what do you see when you look in the mirror

Some see defeat.

Others won’t look.

And still others see disgust.

But that is NEVER what God sees.

You are His precious child.

You are a prince or princess and co-heirs with Christ.

You are:

L – oved

A – ccepted

C – omplete and

K – nown *

You L-A-C-K nothing with Christ as Lord so don’t you forget it!

For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.” James 1.23-25

Go be blessed by what you do.

Live out your purpose.

And look in the mirror seeing who God truly has made you to be – His child, His treasure, His beloved.

Go bring honor and glory to Him as you live out loud and …

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For fun, check out this previous post especially if you do not know what c’est la vie means: https://bethechurch.home.blog/2019/06/24/cest-la-vie/

Now go look in the mirror seeing who God truly has made you to be – His child, His treasure, His beloved.

*from Jennifer Rothchild study

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country views

I have had the privilege to travel to many places. Over 40 countries on 5 continents that have proved to be quite the adventure of thrill and intrigue. I just love country views, do you?

What a blessing to see first hand so much of God’s beautiful creation that it makes me wonder how someone could deny His very existence.

The vast gorge and spurting geysers at Yellowstone to the height of Cuzco viewing Sacsayhuamán and traveling on to Machu Picchu to scaling the Eiffel Tower or simply basking in the sun crossing the straits of Gibraltar and riding off into the sunset in Tangier to taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of the orient in Hong Kong both in city proper and rural trails around Victoria peak or Dragon’s tail to escape one of the most densely populated regions in the world. Glaciers in Alaska, children in Guatemala, rushing eaters of Dunn’s River Falls in Jamaica, man-made marvels and feats of human strength in many ancient ruins like the pyramids in Mexico, and the list can go on and on.

There is so much in this world to explore.

I think if South Africa did not have political power struggles in the past it might be the most visited place in the world. It certainly rivals in beauty with Hawaii or the Amalfi coast. Other beach like encounters atypical are the pink sands of Bermuda or Mediterranean stone beaches.

Riding a camel through the Sahara or horseback through Tunisia are up high in my memory bank along with seeing undestroyed cities in Europe that make you feel as if you stepped back in time.

I still have 2 continents and 2 of the United States to see, but even if I never travel again; the memories in my mind’s eye truly will last a lifetime and most travel I was blessed with because of work.

If you can no longer travel or can’t afford to, travel through a book or movie. If you don’t know something about a place or hear about a happening in a country you don’t know much about, look up some information on it.

No longer are trips needed to be made to go use the Dewey decimal at the library. That dates me! How many of you out there is cyberland even know what that is or that Dewey really is the last name of the man who invented it?

I wonder if Melvil Dewey way back in 1876 knew all elementary kids going forward would know his name. The system is still used today often with the online version called WebDewey and guess what? I looked him up to learn more. Go do the same when you don’t know something. Back to country views

Lately, most travel is in my mind with memories, so it has been exciting to see the different country views this blog has reached and it puts me over the moon. They have come from 5 continents representing 30 countries in just 6 months! I can’t wait to see what the next 6 months bring as I diligently post each day of the year. Thank you to all the 1k plus who have visited. I hope you all stick around. Hard to believe I have diligently and painstakingly reviewed the 82+k words that have already been posted. I pray each and every word has blessed you. It is so exciting to see the stars and country views. I look forward to what is to come. Hopefully views from every nation and continent.

What excites you?

What do you want to see or do?

Make a list of what you might even think the impossible and start moving towards them today.

I have always loved to write even started a blog at several points over the last decade plus. But, here I am finally living it out daily!

Make your mark on the world.

Perhaps, visiting countries or seeing the views from different ones does not excite you. That’s ok. We are all unique and different.

God has wired us each for our own purposes to live out to bring Him honor and glory. I mostly use writing, but also art, teaching, and counseling are ways I daily live out my calling.

How about you?

What do you feel your mission is while you are here on earth? I would love to hear. Please comment below.

Go back and look at your bucket list from above (you did write one, right???). Now, start connecting the dots of desires to your purpose and your joy in the Lord and thrill of living out your calling with purpose and clarity will put you over the moon too!

Perhaps those country views may literally end up taking you to the country.

It doesn’t matter the where as much as the why.

Live out the why and you will…

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And remember, God is in control and has the master plan; you and I both just need to listen and heed to His calling in our lives.

I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out – plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” Jeremiah 29:10-11 MSG

Just for fun, enjoy some beautiful sites and see if you can name the pictures below from the above mentioned places:

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hear the bell *

Ruth was born on June 10, 1920 in China and she was the second of five children to medical missionary parents. She saw much suffering at a young age and came to understand the world’s greatest need is to know Jesus.

When she was 13, she was sent to “foreign” school in Korea which is now modern day North Korea. She finished high school in North Carolina while her parents were on furlough. She then went on to graduate from Wheaton College in Illinois. I believe being away from loved ones all those schooling years prepared her for what was to come in her life.

She always intended to become a missionary herself.

She assumed that meant she would end up an ‘old maid’ ministering to the people of Tibet. She did, however, give some thought to the kind of husband she might consider. Here’s what she prayed for: “Lord, he must be so tall that when he’s on his knees he reaches all the way to heaven. His shoulders must be broad enough to bear the burden of a family. His lips must be strong enough to smile, firm enough to say no, and tender enough to kiss. His love must be so deep that it takes its stand in Christ and so wide that it takes in a whole lost world. He must be active enough to win souls, big enough to be gentle, great enough to be thoughtful and his arms must be strong enough to carry a little child.”

That’s a pretty tall order and her missionary plans did in fact change when Ruth found a man worth marrying named Billy Graham. She wrestled with her growing love for the ‘preacher’ as was his nickname or following her own missionary call. She may not have lived a life of being a missionary herself but her role was to raise her children who are now all in ministry and to support the world’s evangelist and America’s ‘pastor’ in his missionary endeavors to save the lost.

Her life was not always easy as Billy could be on the road for months at a time. She, however, was a behind the scenes individual and was okay keeping the homestead’s fires burning while he was away. She was a prolific author and poet herself but also helped research for Billy’s books and sermons.

The take away from Ruth’s life is that God can redefine what you think your calling is and still align it with His purpose for your life.

Also, it is never to late to live that purpose out.

He does have a plan to use each and everyone of us to help each and every one in the world come to know the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

We all can’t be Ruth’s or Billy’s but we can be who God created us to be knowing we all have our part to do to help this generation be challenged with the gospel truth. That is how to…

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when you hear your own bell and follow God’s leading.

Ruth would have been 99 today and on the 14, it will be 12 years since her passing. Take the lessons her life taught and hear the bell in your life.

*hear the bell is a little play on words – first referring to Ruth’s maiden name and the 2nd represents choosing to follow your calling and purpose. Just as Ruth struggled to align her life mission of full time missions versus getting married, we can learn so much by her life and example. Go learn more and let us know what you learn as you look up more on her life or read books she left behind as a legacy. Hear the bell or should I say rather heed to the bell.

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the price of greatness is…

What would you fill in the blank with?

The price of greatness is…

free?

The price of greatness is…

yours for the taking?

The price of greatness is…

not cheap?

The price of greatness…

takes time?

The price of greatness is…

hard work?

The price of greatness is…

will power?

So many words could be chosen to fill in that blank. What can you add to the above? Write your ideas in the comments.

The full quote comes from Winston Churchill and says:

“The price of greatness is responsibility.”

When we show ourselves approved then good things follow.

This is especially true as we serve Christ. Often we forget, even when doing ministry, that it is He we are sacrificing our time and energy for. We do have a responsibility to steward our gifts and give of our time so we can fulfill our purpose and be great at it.

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24

Yes, “the price of greatness is responsibility.”

Churchill aforementioned this at Harvard on Sept 6, 1943 on the occasion of receiving his honorary degree. His meaning was a country as great as the USA couldn’t (and shouldn’t) ignore problems elsewhere in the world. We can not either. What problems do you see that you can do something about?

Maybe simply praying for the unborn – read or re-read my post on the movie Unplanned and if you haven’t seen it – make time!

https://bethechurch.home.blog/2019/04/06/unplanned/

Don’t forget to continue to pray all this month for Muslims during Ramadan and others in religions that don’t serve Christ. Pray they can be exposed to the truth and except the gospel message as such.

Yes, “the price of greatness is responsibility” so let’s be responsible and do great things for our Lord.

Of course, most probably think this quote is not Churchill at all but rather Spider-Man’s Uncle Ben and was recently made more famous slightly reworded: “With great power comes great responsibility.”

Thinking of it in a spiritual sense means if you are blessed with great power, you have a responsibility to use it for good.

What are you doing for good with the gifts you have been blessed with?

As I was contemplating Churchill’s quote: “The price of greatness is responsibility.”, it reminded me of another quote I was exposed to many years ago and has stayed with me every since and goes something like this: “Greatness is in the man who has found his purpose and is willing to die for it.” Dr. Charles Blair.

True greatness was found in our Lord as He descended from His throne in heaven, humbling Himself to come as a babe, then giving the ultimate sacrifice of paying our sin debt with His life as that was His purpose and why He came to earth. He was willing to die for His great purpose.

May we find our purpose entwined with His as we come to the acknowledgement of our need of a Savior.

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my wickedness and guilt and cleanse me from my sin.”

Psalms 51:1-2 AMP

Say this as a prayer today:

Lord, help me responsibly steward my time, talents, energy, and gifts so I can do great things for You as you reveal the purpose for me this side of heaven. Amen.

Then, others truly will see me…

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the butterfly effect

This is the title of a small quick read by Andy Andrews, who just happens to be one of my favorite speakers and author.

If you are unfamiliar with him, I highly recommend you check out his books and if you ever have the opportunity to hear him speak, don’t hesitate to go. You will be enriched for sure. I believe it was back in 2009 when I first heard him speak and picked up three of his titles (The Noticer, The Travelers Gift, and this one.)

The full title of this side table read says this: The Butterfly Effect – How Your Life Matters.

Mr. Andrews says: “ Every single thing you do matters. You have been created as one of a kind. You have been created in order to make a difference. You have within you the power to change the world.“

And as a Christian, I believe that is so true. His books carry great Christian principles but he doesn’t always label them as such. I pray the words written or spoken from him or any of us will inspire others to draw closer to Christ as that is his desire too. We are to be seed planters in all we do and say.

Here’s a few other noteworthy quotes from this book:

“Everything you do matters. Every move you make, every action you take… matters. Not just to you, or your family, or your business, or your hometown. Everything you do matters to all of us forever.”

“’With a little perspective, you can live a life of permanent purpose.’ Jones”

“My hope for our families, our places of warship, our businesses, our nation, and our world is an incredible life of permanent purpose that can be achieved when at last we understand: Every move we make and every action we take, matters not just for us, but for all of us… and for all time.

“May we resonate with the apostle Paul when he said: ‘This one thing I do, I press toward the mark.'”

“Your life and what you do with it today matters forever.“

Just think for a moment: “…how far forward would we need to go in your life to show the difference you make?”

Ask yourself that often and remind yourself: “Every single thing you do matters.”

You have been put on this earth for a season and a reason.

Live it out loudly with purpose and passion keeping an eternal perspective.

Know you do have a ‘butterfly effect’ on all you meet and greet.

Again, “may we resonate with the apostle Paul when he said: ‘This one thing I do, I press toward the mark.'”

Yes, let us each

“…press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called (us) heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14

Take a few minutes to listen to Mr. Andrews talk about the butterfly effect. I believe it will give you a better understanding and perspective on how what we do truly does matter.

By the way, last month on the 14 was learn about butterflies day. Who knew there was even a day designated for that? I didn’t. With 20,000 different kinds Of butterflies having wing spans ranging from a half inch to 11 inches living from a week to over a year, I am sure there is lots more we could learn about these beautiful creations, but the take away for today is this from the book The Butterfly Effect: “A butterfly could flap its wings and set molecules of air in motion, which would move other molecules of air, in turn moving more molecules of air – eventually capable of starting a hurricane on the other side of the planet… Science has shown the butterfly effect to engage with the first movement of any form of matter – including people.”

Be the type of ‘butterfly’ whose wings flap in a direction effecting others positively.

That is how to…

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