Friday, April 30, 2010
If we viewed mistakes as a chance to learn something, then we might actually make something excellent some day. Don’t let perfect be the enemy of trying something good! We can inspire others with the things we do now, not the things we’re going to perfect some day. Try something creative, learn from the experience, and enjoy the process! After all, perfection is like trying to hold moon beam in your hand.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
To have good friends you need to be a good friend. It is foundational on love as a never ending commitment. Are you a servant in the relationship, and look out for their best interests? Patience and understanding is needed during tough times. Being friendly with a genuinely cheerful outlook matters. People like to be around positive people. At the end of the day, true friends become family.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
A friend is a safe harbor that is often God's messenger of His grace and healing in the most critical of times. A friend is a person with whom we can share our solitude, our silence, and our prayer. A friend is the person we share our most intimate secrets with, or nothing at all. With a friend we don't have to say or do anything special. With a friend we can be still and know that God is there with both of us.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
We can look at our lives as moments of discipline or regret. Discipline because we see the opportunity to change, and see the past as lessons learned, or regret because we do not have the hope for change and look at the past as a constant weight of perpetual failure. Seek after godly wisdom, and take action into the disciplines that take you on the right path for your future. Forgive yourself for missteps as you seize this day in a positive way.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Fear changes us and takes us from the confidence of unconditional love. God reminds us to "Fear not! My Perfect love casts out fear, and I have come to you and made my home in you, forever". We are free to relate with the Source of all life. Welcoming unconditional love gives us the ability to become unconditional lovers for Him. Jesus came to convince us that God's love is a pure gift, unearned, and lasts forever.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Are you friends with yourself? Do you love who you are? This impacts our capacity to love others. We are wonderful but limited, may have success with insecurities, yet beyond all that we are people with spirits with sparks of the Divine. When we trust that we are unconditionally embraced by a loving God, we can befriend ourselves and reach out to others in loving relationships.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
What truly counts is not the length of our lives but the quality and impact of how we lived. Jesus was in his early thirties when he was killed. Anne Frank was a teenager when she lost her life. But their short lives continue to bear fruit long after their deaths. Live a life of significance and infinite value, while trying to live every moment in gratitude, wisdom, joy, and peace.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Currency of the Kingdom is relationship and the currency of relationship is conversation. The quality of the conversation directly influences the quality of our relationship. Sharing of hearts is transformational, beginning with God and extending to others. People near you want to engage in conversation with you, and a conversation that flows well both ways as it harvests relationship that reveals God's glory.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Community is not a talent show in which we dazzle the world with our combined gifts of intelligence, health and wealth. In true community there can be many forms of poverty beyond economics, such as bankruptcy in spiritual, emotional, and physical health. New life comes from acknowledging one another, and the richness that comes from needs being met through the sharing of each others lives.
Who has time for a hurting friend when it is easier to be with the healthy ones? "Newsflash" we all are part of the imperfect tribe of humanity. When we errantly dismiss people, we hinder their growth by ignoring gifts that are often buried in their wounds. Agape Ambassadors know that strength is hidden in weakness, and that true community is a fellowship of the weak with a very strong God.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Emotions impact how we awake each morning, and how we react to life each day. Present conditions can impact our emotional ability to overcome. Being aware that present conditions happened because of previous causes is a first step to renewed emotions. Having faith that God is with us and wants us to be his instrument to a better tomorrow, gives us wings to soar over our present reality and be his agent for change.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Trees are strong, yet the winds topple trees while bending grass remains. When we cling to our own positions and are not willing to explore and value the ideas and actions of others, we can be broken. Being flexible does not mean being wishy-washy. It means moving with the winds of time, change, and differences, while remaining solidly anchored to our foundation. Flexible and rooted outlasts the storms of life.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
The beauty of listening is that, those who are listened to feel accepted, valued, and can believe in themselves even more. They discover more fully how uniquely and wonderfully God has made them to be. Listening is a form of godliness by which you invite strangers to become friends. By honoring the persons verbal expression, the friend feels loved, and in the place of safety will feel accepted, even when the words are few and silence comes.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Listening can be difficult as it takes an inner strength that no longer needs to prove ourselves by speaking our own mind. True listeners no longer need to make their presence known. They are free to receive, welcome, and accept. Listening is much more than allowing another to talk. Listening is paying full attention to others and welcoming them into our very beings. True Listening can bring freedom to the talker
Every interaction is part of the whole. So much information races by us each day, and we snatch little bits and then magnify them into what we embrace as a fuller picture. That talk you had, the smile you gave, and every moment matters as part of the whole. Little or much becomes significant. God wants to partner through us to serve others and change the world. The world is changing, and your part matters.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
We spend enormous amounts of energy perceiving others. Not a day goes by without somebody doing or saying something that evokes in us the need to form an opinion about them. We see, hear, and experience a lot. The feelings we sort out can be quite oppressive. Once we can let go of our need to judge others, we will experience an immense inner freedom. Once we are free from judging, we will be also free for mercy.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
History starts Now. What do you today becomes your part of history for tomorrow. God is giving you this day to be part of His plan to change the world, one life at a time, beginning with you. Yesterday is over,and every day is a new day as you let go of the former things. God is carving out a path for you, even through the pounding waves of life. Rejoice, for He has a new thing for you, He is with you, and His-story for you going forward is a Master-piece.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
We are called to live without prejudices. Sometimes we do not know how deeply rooted our prejudices are. We may relate well to "others" until a reaction reveals that our prejudices are still there. Only when we can truly claim God's unconditional love, and look at "others" as equally loved, can we begin to discover the richness of God's heart in the diversity of His creation. Then unity can come without uniformity.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Watch Robert Ricciardelli speak on Agape Road in the Marketplace, Please click this link. 43 minutes long.
When we declare the grace of God to the world, His love in us will motivate us to do good to others as ambassadors of the grace we declare. We do not settle for being good, but seek opportunities to DO GOOD. While we bask in His goodness, how much of it is flowing out to others? Are we willing to become vulnerable and ask the question, "Father am I loving and doing the things that please you and empower others?"
Sunday, April 11, 2010
God answers general prayers generally, and specific prayers specifically. He cares for your specifics, your every step, and your every moment. Allow Him to be part of your every moment. Ask Him in the now, what step you must take in order to get to the next step. Your steps are ordered by Him, but He desires your willingness to hear His voice in the moment, any moment. He is waiting for you now, and you need Him now!
Saturday, April 10, 2010
You are loved, and can trust that the intimacy you desire is there for you. Do you know that you are loved first, independent of what you do or accomplish? As long as we think love is earned, we will miss what we need and desire most, a love that cannot be earned, but that is freely given. Willingly renounce such thoughts and return to to your true "first loved" identity as a cherished child of God.
Friday, April 9, 2010
The true test of greatness is humility. Humility is not lowering of one's value but having a proper perspective of self. It is not a lack of confidence, but confident of God's Spirit within, and what He can do. People who serve well know that greatness is not in them, but flows through them. They also have the ability to see the divine nature of every human being. One must go low to lift others high.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Children are parents' long term guests. They come into the space created for them, stay for a while, then leave to create their own space. Although parents speak about "our children," their children are not their property. The greatest gift parents can give, is their love for God, each other, and lovingly guiding them towards maturity, and freedom in making their own decisions.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Two or more people, in friendship, marriage, or community, can create space where strangers can enter as friends. True hospitality is a reflection of the relationship of those who host, and makes warm welcoming possible. Conflict filled environments prevent true hospitality. Hospitality is more than an expression of love for the guest. It is also and foremost an expression of love between the hosts.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Many human relationships can become clingy, oppressive, and negatively codependent. No matter how hard they try, they cannot get beyond relational constraints. God desires relationships to be in tune with Him with freedom and safety both in distance and togetherness. Godly relationships may move to and from each other, but they never lose touch. They keep praying to the One who brought them together.
Monday, April 5, 2010
God loves to pick you up when you fall, if you let Him. That is what He does, and He goes beyond that by taking you to a whole new place. In Him, Face plants become faith plants. Failures become the breeding ground for success. When you lose, you can actually win, and where you were once lost, you are now found. Amazing God, and amazing love!
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Morning has come, yesterdays sorrows are left behind. Love overwhelms death and celebration occurs in heaven and on earth. The mysterious eternal seed is within you empowering you to trade sorrow for joy this day and every day. Christ is risen and resurrection power is unleashed for all eternity. By faith you engage in the Way, the Truth, and the Life that matter most through Christ Jesus our Lord.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
God does not give a spirit of fear, but of Power, Love, and a sound mind. We need to redefine failure. Fear of failure has kept many from faith, and the lessons learned in failed battles. You cannot lose in God, and fear of failure is like the boogeyman under the bed, he does not exist. God will allow you to fail to help you overcome the fear of failure. As fear goes, watch faith soar with every new step.
Friday, April 2, 2010
There is a waiting as we pursuit God in serving others. Our lives pronounce a choice of life over death, and peace over uncertainty. We are the incarnate of God because of His presence within us. Will people receive the truth that we live? God patiently waits for their response as we continue to love and serve them, REGARDLESS of their response. Precisely in that waiting the intensity God's love is revealed.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Abraham went out without knowing because he had the faith to believe the Father would meet him there. (Heb 11:8) Faith demands we believe before we see. Yet, faith is an integral part of our daily life, we just do not always recognize this as so. But, consider this the next time you plant a seed in the ground. You must have faith to believe it will sprout, otherwise, why would you ever do it?
When you become that open vessel - ready to be used at any given moment, you can anticipate Father's arrival every time. When you create an atmosphere around you that is willing to give, you make yourself ready to receive. The aroma that comes forth from such a one, is tantalizing and pleasing to His senses, and impossible to resist. Your desire to serve Him, increases His desire to use you.
May the atmosphere around us awaken all His senses, so that we might go out every day anticipating His arrival on the scene.