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Do Now!

23 Nov

I have been fortunate enough to know people who are world changers. These people have completely altered their parts of the world for the better. Though some of these world changers have suffered great hardships along the way, they have persevered, allowing the good to outweigh the bad and given their all to help others.

For example, years ago, one woman fought against strong opposition to celebrate Black History in a New York City public school. Years later, the annual celebration still continues. There’s the mother of one, who so passionately pours into guiding youth that she’s fondly called mom by the children she’s taken under her wings. There are the men who spent time in prison and now spend their lives steering others away from criminal activity.

While it’s wonderful that these people and many others have done great things to bless mankind, I am compelled to take a close look at my own life in order to determine what I have done to make the world a better place. What about you?

The encouraging scripture that comes to mind regarding my own days gone by is, “forgetting those things which are behind me, I PRESS TOWARDS the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13).

In light of this scripture, it’s not so much about what I have done or what you have done to make this world a better place. More importantly, what we are doing today as agents of change? You’ve heard it said time and time again, ” today is a gift”. Frankly, today is all that we have (James 4:13).

So what can You and I do today to enhance our part of the world?

Each of us were created with unique gifts and talents that are meant to glorify God and to bless others. The scriptures tell us “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” ‭‭(Ephesians‬ ‭2:10‬ ‭NKJV‬‬).

Just what are the “good works” that you were created to do in order to touch your part of the world? If you’re still working on figuring that out, pray for direction. Ultimately, we want to hear the words, “well done my good and faithful servant” (Luke 19:17). And we will hear those words, if we begin to be change agents in our part of the world NOW!

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From Irritability to Opportunity!

1 Aug
This summer, as well as last summer, I was blessed with the 
privilege of working with youth. Last year, I became frustrated 
during this process for a variety of reasons. This year, again, 
I found that I was becoming a bit annoyed and begin to think 
about making this the last year that I would participate in
this venture.

A heaven sent message came to mind as I thought deeply 
about the situation.  I was reminded that working with 
youth is more of an opportunity to give, than it is to 
receive. I've been given the opportunity to impart life
skills into our youth, the leaders of the next generation!

Sometimes the skills that I endeavor to teach are
unwanted, and may be down right despised. Nevertheless, 
with patience and grace I believe that I will continue to
"serve" the next generation. In essence,because of the 
heaven sent message, l have now taken my eyes off of my 
own feelings, and have begun to focus upon teaching 
whatever I can in this short time I've been given to make a 
difference now, and into the future!

Mark 10:45 tells us “For even the Son of Man did not 
come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a 
ransom for many" (NKJV). Is there a disturbing situation 
taking place in your life that you can apply this lesson to? 

Our perspective will change when we remember
that it's not all about us! We can serve Jesus by 
taking our eyes off of self, and serving others.  
We will then gain unimaginable peace, turning 
irritability into opportunity! (Acts 13:36, Col 3:24).