Gratitude is an important part of life, and it has been proven to be one of the most important factors in happiness. Gratitude improves your health and well-being, reduces stress, boosts self-esteem and confidence, and lowers blood pressure. Gratitude is linked to better sleep, less depression, more happiness, less anxiety and depression, improved immune function and more energy.
Gratitude increases your sense of meaning in life because it allows you to see things as blessings instead of problems. It also helps you learn from your mistakes so that you don’t make them again in the future. Gratitude can help you feel grateful for everything around you—you could even go so far as to say “thank you” when someone passes by on the street!
It’s been proven that feeling grateful can actually make you happier, and even increase your physical health. So much so, in fact, that the Mayo Clinic has recommended that people who have gratitude lists should make them more than once per week—or even once per day!
But why do we need to be grateful? Well, for one thing, it helps us feel more connected to others and the world around us. It can also help us find balance in our relationships with others by allowing us to see how much we appreciate those around us. And of course, it can create a sense of purpose and direction in our lives—a feeling that no matter what happens next, there will always be something good waiting around the corner.
However I’m going to be honest with you: I’m not a big fan of gratitude journaling. I think it’s great that people do it, and they’ve found some really amazing ways to make it work for them, but I also think there are better ways to get results. For me, the key to practicing gratitude is making sure you have a clear intention behind whatever you’re doing. If your intention is “I want to be more grateful,” then maybe that’s not the best way to go about it! Instead, try something like: “I will be grateful today because I am healthy.”
If you get into the habit of doing this kind of thing regularly—every day or every week—you’ll start to notice some really cool things happening: You’ll feel more relaxed overall; your relationships with people will improve; your sense of self-worth will grow; and so on.
So instead of focusing on gratitude journaling as some sort of magical cure-all, focus on what matters most in your life: What are the things you care about most? What actions can you take today that will help bring those things into existence?
So next time you’re feeling down about something or someone in your life, try taking a moment to remember all the things you have going for you right now—and then take some time out for yourself! If you want to increase your happiness in life and receive more blessings from others around you then start practicing gratitude everyday.
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Sometimes in our everyday lives we can get so used to our every day habits, emotions, diets, etc. that we don’t really stop and question why and where they came from. Do our habits and thinking come from our own source of original thought, or are we influenced somehow to beleive “this is the right way to do it”? A common phrase is, “Well, that’s how I’ve always been taught.” Whether it be how we think, how we stay fit, what foods we eat, what emotions or words we express, or our expectations. Most often, though not with every single aspect, there is at least one area of our life that we do based on traditions – whether it be cultural tradition, societal tradition, or family tradition – that influences the way we do certain things. And so, whether we know it or not, sometimes the traditions may be more detrimental than helpful to us. Let’s explore a few common subtle traditions or thought patterns that are stumbling blocks to knowing the truth about God.
Subtle Stumbling Block #1 – Thinking we can save ourselves
Sometimes, especially for a non-believer, one might say – “Well, whenever I decide to, I can just pull myself up by my bootstraps.” in an effort to give oneself the credit of success and the flexibility and freedom to save one’s self. This is an old phrase basically meaning that one can succeed or elevate themselves without any outside help. The problem with that way of thinking is that it is limited. Yes, we may be able to help ourselves become better to a certain extent, but we cannot ultimately save ourselves from ourselves – we need an outside force. The same can be said about the physical realm, from something as simple as observing Newton’s first law of motion. “Newton’s first law states that if a body is at rest or moving at a constant speed in a straight line, it will remain at rest or keep moving in a straight line at constant speed unless it is acted upon by a force. ” So why do we think that the spiritual realm is any different? The spiritual realm has many of the same laws as the physical realm, even if we do not realize it or cannot see it with our own eyes. So let’s stop falling for the cultural lie that we don’t need to be saved or don’t need God’s help because you’ve adopted the common thinking of “well, I’m a good person and that’s all that matters.” That itself is a societal thinking norm that is totally false. Even if you ask people in jail, many of them might even say the same thing. So needless to say, saying “I’m a good person,” is solely based on each person’s own thinking and not based on God’s thinking. For scriptures even say, “My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent.It is the Lord who judges me. ” So let’s make The Word of God and Jesus our point of reference for being saved and for our thoughts, instead of relying on our conscience which is unreliable according to scriptures. Even in the physical realm, ” In Aristotelian mechanics and in ordinary experience, objects that are not being pushed tend to come to rest.” Similarly in the spiritual realm, spirits that are not being pushed (by God) tend to come to rest (die). So let’s not follow the new age religion of self gratification and instead pull ourselves up to rely on Jesus to save us and help us. He is the best counselor for our success and saving.
Stumbling Block #2 – Misunderstanding the goodness of God
Many often question if God is real or if He is a good God because of all the evil things He “allows” to happen. Imagine if someone was watching a baby in a pool drowning and did not use their power to pick them up to save them from drowning. Of course, that is not good. In fact, I’m sure that kind of person would go to jail. Oftentimes, people think of God in a similar way – but it is a misconception. God is not involved in the evil of the world. That is Satan’s work – the prince of the air. So, we know that there is another entity in charge of worldly evil wrong-doing, yet somehow some people still blame God for the evil? The Misconception is that people forget that God is inside of us. He resides within human beings on earth and we must declare his power and presence in order for God to work in that situation. Thus, it is humans that are responsible for any evil that happens or does not happen. We live in a corrupt fallen world that is bound to have evil things happen. Our world is cursed by sin – what does one expect? God resides in heaven, and God also resides within people for helping us on earth. Thus, we cannot blame God for evil. For God is only in the goodness of the earth. He wants goodness, peace, healing and light more than we want it. “Now yes, yes creation sometimes screams a confusing message – fear, pain, grief,. Fire burns, rivers food, winds go hurricane, the earth shudders so hard it levels cities. But you must remember – this was not so in Eden. Mankind fell, surrendering this earth to the evil one. St Paul says that creation groans for the day of its restoration, making it clear that everything is not as it was meant to be. People come to terrible conclusions when they assume that this world is exactly as God intended. (An assumption that has wrought havoc in the sciences.) The earth is broken. Which only makes the beauty that does flow so generously that much more astounding. And reassuring. ”
Do you know any other important or noteworthy stumbling block thought patterns believers should avoid? Let us know in the comments below!
Why are cults so believable and hard to leave or get out of? This question is loaded with many different perspectives, lenses, and opinions. I am exploring this through the perspective of a current non-denominational Christian.
First, we need to know what a cult is. Many often associate cults in a negative perspective. A cult by definition is ” a small religious group that is not part of a larger and more accepted religion and that has beliefs regarded by many people as extreme or dangerous”. You may find definitions worded a bit differently, but they all have the same general meaning. It is basically a group of people or a club in which people become a little too obsessed with the thing in which they are devoted to. It’s not always religious. Though in modern times, cults are often formed in religions because they take an idea too far or too literally. Whether intentionally or unintentionally, the church or religion make certain ideas or rules the object of worship which inadvertently is the slippery slope into a cult that uses mind control on its members to keep them.
So we must ask ourselves, at what point does a group or club become a cult? Are all churches cults? What is the difference between a cult and a good church?
Let’s be honest, when the average person thinks of a cult, they may often think of a certain church or religion, and honestly that’s where a majority of cults are at. This is not to say that church is bad. Or that religion is bad. I think it really has alot to do with each individual church. What are they teaching you? Does it apply to modern day age? Is it backed by historical text (The Bible)? Is the church gaslighting you in a negative way? (I’ll explain later). Is the church growing? These, and more, are all factors to consider when figuring out if you’re going to a healthy church versus if you’re a part of a cult. Like many already know, sometimes it’s hard to know the difference. Let me help by explaining the many subtle differences between what goes on in a cult versus what goes on in a genuinely good and healthy church.
1. A cult gaslights you and keeps you in a cycle.
If a church gaslighting you sounds crazy, you may want to think again about what exactly they’re telling you. Are they telling you you’re worthy? For women- that you’re beautiful inside and out? For men- that you’re strong and courageous, etc. That you’re made in God’s image, capable of great things like following your dreams or starting that business? That you’re worthy both as a single person and as a married person?
Or, are they like businesses that create consumers by hypothetically creating the problem? (Like almost half of companies that exist) Similarly, in a church that operates like a cult, they might try to convince you or directly tell you “you’re a sinner” (contrary to telling you you’re worthy), and then they treat this word like it’s a disease. Next they explain how to “cure” this disease. They create the problem and then offer the solution. But wait, you can’t get the cure all at once, no no, you need to come back again and again, at least once a week – for the rest of your life. I’m not saying that going to church every week is bad. What I’m saying is that if that’s you’re mindset for going to church every week (to get rid of your sin “disease”), then you are going to church for all the wrong reasons. You’ve been bamboozled into a very convincing and false cycle of lies. Let me explain this further.
First off, the church should not continually be calling you a sinner. Though it is hard to wrap our minds around, even if we do sin, we are not sinners because Jesus already successfully did his part to remove that chain and identity from us. When I say “us,” I am referencing those who beleive Jesus is the savior. We call Jesus the Savior, not the ultimate guilt trip, yet for some reason why do some churches often feel like that? The church will tell you that you’re a sinner and then tell you not to sin. That doesn’t even logically make sense. Its like telling a dog they’re a dog but not to do dog things. The church instead needs to tell you you’re not a sinner. That you’re worthy and wise and spiritually competent to take on life. So, what does your church do? Does it give sound and true uplifting words of truth into your life for you to be the best version of yourself & the best citizen of society? Or does it make you take a guilt trip almost every time and create a cycle of repentance from the “church”?, like a business that just received a customer and uses ethos pathos and logos to keep them coming back for the product. Furthermore, the church might even try to convince you that your salvation is dependent on going to that church, when in reality, once a person receives God into their life, salvation and God are within us and not a far-away object needed to be continually obtained our entire life. The purpose of church is for the holy spirit to be present, fellowship, worship and teaching. The church facilitates salvation but it itself is not salvation. So if you’re having a hard time figuring out if you go to a good church or if you’re unknowingly part of a cult, the first step is to simply examine the verbiage used. What are they telling you about you? Are they creating a hypothetical problem within you, telling you you’re such a rascal and you need to repent every time you sin? Or, are they giving uplifting words of encouragement or truth to elevate your spiritual grounding and wellbeing?
2. A cult uses black and white language or thinking, often with little to no explanation.
Black and white language fits well with cults because they like to portray things as an extreme. For example, if you grew up going to church, you may have been told in a sermon that “sex is bad.” (Just an example of many of a plethora of topics). Here’s the thing, sure maybe premarital sex is not okay. But even more so, I do not know of one friend who had a pastor explain the why behind this. As if teenagers are supposed to know why it’s bad. I think the church should be more open about those topics. Like, instead of saying a black and white blanket statement like “sex is bad”, “the devil makes you lust,” or “if you sin youre going to hell if you dont repent” which invoke guilt, how about explaining it a bit better, in a more human way rather than in a religious way. Like – wait till marriage to have sex because physical touch or intimacy creates chemistry, which can mess up and dramatically alter one’s perspective of their partner. It can deceive you to think that someone who obviously isn’t the one for you, is the one for you, because the physical touch (the feel good feelings) messes up your ability to really see them for who they are. When a church uses such vague blanket statements as the one’s previously stated as examples, without explaining them, they leave a big gap for false teaching and is a red flag for being a cult.
3. A cult tries to make their imagination your reality.
So what do we mean by making someone else’s imagination a reality? In a church this can often be seen when a preacher talks about a dream, or if there is a prophetic word in prayer. Let’s explore these in more detail. When a preacher talks about a personal dream, they are explaining their own subconscious world. It is one thing to talk about a dream, which is totally fine. However it is another thing to say that one’s dream represents what is happening or will happen to the church. Sure, dreams may have been predictions in biblical times. However, today we cannot rely on dreams to tell someone else or a group of people their future. Dreams are not from God, they are simply programming’s of each person’s inner world. We should not be projecting our dreams onto others. The second one is when there is a prophetic word during a prayer. Members of churches often take these very seriously, yet often times we do not even know if the person saying them has been reading the word and in prayer. What if they just had an impulse to say what is on their heart? That is not from God, that is simply a word from that person – yet people think that they are hearing from God. If a preacher’s dreams are being interpreted as the future of the church or the world, or if prophetic words are being told from someone who was not prepared, you may want to rethink if you’re in a healthy church or in a cult.
Again, it really all comes down to the verbiage used and the lack of explanation of things in cultish churches. This is because if you feel you’re on the good side of the spectrum, members of the cult often feel very entitled or holier than thou, wanting to stay in that mindset. This is the sign that it’s too extreme. Nobody can be perfect. So the next time you visit a new church or even just at your own church, at least take note and examine these three things, 1. Does the church gaslight you and make you feel like you’re in a constant cycle? 2. Does the church use black and white language with often little to no explanation? 3. Does the church try to make an individual imagination everyone’s reality? Life is too short to get trapped in a mind game of lies within a cult. My hope in sharing this is that you take the time to find a genuinely good church that stays clear of all of those previously noted points, and instead uses God’s word to encourage you be the best version of yourself and the best citizen within society by looking towards Jesus.
When someone thinks of sacrifice, they probably think of old biblical traditions, or something people do in those one weird religions and cults we hear about. Honestly that might be true, but sacrifice holds a whole new meaning when we use it for our own good. Here’s what I mean. Sacrifices exist. They have been a part of history for as long as we can remember. You may have read in books about people sacrificing to their gods in return for something better, such as a good crop or rainfall, etc. This is not the type of sacrifice we are talking about here, though it holds similar concepts. Those kinds of sacrifice were often associated with the dark world, it they were even real. The sacrifice we are talking about is the one God gave as a gift to mankind to help him become unstuck, or to elevate to our higher selves. Let’s explore what that means in further detail.
To believers, we know exactly what that means – or at least have a general idea of sacrifices, offerings and tithing. When we sacrifice, we give up something in exchange for initiating change in ourselves and to give stuck situations the opportunity to get unstuck, to progress and to make permanent change. So how does it really work? When we offer something up to God, He changes it by blessing it and then returns the changed sacrifice to us so that we can be changed by partaking it. God tells us that an acceptable sacrifice to God is by a portion of our finances. We sacrifice our money to God and He blesses it and changes it by using it for ministry and then we are sanctified by being changed by our participation in that ministry.
However, a common misconception is that sacrificing money to God will come back to make you rich. Sometimes that happens, but it’s just temporary. The point of the sacrifice of money is not to become financially prosperous – It’s to become spiritually prosperous.
Why does this work?
Consider how much anxiety, anger, selfishness, worry, etc go into our whole approach to money in the modern age. This is ripe for all kinds of addictions, blaming, and focusing on other people’s perceived dysfunctions. When you tithe, you take back responsibility for yourself. When you tithe, you are sacrificing, or giving up that sense of control, so that you can be exorcised of that reactivity or addiction.
We do it not to satisfy a budget or because we hope God will help us win the lottery or hope to get a raise – none of that is the point at all. We sacrifice (tithe) together because we need to get unstuck and because we need to get serious about offering something to God for His blessing and transformation – for an eternal prosperity.
Goddess energy can be hard to define, but every woman feels it in some form or another. It’s the confidence you feel when you walk into a room and all eyes are on you; it’s the calm you feel when you witness an act of kindness; it’s the love that radiates from your heart when you are holding your child close to yours. The love goddess energy represents is unconditional, everlasting, and ever-present. It has been there since the beginning of time and will continue to exist long after we are gone. Here are five pillars of goddess energy you can use to elevate your feminine vibe and express yourself as the empowered woman you are.
1) Love Yourself
Love yourself, as that is your key into opening up your body and spirit for a deeper connection with divine feminine energy. The divine feminine is about healing love in our bodies; she is a nurturing healer who guides us to becoming self-reliant through service. Divine feminine energy is unconditional love, forgiveness, compassion, caring, abundant joys, overflowing happiness. Love yourself deeply so you can be open to feel her energies fully. And don’t forget that allowing others in our lives to hurt us or mistreat us shuts out her light too. Only true unconditional love will allow you to realize your spiritual potentials! Use loving intentions towards all in your life every day — it feels good! In fact, if you can learn to truly love yourself unconditionally, then and only then are you able to really feel another’s pain, sadness or despair – just like they are feeling it themselves. If we’re going to heal ourselves and our planet at large, we need more people working on their own individual growth rather than focusing on what everyone else should do (or not do). Loving ourselves means accepting everything about ourselves – both negative AND positive traits – and treating ourselves with kindness. It also means knowing when we need help from other people…we aren’t meant to walk alone!
2) Connect with Nature
Connecting with nature is important for all aspects of life, not just goddess energy. If you’re in a big city, go on a walk in a park every day; if you’re on vacation in rural Vermont, head out on a hike or maybe just sit by yourself and stare at the clouds for an hour. This is important because spending time in nature helps our minds de-stress, recharges our batteries (literally—studies have shown that exposure to nature can help us fight seasonal affective disorder), and reminds us that we’re still part of something bigger than ourselves. Also it’s nice to be near trees. It’s always a good idea to make sure your mind and body are in sync, so while you’re outside doing whatever you do when connected with nature, try practicing yoga as well.
3) Do what You Love
The most obvious tip for raising your feminine energy is to do what you love. It’s important to note that you have many different interests, talents, and areas in which you are gifted. There’s no need to do what is considered a traditional role or career if it doesn’t bring out your full power. If you know what your gifts are, find a way that allows you express them fully. Choose work or activities that make you feel creatively alive. You might not be able to work at Starbucks as an artist every day, but there might be something else you can do—like teaching art classes on weekends or working part-time in an art supply store while supporting yourself with another job.
4) Give Back
When you’re feeling low, there’s something about working for a good cause that can pick you up. Whether it is volunteering at your favorite animal shelter or giving back at your place of worship, there is something amazing about feeling inspired by a sense of purpose. This energy affects not only us but those around us as well. When we give back in a big way, we are engaging our feminine energy on all levels. It makes us feel better, it lifts others up with our kindness and generosity, and it connects us with other like-minded individuals who understand what you’re going through. Such an important thing isn’t something we should ignore.
5) Accept & Receive
Goddess energy isn’t about material gain. One principle is accepting gifts and compliments from others as graciously as possible, even if you don’t believe them; remember, it’s important to honor your internal energy as well as outward appearances. You are divine, after all. If someone offers a compliment or gift to you, accept it graciously. Whether that means telling someone they look nice in their new outfit or thanking them for giving you a ride home, there are plenty of opportunities to express gratitude throughout your day—just try not to overdo it! While some people may seem uncomfortable receiving praise (and some people simply don’t want compliments), practice accepting what comes your way.
If you’re like me, you’ve probably had a few jobs in your past. Perhaps your first job was simply to have some extra cash, to get you through college, or maybe to save up for your first car. The next job or two were most likely for the paycheck and to add to your resume for your career goals. It seems that many focus on secular values when it comes to securing a job – The paycheck and the status the job holds. These are of course reasonable things to consider. You need the resources that money provides and your ego wants to hold onto a status from a job title. However I think sometimes there is one part to the equation that many often neglect -applying for “jobs” that fit our calling. In other words, how often do we forget to ask God if He is hiring for spiritual work? This might seem silly, but it truly is an important aspect to wellbeing.
As believers we know that there is a spiritual realm that resides in our midst. Oftentimes we may forget it is there because we experience the physical world with our five senses, while the spiritual realm only has one sense – often referred to as the sixth sense. How powerful must the spiritual realm be if we have only one sense to access it, yet it is the ultimate sense, the one that transcends all others?
Oftentimes a person gets in the cycle of trying something new that they are passionate about, failing, and ends up doubting the process, themselves, and if they even have a calling all at the same time. “Lord, I take refuge in You from cowardice.” These are the words of a college professor used to silence his fears. One might think, what does cowardice have to do with our calling? Most of us often doubt ourselves instead of doubting our doubts. In other words, a coward lacks courage. It is someone who discredits their own abilities to be who God created them to be. In a way, when someone has cowardice, they are more aligned in their ego instead of being aligned with God to bring out their best & higher self. We all have the capability to activate our high selves; it just takes a genuine desire and a genuine inner work ethic.
“You start by getting out of your own way.” That is a saying I’m sure many have heard for a plethora of different endeavors. Predictably, This idea also applies to getting hired by God. One might think, “What does getting hired by God even mean?” I believe there are many answers to this question because it depends on what kind of spiritual work God has called you to. Oftentimes many people are living in God’s calling without knowing it, while others don’t know if they are. To truly know if we are working for God, we must get to the heart and core of ourselves and ask the “Why” questions. If the answers include something along the lines of “to help others, to make an impact, to bring people closer to God, to teach others, to bring others into the kingdom of God, to make people happy, etc” you know for sure that your heart is in the right place: aligned with God. If the answers to your “Why” questions includes things such as status, fame, luxury, money, etc., you may want to reflect on where your heart is at. The most ironic thing that we even see in scripture, is that those who do God’s work on earth often will receive the rewards and luxury we all want; but not in the physical word. Scriptures give us constant assurance that these things will be among us in the spiritual realm; we will have endless abundance in the kingdom of God.
As I Obey and serve you, I spend my days in plenty and my years in prosperity. I eat the good in the land.
The Lord brings me into my promised land and gives me great and splendid cities which I did not build, houses full of all the good things I did not fill, vineyards and olive trees which I did not plant. The Lord satisfies me with good things; I eat and I am abundantly satisfied.
And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’” And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.” And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.
We can see that God has endless abundance for those who enter the Kingdom of God. After reflecting on these verses and the idea of working in the spiritual realm, one can’t help but reflect or reconsider their job or career goals. Are we prioritizing secular work and careers over spiritual careers? Yes, money is important to have resources for ourselves and our family for day-to-day living. However, how much more important is the wealth we create for our spiritual realm which is eternal? Perhaps the next time you are in-between-jobs, consider whether God is creating space for you to talk to you, align you, and re-direct you into your spiritual calling – whether within or outside your career. As they say, “rejection is just divine redirection,” and honestly that is a deeply true cliché. Whether you incorporate your spiritual work into your career, or you find time for spiritual work outside your career, you can know deep down that God is so proud of you for doing the spiritual work you are called to do in the spiritual realm, that it is recognized, and it will be rewarded.
This Sunday the preacher’s sermon was powerful. I can probably say that about every sermon, but I just loved the simplicity behind the sermon. In my own words, I’d name the topic is “Talk is cheap.” This is a common phrase that is used – in songs, in quotes, a saying in conversations. Although I wonder if we know what it actually means. It seems like this is a universal saying, though not many know there is also a spiritual Interpretation behind this saying when it comes to God’s Kingdom. We can even find it in scripture.
“I will come soon, if the Lord let’s me, and I will find out whether these arrogant people just give pretentious speeches or whether they really have God’s power. For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power”
1 Corinthians 4:18
I mean, Wow. I think that was the first time I’ve really noticed this verse. Some people might see the Bible as a historical book about our ancestors,, but honestly it is far more that that. It indeed contains the blueprint for spiritual living. It’s so amazing how many golden nuggets scriptures contain. Revisiting the previous verse, we can see how irrelevant our talk is if we lack the substance of God in our life- God’s power and God’s love. Having God’s power and using it means we are confident in Him and confident in using Jesus’ name for both big or small problems in our life. These two are far more important than becoming a scholar in Theology and being able to refute points in a speech or argue. Knowledge can puff us up, but God’s love will edify and soften us. Sometimes we can get so caught up in the semantics of theology, that we need to go back to the basics and simplicity of God and the calling of God’s children: To love others, live by God’s power, and share it by being a living example of that.
This is an excerpt from Tim Tebow’s recently released book called Mission Possible. I think he has created so much enlightenment in his writing for those who are trying to figure out God’s purpose for their lives. His words of wisdom bring more clarity for those on their journey to figuring out their vocation or calling in life.
” Lately, I’ve heard a lot of questions like, “What is God’s will for my life?” Or some- times it’s phrased differently, like, “How can I find my calling?” or “What is my purpose?” I’ve often wondered what those words even mean when we use them like that. I know what Merriam and Webster have decided, but how often have you heard those words dropped as a cliché in conversation? What do they really mean? When people ask these kinds of questions, what kind of answer are they looking for? Are they hoping for a general answer: “to love and serve God and others”? Or a specific answer about career: “You should become a doctor”? Or just an answer about making a difference: “helping the poor or those who are underprivileged”? Or are they looking for something more glamorous, like becoming a best- selling author or winning an Emmy? Am I asking too many questions when you’re hoping to find some answers? All these questions about purpose remind me of a comedic conver- sation in The Hobbit. After finishing his breakfast, Bilbo Baggins is stand- ing by his front door, when none other than Gandalf comes waltzing by. Bilbo nods at the old wizard and says, “Good morning” It’s a typical early-day greeting that requires nothing more than a nod and a smile. But Gandalf is too deep for that. He says to Bilbo, “Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?”1 I suppose we each have a little Gandalf in us. We can get hung up on questions or confused by semantics instead of taking action, even just one little step. “
I love how transparent Tebow is being here – we all ask these questions and on one hand we may know what we’re talking about, and on the other hand, we may also have a vague idea of what “calling” is referring to. Is it our jobs? Our roles as parents or spouses? Our contribution to charities? Our contribution to our local church? Our impact on others? We may all have a different perception of what a calling is. Are we overcomplicating and overthinking this just like Gandalf was overthinking the phrase “good morning”? As we read on, Tebow reminds us how clear the Bible is on what our (a beleiver’s) calling is.
” Scripture gives us one shared and big-picture purpose: to glorify God. As believers, we honor and serve Him with our lives, our natural gifts, our resources, our bodies, our worship, and our decisions. The list is vast, but the goal is clear. In His last instructions to His disciples, Jesus commanded them to “go, therefore, and make disciples of all the na- tions, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to follow all that I commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19–20) Now, this scriptural charge doesn’t mean that you have to become a missionary or plant yourself on the other side of the world. Nor does it mean that you have to sing worship songs during every waking hour (though if you feel a tug on your heart to do that, go for it!). But it does mean that your big-picture purpose is to bring glory to God wherever you are. After, and only after, you latch on to that God-given, big-picture purpose, there’s a way to identify what your personal purpose might be. Within that greater purpose of glorifying God, you find your purpose in what you do every day. Simply put, purpose is about being mission driven in your ordinary life.”
It’s hard to live mission possible when we don’t fully believe that we are made in God’s image, hand-chosen by Him and fully equipped to carry out works of eternal significance. It’s actually impossible. You will never come to believe that your life counts if you think you are here by accident or you’re stuck in a space where you’re just going through the motions.
Don’t live with the goal of just getting by. Live with a greater significance than achievements, accolades, or an impressive bio. With purpose, your life overflows with meaning. You are alive because you are connected to the source of all creation. God has a plan for you to love and care for people. You honor Him through that mission.
God has really been pressing information about His Kingdom to the church lately. Isn’t funny how most of us haven’t even been a part of a kingdom on earth, so naturally we just assume God’s Kingdom will be like a country? (Because that’s what we’re used to) Yet, surely we should know that a Kingdom is far different from a country in how it operates. It’s worth thinking about and preparing for a Kingdom-like lifestyle, because ultimately we will one day be ushered into the new heaven/new earth where we will live with the King (God) and all His people. Sometimes we get so caught up in earthly things that we forget about this reality and new earth and lifestyle that will sooner or later come to be✨ (and is already in our midst in the unseen world)
We know that many kingdoms function similarly, so maybe perhaps we can expect The Kingdom of God to have similar qualities, which are:
All kingdoms have:
A king and lord–a sovereign ruler
A territory–a domain
A constitution–a royal covenant
A citizenry–a community of subjects
The law–acceptable principles
Privileges–rights and benefits
A code of ethics–acceptable lifestyles and conducts
A commonwealth–economic security, and
A social culture–traditions, protocol and procedures
And so, although we have the ability to enjoy a variety of experiences and enjoy pushing ourselves in different endeavors in this lifetime, we should also remember we have a different life ahead of us. “Remind us how brief our time on earth will be. Remind us that our days are numbered- how fleeting life is. You have made our life no longer than the width of our hand. Our entire lifetime is just is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath. We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing…” Psalm 39🌸
The other day the preacher said that sometimes people nowadays think that people “need to be freed from the bondage of God/religion” its funny because usually those same people are in bondage to a certain sin or misunderstood God with all the religious fog. Having a relationship with God is not a binding obligation, but rather a liberating relationship that gives us True freedom from the enemy’s deceptive lies.
Whatever God really is, we may never know. But we can know for a fact that that perfect high power does exist. 🙌🏼 He’s behind every good thing inside of us, outside of us, and even in the details of our every day lives- from the beautiful sunrises and sunsets, the scenery at the top of a hike, the science behind the soothing lotion we put on, the chapstick that helps releive a coldsore, the advanced technology of our computers and cars, the way a crisp cake is baked, the cinematic effects of a movie, etc, etc. God is the superbrain of knowledge & Truth, without God we wouldn’t have all these modern technological advances, we wouldn’t have music, we wouldn’t have the people we love, we wouldn’t have anything. So before secular people assume God is just an unreachable celestial grandpma just watching us in the heavens, know first that God is far from that and cannot be put in a box.
God is literally in the DNA of the people he uses for worldly design AND heavenly kingdom (and alot of those people are probably unbeleivers, which are used for worldly design/civilization but not heavenly kingdom if they don’t choose God). There’s a theory that those that have God’s DNA are a purebred and those that don’t are hybrid human (the false image of God, or Satan’s genetics and DNA, have infiltrated them and will predictably be mostly involved with secular endeavors) and the purebred know deep down that God is within them (literally, in their DNA, 🧬 and they will be mostly involved in The Kingdom of God realm whilst living on earth in the true Image of God).
” Satan’s goal is to alter the DNA of mankind so that a false government leader plus a false religious leader can be produced to join Satan as an unholy trinity. “
If you haven’t cultivated a relationship with Jesus yet/been saved, anytime is a great time but now especially is the best time. 💫💜The enemy is quite literally right in front of us! The DNA of satan, or “the false image of God”, has totally infiltrated humankind, the exact reason why God sent the great flood to wipe out humanity and its wicked ways because satan interfered and ruined the real image of God. This is the prime time to be the salt of the earth and help save people from the enemy’s lies.🌏💫✨🧂