"The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge." ~TNIV

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Lop-sided and Upside Down--- It's Time to Right Oursleves!

This was passed on to me by Martha Lynn Weatheread Smith and Wade Hickman.

I've added a thought (my initials) and will add and update it as time permits.
While many of us struggle and worry about tomorrow, our politicians sit pretty playing with the future of our country and our people...

Salary of the US President: $400,000.
Salary of retired US Presidents: $180,000.
Salary of House/Senate: $174, 000.
Salary of Speaker of the House: $223,500.
Salary of Majority/Minority Leaders: $193,400
Average Salary of Soldier DEPLOYED IN IRAQ: $38,000

MLC: Action-we need action to follow solid, realistic and sustainable ideas; not empty promises nor sullen discord. When the senate has too much power, it is no longer an effective part of government. As responsible citizens, the times require us to cut, cap, and become responsible (balance)...a government of and for the people should be required to do the same. And this leads me to analyze... is our government really a true representative of the people anymore?

~Feel free to leave your own thoughts.

Monday, July 18, 2011

We Choose Our Attitude--

What do bad attitudes do to us?
Sours our confidence
Misdirects our efforts
Dilutes our stamina and purpose
Jams our planning
Cuts us off from help...

Excuses are really expressions of a bad attitude. :\

The good news is that a lousy attitude is optional; you can change it!

The pessimist complains about the world
The optimist expects a better wind
The person with character changes the sail

We create our problems-- and expect God to fix them, but He chooses what we will go through--- you choose HOW you will go through it.
~ Elmer Towns

My $0.02 contribution for July 18, 2011
♥ =o]

Tolerance- the world's standard or God's-- how tolerant are we?

We are on a journey, and to safely reach our destination we must use a map. The Word of God is our Road Map and it will help us not only reach the destination safely, but it provides a way to help others begin their road journey as well. To continue on our road trip, we will need daily tolerance.

A vital element needed for the Church today is tolerance. No, not tolerance as the world dictates but Godly tolerance.

For Christians, knowing and understanding what it means to live a tolerant life is not about accepting the world’s view on tolerance--you have your truth and I have mine. It is about respecting and loving individuals and their right to their opinions, while continually seeking the truth ourselves.

Godly tolerance is neither embracing nor putting up with false ideas, rather Godly tolerance adheres to the traditional meaning of tolerance: it’s about how we treat people; not their ideas.

So how can Christians behave with Godly tolerance? Let's check the Road Map:
Romans 12:16~ “Live in harmony with one and other. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.”
Romans 12:18~  “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”
Ephesians 4:2~!  “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one and other in love.”
Ephesians 4:32~  “Be kind and compassionate to one and other, forgiving each other, just as Christ God forgave you.”
Galatians 6:10~  “Therefore, as we have the opportunity, let us do good to all people, …”

Do not travel your journey alone. Do not let love be just a thing (a noun) in your life, but allow love to be a dynamic action verb that you demonstrate beginning with Godly tolerance. Enjoy your journey and help as many folks as possible to begin their own!

What is the GREATEST evidence that Jesus Christ is real?

When all intellect and irrefutable evidences have been declared, what is the greatest proof that 1) Jesus Christ is who he said he is, 2) He did what he said he would do and, 3) Christianity is really real?

The miraculous transformation of a sinner to a Christian... the changed life of a Christian is the most powerful evidence that God is real. For many, we become living examples of God's love, grace, and mercy in action.

Paul to the Thessalonians said, "Do you know that all over the provinces of both Macedonia and Achaia believers look up to you? The word has gotten around. Your lives are echoing the Master's Word, not only in the provinces but all over the place. The news of your faith in God is out. We don't even have to say anything anymore—you're the message! People come up and tell us how you received us with open arms, how you deserted the dead idols of your old life so you could embrace and serve God, the true God. They marvel at how expectantly you await the arrival of his Son, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescued us from certain doom."  ~1Thessalonians 1:7-8