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Good Choice


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Oops I did it again. I walked by the various booths  in the  expo hall where I saw lots of good things. I stopped at a table that had two shirts on them. One said good, the other said bad. I chose bad almost immediately, not just because they were out of my size in the good shirts but because that’s the message I chose to display to the world. While the purpose of the t-shirt giveaway was to promote a TV show, I had no real specific purpose for choosing the shirt that said bad.  I thought deeper about my choice. Was that really a good choice? I decided after receiving my free shirt that I needed to use this advertisement in a way that will honor God. I thought to myself “go on with yo bad self” and decided that promoting God’s goodness was a good choice and most definitely a better choice. God is always good and He loves and accepts me even when I choose bad over good.  From t-shirts to the everyday testing of my faith I am sending a message about the goodness of God. So today, I am wearing a shirt that says bad but feeling good all because of God’s amazing love and grace.

Psalm 86:5 (ESV) For you O Lord are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.

Psalm 145:9 (ESV) The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.

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In Case You Missed It

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ICYMI is a popular acronym used these days for updates, news flashes, rewind, etc.  I missed watching my show The Voice, but saw the highlights on the website.  I missed the political  news about Hillary and Donald, but caught up by reading CNN’s website , I missed that cute family photo my friend posted but Facebook updated me.  I even missed church on Sunday but got updated by members and listened to the sermon through online replay.   Please don’t miss this: God doesn’t miss anything we go through in life.  He doesn’t need a recap, doesn’t need to see it again, or revisit anything.  He is everywhere, knows everything  and has all power.  I realized my  best resource for ICYMI is the Bible.  I have missed a lot.  Somehow I keep missing the mark, I feel like I am missing God sometime. I feel like my spiritual acronym should be YYMIA for yeah, you missed it again. But thank God for being the same, yesterday, today and forever.  The Bible is better than social media sites, news feeds, entertainment websites or any app on my phone.  God gives constant updates and reminders in the Bible to recap, go back, hear it again, listen to His voice then keep on doing what it says.

 

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Grace Leadership

Here’s an important lesson I am learning and that is I am a grace leader, not a praise and worship leader but a grace leader.  We need more grace leaders in the church.  Singing about God’s grace is truly amazing but I am sometimes amazed at my own lack of grace shown toward others .  God’s grace towards me challenges me to extend grace, be an example of grace as a ministry leader and speak with grace.  I must sprinkle grace into my conversations and my daily living.  Grace talk leaves people wondering how could they be so kind and tenderhearted?  How can they be so loving and forgiving toward each other?   It can only be done by and through the grace of God.  I must keep focused on how gracious God is towards me so I can be gracious towards others.    I am learning more and more, there should be sprinkles of grace throughout my conversations and daily living.  I have learned when expressing my frustrations always remember to keep it a conversation, not an accusation.  Ephesians 4:32(NLT) helps me lead with grace.  It says,  Be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another just as God, through Christ has forgiven you.