Let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
I lead a small group of senior guys at our church. During our group time the past few weeks I have been seeing the dreaded senioritis starting to set in. That is the disease of the decreased motivation toward studies displayed by students who are nearing the end of their high school, college and graduate school careers and move forward in your life. You don’t want to go to class, you don’t want to do any more homework you just want to forget all about school and move on!
If you are a senior you have to see that there are middle school kids who look up to you. There is under classmen that are looking up to you. There are others in your school/work/team that look up to you. Those people need to see Jesus in you.
There is nothing wrong with wanting to move forward and grow up, but we have to remember what God has called us to do. God has placed us right where he wants us, and we have to be obedient to that. We have to love on the people he has placed us around now. This isn’t about us, but the One who is in us.
It would be much easy to say I am done, and try and forget those around you. Forget school, forget work, forget family, and forget sports. But Paul said, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
We need to be Christ to those around us.
For as along as I can remember God has been calling me to leadership. Whether it was on a sports team, in the classroom, in my group of friends, or at church, God has called me to lead.
The funny thing is I had no idea what that even meant. I have always tried to lead in my own power, and often would fail. Lately God has been giving me more clarity to what leadership means.
At the end of July More…
I recently read a blog post by Jon Acoff.
How much time do you spend with non-Christians? Really? How much time do you really spend with non-Christians? How much time is appropriate to spend with non-Christians? If you go to public school, then you probably spend most of your day with non-Christians, but do you actually hang out with them, be with them, or do you just tolerate them until you can get back into your insulated bubble of Jesus?
Although, even a few long-time Christians seemed to have difficulty answering that question. Realizing this, I wanted to share with you readers some of the things that we talked about.
Sometimes it can seem like nobody likes me. We all want to fit in and feel accepted—and being a teenager, these feelings are even more great. It makes life so much harder when we feel like we are not accepted, or alone. It makes it easy to think something is wrong with us.
Put your self in this story, here we have Jesus hanging on the cross, all is left is his mother and a few others still lingering around, weeping at the foot of the cross. A couple Roman soldiers come by to check on Jesus lifeless body. Just to make sure he was dead he plunges a spear in his side, pouring out the last drop of blood and water from His body.
He finally blurted out, “what am I doing wrong?!” She said “There is one thing you are doing wrong that is causing all your problems.”
Have you ever seen the commercial for the Marines?
Yea, you know the one I am talking about.
We all know the saying. “The few the proud the marines.”
It always get my testosterone pumping. Well that is until I see all the running they do. The entire commercial has people running and jumping.
What do you think of when you hear the words tangible love?
When I hear someone say tangible love, my mind first goes to missionaries.
I don’t know why, but I do. I almost immediately pass the buck off to missionaries and completely forget that I even heard it mentioned.