“1 800 I DON’T CARE!”

“I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.”  Psalm 27:6 NIV   Read:  Psalm 17:1-9 Have you called “1 800 I DON’T CARE’?  There is no such number, but it may seem like that when you call a company’s 800 number.   Have you bought something or had a problem with a product and called an 800 customer service line?   After waiting on hold for what seemed the better part of the day, you are connected to someone who displays an attitude of:  “I am only here for what they pay me and I really don’t care what your problem is.”   Congratulations!   You reached the imaginary    ‘1 800 I DON’T CARE!’   Some companies’ customer service lines seem to fit the imaginary number.   Aren’t you glad that you don’t get such a response when you call GOD?   GOD always answers.   You never get a busy signal.  HE never puts you on hold.  You are never forced to listen to music that you dislike.   You never have to give your social security number, your date of birth, your mother’s maiden name or a pint of blood.   GOD knows who you are without you telling him.   HE wants to talk with you.  Chances are HE has been waiting for you to call HIM up.  Of all GOD has to do, HE wants nothing more than for you to come to HIM in prayer.   Prayers are always welcomed.  Prayers of thanks, prayers for the needs of others, prayers for your needs and yes, even prayers for your...

“JUST A LITTLE MORE!”

“If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.” Matthew 5:41-42 NIV   Read:  Matthew 5:38-48   Do you want just a little more than you have?  Would an extra weeks pay be helpful?   How about a weeks worth of groceries for your family?  Could you use a few days off?   What about a little more forgiveness or being a little closer to GOD?    Being closer with GOD is easier than you might think.   Just a little more effort will give you a little more…more physical strength, more emotional strength and much more spiritual strength.   Most in this world are looking for more of everything, but want to give a little less or a lot less, rather than just a little more.  Those who give a little less will get a little less and all too often will get a lot less.  Just a little more will give you a little more or a lot more.  A little less will eventually give you less and less and less.   Are you giving GOD enough?  Is it just enough or a little extra?   Is your ‘just a little more’ not just an extra twenty in the offering plate?   A little more is just a little more time in prayer, just a little more volunteering at church, just a little more time with someone going through a difficult time and just a little more time reading and studying GOD’S Word.   There...

“DOUBLE DOG DARE YOU!”

“You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.”  Psalm 91:5 NIV   Read:  Psalm 91     As kids, “I double dog dare you!” was a phrase we never wanted to hear.  It echoed in our ears at a time we were too scared to act.  Sometimes, the fear was for good reason and sometimes the fear was from Satan himself.   What we call fear may not be fear at all, but instead a good judgment of what we should and should not be doing.  The other fear is being afraid of something which we have no reason to fear.   The fear which is good judgment is not really fear at all.  It is respect.   I met a south Texas rancher who said he was not afraid of rattlesnakes.   He said he had a deep respect for them and gave them a wide berth.   What things in your life do you give a wide berth out of logical respect?  And what things in this life to you have a fear that comes from Satan?   We don’t have to fear those things that seem like obstacles and we don’t need to be ‘double dog dared’.  All we need to do is to trust GOD.   Satan can turn simple fears into phobias.  If we allow them, phobias can alter our relationship with others and with GOD.   GOD gave us the common sense to know the difference in fears that plague us and in the respect...

“OUT OF TIME!”

 May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us-yes, establish the work of our hands. Psalm 90:17 NIV    Read:  Psalm 90: 12-17    Do you ever feel you just don’t have enough time?   Are your days just too short?   We all have the same amount of time.   The clock is not extendable.  GOD gave us all the same time; 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in a hour, 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week, 4.3 weeks in a month and we still think we don’t have enough time.   How much time do you need?  You have enough.  It is not about having enough time.  It is all about using your time more efficiently by setting priorities.  So, what are your priorities?  Are you setting priorities?  Every morning, set out with your list of priorities.  Establish the list from the absolute requirements to those things which are not so important.  One priority is scheduling time to help others.   Is it get job done at all cost?   In order to know success, we need to work smart not hard.  We spend too much time correcting our mistakes when we did not do something right the first time.  Distractions also have a tremendous impact upon our ability to complete a task.   Scripture tells us to rest.  JESUS left HIS disciples many times to go alone to rest and to pray.   We need to follow HIS example.  Rest is essential for the body.   Prayer is essential for the body, mind and spirit.   GOD has...

“DO NOTHING!”

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”   Philippians 2: 3,4 NIV   Read:  Philippians 2: 1-5   The conservative Irish parliamentarian of the 1700s, Edmund Burke, is most famous today from his quote;  “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”   History has been changed and will be changed because we choose to do nothing.   You don’t need to be a famous inventor, the creator of a new medical procedure, or making a billion dollar donation.  All you need to do is to do something.   Something alone may not be your guiding force.  You need to do the right thing.   Doing the right thing is following GOD’S lead.   How do you follow GOD’S lead?  Start your day in HIS word.   Read HIS Word faithfully.   Then, pray.  Pray over HIS Word.  Pray for others.  Pray for your needs.  But, most of all…pray in thanksgiving for all GOD has blessed you with, for all of HIS answered prayers and for all HE will do for you.   Or be in denial and do nothing.  Do nothing and that is exactly what you will have.  Nothing!   It seems like a easy choice.   But, look around you.  Look at all the people who have nothing.   It is not just about material things.   Look at the people who have no hope, no desires and you will find someone who has no faith.   Do nothing or do what GOD...

“IT’S A NO-BRAINER!”

“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”  1John 4:16 NIV   Read:  1John 4:1-21   My computer’s spell check tells me ‘no-brainer’ is not a word.  But, in this part of the world it has been used for decades.   Merriam-Webster tells us that a no-brainer is something that ‘requires a minimum of thought’.  It is believed to be an American slang first used in the late 1950’s.   Loving GOD should be a ‘no-brainer’.   We should not have to think about it.  We should just do it.   Still, it has been a problem for GOD’S sinful people since the beginning of time. Adam and Eve failed at truly loving GOD when they ate the fruit HE had forbid.  Moses had a problem with his temper going against GOD several times.  David proved his problems of loving GOD with selfish actions. People today…all people are proving they have the same problems loving GOD just as people of thousands of years ago.   As much as we have changed, we have not changed that much at all.   Loving our CREATOR is a choice.   It is decision that only has to be made once.  Then knowing we have made a choice to love GOD, it should be a no-brainer to show HIM the love and respect we should. Don’t allow others to influence you wrongly.  Loving GOD is a no-brainer…just do it. Today’s prayer:   “MY FATHER, Thank YOU for loving me.  Thank YOU for forgiving my lack of love and selfishness.  ...