cent they had to buy it. They drained savings accounts and dug coins out of the sofa. Finally, they had enough.

It was a fine day when Bill road with his dad to pick up the equipment. Bill remembers a jovial, hour-long trip discussing the bright horizons this new opportunity afforded them. They loaded the machine in the back of their truck and secured it right behind the cab. Mr. Tucker then invited his son to drive home. I’ll let Bill tell you what happened next:

“As we were driving along, we were excited, and I, like any sixteen-year-old driver, was probably not paying enough attention to my speed. Just as we were turning on the cloverleaf to get on the expressway, I will never ever, ever forget watching that sewing machine, which was already top-heavy, begin to tip. I slammed on the brakes, but it was too late. I saw it go over the side. I jumped out and ran around the back of the truck. As I rounded the corner, I saw our hope and our dream lying on its side in pieces. And then I saw my dad just looking. All of his risk and all of his endeavor and all of his struggling and all of his dream, all of his hope to take care of his family was lying there, shattered.

“You know what comes next don’t you? ‘Stupid, punk kid driving too fast, not paying attention, ruined the family by taking away our livelihood.’ But that’s not what he said. He looked right at me. ‘Oh, Bill, I am so sorry.’ And he walked over, put his arms around me, and said, ‘Son, this is going to be okay.’

God is whispering the same to you. Those are his arms you feel. Trust him. That is his voice you hear. Believe him. Allow the only decision maker in the universe to comfort you. Life at times appears to fall to pieces, seem irreparable. But it’s going to be okay. How can you know? Because God so loved the world. If God can make a billion galaxies, can’t he make good out of our bad and sense out of our faltering lives? Of course he can. He is God.

February 15, 2008

Love – 1 John 4:12


No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love has been brought to full expression through us.

1 John 4:12 (New Living Translation)

No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

1 John 4:12 (New International Version)

No one has seen God, ever. But if we love one another, God dwells deeply within us, and his love becomes complete in us—perfect love!

1 John 4:12 (The Message)
When He lives in us, that love that He gives us, can’t help coming out in different ways. We complete the circle of love.

February 14, 2008

Love – John 13:34-35


So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.

John 13:34-35 (New Living Translation)

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.

John 13:34-35 (New King James Version)

Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.

John 13:34-35 (The Message)