The surest way to turn a good day bad, for yourself and for others, is to spew negative words. In truth, if we often speak negativity, it turns into our norm. I know someone in particular whose conversation overflows with negativity. When I know I’ll be around that person, I approach the event mentally prepared.
Negative words and thoughts are not worthless, they do carry power. They trigger bleak emotion, aggressive action, cause pain, and forbid joy to evolve within you. Negativity does not nurture joy.
Matthew 15:10-11 Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”
How fantastic is this?
The event, started by Focus on the Family in 2014, is growing in popularity. With every state in the nation involved, 8,000 students participated in 2014, 155,000 in 2015 and 356,000 in 2016. In 2017 almost 500,000 students participated and 2018 surpassed even that!
Bring Your Bible To School Day started as a response to America’s schools continuing efforts to forbid the meetings of Christian groups, reading Bibles, saying prayers, kneeling for God at football games, and even acknowledging Jesus in the classroom.
On October 3, Bring Your Bible To School Day is an event—a social activity—that all Christian students may openly partake in.
Society spends boundless time, energy, and money trying to find “the answer” to living the ever unattainable utopian lifestyle. Social Media, television, and those magazines at the grocery store check-out line all try to suggest what will make our lives complete. Their suggestions usually include:
- Eating healthy foods
- Organizational and time saving tips
- Books on mental health
- Balance family and work
- _________________ (You fill in the blank.)
In truth we need only turn to the One source who created us. Jesus—the source of all we need!
It’s human nature, time and again, 24-7, mankind sins. We can’t help ourselves. We sin in thought, word and deed. Yes, there are millions and millions of folks who have pleasant thoughts, speak kindly to others, and always offer assistance above and beyond—but they are still sinners.
And since all sin and fall short of God’s glory, man needs a way to make ourselves right with God. We need atonement to free us from sin. And that atonement comes to us in the form of our savior, Jesus Christ!
Revelation 1:5 …and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood,
Praise God, our savior forgives sin!
I miss the efforts of Sarah Sanders in Washington. For those of you who don’t know, Sarah Sanders is the former Press Secretary to President Trump. She spent over two years explaining, defending, and reminding the press core and America of all aspects of President Trump’s words, actions and tweets.
Her job was not one I envied. She was verbally beaten daily by the press core and liberals both before and after standing at the podium. Verbally beaten to the point that she and her husband were refused service at The Red Hen restaurant in Virginia, and asked to leave, because of her association with President Trump. Verbally beaten, by “comedian” Michelle Wolfe at the White House Correspondents Dinner, by degrading Sarah’s appearance, calling her a liar, and insulting her southern heritage.
“I believe in the Bible.”
But Sarah remained calm during both assaults. Her calmness no doubt stems from her public statement—”I believe in the Bible.” Sarah, along with her husband Bryan and their children, attend an evangelical church in Washington D.C. I believe it is Sarah’s faith in the Bible that sustained her during those verbal beatings, and during her time as WH Press Secretary.
School is just around the corner. Perhaps you are already tackling that back-to-school shopping list containing clothes and supplies, doing you best to physically prepare your children for the coming school year.
But are you preparing them spiritually? Do they understand they remain in God’s care as they exit the front door? As they await that anxious first day of kindergarten or that exciting first day as a senior in high school, do they remember Jesus is always with them?
Though they don’t always admit it, it’s tough for children to leave the security of their home for a place that isn’t always welcoming, agreeable, or easy.
Children need to be reminded they are fully loved as a child of God!
Do your friends and family really know you are Christian? If they were asked to write ten descriptive words about you, would Christian be at the top of the list, or would it even be on the list at all? Now that I think about it, I’m not really sure where some of my friends and family would include Christian on my list, if at all. And that thought makes me sad.
If people around me don’t perceive me as a Christian, then it means I am doing a very bad job at sharing Jesus our savior, The One who will save them from condemnation. And sharing the gospel is what the Bible instructs us to do:
Mark 16:15-16 He [Jesus] said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
As a woman who writes with a Christian initiative, it’s not hard to find current topics/happenings that need to be addressed. In regards to hot topics, many believers don’t agree that unless Christians stand-up for what we believe in, non-Christians will soon be dictating to us what we should be believing in!
Even though we are Christian we are not called to roll over and play dead. We are called to go and spread The Word. And I don’t want my pastor, or any pastor, to be restricted on speaking about his selected profession—the Bible—simply because someone doesn’t agree with Him.
Christian practice and Christian speech have been targeted for years in the United States. It was in 1958 that Steven Engel from New York brought parents together and made the decision to sue the state over a state authorized prayer in public schools. That case made it to the United States Supreme Court in 1962, where they decided it violated the First Amendment because prayer represented establishment of religion. Engel won.
We all have bad days. Days filled with sorrow, depression, anxiety. Days which we can’t wait for them to be over . Occasional bad days are just part of the nature of living and we move on, right?
However, there are circumstances in life that deem to overwhelm us (stay with me, this post isn’t depressing it tells about receiving life not staying in death). Overwhelming occurs because the circumstances don’t change even after a good nights sleep. The job environment remains crappy. The marital stress hovers at the dinner table. The savings account goes down instead of up. What gives?
How can we overcome that dead feeling of separation from all things that bring joy?
I can’t begin to image what it was like to be a disciple of Jesus in the flesh over two thousand years ago. To actually see Him preform unprecedented miracles, hear Him speak wondrous truth, or feel the touch of His tender hands as He humbly washed my feet—all while knowing those same hands raised three people from the dead. It must have been a mind blowing experience for The Twelve.
The divine story of Jesus waking on water is told three times in the Bible. That specific act went against all physical laws which the disciples naturally understood. Jesus was definitely breaking new territory right in front of them. And the good news for us is—Jesus gives His power to all believers so that we can walk on water, too!