Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Thought from Sam

Honoring God
A thought by Sam

Eric Liddell: God made countries, God makes kings, and the rules by which they govern. And those rules say that the Sabbath is His. And I for one intend to keep it that way. "

"Chariots of Fire" is one of my favorite movies. Eric Liddell is one of my heroes. We watched that movie last night. I had not seen it in ages. Eric Liddell's immovable faith awed me. There was one line in the movie that really stuck out to me. Not the one above, but it's a piece where someone says "Run your best to honor God, and let the world stand back in awe." (Not the exact words, but that was the meaning...) How many of us waste our time wishing, "I wish I had a better singing voice!" "I wish I could draw like that!" "I wish I could play such and such an instrument like that person." "I wish.." "I wish.."Stop wishing! You have your talents! God chose those certain talents to suit YOU. So waht, someone else is better than you at singing. So what if someone else is writing best-seller novels. It doesn't mean that your talent is beneath those. Your talent is a gift from God. A BLESSING. Let's use our talents to HONOR God. Not ourselves. Not our family. GOD. If we do that, the world just may stand back in awe. If not, who cares. God is still watching. And isn't His opinion the one that matters?
I highly recommend this movie. Don't watch it just to watch a movie. Watch it to learn something. There is much you can learn from Eric Liddell.

(Thanks, Sam! I really enjoyed reading this!!! Maiden4Him)

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Thought from Amy

Sam here! Maiden4Him couldn't get on, so I agreed to put this new encouraging submission from SarahJane on here. She says "THANK-YOU SO MUCH!" to you SarahJane. :)
Oh, and I must apologize for the music, Maiden4Him...I accidentally put my music thing-a-ma-jig on here when I tried to change the music...Oops! I'll change it right away! :)

A thought from Amy (Sarah Jane). Colossians 3:23-24 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. This Bible verse has been really helpful to me in my daily life. I have begun to pray that I will do everything heartily, as unto the Lord, and to unto men, for in is God who I am serving, and not man. It is amazing how your outlook on the daily things you do will change when you begin to do them as unto the Lord, and not to men. When you do things for men, it does not give any inner joy, you find yourself feeling, “Why am I doing it for this person? They aren’t nice to me anyways.” And “I always have to do all the work around here, no one ever helps me, and I always have to pick up their stuff!” But, when you view things as doing it for God, it can change your outlook, and instead of cleaning up your sibling’s mess, you are suddenly working for God, and doing what He calls you to do! I wrote this partly to myself as well, as I wrote it I found myself seeing how much I view things as doing them for men instead of God. I need to remind myself daily that I am not working for men, but for the God who made me, and the heavens and the earth, and Who sent His only Son to die for my sins! Ephesians 2:10 For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. God prepared the good works he wants us to do in advance! He was the One who said that cleaning the living room would be the good work that you would do! That amazed me when I read this verse, it stood out to me like never before. Well, I just wanted to share those things with you, and hope that they are helpful to you, the way they are to me!