“And yet this was a SMALL thing…”

Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? And yet this was a small thing in your eyes, O Lord God. You have spoken also of your servant’s house for a great while to come, and this is instruction for mankind, O Lord God! And what more can David say to you? For you know your servant, O Lord God! Because of your promise, and according to your own heart, you have brought about all this greatness, to make your servant know it. Therefore you are great, O Lord God. For there is none like you, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears.”

2 Samuel 7:18-22 ESV

This morning, I woke up completely overwhelmed by God’s relentless, reckless love for me. As I read this passage in 2 Samuel 7, and thought about who God is and all that He has done in my own life, I began to weep.

Like David, I asked who am I, so flawed, and insignificant, and undeserving that the Great God of Heaven would take all of my days, both good and bad, and make something so beautiful from them. And if the sum total of all that I have seen God do is merely “a small thing” for Him, then no matter the kind of moment I sit in right now, I can remain confident that the best is STILL yet to come!

This morning, be encouraged to pause for a moment, and look back over your own life. Identify the moments of deep sorrow, disappointment and heartache – it’s there we most clearly see God’s righteous right hand upholding us. Think back to the moments of unspeakable joy and unbridled celebration – there it is easy to see the Presence of the King who rejoices over us, where we see that His joy is our strength.

If you are struggling to find energy and focus for worship this morning, think of a Savior who was willing to sacrifice everything just. for. you. Who went down into the depths so that you could be raised to life again! The same Jesus who now sits at the right hand of His Father interceding continually on your behalf.

And like David, I’m sure you will come to the conclusion: “Therefore you are great, O Lord God. For there is none like you, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears” (2 Samuel 7:22).

Live FREE!

“So if the Son sets you free, you are free through and through.”

John 8:36 (MSG)

“Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.”

Galatians 5:1 (MSG)

Live FREE.

As we come to the end of the first quarter of 2018, it can be tempting to fall back into the same traps that slowed our progress in past years. I have become vigilant in identifying and rejecting the broken cycles of fear and doubt that once held me captive, threatening to ensnare me once again.

Walking out our journey to lighter living, means being intentional about maintaining our freedom. We may not be able to control everything that happens to us in life, but we have been given the power to respond to life in a way that maintains our freedom.

Today, refuse to be entangled in situations, conversations, relationships, commitments, habits, or thought patterns that draw you away from God, and lead you back into bondage.

Rejoice in the freedom we have received, paid for with Christ’s sacrifice on an old rugged cross, and released to us by His resurrection from the grave.

Let God’s reckless love overtake you today, and live lighter!

Worship While You Work

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“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Colossians 3:17

In a day and time where entrepreneurship is “the movement” or the trend, we hear so much about “being your own boss”. I have felt my own momentary zaps of empowerment electricity as I go ahead and heart another Instagram post reminding me that I’ve got this!

For some, business ownership has become a badge of honor to be worn with pride, a pedestal to rest on while everyone else marches to the beat of an employer’s drum. It’s become a means to look down on others, especially if we don’t feel like the people around us value our products and services as much as we do. We spend so much time working on our brand, that at times we begin to neglect or forget our identity.

For those of us who say we are followers of Christ, it is especially important that we honor God, first and foremost in our business ventures. Colossians 3:12-14 reminds us that our best business – and life – suit consists of clothing ourselves in compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, forgiveness — and over everything else — LOVE, which holds the whole get up together.

Colossians 3:17 serves as a relevant reminder that whether we own our own business and have employees working for us, or we show up faithfully to someone else’s workplace, we all report to One higher than ourselves – God. When our clients take us for granted or our managers overlook us, we can be confident that God sees our work, and knows our thoughts. We can offer up our work as an act of worship, glorifying God through our integrity and humility, even when our efforts are unseen by human eyes.

So let’s make those boss moves, while making the name of our Ultimate Boss great in the earth!