November 13, 2009
Kingdom deposits make eternal investments.
Recently, I had a banking conversation with my daughter Bethany. We talked about making deposits into her account that will service her in the future. I was reminded that taking care of God’s kingdom is making life deposits into others lives. What we do now, definitely impacts the future!
What we do and what we say influences the kingdom of God. By showing the same love to those around you that God has shown and given you, you are making kingdom deposits. Never underestimate the act of a simple, loving decision. Simply lending a helping hand, speaking kindly to a sales attendant, or sharing your faith and experience of God’s love and grace to a coworker all makes a difference.
Live life on purpose.
In Matthew 6:33 (GWT), the Word says, “But first, be concerned about His kingdom and what has His approval. Then all these things will be provided for you.”
Let’s live kingdom minded, making deposits. Daily kingdom deposits make eternal investments.
July 3, 2009
YOU ARE GOD’S MASTERPIECE!
Over the years, each of my girls have drawn and/or colored a picture of “Daddy and me”. I have simply cherished those art renditions by my children. They have become something special that I look at from time to time.
In Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) says, “For we are God’s MASTERPIECE. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
God highly values you. In God’s perspective, you are that valuable masterpiece, created and ordained by Him. It’s like when you go to the art museum to look at beautiful paintings and sculptures created by talented or historic artists. You admire their works and their creations. Well, our God looks at His work, you, with the same purpose.
Likewise, as Eph. 2:10 says, God values us as his rare, special, prized, invaluable, incalculable, cherished work of His genius. And our Loving Father doesn’t make mistakes.
“The Master always leaves His imprint on His creation.”
God has placed His imprint on our heart and His signature on our lives. Let us rise to a higher standard in our belief in how much God loves, values and cherishes us.
Your value to God is not based on what you do or don’t do for God, but on who you are – His MASTERPIECE.
January 14, 2009
Life is ADDING VALUE TO OTHERS.
Never take something out of someone, put something IN them.
What kinds words or nice action can you do today that will brighten the day for another? Amazingly, it is the simple words that are filled with love that can make the biggest differences in someone world. Stop and think about the people, who took time to listen, encourage, and befriend you. I’m so thankful for what has been deposited in me because of the investments of others.
Become that person that others want to “be with you” versus “be away from you.”
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. –Winston Churchill
Expand your circle of love. God’s love never fails… -Larry
November 19, 2008
What are you chasing? Or more reality, what’s chasing you? Ever feel like the guy in this picture? Running so fast from it all, you hope you just make it. This is an annual event in Spain called the “Running of the Bulls.” Seems fun? Seems stupid to me?
Chasing after what? Deadlines? Undone assignments? Bills? You name it, whatever? “Life happens fast.” Instead of being lead by the Spirit, we are lead by the urgent or need to accomplish or please. Our minds get racing and chasing. What matters most is chasing after the heart of the Father!
A while back, I was playing some game with my two of my little daughters. At least three times, Rebekah had to say, “Dad, it is your turn.” Finally, she got my upset, and said, “Hey, would you PAY ATTENTION.” Ouch! Rebuked by a 6 year old. I wish I could have blamed it on my A.D.D., if I had it (many say I do). Needless to say, that moment woke me up to begin to consciously S-L-O-W down. What’s the hurry? So go ahead and take some time today and schedule what I call- “Making Difference Time.” Go and have coffee with your spouse. Take a walk. Spend a day with your parents. Call an older, wiser, lonely friend. Play a board game. Oh, all of this is better, if you can turn off the cell phone and computer.
If I’m not careful to “BE” fully aware of my life and day, I can get so caught up chasing after whatever or the whatever is chasing after me, that I miss the significance of the new day that God has given to me. We can get so chasing after good stuff: doing for God, serving at the church/community, school stuff, etc. However, I’m growing intentionally to enjoy just BEING in the moment wherever I am. It is OK and legal just to “chill” from it all. We live in this technologically advanced, cool world, but if we are not careful, we can get caught up in the “high tech and low touch” syndrome and miss moments from His presence and relationship. STOP DOING AND JUST BE! -Larry
November 14, 2008
GOD IS BIG! And yet, our Father God chooses to live IN YOU. This is an amazing picture taken from the Hubble Space Telescope. God made that, and that’s sweet. You and I are His # 1 creation and the # 1 desire of His heart. What we deem is a “big” thing in our eyes is very minute in God’s eyes.
Luke 12:7 says, “The very hairs on your head (and legs!!!) are ALL numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than…________________________ (just fill in the blank).”
How many times do you get so focused on the ______X_____?
It is a matter of focus and what are we beholding. Start beholding your Jesus. God is big, yet He is concerned about every detail of your life. It’s a huge start to believe the LOVE that God has for you. The more you recognize that God is way bigger than your faults, fears, failures, and future; you can begin to enjoy the life God intends for you to live.
Stop magnifying the situation or issue, and start magnifying God. You may recall having a magnifying glass as a kid (i sure did kill alot of ants…), well now you have a “Magnifying Glass” that is called the WORD OF GOD. Get your eyes in the Word and your head up on the “awesomeness” of God; and you will have a whole new perspective. (Psalm 34:3 “Come magnify the Lord with me.”)
Sure, you the thing you are going through is real, yet do not allow it to capture your faith and allow it the become bigger than God’s plan and purpose for your day. GOD IS THE BIGGEST!!! -larry
October 13, 2008
Finished the Chicago marathon today… that’s 26.2 miles of running. I ran the race with one of my most favorite people in the world, Bubba Smith. The day started out great with the sunrise over the Chicago’s Lake Michigan and a refreshing cool breeze. Focused on the sites of the city and 45,000 runners enjoying themselves and spectators cheering us on, I was just in awe of the some many people that showed up to encourage loves ones, friends and runners, like me.
Obviously, the goal of running a marathon is to finish and accomplish a personal goal: some run for joy, others run for competition, and still others ran for charities. I ran this marathon (my 2nd one) to raise money for a freind of mine, Ron Butchle’s 2 year-old son, Nate. Ron is the varsity head football coach of Seneca Valley High School. Nate has a cancer called, LCH-Langerhen’s Cell Histiocytosis, which is a rare form of blood cancer. Coach Ron has used a saying that he would use to motivate the team- “Keep Swing” to encourage himself and stay positive for his family. I had a running shirt made with the slogan: Keep Swing Nate. While running, I heard over 50 times from people that I have never met encouraging me, “Keep Swing Nate.” I would just say, “Thank you” at least for the first 20 miles, then i could only nod and smile.
Encouragement is powerful! We all need encouragement. Encouragement helps you accomplish things you would never believe that you can achieve. Let’s become encouragers.
There was one poster that i saw 3 times while running. It was the encouragement that affected in a powerful way. The poster stated, “YOU ARE ANOINTED TO FINISH.” About mile 19 or 20, i hit the “wall.” The wall in a marathon is where you begin to think, “I want quit.” Then I saw the sign again, “you are anointed to finish” at mile 22 and it gave me the courage to believe that I could finish. And, i did.
Let me encourage you, no matter where you are in your life and no matter what’s going on, “You are Anointed to Finish.” Keep pressing on to the FINISHLINE that God has set for you. “You can do it.” – Larry