Praise Who?

At uni and school, there would always be competition as to who would get the best marks, who played better in sport, etc. What does it all come down to? In most cases it all comes down to, being able to receive the praise from your fellow peers and receiving that recognition that you are “the one”. We all love to hear it, “wow, you’re so good” or “you’re so smart”. When I was in school, I’d love it when people would come up to me after I had aced an exam or played really well in the basketball game. The end result is that we are doing it for our own pride.

“And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.” – 1 Corinthians 9:25

It is human nature to want to feel good about yourself. The fact of the matter is that, you could not have done anything without the body and life given to you by God. The fact that I am alive today is because God had created me. The fact that I have the skills that I have, is because God has strengthened me to do so. The praise to yourself will only last a while, but when we give praise to God, we give honour to Him, and God will also honour us. While we may not see the reward here on earth, the reward is waiting for us in heaven.

I still have the competitiveness in me, but I’ve been learning to give the praise back to who it should be directed at, God. I am but a humble instrument, all praise should go back to God.

Praise God!

Salty

“Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” – Colossians 4:6

As Christians we are called to be a good example to the world. We are the salt of the earth, we all know what salt does. It enhances flavour and it is also a preservative. When we speak, our speech should show the love of Christ. This may include, encouragement, praises, consoling, etc.

We also need to be ready to give an answer to whatever is asked of us. I may not know everything, but God does, and God gives me the wisdom to give an answer. I guess personally, I need to continue learning to be an effective communicator. To be able to express my ideas and thoughts more clearly through speech.

When we speak it is important that we say the right things, or alot of problems can occur. These days there are so many ways to communicate, and yet people still have trouble communicating. Maybe it is because of all the technology that people get lazy, and everything is also fast paced.

Celebrate Life

Each day should be a celebration of Easter and Christmas, because when Jesus died He did not die just to be remembered on that one day of the year and likewise when Jesus was born. Our lives are only worth living because of our redeemer Jesus Christ. So don’t forget to remember Him today and what He has done for you.

If you haven’t received Jesus, I can definitely say that it is the most important decision I have made in my life, of which I will never regret.

Stop and Look Around

Life can get pretty hectic at times, but we were not meant to live a dull or boring life. We were created to live a full and rich life. Sometimes we get so caught up with work or uni that we forget to take some time to look around and enjoy what God has given in your life.

“Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.” – 1 Timothy 6:17

Living life to the full does not mean you spend your time working so you can get money. Depending on earthly riches will not do you any good. They are uncertain, earthly riches could easily be taken away from you, we’ve seen companies become rich and also become bankrupt. When we have Jesus, we have the ultimate riches in heaven, that is something NOBODY can take away from you. Live life to its fullest by seeking true riches, enjoy life!

“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.” – John 10:10

How to Pray

The question of ‘how do we pray?’ is asked numerous times among Christians. Praying is normally depicted (in movies and other media) as some sort of ritual. However when we pray to God, it can be as simple as having a normal conversation with Him. Of course there are times, where we need to also revere God as our heavenly father.

Ultimately God wants to hear your heart, He wants to know your feelings and your thoughts, He wants to have a relationship with you. Praying is a form of communication with God. When we pray we don’t need to be so ritualistic as to what we say, there are no rules to what you have to say. The only rule is that prayer must come from your heart.

You don’t need to be good with words, when we pray as a group, we don’t need to use big words so that others will think we are so spiritual. God doesn’t want to hear anything else apart from your heart. If you don’t know what to say, the bible says the Holy Spirit will intercede for you. The Holy Spirit is there to help you.

“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” – Romans 8:26

Options

Yesterday I finally got a haircut after over 2 months of not getting a haircut. The first option I had was to choose between the different hairdressers around the area. After I had chosen to go to the one in Burwood. I had to decide what kind of haircut I wanted. Ever since I was little I’ve never actually gotten a proper styled cut, usually my haircut would just be blend in on the sides and back and then spiked a little at the top. Basically I just get my hair cut pretty short.

This time because the lady couldn’t really understand what I was saying, she had me choose from a book, what style I wanted. So I choose one and that was that. In the end, my hair turned out quite alright, but it’s not as short as it usually is. So it’s probably gonna grow out pretty quickly.

I’ve learnt that throughout life, you can make your own plans, but ultimately whatever God has planned WILL come to pass.

“In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.” – Proverbs 16:9

The Future in His Hands

Throughout our lives we face many decisions and choices. Some are big some are small, whatever you choose we need to realise that God has a bigger plan for your life. Not only does He have a plan for you but He has the best plan for your life.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

God’s direction is there for the taking, but again although God is willing to give it to us, we need to ask for it and receive it. The most important decision I made in my life is to accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and personal saviour. For without Him, I would not be where I am today. He transformed my thinking and outlook on life. Without God, I would have just been stumbling along in this game of life. With God, I now have direction and wisdom that He has given me.

I encourage all of you to think about this one choice you have, that God has given you:
“Where will you spend eternity?”