Tuesday, November 22, 2011

email and reply


(this video was shared to me by email a couple of weeks ago)

what is so admirable about this guy is not that he does so much with no arms or legs,
but rather his positive attitude and outlook on life.

I know I've been asking God to work on my attitude. It is like my pride still gets in the way. I know that in whatever I do I should do my best for the glory of the Lord, but lately I've been whining like a baby. I really ought to be more responsible with what I have right now and count my blessings. AND I am BLESSED!

I am blessed because...(and these are just a few items)

-I have family who loves me and we make effort to keep in touch and continue to pour out love by God's word and encouragement.
-I made a big move only 3 1/2 months ago...
we have a church family, with people willing to take us into their home while we find a place to live.
-within a week of arriving to the island had a place to live.
-within the next 2 weeks I had a job and Rob was in the UH system for his job.
-and we hopped into a small group
-I had the opportunity to go on the All-Church Retreat, camp for a night and boldly seek God's word and the Holy Spirit.
-I attended "Love Feast" (potluck) last Sunday and witnessed people getting baptized.
-This week is Thanksgiving!


The world presents statistics about our economy with such a bleak outlook but look....
I have family, a home, a place to work, a community, yummy food to eat and many opportunities to be in fellowship with other believers and be encouraged.

When I really think about it, I really kind of feel like a pilgrim meeting with the most diverse group of people in this new land and breaking bread, sharing a meal and giving thanks for God bringing us here safe, providing and receiving an abundance of care and love.

John 10:10
New King James Version (NKJV)

10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

What spurred on this entry was me asking God yesterday, "Just tell me what to do!" and his reply this morning was:

Shallow and Profound

Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God —1 Corinthians 10:31

Beware of allowing yourself to think that the shallow aspects of life are not ordained by God; they are ordained by Him equally as much as the profound. We sometimes refuse to be shallow, not out of our deep devotion to God but because we wish to impress other people with the fact that we are not shallow. This is a sure sign of spiritual pride. We must be careful, for this is how contempt for others is produced in our lives. And it causes us to be a walking rebuke to other people because they are more shallow than we are. Beware of posing as a profound person— God became a baby.

To be shallow is not a sign of being sinful, nor is shallowness an indication that there is no depth to your life at all— the ocean has a shore. Even the shallow things of life, such as eating and drinking, walking and talking, are ordained by God. These are all things our Lord did. He did them as the Son of God, and He said, “A disciple is not above his teacher . . .” (Matthew 10:24).

We are safeguarded by the shallow things of life. We have to live the surface, commonsense life in a commonsense way. Then when God gives us the deeper things, they are obviously separated from the shallow concerns. Never show the depth of your life to anyone but God. We are so nauseatingly serious, so desperately interested in our own character and reputation, we refuse to behave like Christians in the shallow concerns of life.

Make a determination to take no one seriously except God. You may find that the first person you must be the most critical with, as being the greatest fraud you have ever known, is yourself.


Anyway there is a tidbit of my life right now.

I know it is kind of a novel, but it is what it is.

Love,

Jen, Ateh, coz, bff

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