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Light Your Path

Yesterday I saw this tweet, which I found very refreshing and share worthy…

It’s a pretty amazing thought from Max, and it is a humbling, and uplifting thought!  For some reason, after reading those words I was reminded of the story in John, where Jesus feeds thousands of people with just a few small fish and 5 loaves of bread.  Check out this one part of the text.

11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. John 6:11 (NIV)

Now that’s totally awesome!  What a truly amazing thing, and a very very comforting thought.  He can give as much as you want, because well, he can do anything!  So surely he is mighty enough to light your path!



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Today’s Challenge

Oh Twitter.  Since I have actively started following people I don’t ever have to come up with an original thought. 🙂

And that is good for a Monday morning!  Today, I will let the great author Max Lucado speak to you as I steal a thought from him.

 That’s very similar advice that I use a lot when running hard, or racing.  As a runner, you don’t focus on the entire distance, you break it down – especially when it gets hard.  For instance, when I run a hard work out, I may break it down to just things on the road – like – just to the mailbox, and then to the next mailbox, and then to the mark on the road.  Short, attainable, focused goals. And before you know it you have maintained the effort for the entire distance!  YEAH!

So today, tackle the challenge right in front of you – today, or maybe just the next 5 seconds!

34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.  Matthew 6:34 New International Version (NIV)
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Good, Better, Best

It’s Good Friday,

What an incredible day.  So far this morning I have already read tons of reflections from people on Twitter and Facebook.  They range from my college buddy Willie posting

On this Good Friday, please pause for a moment and realize that seersucker suits may be worn in just three days!

to Max Lucado tweeting this gem

On this Good Friday, envision the Savior on the cross, bloodied and cast in shadows. Listen as heaven whispers: For you, my child. For you.

It’s a pretty awesome day historically, I mean, really, the son of God dying on a cross, with intent.  What better, is that he was buried and guarded by the Romans, and what is best is that he rose back to life, again with intent on the third day.  Of course, the intent being that he did he not for his own glory , but instead to restore us back in a relationship with the Creator of the Universe!

Enjoy the weekend!  And do spend some time on your own reflecting on this Good Friday and this best weekend!

 6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5 NIV


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Conquer yourself

A few days back I stumbled across this quote from the great author Max Lucado 

Conquer yourself rather than the world.

That’s a pretty simple yet powerful thought.  I know there are lots of times when I personally get so concerned about how others act and I think I do set out to conquer them.   But this simple thought about conquering yourself will more than likely have more of a profound impact of those around you then your brutal up front onslaughts!

I also read a few days ago about some “Christian” comments that people had made to other folks. I found this one incredible entertaining and heartbreaking at the same time

“I have removed the moat from my eye and I can know clearly see you are going to hell!” or something like that

That is just so wrong.  We are not to attempt to ‘fix’ others in that sort of way.  Look at how that little spiel from Matthew reads in the Message: 

  1-5“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.  Matthew 7:3-5 The Message (MSG)

So today, work on conquering yourself.  I think it will amaze us how that action in the end actually does conquer the world!

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Make a difference

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon this passage from one of Max Lucado’s books from the early nineties. This passage has always been quite inspiring to me. As a manner of fact when I was on college, I had this printed on the inside of the Daytimer so I could be inspired each day. I hope you find some motivation from it today.

Today I will make a difference. I will begin by controlling my thoughts. A person is the product of his thoughts. I want to be happy and hopeful. Therefore, I will have thoughts that are happy and hopeful. I refuse to be victimized by my circumstances. I will not let petty inconveniences such as stoplights, long lines, and traffic jams be my masters. I will avoid negativism and gossip. Optimism will be my companion, and victory will be my hallmark. Today I will make a difference.

I will be grateful for the twenty-four hours that are before me. Time is a precious commodity. I refuse to allow what little time I have to be contaminated by self-pity, anxiety, or boredom. I will face this day with the joy of a child and the courage of a giant. I will drink each minute as though it is my last. When tomorrow comes, today will be gone forever. While it is here, I will use it for loving and giving. Today I will make a difference.

I will not let past failures haunt me. Even though my life is scarred with mistakes, I refuse to rummage through my trash heap of failures. I will admit them. I will correct them. I will press on. Victoriously. No failure is fatal. It’s OK to stumble… . I will get up. It’s OK to fail… . I will rise again. Today I will make a difference.

I will spend time with those I love. My spouse, my children, my family. A man can own the world but be poor for the lack of love. A man can own nothing and yet be wealthy in relationships. Today I will spend at least five minutes with the significant people in my world. Five quality minutes of talking or hugging or thanking or listening. Five undiluted minutes with my mate, children, and friends.

Today I will make a difference.

From Shaped by God (original title: On the Anvil)
Copyright (Tyndale House, 1985, 2002) Max Lucado