Honor all people; three short words. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? It’s easy to honor people we’ve decided are honorable, but that may not include all the people in our life. God’s Word commands (not suggests) us to honor all people, it’s the foundation for building and maintaining our relationships.
There is much going on in our world and communities that could steal our joy and peace, and sometimes we do let it. But we can easily get that peace back. Paul wrote to the church at Philippi to give encouragement and instruction on maintaining their peace.
“Have you had your happy juice?” When I heard those words it meant that I was letting the stress show on my face. I was on the management team at Starbucks and when things got intense the staff knew that a little espresso would help me shift into hyper-speed and smile brilliantly: happy juice!!!
My son recently got a “Thomas the Train” train track set as a gift. I opened up the box, took out the pieces, laid them out, and followed the instructions. This was all done in secret as he took his nap. When he woke up and saw the train tracks, his face was filled with joy as he walked around amazed.
We’ve all been there at some point in our lives. One of our co-workers just lost their job… and our first thought is “What If” I lose mine? It’s flu season and we think to ourselves… “What If” I get it? We didn’t lose our job… we didn’t get the flu… but yet we substitute the “What If” from the “What Is”.
In His Word, God makes it clear that He has a plan for our lives and has called us to a higher purpose. We are called to be diligent with our time and the resources that we have been given, and this means that we are to be good money managers.
Faith always begins where the will of God is known. In order for us to receive our healing, we need to believe, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that God wants us well. No one can receive something they don’t believe belongs to them. They will always hesitate in the receiving if they don’t believe it is theirs.
A community is defined as a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common. It is also described as a feeling of fellowship with others, a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.
Have you ever heard the saying that “marriages are made in heaven?” Sounds wonderful and who wouldn’t want that, except that these marriages that are made in heaven, have to be lived out here on earth. Herein the challenge lies.