It sounds really simple when spoken, but when practiced, it becomes much more difficult. However, this is what the Christian faith is all about. Not that we have to serve God or that we have to be good people, but that we want to in appreciation for what God has done for us.
Since joining the staff of a church a little over a year ago, I have begun to realize the importance of encouragement. As most of you know (if you didn’t you do now), this month is Pastor’s Appreciation Month. This is the month for us to tell our pastors how much we appreciate them and thank them for what they do every day. It’s not easy work! It’s tough and can be very draining! So, give your pastor a gift, write them a note, or give them a restaurant gift certificate, anything to show your appreciation this month. (By the way, if you buy them dinner, you DON’T have to go with them…family time is important)
After yesterday’s post about taking risks, I figured that it would only be appropriate to post today about how to deal with failure…
- Why are you taking the risk? Has God placed a desire in your heart, or is it from selfish desires? If it’s God, it’s worth the risk!
- After failing, don’t try to cover it up. Part of leading is being willing to admit failure. Part of following is forgiving your leader for failing and thanking them for being willing to take the risk.
- If you fail, evaluate why. Did you enter it without fully committing? Did you place all possible resources, energy, and time possible to help it succeed? Did you give adequate time to prayer?
- What’s next? After failing with something, try something else. God’s a God of change and movement, if one idea failed, what was meant to be the next step?
I’ve always been a person willing to take risks. As a matter of fact, sometimes I’ve been known to take stupid risks without thinking them through. However, I like this fact about myself. I firmly believe that as Christians, we are to be risk takers. That’s what Jesus did.
We are people that tend to focus on the past. We look at the past to remember past experiences that went well. We remember the times when “things were easier.” We remember what has been and how good it was. We even remember the wonderful way that things have always been.
With the economy in shambles and the worries over the next presendetial election, it seems as if some Christians are forgetting who has the economy, the White House, and the world in His hands. No matter what happens to the economy or who is elected president, God still runs the country and it’s still in His hands. Here is something that I read the other day that I felt the need to share:
Psalm 46:1-6 (NCV)
God is our protection and our strength. He always helps in times of trouble. So we will not be afraid even if the earth shakes, or the mountains fall into the sea, even if the oceans roar and foam, or the mountains shake at the raging sea. There is a river that brings joy to the city of God, the holy place where God Most High live. God is in that city, and so it will not be shaken. God will help her at dawn. Nations tremble and kingdoms shake, God shouts and the earth crumbles.
Yesterday, I wrote some things that most people that are close to me probably don’t know. In case you missed it, here it is. I promised you some more, and I’m a man of my word…
I have an addictive personality. I tend to get on kicks. I see something I like and I do it often. I’m the same way with food. I’ll eat something that I think is really good, and eat it as often as I can for a couple of weeks, then it’s on to something else. For instance, right now I am really liking Arby’s. A while ago it was CiCi’s, but that one really wasn’t good for the diet!
It bugs me when 2 people sit at a 4 person booth at a fast food restaurant. If there are plenty of 4 person booths available, it’s okay, but when the restaurant is busy, it drives me crazy. If you have 4 people, you can’t sit at the smaller booths. I at least think that they should move if they know someone needs it!
I talk to myself a lot. I have always done this. I guess it goes back to when I was little and I had an imaginary friend (his name was P.T.). I always talked to him, and it’s translated into me talking to myself. I sometimes wonder if I even do this when other people are around.
I am a really deep thinker. I know that’s hard to believe, but it’s true. I think all the time, and not just about stupid stuff. Sometimes I find myself not listening to other people because I’m too busy thinking. I think this is one of the reasons I get tired so easy, my mind’s always running. It’s also one of the reasons I like to blog. It sometimes allows me to put what I’ve been thinking about into words.
I am somewhat of a perfectionist. I critique everything I do. I say that if you aren’t going to do something to the best of your ability, why do it? If something doesn’t look right, why not fix it? If something’s not the best it could be, fix it. Sometimes this one drives Melissa crazy! I think I might try to push my philosophy on her sometimes. I also think that’s why I change the template on this blog so much. I’ll find something that I don’t like about the look of it, and decide I have to fix it.
I thought I would write about what most people that are close to me still probably don’t know…
I get nervous in front of people. I’m serious. Most people think that I get in front of people and just start talking without any anxiety. I really do get nervous before speaking publicly. I even get a little nervous when participating in class discussions. I think that this will improve somewhat once I do it more often. I don’t think, however, that I will ever get completely comfortable with preaching. It will always be an honor, but also a responsibility that will make me a little nervous.
I’m somewhat of a loner at times. I don’t like to always be around people. Although I love people and meeting new people that I don’t know, people make me mad sometimes, so I want to withdraw. Sometimes I don’t feel like making people laugh, or even speaking to people. This is why I like to spend some time alone on a regular basis. It allows me to withdraw on my own schedule somewhat.
People brushing their teeth makes me sick. I always turn my back to the mirror in the bathroom when I’m brushing my own teeth. Something about the foam coming out of the sides of their mouth makes me sick to my stomach. The other day, I was watching “King of the Hill,” and even the cartoon brushing his teeth made me queasy.
I think I’m OCD about locking doors. It doesn’t matter what kind of door it is. The house door, my apartment door, my car door, and anything that has a lock on it. I often find myself walking back to my car from inside my apartment to see if my car is locked. I worry that even if no one takes anything, they are at least in my stuff without me knowing. That really bothers me. Tuesday night, I went to Cru and had to come back after I got it kicked off to make sure the apartment was locked. Of course, it was.
I am a really organized person. Some would call me a little bit of a neat freak. I like for everything to be in its place, and when it’s not, it drives me crazy. I am always straitening up the apartment because my other two roommates really don’t care if things are neat. I have really become the Mom around here.
Worry is something that we all do, whether we’re willing to admit it or not. We tend to face situations in life and ask “how.” We ask how everything’s going to work out, how we’re going to make the payment, or how we’re going to survive another day at the same job. We tend to ask “how” much quicker than we ask “what.”
What is it that God wants us to do? What is it that God wants to do in our lives?
I think that so often, we underestimate God with our doubt and selfish prayers. We ask God to get us out of situations, when He wants to bless us through them. We ask God for mediocre blessings when He wants to bring unbelievable blessing if we’ll be patient.
Don’t ask “how.” We need to change our “how” into “what.” What do we need to do to obey God? What direction do we need to go in order to be in the will of God? What does God want to do in our situation to bless us? What can we do to bless Him?