Monthly Archives: June 2015

Good Enough

Sometimes we tend to do things part-way and consider it “good enough”.

What does that mean?  Good enough?  Good enough for what?  Good enough for who?  Who determines “good enough”?

If a surgeon is operating on us, we wouldn’t want him to say “that’s good enough” during the procedure.

If I am paying someone to service my car, I would not be happy when I pick up the car if the attendant says “I think it’s good enough”.

I would be a little nervous if I am at the dental office and the dentist “numbs me up” and says “I think that’s good enough”.

Yet when doing things ourselves, we sometimes get caught up in the “good enough” syndrome.  But we should be people of excellence.  People of integrity.  People of honesty.

We want God to handle our situations with perfection – not just “good enough”.  We want people to give us their best – not just “good enough”.

Today as you read this and go about your activities, look to be a person of integrity, honesty and excellence.  God doesn’t want “good enough”.  He wants your best.  We aren’t perfect but we can give our best to the God who sent His son to DIE for us.  I sure am glad God’s plans are perfect and not just “good enough for who it’s for”!

Hear Me Roar!

Let’s pretend for a moment that you are at the zoo. You see the lion is quietly sitting on the rock and looking around in all his arrogance.  It seems as though you could walk up to him and pet that large, furry main.   AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN he stands up and roars!!!

If you have ever experienced this kind of roar you know that sound ripples through you like a lightening bolt followed by loud thunder!  It is a terrifying sound.  I imagine that huge beast running towards me and I have that urge to RUN FAST – and then I realize –  I am at the zoo and the glass is between me and the lion.  He cannot get to me to devour me.

Now pretend you are sitting on the grass near a wooded area watching the squirrels leap from tree to tree chasing each other.  The deer are quietly eating the grass (or the farmer’s beans! hahhaha) and birds are chirping and singing.  There is a gentleness with the squirrels as they leap, the deer as they graze, and the birds as they talk among themselves.

My friend, this is the way of the world.  The devil is the roaring lion.  He looks innocent enough and you believe you could walk right up and pet him.  Then he roars!  All of a sudden you are caught.  He is chasing you.  You feel as though he is going to devour you ………BUT THEN AS YOU RUN and scream for help, Jesus, the gentle One, reaches out His hand and pulls you to Him, saving you from the roaring lion and placing you back with the gentleness of the singing birds, the dancing deer and the playful squirrels.

I Peter 5:8-9(a) (NIV) says, “Be self-controlled and alert.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.  Resist him, standing firm in the faith…”

That lion is around you all the time, sitting in arrogance, appearing to just be a gentle pet.  But when he chooses, he will roar and try to attack you.  When you hear that terrifying roar and recognize the devil is prowling around, stand firm in your faith, because God the Almighty one is that glass between you and the devil – just like at the zoo.   He will protect you if you ask Him to because He is gentle and kind.  And when push comes to shove – He stands up on that rock, looks down on the lion and says “shut your mouth!  Listen up!  And Hear ME roar!”

 

Kreative Kindness

I love Kindness because everyone feels better with kindness. Giving and receiving kindness makes even a bad day better!

There are so many ways to show kindness.  I am not just referring to random acts of kindness but rather intentional creative acts of kindness. There are needy people everywhere. If you don’t know where to start, just ask God to show you who needs kindness,  and I promise you that He will put someone in your path. You just have to believe and be “kreative”.

I also want to challenge you – as I have done in the past – to try and show intentional Kreative Kindness to someone everyday for 10 days. My friend, Stephanie Stenger Jones did over 500 consecutive days of showing intentional kindness to people.

In Ephesians 4:32 (NIV), Paul tells us to be kind and compassionate to one another.   And of course in Galatians 5:22, we see that KINDNESS is a fruit of the Spirit.  Having Christ in us makes us just WANT to show kindness.  Here are some ideas.   I would love to hear from you about your own personalized Kreative Kindness ideas.

1) Send a thinking of you card.
2) Make cupcakes and take to the local fire station thanking them for their service.
3) Make dinner for a new mom.
4) Offer to babysit for a couple and let them have a night out.
5) Send flowers for no reason to a friend.
6) Pay for the meal of the person behind you in McDonald’s drive thru.
7) Hold the door for someone.
8) Give someone else the good parking spot.
9) Call someone and just talk.
10) Sit on the porch and visit someone who may be lonely.
11) Send a college student a “Smile Box” full of items with yellow smiley faces on them – such as plates, napkins, cookies, etc.
12) Send someone an itunes®card.
13) Take ice cream to work to share with co-workers.
14) Mow a neighbor’s yard.
15) Shovel a friend’s driveway.

Showing kindness to others really is a circle………..the recipient receives a warm blessing and YOU will receive a blessing as well.  KREATIVE KINDNESS.  Sounds like a good name for a gift shop.   I like it!

Patience, My Dear!

Last night we were driving and saw a little fit of road rage when one car apparently pulled in front of another.  The back car blew his horn and sped up and followed within inches of the car who allegedly pulled out in “his space”.  The funny thing is:  there was a police officer sitting right there.  On came the flashing lights and pulled the “horn blower” over.  All he needed was a little patience and he could have avoided embarassment not to mention probably a $100 ticket for reckless driving!  And I bet the other guy laughed all the way home!

We are not a patient society.
We want computers to come on as soon as we push the button.
We want to walk right up to the counter to get our prescription with no wait.
We don’t want to take a number at the BMV.
We want to see the numbers on the scale go down WHILE WE STAND ON IT!
We want to hit all traffic lights green.
We want God to listen, hit a button and make it happen NOW!

Sometimes our impatience is actually funny when you think about it.  We drop off our spouse at the door of the restaurant and tell them to hurry up and put our name in before the party of 6 walking in from the parking lot get there.

Have you ever thought that the God of all “Air Traffic Controllers” is sitting in the sky looking down and orchestrating every little delay trying to protect you.

*Maybe you got behind the slow semi driver because there was a deer crossing the road ahead and God wanted to protect you from hitting it.
*Maybe you had to wait in line at the pharmacy because a new person had messed up your medicine and fortunately the pharmacist saw the mistake and corrected it.
*Maybe having to wait for months or years on answers from God is because He is preparing US and OUR hearts for something beautiful that is to come.

It’s like the CHEEZ-IT commercial where the guy checks the cheese and it is very “immature” and it “talks back to him in baby talk” and he says, “this one is not mature yet.  We need to let it sit a while.”  God knows the answers.  He is having you wait because you are not ready for what is to come.  You are not ripe yet.

We don’t want to ask for patience because then we have to go through trials to obtain patience and we don’t want that.  But we have to go through the trials to develop the perseverence and patience to be ready for the next step God has for us.  And He has some beautiful things waiting.  We just have to be ready for them so we can really enjoy them.  (James 1:2-4).

Galatians 5:22 says that Patience is a fruit of the Spirit.  When we show patience, we show God living in us.  So the next time you are waiting in line, caught in traffic or begging God to hurry up and give you an answer, start praying and thanking God for preparing you and making you ripe for the harvest of good things to come!

Stop rolling your eyes………………just be patient!