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Bless, encourage, help and LOVE.

What do you with your time?

Are you out to bless?

OR out to curse?

Are you out for others or only out for the benefit of yourself?

I ask myself this.  I have to adjust my thinking sometimes. I have to reconnect with reality and remember why we are put here.  God put us here to bless, live for others and share what we know about HIM.

I attended a SPARKLE Dinner tonight which is an event that my friend Tammy Whitehurst organizes.  She has this mission to help and encourage those who struggle.  She is such a blessing, because she knows what we are to do with our time.

The main focus with these dinners she puts together are to lift up those battling cancer.

As the speaker, Nathan Mathias, said tonight though–we all may not have CANCER, but we all have some type of struggle.

It could be anything.  We all struggle.  Everyone around you struggles with SOMETHING.

Nathan struggled with cancer with several months.  After battling, he is now cancer free.  This is not only awesome for him, but also his family and the numerous prayer warriors that feel the absolute victory with him.  It is a blessing when someone is cured and you see that they give all the glory to GOD.  Nathan truly lives out James 1:2–

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,

He counts his struggles to all be JOY in our Lord.

And read on in verse 3…

because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

Nathan will persevere, because he has been through the trials.  We all go through our trials, but Nathan faced his with GOD at all times.  We all need to remember this.

Nathan is going to use his story to help others.  He is going to use the strength he received through Jesus to encourage others to do the same.  He know what to do with his time.

Another man, Steve Denfeld, spoke tonight about his mission…to LOVE others.  He is a fireman that heads up the Pink Heals of Gregg County.  (please go check out thier page)  I was moved by the emotion he showed as he talked about just being able to show love for those in need.  He talked about how this organization is all about LOVE and not just about a cause.  They look at people in need and just love on them.  It was so great to hear about this organization.  This guy really knows what to do with his time.  LOVE!

I pray that I always do what I’m supposed to do with my time.

Bless, encourage, help and LOVE.

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Think about it…

We’re all in this together!

Love.

Serve.

Be second or even third.

Hold the door.

Smile.

Offer support.

Think of others.

Give.

“…All who lift themselves up will be brought low, and those who make themselves low will be lifted up.” Luke 18:14

The GOOD, the bad and the uuuuuggggly…

WARNING: SOAP BOX TIME!  

We are who we are because we choose to be.  NO MATTER WHAT… You CHOOSE to be the way you are–it is ALL UP TO YOU.

We start our lives like a blank slate.  We arrive ready to be influenced, molded and shaped.  Then, things happen to us.  We are well taken care of, or not.  We are surrounded with good friends or bad ones or maybe mediocre ones.  We have great parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts or we don’t really.  Some of us have circumstances in our lives that are just crazy, chaotic and evil.  We have people that abuse us and put us down.  We have people who use us or leave us out on purpose.  These things happen.  I am acknowledging it all.  I could make lists upon lists of things that happen to us–good, bad and ugly.

We all have  influences, circumstances, people and times.  We all have these good, bad and ugly times.  A lot of times, though,  we look at others’ lives and think they have it great and we don’t, but really, we don’t know their life.  We don’t know what happens in their homes and we don’t know what happens in their minds.  We don’t know their hearts.  We are only responsible for our own hearts.  We are not put here to compare ourselves to others.  We own our story, not others’.

Back to my point—the person you are, no matter what has happened to you in your life, is ALL UP TO YOU.

Don’t blame others for having a better life.  Don’t hurt those around you just because others have hurt you.   It’s important that we don’t get beat down by playing the victim in our lives.  I know we all have different stories and we have all been “victims” of something, but to stay labeled as a victim only allows whoever or whatever victimized us to continue to win daily.

EXAMPLE: If I were to CHOOSE to be an alcoholic–that would not be because my dad was an alcoholic.  I would CHOOSE that lifestyle.  I could not blame that on an alcoholic father or even some type of hereditary gene which says I’m more likely to be an alcoholic.  Everyone has something they may be more likely to be, BUT WHEN IT COMES RIGHT DOWN TO IT–IT IS YOUR CHOICE.

People use excuses all the time.  The media gives people excuses all the time.  Sometimes (and I’m not saying all the time, because I know there are certain situations that would be exceptions–but I believe they are very rare) people use excuses because they are too lazy to stand up and blame themselves.   They are too unwilling to get up and choose what is right.   They are so lacking of inner motivation that they blame it on someone else like their parents or even the government.  Geez.

We all (yes, EVERY ONE OF US) need to stop being- idle – indolent – sluggish – slothful – slack – AND step up and take responsibility for: who we are, where we are and what we have become.  I believe that once that happens, our lives, our society and our world will be a better place to live.

Once we have done that, we can be in a better position to help those around us.  It starts with YOU–yes YOU. (and me, of course) Allow the good, the bad AND the ugly to mold you, influence you and shape you into A RESPONSIBLE, A MORE ACCOUNTABLE AND UPSTANDING YOU.  (not a continuous blaming victim who can’t look past anything that has ever happened…come on—move on!!!)

TOMORROW’S POSSIBLE BLOG TOPIC: Influences and circumstances–they CAN be positive NO MATTER what they are…

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