VOTD: Luke 2.49 “In my Father’s house”

“But he replied, ‘Why were you looking for me? Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house?'”

Luke 2.49

Jesus made his decision early in life to please the Father and do his will.

Where are you? Starting now, when is your earliest opportunity?

#now, #obedience, #opportunity, #votd

Beauty all around us in many forms

When man doesn’t destroy it, beauty is to be found all around us. And beauty comes in all forms, such as sound. This morning, as I sat quietly in the living room feeling the arrival of the dawn, suddenly a bird warbled loudly not far outside the window. I arose and went to the window hoping to see it, but there was no sign of it. It came, let loose its short song, and was off again. Continue reading

#beauty, #brazil, #corollaries, #daylight-savings-time, #opportunity

OPPORTUNITY

     It has been said, “Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem to be more afraid of life than death” (James Byrnes). There is no context to these words; I suspect they have to do with ambition in a material world. Security is important in a material world, but what good will security in a material world be (or do) for a person who has no security in the spiritual realm? Of course, to ask is to answer.

There are a lot of people who are frightened by failure in life; consequently, these people are not risk-takers. On the other hand, those who are risk-takers make great progress toward an ultimate end. In the material realm this may be good.

In the spiritual realm there is no room for risk-takers; the Lord has already set the path for us to walk. His is the only risk faithful Christians will take. Consider Jesus all over again in this light. The price He paid was great, but He willingly paid it. Those of us who took advantage of the opportunity He gave, already live a life full of risk. RT

 

#opportunity

Here is your opportunity

The story is told about a bus driver became annoyed with his job because he had to wait 7 minutes after every run near an open field which litterbugs had made into an unofficial dump. He often thought that somebody should do something about that unsightly mess.

One day he himself decided to get out and pick up some of the tin cans and other debris which were lying all around. This improved things so much that he soon was eager to complete his route and spend all his free moments in cleaning up the area.

When spring came, he was so enthusiastic about his project that he decided to sow some flower seeds.

By the end of the summer many were riding to the end of the line just to see what the thoughtful servant had accomplished by doing what he and others had only talked about before.

Prov. 12:24 – The hand of the diligent will rule, But the lazy man will be put to forced labor.

“Thoughts For Today to Brighten Your Day” by Glenn, Mercedes and Lauren Hitchcock

#diligence, #make-a-difference, #opportunity

Make the most of today: Glenn Hitchcock

To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who has failed a grade.

To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.

To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize the value of ONE DAY, ask a daily wage laborer who has kids to feed.

To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.

To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who missed the train.

To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask a person who has avoided an accident.

To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who has won a silver medal in the Olympics.

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow, a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.

—North Oaks Bulletin, Canyon Country, CA

“Thoughts For Today to Brighten Your Day” by Glenn, Mercedes and Lauren Hitchcock

#opportunity, #time, #today

Illustration: Crisis

FYI, I verified this illustration with my father-in-law, who is fluent in Mandarin, and it is true!

When written in Chinese, the word “crisis” is composed of two characters – one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.

Remember…with every crisis in our lives, there is certainly danger, but there is also opportunity!

“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” (James 1:2-4, NKJV).

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,  casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Pet. 5:6-7, NKJV).

#crisis, #illustrations, #opportunity, #suffering

To Procrastinators

I don’t remember where I saw this, nor do I know the author. He seems to start out tongue in cheek and then get more serious. Or maybe the other way around.

A Few Notes to Procrastinators
By Gerald Cowan

Never put off until tomorrow what you should have done yesterday.

Tomorrow may be too late. Today may already be too late.

If at first you don’t succeed, you probably should have tried sooner.

While you are waiting for a more convenient time, an easier task, or a more attractive offer, the only opportunity you are going to get may be passing you by.

If anyone really made all the improvements he tells himself that he will make someday, he would be a source of amazement, to himself and the whole world.

If I applied to myself the advice I so freely give to others, I would have much less to regret and apologize for in my own life.

Note: Apparently, the article comes from here.

This post will go from Friendica to TFR (and Twitter, then to FB), and I’m breaking a rule of mine not to post on TFR twice or more in a row.

#opportunity, #procrastination, #time

Lend a hand to a brother

Because of a situation at hand, we’ve removed the info. Please email me for details.

#brotherhood, #needs, #opportunity

What saying of Jesus resonates most? The…

What saying of Jesus resonates most? The one found in Luke 12:48-NKJV:

“For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.”

In addition to our spiritual blessings in Christ (Ephesians 1:3), Christians have been given a great responsibility (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-116; cf. 2 Timothy 2:1-2; 2 Timothy 4:1-2). We’ve been entrusted with the gospel of Christ (1 Thessalonians 2:4; cf. 1 Timothy 6:20; 2 Timothy 1:8-14). What a responsibility that is!

We’ve also been given various abilities (Matthew 25:14-30) to carry out the above responsibility. We’ll be judged on how we used our abilities respective of the opportunities that came our way. Did we take advantage of every opportunity to preach and teach Christ to others, or did we miss a few?

Luke 12:48 makes us think inwardly, doesn’t it?

I’m including an article relative to the above Scripture:

http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2006/01/11/what-is-that-in-thine-hand/

#ability, #blessings, #entrust, #gospel, #opportunity, #preach, #responsibility, #teach

The Twitter Fad Is Over

This is the latest article regarding the social network called “Twitter”:

http://www.itworld.com/mobile-amp-wireless/93692/twitter-fad-over-its-about-time

The article brings out the fact that only those who are die hard Twitter users remain faithful in using the service.

A quote from the article:

“The trend-followers, Oprah fans, curious tire kickers and others have gotten bored or frustrated and wandered away. Meanwhile, the kinds of people who can take advantage of Twitter are really getting into it and getting more out of it.”

Personally, I like the quick and concise communication concept of Twitter. You can’t “beat-around-the-bush” on Twitter. You’ve got to get what you want said in as few words as possible – not like the never ending talk shows on T.V.

It’s a very quick and practical way of promoting your congregation’s web site, a personal blog, or any other medium of spreading the gospel of Christ. We need to take advantage of every opportunity and means we have at our disposal in promoting the saving gospel of Christ – Twitter is one of those means.

#communication, #faithful, #gospel, #opportunity, #promoting, #service, #trend, #twitter

Ahead: hidden opportunity

Leaving around 6 a.m., Wife and I took Daughter this morning to São Paulo, an hour and a half trip, when traffic is clear, to catch the bus to camp. This next week she will serve as a monitor for ages 10-13. The following week she’ll be a camper during the week for ages 14-17. So she’ll stay at camp straight for two weeks. Gonna be quiet around the house.

While at the spot where the rented buses would take campers and crew, waiting for everyone to register and load bags, I spent an hour and a half talking with a brother from São Paulo about a difficult situation he’s in, working with a small congregation there in the capital city. He has a good opportunity arising, but few options in terms of taking advantage of it. I provided him some important perspectives and situational information that he was unaware of. He was grateful for that.

Say a prayer that the Lord will open the doors for him and the saints in that area.

My point here is this: We never know the opportunity that may present itself if we’re open to it, rather than focusing only on a narrow purpose or task, in my case, delivering up a child to camp. That time spent with him may well have made a major difference in the direction he’ll now take.

#opportunity, #service

The Doors of Opportunity

While flying home yesterday, I picked up the January 14 edition of USA Today. It was at the bottom of page 1D. The headline read, “Hollywood’s newest motto: In God we trust”. The article asserted that Hollywood is now pushing movies that feature faith (something they have long been unwilling to even mention in the movies of a godless nation). The conclusion of the author, and I tend to agree, is that the reason for this phenomenon is that faith is selling. For now. People need God because times are hard, so they are turning to Him. When times get better, things will change again. How sad, but true.

There is one bright spot I see in this: opportunity. If the people at this time are opening their hearts to God, then the ground is growing more fertile. Yes, some will later turn their backs on God, but some will not. We must use this time to teach so that hopefully the seed will take and the roots will grow deep before better times come. It is time to seize the day before the doors of opportunity close. The harvest is plenty. The workers are few.

#evangelism, #opportunity

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a do…

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.

Milton Berle

#door, #knock, #opportunity

Shall we reap glory…?

            Tillet S. Teddlie was an accomplished hymn writer with great spiritual maturity.

            His hymns show the depth of his spiritual understanding. One hymn in particular, expresses a question we should ask ourselves in the New Year. The hymn says, “Swiftly we’re turning life’s daily pages; swiftly the hours are changing to years. How are we using God’s golden moments? Shall we reap glory, shall we reap tears?”

            How are we using God’s golden moments? Are we living for eternity, or are we living without regard to God’s most precious desire: teaching the gospel to the lost and strengthening others with the word?

            God loves everyone in the world, even the most unlovable (John 3:16). That love is evident in the gift of his son for the sins of the world. God’s love is a passionate, deeply moving love for people he has created.

            Remember, it was God who took Saul, the murderer of innocents, and through his love, converted him into Paul the apostle, the lover of men’s souls. Why did God do this? Because there were people who needed to be saved and would listen to Paul. God told Ananias, who would baptize Saul, “he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel,” (Acts 9:15).

            Brothers and sisters, God has brought all of us into the kingdom for the same reason. He desires us to take the gospel to those who are lost. They have no other way to escape the wrath to come if we don’t teach them.

            But, what are we doing with God’s golden moments? Swiftly the hours are changing to years. Is it true that we have lived our lives with so little regard for God’s business that we have failed to teach others the gospel as we should have? Teddlie’s hymn continues, “Into our hands the gospel is given; into our hands God giveth the light.”

            We have been given the light, brethren. Shall we sit idly as the lost rush headlong into destruction without lifting a finger to let them know the gospel? If we do, then what will we say to our God who depended upon us to teach them?

            “Shall we reap glory; shall we reap tears?”

#evangelism, #love, #opportunity

Out of clutter, find simplicity. From di…

Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity.

Albert Einstein

#difficulty, #harmony, #opportunity, #simplicity