Saturday, August 25, 2012

everything changes but does it stay the same?

I know I've said it before, but I'm in a constant state of trying to improve my life:

--Making my house more like a home

--Attempting to dress myself better and understand what does and doesn't look good on me

--Taking things apart (jewelry, clothes, etc) and putting them back together a better way

--Secretly gearing myself up to loose a little bit of weight/get in better shape... wait, did I just say that out loud? (Shhh, I'm not very good at that one)

--Gleaning ideas off of media and integrating them into my style

--Reading books that teach me more about the world and me...

Now, all of these things can be good.
But they can also be bad.
They can be a distraction.
The can be mis-focused.
They can be totally focused on me.
And often times, they have been.

All my abilities to see something and know how to make it better are completely useless if I'm doing it just for me.
Because these things are completely finite.
They will not last.
AND if I'm just doing them for myself and not sharing it and not giving God the credit for that gift He's given me... I'm just a selfish liar.

So, my big question for myself lately:

How do I live my life, doing the things I'm good at, and give the glory to God?

I'm not sharing this to make myself look cool or even to bring myself down for not having the right motives in the past.
My freedom is found in Jesus.
And He's glorified when I do these things and share them with others while acknowledging that He's the giver of my gifts.

I've been finding more freedom in this area of my life than I've ever had -
And I will continue to seek that freedom!

Friday, August 10, 2012

colossians 3:1-17

"Therefore, since you have been raised with Christ, set you hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set you mind on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and you life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. 
 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your sinful nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. 
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."