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Laying My Smart Phone Aside!

ImageAnyone that knows me, knows that I love my gadgets, so for me to decide to separate myself from one of them, will come as a great shock.  But it is something that I feel like I need to at least experiment with.

It occurred to me the other day, that I waste way too much time on my cell phone.  I have to have it near me at all times, like some kind of security blanket.  I am not so sure if this is for my benefit or for the benefit of those that I think want to get in touch with me.  I am going to try during the month of January to leave it in one location – truck or desk, so that I will have to go and check it.  Why would I do such a thing?

1.  People deserve my undivided attention!  I think that it is totally disrespectful to be in a conversation with someone and in the middle of the conversation to take a call from someone else.  If the call is important, the person calling can leave a message and I will return the call as soon as possible and this actually shows respect to both parties.  Relationships are important, in fact they are vital in this life and if someone is willing to give me face time, then I need to give them my very best and uninterrupted face.

2.  I need to stay focused on the task at hand!  So many times, I am working on a project, get a call and then drop the project to tend to what may or may not be more important.  This often leaves a lot of unresolved projects at the end of the day, which leads to my being frustrated and not my best for anyone.  Also the temptation to pull out my smart phone and check social media often gets in the way of my getting started on projects that need my attention.

3.  I can do better, want to do better and need to do better!  While the phone is often helpful, it also can be a major distraction, especially to my accomplishing the tasks that I was created for.  Bottom line:  I want my phone to be a help, not a hindrance.  I know that this will not be easy for me or for those trying to get in touch with me, but it is a small baby step that I feel like I need to take to be a better and more effective servant to others.

So, here I go into 2014 with the first of many challenges that I believe will make my life and the lives of those around me better.  And that is a good thing, because I believe that life is all about learning to live blessed!

Getting Your Heart Right!

“Create in me a clean heart, O God.  And renew a right spirit within me.”  Psalm 51:10

Get Your Heart Right!
Get Your Heart Right!

Our heart is the center of who we are.  Our creator placed a heart inside each one of us to give us physical life and a center for our spiritual being.  Without a heart, life would not be possible.

All of the sacred literature teaches that we are to guard our heart because it is the very source of life, both physical and spiritual.  With our heart we determine our actions and with our actions we make a life.  The living of our life reflects what is inside of our hearts and it does not tell a lie.

This is why we must continually ask our Creator to renew our spirit and create a clean heart within us.  Take a moment today to think about your heart.  What is going on inside of it?  It is where it needs to be?  Do you need your Creator to help clean your heart and renew your spirit?

He will, if you will simply ask Him and then yield to His work in and through you.  With your Creator at the center of your heart, you are sure to head in the direction that will take you into blessing and fulfillment!

New Year – New Relationship!

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”  2 Corinthians 5:17
New Relationship!
New Relationship!

If we are in a relationship with God through Christ Jesus, then we are a new creation.  The old sinful person we used to be has gone and is no more.  The words “new creation” indicate that we have been changed into something new, different and special.  Being renewed in Christ is to be made into something better.

It is sometimes a struggle to remove the old sinful self and totally enjoy the renovation of our new and better lives.  In fact, you may find that it is still a struggle today, but know this:  if you will stay faithful in your relationship with God, He will stay faithful to work in and through your life to renew you and rid you of the sins that seek to keep you from the better life that you were created for.

Colossians 3:1-3 says:  “Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of Heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand.  Think about the things of Heaven, not the things of earth.  For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.”
 
Colossians 3:10 says:  “Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like Him.”

There is a better life for each of us to live.  We cannot live it in our own limited power, but we can live it to the fullest in the strength of our Creator, Who loves us and has an amazing plan for our lives.  Take some time on this first day of the New Year to think about how you can enjoy living as His new and improved creation.  God bless and lived blessed!