How to Glorify God

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One article and a response to an interview question doesn’t really give a complete answer. For instance, when I read about the Olympic athlete who talked about the pain of her abortion, the poorly worded article gave a response that is very different from other news sources.

My interpretation of the article caused me to believe the person’s wrong choice was perceived by her as glorifying to God. Other articles constructed a very different point of view.

And here I thought I would write an albeit gentle diatribe about bible illiteracy!

Instead, I am glad I didn’t write off the cuff. It’s a good lesson in any life situation not to come to erroneous conclusions and instead seek out the bigger story.

The bigger story is this:

Read the Bible before you make big life decisions like abortion, transgender operations, shacking up with someone, joining a church, or doing those drugs.

What kind of glory is God really looking for from our actions? He created life. He created us. We brought sin into the world and creation.

The Bible records the historical actions of followers like a heart beat on an echo cardiogram–up and down, sometimes erratic paths that aren’t the straight line God would like to see from us, but at the end of each story is a heart for God, lessons learned from bad decisions, and records of standing up against popular culture (FYI, not everyone ended well or began well).

You aren’t glorifying God by having an abortion, doing those drugs, or any kind of sin, or even worse, not understanding His character and choosing to go with a religion which isn’t biblical.

Repentance is the first step of a healed life and a right relationship with the Lord. Where are you in your journey? Start with the Bible. 

Email me your answer: sistersarah40@yahoo.com 

 

 

Shacking Up is Not Commitment 

I am really curious. 

Why are you living with your boyfriend/girlfriend? Why are you trying them on like a shoe to see if you both are a fit? There are no guarantees in life. 

The laws have taken away the benefits of marriage and made shacking up almost equal. We’ve re-made relationships so anything goes. 

Bottom line? 

Marriage is honoring to each other and to God. If you claim you are a Christian, can I encourage you to think about putting your relationship with God first? Forget articles that try to talk for or against shacking up. Forget your own rationalizations. Forget what is popular. Forget the dreams of white dresses, dripping candles, and bridesmaids. 

What does God say about shacking up and marriage? What was it like in the Old and New Testament when two people were “married?” How does it apply now? Where do you get your theology, and deep down, I know you realize marriage was created for a reason. 

You know this. 

First, get your relationship right with God and let Him transform you from the inside out. If your relationships are based on God, you will have a real commitment, better than the stuff we make up in romance novels. 

Want to talk? sistersarah40@yahoo.com

Why Do You Hate Work?

S.M. was complaining the other day of people who don’t want to work. I can see why people are complaining about millennials. They want higher pay for little productivity and even less experience. 

Not all millennials, mind you. 

Just a lot of them. 

Each time he talks about millennials, I am reminded of that scene in Office Space. The main character hates his job and wants a job doing nothing. I tried doing nothing on a Sunday. This was more tiring than doing something.  Is our area the only area where people don’t want to work? 

If you hate your job, here are ways you can hit the ‘refresh’ button: 

  • Challenge yourself to compete with other employees and do more than what you are asked. 
  • Even if your job is filing, and the files are the size of a mountain, make it a game. See how much you can file in an hour and beat your time the next week. 
  • Serve others. For Christians, we need to understand we work for God, not man. Our standards must be higher. Keep your nose clean and work hard by serving your boss as you would serve your fellow church member. 
  • Be ethical. 
  • Don’t cheat on your timesheet. 
  • Don’t be entitled. 

Even the most boring job can be fun and fulfilling if you only change your perspective. 

A Joke in Poor Taste

She shared the joke on Facebook. I laughed until I got to the part where it included Mormonism in the definition of Christian. My impulse was to comment on this. 

Then, I recalled that my family was on my Facebook list and Facebook shows all your activity to your friends. While I pounded the delete button with my index finger in frustration, I also knew the person who posted the joke would get offended. 

People nowadays are easily offended and snap at the slightest perceived insult. 

How did we get this way? 

The thought that stopped me from posting was the lack of relationship that I have with this person. Who am I to correct when I am not a personal friend? I don’t go to church with her and I haven’t earned the right to say anything? Even if I did say something, it would not bring change. If we were close friends, saying something might bring change. 

Each of us should be open to different perspectives. 

Meanwhile, I narrowly avoided an incident. 

To comment: sistersarah40@yahoo.com 

Relationships Matter

StockSnap_Y96OVTOTP2.jpgShe sat across from me, looking down at her fingers, her hair hanging around her face. The full volume of her story poured out in tears and words that cut through my “strictly business” demeanor. I wanted to cry, too.

We worked together. We talked often. Now I am at a new job and we connect only online.  But it’s not the same. Sometimes, it’s nice to sit across from someone and see their facial expressions, hear their voice, and share in their stories, especially when you have so much in common.

I know it must be hard for you to think about church. You picture this austere exterior, heavy pews, hard wood floors, and the pastor way, way over there preaching things. Why do you need church anyway?

You don’t and you do.

God wants us to fellowship with believers. It’s not a requirement for Salvation. He knows our hearts and that we do better with each other than apart from one another.

If you come to my church, you will probably walk past me not even knowing who I am, but I see you. You will see a sea of faces and you’ll feel on the outside at first.

Be patient. 

Friendships take time and the people in those pews or chairs feel just as much intimidation as you do at making new friendships. Meanwhile, work on your relationship with God.

Open that Bible.

Ask someone questions.

Ask me questions: sistersarah40@yahoo.com

You are not alone in your doubt and questions. 

Recent Requests

While praying over the continuance of my Life Group, I saw a few people ask to join the Google+ group. Most of which weren’t seekers or people genuinely wishing to connect and learn about Jesus, but spammers or people who wish to debate.

As far as I am concerned, debate is not a reason for joining a group. Someone once described social media as a “noisy marketplace.” I don’t know about you, but I agree. Debates never won over anyone.

If you want to know Jesus…my Jesus…the one in the Bible who doesn’t have a mother god, father god, or brother Lucifer, email me (sistersarah40@yahoo.com) or join my prayer group. 

No Life Group Until 2018

My new job change has necessitated this change. We are in a busy season of our lives. I want to continue blogging and talking to you, but I need to work through this busy season so I can invest in Life Church’s Life Group program next year.

Plus, they’ve changed how they do Life Groups. Because I am not on Facebook, I can’t join their Facebook Group. I do encourage you to join though.

Meanwhile, I am still here.

You can still email me: sistersarah40@yahoo.com.

Changes are coming to this website this week. Next year, I should have a better idea how to do an online group where we can be face-to-face without blowing my identity.