Who are you imitating?

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Imitators.

All of us are imitators.

As kids, we imitate our parents.

As teenagers, we imitate our friends.

As adults, we imitate our mentors.

Who (or what) we imitate shapes us.  It defines who we are.  It tells the world around us what matters the most to us.

The bottom line is…

We are who we imitate.

So, who are you imitating?

Who is shaping how you think?

Who is determining how you act?

Who is defining right and wrong for you?

Who is telling you what’s most important in life?

Is that who you want to be?  Is that who you want to become?

You have the power to choose who you imitate.  But, if you don’t make that choice, our culture will make it for you.

Our culture is who we all imitate unless we make the choice to imitate someone or something else…and really the only choice we have outside of our culture is God and those who reflect Him accurately to us.

Culture or Creator…

Who are you going to imitate?

Once you’ve made up your mind on that, the next question is…

Are you a person worth imitating?

It’s okay to be an imitator…just remember that who (or what) you imitate is who you are and who you will become.

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.

(Ephesians 5:1)

What you can do with a little faith in a big God

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More.

If you could have more of one thing that you already have, what would it be?

Money?  Time?  Friends?  Sleep?  Self-confidence?  Faith?

Imagine going back in time with some of your friends, walking up to Jesus, and saying this…

“We need more faith; tell us how to get it.”  (Luke 17:5-6)

Now, imagine Jesus telling you to go back to your church and sign up for the 12 steps-for-more-faith program…

Or, imagine Him telling you to sign up for his podcast and listen to His 3-point sermon on getting more faith.

We’d like Jesus to say that, wouldn’t we?

But, He doesn’t.

Instead, He looks at us and says…

“Even if you had faith as small as a mustard seed you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘May God uproot you and throw you into the sea, and it would obey you!”

Last time I checked, mustard seeds were measured in millimeters…which makes me wonder how much (or how little) faith I have right now.

Is my faith in God really that small?

And, if it is, what could I do with more of it?

Imagine asking yourself these questions while walking with Jesus into a village where you’re immediately confronted by ten lepers.

Outcasts.

The marginalized of society.

And, Jesus shows you what can happen when you have a little faith in Him.

He heals the lepers.

Why?

Because of their faith.

Because they believed in a God that can do immeasurably more than we could ever ask for, imagine, or hope.

“Stand up and go.  Your faith has made you well,” Jesus says to the one who came back to thank Him.  (Luke 17:11-19)

Want more faith?

Start by getting to know Jesus.

Healing ten lepers just scratches the surface of what He can do.  He pulled off the impossible by beating death so that we could live.

Faith is believing in the possibility of the impossible…

Imagine what you could do with a little more it.

“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.”

Hebrews 11:1 (NLT)

2 Things You Can Do to Stop Killing Time

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Time.

You can do a lot of things with time…

Except make more of it.

Summer time is almost gone…

And, while you may wish that you could slow it down or make more of it, the days of summer are getting shorter…

Which means fall time is almost here.

Fall time means back to school…

Back to expectations…

Back to routines…

Back to fuller schedules…

For some of us fall also means back to time-killers like worry, anxiety, stress, and even fear.

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We may not be able to make time, but we can kill it.

If you find yourself losing the battle in your mind against anxiety of what fall time brings with it, do these two things every day…

Ask yourself, will my anxiety add another hour to my life?  (Luke 12:25-26)

Give up your anxiety to God…because He cares for you, and He is the only One who truly has the power to do anything with it.  (I Peter 5:7)

Make the most of your time…

Don’t waste what you’ve been given…

Because each hour you live is a gift…

And, you can’t make more of them.

 

33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

(Matthew 6:33-34)

What if your life ended today?

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Invincibility is a lie.

Death happens…

And, the truth is you just never know when it’s going to happen to you.

So, what if your life ended today?

What would people think of you?

How would you be remembered?

Would the live you had lived inspire others?

What grudges would you die holding onto?

What regrets would you leave behind?

Would you have lived your life as a victim or a survivor?

Would you have been a person people want to be around or want to avoid?

Would you have been selfish or selfless?

Would you have thought the best of others or assumed the worst of them?

What would people be surprised to find out about you?

What would people miss the most about you?

What would your reputation be like?

How would people “celebrate” your life?

What would the people you left behind want others to know about you?

What if today was the day death happened to you?

14 How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.

James 4:14

Teach us to realize the brevity of life,
    so that we may grow in wisdom.

Psalms 90:12