Being blessed and instructed this morning by audio of Beth Moore Bible study on Daniel.

I am being blessed and instructed this morning by audio of Beth Moore Bible study on Daniel.

The Lord’s warning to Babylon really speaks to our world nowadays; 10 You have trusted in your wickedness
and have said, ‘No one sees me.’
Your wisdom and knowledge mislead you
when you say to yourself,
‘I am, and there is none besides me.’
The lesson this morning speaks to the idea that we are meant, as God’s people, as Christians, to be exactly where we are, at this time, as this moment, for God’s purpose. To influence our society and not be indoctrinated by it. That we should be obviously different, and not be a part of the norm. That people should be able to view our lives and know that we are different, and if the world cannot tell the difference between us and the rest of society that we are NOT doing our job as Christians. Light and Salt.

Dr. Evil, Mini Me and Jesus.


Remember how happy and proud Dr. Evil was of Mini Me? He finally had someone JUST like him! And Mini Me wanted so badly to be loved, accepted and part of that was he emulated his new “Dad” in his dress, actions, attitude, behavior.
It was so cute how to see them together! Funny, funny stuff! But here’s the thing: Unlike Dr. Evil’s son Scott, when you saw Mini Me, there was NO QUESTION who he was. Who’s family he belonged to, who he wanted to be, who and what he represented.

My thought this morning was; How many of us as Christians are Mini Me’s?
And when people look at our lives, do they know without a doubt who’s family we belong to?

One of the greatest challenges facing our world today is the lack of leadership. People SO DESPERATELY want to be admired and loved and accepted by others. We never want to be labeled “One of those” with the eye rolling behind our backs that goes along with standing firm on our beliefs. And it’s not just the big stuff, the politics and social issues that people thing of. It’s the day to day little stuff where we are failing to stand up and make a difference. It’s what we are willing to ignore, take part in, watch, read, listen to where we are tolerating the junk that the world has to offer.

And so, here’s the question we can ask ourselves: When someone looks at my life, can they see that I too am a Mini Me?

That’s what the word Christian means, you know. “Little Christ.”

So when our co-workers see us at work, do they notice something different? That we do not take part in certain jokes, or talk about questionable TV or music, that we do not gossip or talk about co-workers or the boss, that we are honest, honerable and diligent in our work? Are we a good employee? A good boss? Do we even treat our rivals and competitors fairly and with integrity?
What about our families? Our spouse? Do they look at us and think that we are walking the walk or just talking the talk?

This Christian life is a narrow path. It means giving things up that we want to do. It means not being a part of certain things, being separate, being different. And that is REALLY uncomfortable. But if we seek the approval of our Lord Jesus as our model, if we truly wish to be His own Mini Me, that’s the path.
So. I guess the big question in our daily life is this: When people look at my life, are they suprised to find out that I am a Christian? Or do they see Him, even in a small way, in me?

What would I do if I were not afraid?

What would I do if I were not afraid?
I would stop being a people pleaser. I would not seek to be liked by everyone, to be popular, to be a part of the “in” group. I would not chase after and compromise my true self to gain the admiration or acceptance of people that I do not even like, do not trust or respect, do not want to be around and have no desire to be like. I would set clear and appropriate boundaries in a kind but strong manner, and not be afraid to say “no” or “enough” and mean it. And not care what their reaction would be.
I would show courage. And tenacity. And resilience. I would not be afraid to try something and possibly fail. I would live my life openly, honestly and congruently. I would know exactly who I am, what I am good at, and I would love and take care of myself on every level. I would not indulge in things that may be what I want in the short term, but that undermine my long term goals to be happy and healthy. To be successful in that I am using my abilities and growing personally as well as professionally. And that I my daily behavior would be in alignment with my ultimate goal of being able to Love and Serve the Lord by loving and serving others.
I would not tolerate negative energy in my life by allowing people’s own limiting beliefs about themselves or me to affect me. I would constantly access my environment and weed out the energy zappers and time wasters in my life.
I would listen to and trust my own inner voice that hears God when He speaks to me. I would strive to be the best me and not downplay my potential. I would not make excuses. I would dream big and go for what I really want. And through it all I would show the world who I really am.
11/5/2011

Michelle’s first blog post.

I have decided to start a blog about….well, all things Michelle.

Art

Food

Nurses and work

Faith

My dogs

My journey in life

 

Hope you enjoy it!

Love and a hug, Michelle