So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. -Genesis 1:27-
When God created mankind, He created us in his image. He made sure to identify that He was referring to both male and female so that there was no confusion as to who He was specifically talking to. An image is a likeness of a person so therefore when God created us, he created us to be like Him. Continue reading The Image of God
On many occasions I had to comfort my son; after one of his sporting events he would be upset for one reason or another. After all my other advice failed to make him feel better I would tell him you could always just run on the field or run on the court, this would get a laugh out of him. I would ask him who’s going to stop him? He said the coach would take him out, but he was already out so what did he have to lose? Nothing! But he had a lot to gain.
Opportunities work like this; often times we miss opportunities because we are afraid to come off the bench, afraid to try something new or different. In your life you do not need permission to come off the bench and join the game. You have total control of how much playing time you get. Don’t let fear of failing, fear of ridicule, doubt, and uncertainty be the reason why you missed this whole game called life. Whatever it is you have been hoping for, been inquisitive about, or have been wanting to try, go for it, who’s going to stop you? Continue reading Get off the Bench
Today is a different day. Not the same as yesterday, or the day before. This means it doesn’t have a history yet, it hasn’t been created. Today is a day where you can start doing something that you have always wanted to do. You can forgive someone for what they did to you ten years ago. You can create new habits. You can breathe easily knowing that the troubles of yesterday are no more.
Use this day to create a new day, a day to do something that is going to make your tomorrow better. Monday (last week), I had a hard day, Tuesday I woke up and decided, that day wouldn’t be like yesterday (Monday). I decided to let the feelings subside and move on with what was in front of me. Many times, we have a bad day or a bad experience and we let it linger from day to day to day; never really experiencing a new day because we are still carrying the burdens of yesterday, so it’s really just a different day. I’ve been there, one day you look up and a whole year has gone by and you’re still in a funk about something you can’t even change.
As people we have to get in the habit of letting things go and understanding what will be, will be. We have to get in the habit of unloading some of our baggage. Your kid was disrespectful and acted a complete fool in the store, don’t let that carry over into tomorrow. A customer was rude, let it go. Things didn’t go as planned, oh well, plans change. It is important to not let experiences get in and take residence; learn to move on from them. Learn to experience new days.
Not every experience is going to come with closure, not every experience is going to lead to understanding, not every experience is going to make it easier to forgive, but with each experience you can learn and you can grow from it. Wake up each day with the attitude that today is a new day, what happened yesterday will not control my today.
Wake up knowing that you are blessed, you have been granted new mercies. Wake up knowing that your future is bright and that the only thing that can stop you from reaching you goals is you. Yesterday is out of your control but today, this new day, is yours to master!
- Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, -Phil 3:13-
- The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. -Lamentations 3:22-23-
When your sight is limited, so is your vision. Your vision will only go as far as you can see, as far as the situation you are in right now. When your vision is limited, so is your blessings. We are only blessed with those things that we believe are possible, if we are only depending on what we see, our beliefs are limited.
Your vision is the belief in something greater, something you can’t see in the physical sense. One definition for vision is the ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom. When you only focus on things in front of you, you can’t have a vision for anything else. Sometimes our mountains are so big we can’t see around them so we get stuck believing that this is where we are supposed to be. You cannot see around so you can’t see what’s on the other side.
After every trail, tribulation, test, or setback there is always something on the other side. You have to expand your sight so that your vision can get bigger. Look past your current situation and see all the possibilities of tomorrow. Tonight, I am tired but tomorrow will be better. My debt is surmounting but I know if I keep managing what I have one day I will have more than enough. This house isn’t big enough for my family but one day soon we’ll have more than enough room. Tonight, I sit in this room alone but I know one day this room will be filled with love.
When you start speaking these words of faith, expanding your vision beyond your current situation you will start to see a change. The mountain will begin to crumble right in front of your face. In Habakkuk 2:2 it says write the vision and make it plain, so he may run who reads it. This means write out what you want your future to look like, what do you see? Do not complicate it with big words or long plans. Once it is written read it and then get to work. Start working toward those things you see in your future. You cannot pray for a husband and have a vision of your marriage and sit in your living room every day. It just doesn’t work like that.
God knows the plans he has for us; we just have to believe that all things are possible. Yes, all things. What are you facing today that you cannot see past? What is stopping you from getting the vision, from believing? Before I go, I want to leave you with one message; it will cost you nothing to believe but it will cost you everything if you don’t believe.
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