Unselfish

 

Unselfish rubber stampIt is not always easy to be unselfish. I’ve chosen the biggest piece of cake first. I’ve taken the cookie with the most icing. I think I learned to be selfish at a very early age. I’ve been fighting this urge to be selfish ever since I accepted Jesus into my heart. He is the most unselfish person to walk the earth. His agenda was not self-serving. By His own declaration, He came to this earth to seek and save those who were lost.

I’ve been reading in Luke and his account of the story of Jesus. He gives great detail to Jesus life and His crucifixion. I found it interesting how the people made fun of Jesus when they were carrying out the crucifixion. Check this out…

32 Two others, both criminals, were led out to be executed with him. 33 When they came to a place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified—one on his right and one on his left.

34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.

35 The crowd watched and the leaders scoffed. “He saved others,” they said, “let him save himself if he is really God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”  (Luke 23:32-35 NLT)

While they were carrying out the execution of Jesus, they noted that He saved others.  He didn’t come to save Himself. His very birth, life, miracles, healings and His death was to save others. Jesus came from the Father to accomplish the heart of the Father for His Creation – us. His life, His ministry, His death – it was all for us. Jesus didn’t come to serve Himself. He came to serve us and to call us to a new life. He invites us into His Kingdom work which is very unselfish. He wants our heart to reflect His heart – unselfish.  He is still in the process of changing and shaping my heart to be like His. I really try to be unselfish and I feel like most of the time, I’m winning – but when I screw up, I screw it up quite well. I am so thankful for His patience with me as I work toward being unselfish at all times. Being unselfish shows great restraint and self-control, just like Jesus.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

See His Face

bifocal glassesI can remember faces way better than I can remember the names that go with the faces. This drives me nuts, because I realize the importance of remembering someone’s name. I was at a gathering just yesterday and it seemed like our whole town was there and I saw a lot of people I know. There were several people that I knew their face and I would ask my wife if she knew them and could help me with a name. I’m sure that there is a finite number of names that I can remember, but I remember faces. I wish that could count.

King David penned a lot of the Psalms speaking of seeing God. I came across one this morning where God is also seeing us. Check this out…

1 In the Lord I take refuge.

    How then can you say to me:

    ‘Flee like a bird to your mountain.

2 For look, the wicked bend their bows;

    they set their arrows against the strings

to shoot from the shadows

    at the upright in heart.

3 When the foundations are being destroyed,

    what can the righteous do?’

4 The Lord is in his holy temple;

    the Lord is on his heavenly throne.

He observes everyone on earth;

    his eyes examine them.

5 The Lord examines the righteous,

    but the wicked, those who love violence,

    he hates with a passion.

6 On the wicked he will rain

    fiery coals and burning sulphur;

    a scorching wind will be their lot.

7 For the Lord is righteous,

    he loves justice;

    the upright will see his face. (Psalm 11:1-7 NIV)

I believe that I’ve seen the face of God. I see His face in the face of a child. I’ve seen His face in the eyes of an elderly person. I’ve see His face in the eyes of many other people that He created and built. He wired all of us to honor Him with our lives. He built us to serve and love one another. I believe He sees what I do and where I go. I believe if I will look with eyes of faith, I can see His face everywhere I go. The Lord looks upon my life and He wants me to look upon Him.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

2-4-6-8 Delegate

Delegating Word Cloud Concept in red capsOver the years I’ve been involved with several projects that was built in stages. It is very common for large projects to be built out in phases. A new phase is an opportunity to continue to build upon the recent success, but it’s also a time when changes can be implemented a bit easier. I remember a stupid little phrase that a good friend told me when I seem bogged down in planning. He would say: “2 – 4 – 6 – 8 – we must learn to delegate”! I can be way more productive when I learn to delegate tasks that others are gifted at and can do instead of the responsibility follow on me.

Nehemiah had been the “general contractor” on the rebuilding of the Temple as well as wall of Jerusalem after the people of Judah had been in captivity for over 70 years. He was called by The Lord to do this project. He organized the workers. He put together the materials. He had to play a bit of defense against some enemies nearby. After the work was completed a new phase of his leadership began. Check this out…

1 After the wall had been rebuilt and I had set the doors in place, the gatekeepers, the musicians and the Levites were appointed. 2 I put in charge of Jerusalem my brother Hanani, along with Hananiah the commander of the citadel, because he was a man of integrity and feared God more than most people do.

4 Now the city was large and spacious, but there were few people in it, and the houses had not yet been rebuilt. 5 So my God put it into my heart to assemble the nobles, the officials and the common people for registration by families. I found the genealogical record of those who had been the first to return. (Nehemiah 7:1-2; 4-5a NIV)

Delegation is not “skipping out”.

Delegation is not “ducking the work”.

Delegation to me is working much smarter than harder. If I can surround myself with people with similar work ethic and skill, then together we can accomplish much more work product than I could ever do alone.

I also believe that delegation gets “buy-in” from others. When a team comes together and everyone contributes – there is a great sense of accomplishment as well as a greater work with less stress on everyone. I also believe that the Lord gifts us all differently. There are those who are gifted leaders and then there are those who are gifted at doing the work very efficiently.

The church was started with delegation right out of the gate. Check this out..

11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. (Ephesians 4:11-13 NIV)

4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. (1 Corinthians 12:4-6 NIV)

I’m more effective when I learn to get others involved in my work.

I can serve more people when I delegate some to others.

I give others the opportunity to grow and be involved when I delegate.

I have more energy and life in me after a day or weeks worth of work.

Delegating can be challenging to the person who likes how they do things. I can get so much more accomplished in a shorter time frame when I learn to delegate. I think all great leaders (big or small), parents, teachers, government officials, pastors…. everyone, should learn this concept.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Giving

 

Multi-Ethnic Group Of People's Arms Raised Holding Letters ThatI think that giving is one of the coolest things that the Lord ever created. He created giving when He first created the universe, the earth and mankind to live here. He also introduced the principle of giving in the Old Testament when He introduced the tithe. He reminded them again right before they entered into the Promised Land. Check this out…

22 Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year. 23 Eat the tithe of your corn, new wine and olive oil, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks in the presence of the Lord your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name, so that you may learn to revere the Lord your God always. (Deuteronomy 14:22-23 NIV)

This tithe was different than the money tithe. I don’t remember noticing this before that the tenth that the crops produced were to be eaten in the Presence of the Lord as a reminder of being blessed by Him.

I’m a big Dave Ramsey fan. I remember when Dave first said, “Live like no one else so that you can Live like no one else.” I started noticing that he added two words to that phrase. He now says: “Live like no one else so that you can Live and Give like now one else!” He obviously has lived that out to be given insight into the principle of giving. In my giving, I feel more blessed to give than maybe even the recipient of my gift.

My family tries to give thanks before every meal acknowledging the provision and blessing of the Lord. I’ve never thought of taking the food grown from the garden or any livestock and eating on the tenth before the Lord. I’ve never noticed that concept before. I do believe it is designed to create a grateful heart inside of me.

Giving to the Lord changes me.

Giving to the Lord reveals my dependence on Him.

Giving to the Lord acknowledges His Provision for me.

Giving to the Lord creates awareness of others needs.

Giving to the Lord blesses my heart in very unique ways.

Giving is so much a part of the DNA and Character of God….”For God so loved the world, that He gave His One and only Son…” (John 3:15 NIV)

I’m never more like my Heavenly Father than when I give.

Pressing On!

Dwayne