Shrinky Dink Faith: What a toy fad from the 80’s taught me about faith

Remember Shrinky Dinks?

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Back in the 80’s, they hit their peak of popularity…I can still remember being entertained by taking sheets of my favorite cartoon characters and “shrinking” them in the oven.

Remember the smell?  Yeah, I remember that too…makes you wonder how they made melting plastic so appealing, doesn’t it?

Shrinky Dinks made for some great, cheap fun.  And, they were pretty harmless toys too (unless you had an oven malfunction…).

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If you happened to miss out on the Shrinky Dink craze of the 80’s, you didn’t miss much…

It’s basically a flexible plastic sheet that shrinks and hardens when heated in the oven.

It got me thinking though…what if my faith was like a Shrinky Dink?

What if every time the fires of life started heating up around me, my faith shrunk…and eventually hardened?

What if every time something bad happened, my faith in God got smaller instead of bigger?

What if every time my faith was tested, I shrunk back instead of stood up for what I believe in?

Seems like Shrinky Dinks made for some good childhood memories…but I don’t to be remembered as a guy who had Shrinky Dink faith.

What about you?

Is your faith like a Shrinky Dink…or is it growing bigger every day?

 

36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37 For,

“In just a little while,
    he who is coming will come
    and will not delay.”[a]

38 And,

“But my righteous[b] one will live by faith.
    And I take no pleasure
    in the one who shrinks back.”[c]

39 But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.

Hebrews 10:26-39 (NIV)

 

If you died today, would anyone care?

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If you’ve never really thought about that question, welcome to the club…

Neither had I, until I read this…

20 Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years.

No one was sorry when he died.  (2 Chronicles 21:20)

So, why was no one sorry?

Why didn’t they care that this guy had died?

Seems like Jehoram was a guy who only cared about himself.

And, the problem with that is when you only care about yourself that doesn’t leave anyone to care about you when you die.

Will anyone care when you die?

Depends on if you care about them while you’re still alive…

So, make the most of today.

You don’t know how many tomorrows you have left…

 

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.  (Philippians 2:3-4)

 

 

 

God’s will for your life in one word

If I had to sum up what God’s will is for your life in one word, it would be…

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Before you start wondering how I could possibly know what God’s will is for your life, think about this for a second.

Everybody is running, because everybody is chasing after something.

So, now ask yourself…

Why am I running?

And, what am I chasing after?

Is what I’m chasing after worth it?

What’s my motivation to do anything in life?

Why am I here?

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You are here to run.

But, you’re not here to just run around in circles.

Or chase the latest fads…

You are here on this earth to run after Jesus.

If you want your life to matter.

If you want your life to mean something.

If you want to live for a purpose.

If you want to live with hope.

If you want the finish line of your life on earth to be the starting line of an eternity with Jesus in paradise…

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12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.  Hebrews 12:1-3

Have You Seen God Today?

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I saw God today.

I saw Him in the mountains on my way to work.  (Romans 1:20)

I saw God today.

I saw Him in the selfless act of two students at a retreat.  (Philippians 2:5)

I saw God today.

I saw Him in the unconditional love of my family.  (I John 4:12)

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I saw God today.

I saw Him in the fruit of leaders investing in students’ lives.  (Galatians 5:22-23)

I saw God today.

I saw Him in the gift of a new day.  (James 1:17)

I saw God today.

I saw Him in the good deeds of people caring for others.  (Matthew 5:16)

I saw God today.

I saw Him in people living everyday life for Him.  (Colossians 3:17)

 

When have you seen God today?

 

12 No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.

I John 4:12