Wordsmith

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The quality of writing on the blogosphere is amazing and exciting. There are many talented people with a voice and an ability to speak through words.

Not all of us can be Tolstoy or Fitzgerald, but it does not matter.

What matters is a willingness to be creative and take a risk. To be amenable to criticism and scrutiny reflects a person of character and daring.

A famous author once told me that it doesn’t matter how well you write. It just matters that you write. Not everyone is going to be published and not everyone will become famous. Seeking fame is not a good reason to write. She added, “Write for yourself, your family and your legacy.” Her thoughts on writing permeate my soul. I believe her admonition to be true.

So, I write for those I love. I write for future generations so they will know that hopes and dreams can be written down and shared. And at the most basic level, I just want to write.

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14 (KJV)

How to avoid Stewardship Sermons

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It happened last week. The annual stewardship sermon.

I could use this post as my chance to chastise people for the way they look at and follow through with giving their tithe. But, I won’t do it. I’m no saint, in fact, I’m a sinner – just like you. But, I will share a few things.

I am shocked at the low number of people who willingly put down in writing their goal for the coming year in terms of giving. As a business person, I have a plan and set goals each year for my production. How is it not the same with your financial plan for giving to your church?

Why is it so hard to talk about money? I welcome an honest congregation who just spells it out and asks for help. It amazes me at how different faiths and different people react to this concept of giving.

We can love the Lord with all our hearts, all our souls and all our minds but if you are going to do this…you have to give.

How do you avoid stewardship sermons? You don’t go to church. But then you will be the worse for that decision.

It’s as simple as that.

You can have it all!

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Daily I am bombarded with emails that assure me that if I only do a certain number of steps, I can live a life of perfection.

Typically, with the one easy and affordable payment, all of my dreams will come true. Money back guaranteed.

I will work only at a job I love, have perfect relationships, effectively get my day organized so that everything is done quickly and efficiently, love and be loved…and more.

Seriously?

These are empty promises my friends. Life can not be perfect in seven easy steps. It doesn’t work that way although it doesn’t mean you can’t try. But, keep your expectations realistic.

For the manual that will clarify your dreams and goals, you only have to look at the Bible. It clearly shows a plan of action to ensure a life well lived. There are no promises for 100% daily perfection but it does promise perfect love from a Father who will never abandon you.

There is peace of mind in that simple and true fact…and I just shared it with you at no cost.

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14