Daily Choices to Significance

choices 4Hadassah was orphaned as a child and raised by a simple accountant. Her daily choices from the moment she moved into Mordecai’s home, however, led to one momentous choice that would change the world.
As God moved behind the scenes to position her to the Persian throne as Queen Esther, He was also preparing her for the “good work that He prepared” for her to do.
Would she have dreamed about or chosen to be snatched out of her home against her will to be made just another woman of many in King Xerxes’ life? Probably not, but what she was made for was so much better than where she thought she was headed.
Hadassah was significant for one choice which, despite how she got there, she made at the risk of her life. This one decision kept her people alive and allowed our Savior and Messiah to be born, who has affected billions of lives over time. By surrendering to the “good work that He prepared for” her, allowed her to be significant in ways she could have never dreamed possible.
Surrender your daily choices to Him and you will lead a significant life, even if it’s much different than you ever thought it would.
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Your Side of the Street

sidewalkPerceptions can be both accurate and incomplete at the same time. Let’s say you’re driving north on a state highway when you arrive on the scene of a terrible multi-car crash. Your friends are driving south on that same highway and see that same accident. You call and decide to share your experience at a local coffee shop.
Will your stories line up? Maybe at best, not close at worse. Yet, will both of your stories be accurate? From your perspective they will be. Why the discrepancy? Yes, you saw the same accident, but only from your side of it.
Biblical truth never changes, its application can. (See Romans 14 for an example.) Galatians 6:4, “each one should test his own actions,” is in the context of assisting a brother walk closer with Jesus. We’re instructed to make sure we’re walking on our side of the street before we cross the street to help another.
One way to love Jesus is through our actions; and yet, the Spirit of God can provide a variety of action steps to a similar challenge. Therefore, just because He had you do one thing, doesn’t make what another person did necessarily wrong. You won’t know either way until you talk with them.
Believers who love Jesus will listen and follow Him with other believers. This is not always easy and can be messy because we can only see life from our side of the street.
The key is to lovingly walk with each other as we work through loving Jesus together (see Colossians 3:12-14). As we do, both sides of the street get cleaner and easier to walk on while the world sees Jesus in us.
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Faster and Farther

silhouettes of people on mountainsI recently experienced the adage, “You can travel faster alone, but farther with others.” Yet, I traveled both faster and farther this time. I had to travel to the airport, which without traffic would have taken an hour and 37 minutes to be on time for my flight.
My departure time, though, put me in the middle of traffic. Now it was going to take 2 hours and 47 minutes to be at the airport on time…if I traveled alone. My beautiful wife and best friend got up extra early to travel with me. This meant carpool lanes all the way, which cut 47 minutes off our drive. Yes!
This illustrates James 5:16. As we walk with at least one believer with whom we confess to and pray for each other to listen better and follow closer to Jesus, we’ll see our lives changed much more rapidly than on our own. I not only have an awesome woman praying for me, but quite a few brothers as well.
Who are you being transparent with and praying for today? Whatever your challenges to this truth are, it’s worth overcoming them in the power of the Spirit. I’m much farther down the road in the Spirit replacing me with Jesus much faster because I choose by faith to chose to do so. I know you will as well.
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Slimed

slimmedEver felt slimed? I have. It usually happens when I turn my back on Jesus and do my own thing. My flesh, the old sin stained thinking patterns, leads me to believe that I’ll feel good by handling life my way. The moment I take a step in my direction, I start to lose the very thing I was heading in that direction to get – peace, security and love. I call this yucky feeling being slimed.
You don’t have to like the slime, but you can certainly use it to your advantage. Don’t give up or continue to give in, just turn around! This is called repentance. We were not meant to live in the slim, just as this sea otter was not meant to be slimed by oil. When slimed, we have a Savior who will clean us up simply by asking Him to forgive us.
Do you deserve to feel good again? No, but that’s part of what living in His grace means. When you start to feel that slime feeling coming on, choose to turn around, ask forgiveness and enjoy the closeness with Jesus and all that comes with it.
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On The Job When You’re Not

behind scenes “When I can’t see You, I know You’re here; When I can’t feel You, I will not fear; I will trust in You, and I will not be afraid.” These lyrics remind me of a truth I’m currently entertaining: God is working behind the scenes even though I can’t see it.
I recently finished a book on Esther that brought some insights into the scriptural story. The Persian King had seven noble advisors; and then, literally out of nowhere, comes a guy named Haman who wants to destroy the entire Jewish race.
God sees tomorrow and acts today. Long before Haman entered the picture, He saw Satan’s attempt to keep Jesus from being born. So what does He do? Nine years earlier He uses a drunken king to depose a queen, who four years later elevates a young Jewish girl to replace her, whom God used to defeat Israel’s adversary.
We can’t always see or understand what God is doing, but rest in this truth: No matter what’s currently happening in your life or world, God is working “all things together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” He’s always on the job, even when you’re not.
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