First or Last?

Good question to ask yourself! What am I talking about?

He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” Mark 9:35

That was Jesus asking. Your answer?

Jesus put Himself last because He is first. He gave up His life for you, me, and every other person who has and will live. Jesus is first because He is the Son of God.

If you truly want to get closer to God you need to move to the back of the line. You need to be last to be first.

OK. What does this practically mean today and tomorrow. You need to think more about others than yourself. It’s that simple. But the thinking part has to play out in actual actions. Jesus healed, put Himself in harms way, and eventually gave up HIs life. We don’t have to go to those extremes. We can walk before we run.

Help someone. Anyhow. A lot of people out there need a lot of help. Give. Anything. Just do something for someone before you do for yourself.

Enjoy the rest of this weekend!

Jesus Didn’t Teach Us To Be Civil

Jesus did not teach us civility to one another. He taught us to love one another. A love that goes way beyond civility. A love that puts the other person first and us second. And Jesus wasn’t just a good pontificator as many so-called “Christians” are today—He walked the talk of love. After all, Jesus sacrificed His life for you and me.

Look around you today. Not much civility. And certainly no, if any, love. That’s where you and I come in. We need to spread some love and hope that it’s catching. Because the world desperately needs some love.

Do your part today and I’ll do mine. Smile, help someone in need, pay something forward, lend a helping hand. Spreading love isn’t hard if you just take yourself out of the equation. Jesus taught us how to do it. We just have to listen—and do it.

Walk the talk today. LOVE!!! 

Light People, Dark People

There are dark people and light people in this world. Light people try to shine the light of Jesus in their lives for all to see. Dark people either keep that light from shining or simply do not have the light of Jesus in their lives.

Shining the light of Jesus, who is all light, is not difficult. It starts with a smile, goes on to reaching out to others in needs, and burns the brightest when “love” becomes the way you live your life. Living in darkness is pretty simple and easy—it’s living your life for yourself and not others.

Living in light or darkness—your choice. All I can say is that living in light is illuminating. Living in darkness is simply that—dark.

Have a great day in the light! 

He Is. I Am.

When Moses asked God His name, God replied, “I AM WHO I AM.” Fast forward to Paul’s letter to the Corinthians where he wrote (1 Corinthians 15:10), “But by the grace of God I am what I am.”

God is. We are—by His grace. God is everything. We are a part of that everything. Not a preordained, predestined part, but a part with many possibilities. How far we go, what part we play in God’s everything is up to us.

Make this new year of 2017 a time to realize your potential, tapping into God, the I AM of life.

Wishes for a joyful, healthy, peaceful, and blessed New Year!!!