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Friday, April 4, 2014

People of integrity...do we get seen to have integrity?
People of integrity...do we get seen to have integrity?

myIntegrity.JPG“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

 I was at a corporation standing in the office of the director involved with the human resource task of hiring people for the company and having a discussion.

I wish people would just tell it like it is, have a true understanding of themselves, of their strengths and weaknesses, and do what they say they will do. That would make my job so much easier.” was a comment.

Another was “now days people seem to think they need to make out they are better than they are...

Another was “Why people tell us they can do something by a certain time I don’t know. When they get tested, as they surely would, they fail. Then they try to blame it on anything other than the real reason!”

Does any of this sound familiar?

Many people now days seem to lack integrity. What is integrity?

In a simple definition it could be said to be speaking the truth and doing what you say you will do.

I would add that it is not exaggerating things or adding explanations or promises that we cannot be sure of. It’s being reliable in support of others and the work of God in this world.

James, the brother of Jesus, puts it very simply. “My brothers and sisters, don’t take an oath when you make a promise. Don’t call on heaven or earth or anything else to back up what you say. Let your ‘Yes’ be yes. And let your ‘No’ be no. If you don’t, you will be judged.”

Let’s speak truth and do as we say we will do.  There is more we can do as well. If we are part of a group that needs our support, let’s turn up even when it sometimes is not easy to do. If others are relying on us being there we need to be there.

Lack of integrity is very visible when a team agrees they have a task to do together and one does not turn up. The strain on the others shows the lack of integrity by the one. (This is our problem as modern youth isn’t it?

We really don’t want to be responsible as a group but only as an individual. This is not the Christian way either.

Early Christians had responsibility when they became a part of a group. In fact there is one story where someone promised something and only gave part and died as a result. We are responsible as a group).

We often look at lack of integrity as a problem, but how many times do we look at integrity as an advantage.

People of integrity are hired more often, get promoted more, have easier and less anxiety filled lives. Never have to remember what lie they told, because they simply don’t lie. Other like and trust them.

That’s what Christian’s should experience.

Stand by truth in the power of Holy Spirit and do as you say you will and God will help you through to success.

Have a blessed day!
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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Fault finding…hobby, habit or to be ignored?
Fault finding…hobby, habit or to be ignored?

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“It is easy to find fault,
If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
Try to look inside you,
try to improve yourself first
before trying to improve others !
and finally remember,
Love is the Key !!” ~ Sham Hinduja


Here is a CHALLENGE…can we go for one day without finding fault in anything!


It’s a really good practice for us to do now and again as it shows us just how easily we drop into this fault finding habit without even knowing it.

Our tongues lead us into this trap easily. Our annoyance or selfishness can fuel our desire. Our feeling of superiority can make us judgemental.

Hard as it is for us, going for a day actively trying to find no fault in anything helps us. We may start to see those areas where we easily drop into bad habits and use our slight influence to change things for the worse.

There is a difference between finding fault and encouraging another.

Encouraging another means coming alongside, becoming a peer in circumstances (even if we are more able), and together with them moving them forward to a better place.

Fault finding is a tearing down, a pointing out of inadequacies, a scourge to can rip people and hurt them if they are not wise. Not all of us are wise are we?

Patience helps us in not finding fault. Being willing to give people time to accommodate change is critical.  We need to have patience.

James, Jesus brother says “Brothers and sisters, don’t find fault with one another. If you do, you will be judged. And the Judge is standing at the door!”

Our bad habits are difficult to break, but if we let the Spirit of God work in our lives, these habits will be stopped and our patience with others will grow.

In today’s life we seem to want instant gratification, yet the truth is that some things take a while. Jesus gives us time to deal with this. A lifetime! It’s just enough and not to much. What we do depends on how much we release ourselves to allow Holy Spirit to change us. How much we change is depending on seeing the need for change and accepting Holy Spirits guidance.

Today let’s realize that one area we need to consider is fault finding.

Let’s apply patience, compassion, respect for others and the power of God to encourage rather find fault.

Have a wonderful day!
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Does the excesses of the rich kill others?
Squirrel.jpg Does the excesses of the rich kill others?

“If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn't help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we've got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don't want to do it.” ~ Stephen Colbert

I was reading James 5 where it says

You have lived an easy life on earth. You have given yourselves everything you wanted. You have made yourselves fat like cattle that will soon be butchered. You have judged and murdered people who aren’t guilty. And they weren’t even opposing you.”

It got me reflecting on whether those statements would be true today. Considering who James was, the brother of Jesus, and that he was Jewish in a Roman world, it was easier to see the meaning in those days. However, the letter doesn’t seem to be aimed only at Romans so it suggests that he was addressing a cosmopolitan crowd of wealthy in the statement.

It’s hard for a poor person to become fat. So he was talking of those who had sufficient excess income that they could become fat.

Here is a test we should all take. We need to ask ourselves…

“Can I, if I want to, eat sufficient to make myself fat?”

If so, we are wealthy.  By this biblical definition, most of North America is wealthy, most of Europe, selected parts of Asia and the other continents. In fact a huge part of the world is wealthy, and getting more wealthy each day.

That’s the sad part about our world. There is enough wealth and food to ensure nobody on this earth needs to be poor. Yet millions die in poverty.

Why?

Simply because many of the wealthy do not pay fair wages, employ fairly or charge just prices for services and goods.

James puts it this way…

You rich people, listen to me. Cry and sob, because you will soon be suffering.

Your riches have rotted. Moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver have lost their brightness. Their dullness will give witness against you. Your wanting more and more will eat your body like fire. You have stored up riches in these last days.

You have even failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields. Their pay is crying out against you. The cries of those who gathered the harvest have reached the ears of the Lord who rules over all.”

Wealth can easily become like a disease of the mind, driving a person insane while they still have their wits about them. Craving security they don’t realize the more you have the more insecure you can find yourself. A person who has little has little to lose and so enjoys other aspects of their life instead of looking for ways of protecting and storing what they have. Those with a look are like squirrels storing nuts for winter. They hide their money away and yet when they come to get it, its not quite where they thought they had left it. It has moved and changed.

Fearful, the wealthy spend more money to protect what they have. Soon the management and protection of wealth and the posturing to show others they are important (in an attempt not to be exposed and perhaps loose face and money) absorb inordinate amounts of time and introduce anxieties.

It’s far simpler to let God have control of our life and finances, to look to helping those around us and that means trying to do something for the poor instead of judging them.

We need to have compassion for those in need. That’s God’s way! He has compassion for the needy even when we, the needy in spirit abuse him (and by sinning we do that daily).

Let’s understand who we are, what God has enabled us to have, and to have compassion and love for those less well off than ourselves. Mostly let’s respect those with less ability, wealth, strength or physical ability.

Our God loves us so much, let’s be in his image and love others the same way.

God bless us all!
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Lord will soon come back.
The Lord will soon come back.

Noahs_Ark.jpg“Hooray! Hooray! The end of the world has been postponed! ” ~ Hergé, The Shooting Star

Noah the movie is out.

In it there is a postponed end of the world as Noah’s family re-inhabits the earth.

This was a basically non-biblical movie from my perspective.

The tracking to the bible truths was almost non-existant and I really don’t get why the Christian community thinks this is great.

 Here are some of the incorrect things. We have evil guys hiding away on the ark in the movie, God doesn’t close the ark. They have a “lifeboat” raft (that gets burned in the movie). Magical seeds from the Garden of Eden and a grade of angels called watchers.

None of this is biblical folk!

Remember the bible says in it’s final words…I am warning everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book. If you add anything to them, God will add to you the plagues told about in this book. If you take any words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from you your share in the tree of life. He will also take away your place in the Holy City. This book tells about these things.

The guys making that movie will be in trouble I think!

Anyhow enough about that. End of time is coming and Jesus is coming back. That we know.

James 5 says” You too must be patient. You must stand firm. The Lord will soon come back.”

We have been patient for 200oyears and need to be patient for a few more. The important part of that patience is that it must be resting in truth as we wait. Truth folk! Not fabricated facts. Read Genesis 5 onwards about the Noah account.

Let’s trust the bible and not the movie makers!
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