Upright – Life – Laughter

DevastatedI don’t always know how to explain a tragedy to someone. I know that there are accidents that happen. There are bad things that happen because there are bad people in our world. I don’t understand sometimes why the Lord doesn’t intervene and stop bad things from happening. On the other hand, I really have no idea how many times He’s saved me or my loved ones from harm because He hears my prayers for protection.  I’m made a commitment to follow the Lord and trust Him even when my joy may turn to grief.  I know from experience that this is not an easy position to take, but when journeying through His Word – I’m not sure how any other position would be feasible.  Check this out….

11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed,

    but the tent of the upright will flourish.
12 There is a way that appears to be right,

    but in the end it leads to death.
13 Even in laughter the heart may ache,

    and rejoicing may end in grief. (Proverbs 14:11-13 NIV)

 

Upright – is a decision to follow the Lord in all things. Every situation calls for His Wisdom and direction. Upright is a daily/hourly decision to walk in His Ways and trust Him without exception.

 Life – The only road that leads to life goes through Jesus. Jesus is God’s One and ONLY Son who came to earth, lived a perfect life and gave His life as a ransom/sacrifice for all.

Laughter – I can laugh in the middle of pain and struggle because I know that it’s only temporary.  Hardship and struggle may last a lifetime BUT it’s still temporary. I want to have joy that trumps heartache and pain.

The Lord directs my path and I can’t imagine going along without Him.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

My Help Comes From The Lord

Worship to GodI’ve learned to be dependent on the One Who is dependable. I’m constantly learning to trust Him more. I sometimes catch myself trying to do things my way and on my terms, but I can’t begin to touch the success rate of the Lord. I want Him to be heavily involved in everything I do, whether it’s my deeply personal, ministry or my Real Estate world. He is Everything to me!  Check this out…

1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—

    where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,

    the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—

    he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel

    will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord watches over you—

    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,

    nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—

    he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going

    both now and forevermore. (Psalm 121:1-8 NIV)

 

Maker of heaven, giver of life

You are my strength, my song in the night

My refuge, my shelter, now and forevermore

My help comes from the lord

“My Help Comes From The Lord” – The Museum

 

No matter if everything is good – my help comes from the Lord.

No mater if everything is bad – my help comes from the Lord.

If things are easy or hard – my help comes from the Lord.

I want to walk with Him and talk with Him about everything. I want Him to lead me in every detail of my life. He is my Help & my Hope!

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Preview Perspective

DevastatedWhen I turned 50 years, I remember thinking that I’m on the backside of my life. If I live to be 80, which is beating the statistics by 9 years, I’ve only got 30 years left. I know that sounds like a lot, unless you’re me. According to Wikipedia, the average life span of an American male is 71 years. The average life span of a female American is 73.5 years. I’m not trying to “count my days”, but I am keeping perspective on finishing well. King David had a little “preview perspective” of his own and as I read it this morning, it gave me pause. Check this out…

4 ‘Show me, Lord, my life’s end

    and the number of my days;

    let me know how fleeting my life is.
5 You have made my days a mere handbreadth;

    the span of my years is as nothing before you.

Everyone is but a breath,

    even those who seem secure. (Psalm 39:4-5 NIV)

 

I was visiting with friends yesterday who were both over 80 years old. They are moving a good bit slower than in years past. They are aware that they will not live forever. Their faith in the Lord is strong. I really want to make my days on earth count for the Lord. I want Him to direct my path today and everyday.

I can’t see how my life ends, but I know the Lord will be there with me. He will walk with me. He will walk with those who love me dearly as they walk through the valley of the shadow of death. When I think of my life from God’s perspective, I feel quite small. When I think of what He can do through me and however many days I have on earth, I’m humbled.

I know that I sound all morbid and dark, but I’m not really in that place. I’m not worried about any of this. I do think it’s healthy to let the Lord show me via His Word that He has all of this in His hand. I have nothing to fear or worry about. I sometimes think it would be cool to see how my life will end. I’m not going to dwell on that because it’s more important to live what life I have “full speed ahead” and “all out” for the Lord. He is The Source of my life and I want to live it with Him and then I want to die in Him. I’m “all in” for Him today and every day!

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Reputation

Reputation Customer Service Connected on MatrixA good reputation is built up over time with consistent behavior that is honorable. The word is defined as: “the general opinion or belief that are generally held about someone or something”.  To a large extent, my behavior today affects my reputation today and going forward.  When a teacher is too strict, they have that reputation with the students. Or if a teacher is too tolerant of misbehavior, then they have a reputation of being a “push over”.  My reputation is something that I have some control over, but it’s more about how I’m perceived. Check this out…

11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. (1 Peter 2:11-12 NIV)

 

As a believer, Christ calls me to a certain lifestyle and behavior. He wants my life to be a testimony of His Presence in me. He calls me to respect and honor others. He calls me to love others.

As a REALTOR, I’ve pledged to act and honor a certain Code of Ethics in my business and in my life.  I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t do everything right. In fact, I make mistakes every day. I will say though that I don’t make intentional mistakes or try to harm others intentionally. Taking care of my reputation is very important to me. I’ve had people who try to influence me to act on their behalf even if it’s the wrong thing for me to do. I want to be found living a good life and doing the right thing when faced with a choice.

I loved Andy Stanley’s book, “The Best Question Ever”, it gives insight in to how ask the right question before proceeding with action. Each action of my life builds up or tears down my reputation as a Christ follower. I don’t ever want to hurt the Lord or His Church by misbehavior or lack of action. I want to live a good life that honors Him and serves others because He’s called me too!

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Life

GameThere is this board game called the “Game of Life”. I played it as a kid and had lots of fun pretending to be someone else, with a fake job, fake family, fake money, etc… It was a bit of a reality check though because it made me think about what my life would look like someday.

I now live out the “game of life” every day. I get to make choices based on my values and my convictions. I know that as a believer, my systems and ideas with be directly opposed to what others believe in or think about. I’m good with that. It does not mean that I’m better than anyone else, or better off than anyone else. I just want to live with eternity in mind. This life is not all there is.

Paul enters into debate with some of the Jewish Christians and the non-Jewish (Gentile) Christians. He makes it really clear that we are saved because of Jesus, NOT because of good behavior on our part. Check this out…

15 “We who are Jews by birth and not sinful Gentiles 16 know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.
17 “But if, in seeking to be justified in Christ, we Jews find ourselves also among the sinners, doesn’t that mean that Christ promotes sin? Absolutely not! 18 If I rebuild what I destroyed, then I really would be a lawbreaker.
19 “For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” (Galatians 2:15-21 NIV)

 

This passage of scripture really blesses me personally because I’ve tried to be good and I’ve still failed. I’ve tried to do all the right things and still failed. Just because I’m saved by grace doesn’t me that I’m going to be a “hellion” going forward. I’m so thankful for grace that I want to honor the Giver of grace.  I live for Him. I love because of Him. He sustains me. He directs me. He walks with me. He has saved me! I can’t imagine this game called life without Him!

Pressing On!
Dwayne