The BIG Picture

Memorial DayThe counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. The Lord looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men.”  (Psalm 33:11-13)

 On Monday, my husband and I went to the Kennett Square Memorial Day Parade and watched the various bands and groups go by, our Church had a float and several vintage tractors owned by a Church member in it, there were also a couple of local High School Marching Bands. They reminded me of when I was in High school, when I was a flag-twirler in the marching band. We went to every football game and did the half-time show, we also marched in several competitions around the state, as well as this same Memorial Day Parade (many, many years ago).

Our band director would choreograph each part and work with us for a few weeks in the summer at band camp: Every day, all day, marching outside in the hot summer sun, practicing, practicing, practicing. Sometimes in our separate groups – the band, the flags, the pikes, the baton twirlers. Then eventually all together. We all had to memorize our parts and routines, and then we all we went out on the field and somehow it all came together – eight steps forward, eight steps in place, eight steps to the right, eight steps to the left, diagonally to the right, diagonally to the left, etc. etc. To each of us it was all about memorizing our little part, doing it all right and at the right time, not tripping, not messing up, and making sure that we are in time with those around us and with the beat of the drummers. We did what we were told, we smiled and marched. We just had to obey our Band Director and trust that he knew what he was doing! To the audience up in the grandstands, they got a different view – they looked down from up high and could see the patterns, they could see the intricate patterns we made and the words we spelled, they could see the BIG PICTURE!!

Isn’t that the way life is most of the time? We only see our own little part – our “music and steps”. We try to do what’s required of us, we try to keep up with those around us, we try not to trip, and not to mess up. We smile and keep on marching on. We know in our head that God is “choreographing” everything for our good and His glory, but it’s hard sometimes, because we don’t see the BIG PICTURE! Sometimes we wonder what in the world is going on?? Sometimes it’s hard to trust and obey.

That’s where faith in our AMAZING GOD comes in! We have to trust that He is sovereign and He is good. If He was only SOVEREIGN – He can do whatever He wants whenever He wants because He has absolute power – that would be SCARY!! But, because He is also GOOD – He loves us, and will only allow what is best for us into our lives– then we can trust in His great Love and care for us. We can trust that He will work “…all things together for good to them who love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28) – THAT’S ME!!

Most of the time we do not see the big picture, but it gives me great comfort to know that God does, and that He sees all, knows all, is everywhere, and can do anything. My job is to trust Him and to obey what I know He has told me to do. Take the next step as it is revealed to me and leave the rest to Him. There is nothing too hard for Him (Jeremiah 32:17). He can work things out so much better than we could in our tiny, ignorant, finite minds. Here are some great verses that remind me of that:

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.” (Isaiah 55:8)

Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee.” (Jeremiah 32:17)

 But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.” (Psalm 115:3)

I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.” (Job 42:2)

Remember this, and shew yourselves men: bring it again to mind, O ye transgressors. Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: … yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.” (Isaiah 46:8-10)

I hope this has been a blessing to you, to keep on trusting and obeying as God “choreographs” our lives for our good and His glory.

~Graced and Grateful Grammy

Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus.

Consider the Lilies

Lily1Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? … Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” (Matthew 6:27-29)

Are you a worrier? Do you find yourself going over and over in your head something that has happened, or something that is going to happen? I have to admit that sometime I do!

Worrying is not only unproductive, unhealthy, and causes undue stress, but do you know that God considers worrying a SIN?

The term “taking thought” in Matthew 6:27 is from the Greek word merimnáō , which Strong’s defines as: “to go to pieces” because pulled apart (in different directions), like the force exerted by sinful anxiety (worry). It is the same word used for “careful”, like Martha in Luke 10:41, and also in Philippians 4:6. James 1:8 tells us that a double-minded person (one who is worried and pulled apart by anxiety) is unstable in all her ways – trusting God one minute, not trusting Him the next. I know we all worry at times, and we think that we can’t help it. But, HELP IT!

Jesus tells us to “consider the lilies”. The word “consider” is the Greek word, katamanthánō, which Strong’s says means: to properly, thoroughly (exactly) learn; to grasp something conclusively by considering it carefully. So, God wants us to study the lilies, and learn from them. Well, the lilies don’t worry about how they look, or how they will get water or food, and look at how beautiful they are! God takes care of them, and the sparrows, and He certainly can take care of His children who are made in His image, and who He sent His Son to die for because of His Great love for us. We are valuable to Him. Especially when we have put all our trust in Him for our salvation and have received the FREE GIFT He offers.

In my Ladies Bible Study group we are going through a book called, The Secret of Contentment by Juanita Purcell, and the topic this week was “Learning to be Content without Worrying”. It was very convicting.

The author tells us that someone has called worry the “God can’t” disease, because God has promised us that all things are possible with Him (Luke 1:37), and that if we don’t believe God we make Him a liar (1 John 5:10) and are saying “God can’t”. So, when we worry that things won’t turn out well, we are calling God an impotent liar! WHOA! I don’t want to do that!

She also let us know that worry is NOT a disease. A disease is a disorder of structure or function in our body with specific signs and symptom, it is destructive and makes us sick, but we CAN’T help it! Worry DOES make us sick, but it is a choice, it is self-induced, so we CAN help it! So, HELP IT!

Worry distorts our thinking, disrupts our work, disquiets our soul, disturbs our body, disfigures our face, destroys our poise, depresses our friends, demoralizes our life, defeats our faith, and debilitates our energy.” William A. Ward

Worry means that we don’t trust God to work things out for our good and His glory (Romans 8:28), and He tells us NOT to do it, in fact, He tells us to pray and be thankful, and then He will give us peace (Philippians 4:6,7) –  if we don’t we are disobeying God, which is sin!

My favorite passage that we looked at for how to overcome worry is in Isaiah 40:27-29, and 41:10,13), here is my paraphrase of it:

Why are you worrying as if you have to handle this all by yourself?

Don’t you know? Haven’t you heard?

The everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth and everything in between is with you, holding you by the hand! He will never get tired, He will never leave you, He will give you the strength you need when you need it most, He will help you! So don’t be afraid, just give it all to Him, He’s in control of it all anyway!

There was a cute little song that was popular a few years ago called, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy!by Bobby McFerrin ~ watch the video, it will make you smile, in fact, you’re probably singing and whistling it now 🙂 I think there is a lot of truth to that phrase – “Don’t Worry, Be Happy!” The KJV Bible uses the word “Blessed” instead of what we would today say as “happy”, so we could KJV-ize it and say, “Don’t Worry, Be Blessed!” Don’t you think we would be a lot happier if we weren’t so worried and anxious about so many things like Martha was? (See Luke 10). And wouldn’t you like to stand before Jesus and have Him say that you did what Mary did instead “…also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word…one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part”. I hope that He will commend me for doing the needful and good thing, and that I will not be ashamed at His coming (1 John 2:28) by being needlessly anxious and worried about things that I have absolutely NO control over anyway.

~Graced and Grateful Grammy

Don’t worry – Be Happy (blessed)!

 

 

Jockeying for position

jockeysAnd he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way? But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest.” (Mark 9:33-34)

Have you ever watched a horse race? I’ve really only seen them in movies like Secretariat or My Fair Lady, and sometimes we might catch the Kentucky Derby on television. It can be exciting, especially if the horse you are rooting for is close to the front. To those of us watching from the sidelines, the last few minutes are the most exciting as we get to see who wins! But I understand that there is a lot of planning and positioning done by the jockey at the beginning of the race – which gate they come out of, how close to the rail to get, who to keep an eye on, who to avoid, how to get to the front of the pack, what to do once you get there, etc. That’s called “jockeying for position”. The horse itself just runs and does what it’s jockey tells it to do, but the jockey is the one doing all the planning and scheming to make sure that they end up in the best place in the end and cross the finish line first, so that they get that prize.

There were two of Our Lord Jesus Christ’s disciples whom he named “Boanerges”, or “Sons of Thunder”(Mark 3:17) – they were James and John, fishermen, brothers, sons of Zebedee. They were part of the inner circle of the disciples. I’ve tried to research why he called them “Sons of Thunder”, and have found conflicting ideas. I like to think that he (knowing all that was, is, and is to come) affectionately nicknamed that because they were rough, tough fishermen whose methods may seem a little brash and boisterous, but who will one day be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit to preach with boldness and to sacrifice their lives for Him: James was martyred and John was exiled for their faith in Christ.

These two “Sons of Thunder” had a mother who was no shrinking violet either, she came to the Lord and asked Him a favor:

Then came to him the mother of Zebedee’s children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him. And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.” (Matthew 20:20-21)

I get the feeling that the disciples had all debated this amongst themselves before (see Mark 9:33,34 above), and then there must have been some discussion around the Zebedee family dinner table about the coming kingdom, and who was going to have the highest seats (before you judge the too harshly, remember that at this point the disciples did not have the full counsel of God’s Word and they did not have the Holy Spirit, and they did not understand what the kingdom was going to be like). Mother Zebedee was taking matters into her own hands and trying to get her two boys the best seats in the house in Jesus’ kingdom. She was trying to do some “jockeying for position” for her boys. What they didn’t understand, Christ tried to explain:

Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able. And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father. (Matt 20:22,23)

He had previously explained to them three times that He was going to suffer and die for the sins of the world, and now He is telling them that they were going to have to suffer also. They still didn’t get it. And what’s more, the other ten disciples were now angry at them for their “jockeying”.

And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brethren.” (Matthew 20:24)

Well, I guess they did it wrong! So, what’s the answer? How does one become great in the Kingdom of Heaven? I’m glad you asked, because the Lord Jesus answered that in His next sentence:

…whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:26-28).

It’s not “jockeying for position” that makes us great in Christ’s Kingdom, it’s servanthood! It’s lowering ourselves, humbling ourselves, denying self, taking up our crosses, and following Him (Matthew 16:24).

As some have put it: The way up is down.

  • Greatness to the Lord Jesus is service, as He washed the disciples feet.
  • Greatness to the Lord Jesus is sacrifice, as He gave His life as a sacrifice for many.
  • Greatness to the Lord Jesus is giving, as He told the rich young ruler.

To our fleshly, mortal selves this doesn’t seem to make sense. But it works! In God’s Kingdom those who are “chief” are those who humbly and sacrificially gave and served on earth. One day every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, and when we give and serve in His name He is well pleased with us.

It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35) – click here to read my blog post with this title.

Most importantly when we are loving, kind, humble, giving, and serving, THEN we have the opportunity to share the Gospel with others – the Greatest Gift that any can give: Peace of God and Peace with God for eternity. Click here to read my post on this Free Gift.

~Graced and Grateful Grammy

The only “position” we will be in when we see Christ is flat on our face at His feet!

Wrinkles and Pimples!!

think-2…My brethren, these things ought not so to be.” (James 3:10)

The other day I was looking in my magnifying mirror, checking out how deep my wrinkles are getting and if my new anti-wrinkle cream was working, when I noticed something: I had a couple of pimples!! If I am old enough to have wrinkles, surely I should not have to have pimples, too!! That just doesn’t seem right! Now, being the spiritual person that I am (lol!), a Bible verse came to my mind:

…these things ought not so to be!” (James 3:10).

Absolutely! These things out not to be so!! I shouldn’t have to suffer those marks of mature old age (wrinkles) and at the same time suffer those humiliating reminders of immature teenage skin (pimples)!

Then, I thought, well, I ought to look at that verse and see what it is really talking about, because I know that’s only part of the verse. And guess what!! It’s about the tongue! Oh my! No wonder I remembered THAT verse, because it’s one I have to remind myself about often:

For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body…But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.” (James 3:2, 8-10)

…these things ought not so to be!” is referring to mature Christian talk and immature worldy talk coming out of the same mouth. Like having pimples and wrinkles on the same face! James is telling us that it is hard to avoid offending people with our words, because we are all sinful and all lack maturity and self-control in some areas, especially our tongue. But he rebukes his audience by saying that we should not speak maturely and immaturely out of the same mouth! These things ought not so to be”!

After spending some time talking with another, we may think to ourselves: Most of what I said was true, most of it was helpful, most of it was important, most of it was necessary, most of it was kind. Only a little of what I said was gossipy, exaggerated, mean-spirited, hurtful, unnecessary, prideful, and self-exalting.

James goes on to use the example of a bit in a horses mouth, the rudder of a ship, and a match that starts a fire – meaning that a “small thing” like the tongue can cause BIG damage!

bit rudder match

He then states that out of the same mouth we pray and sing praises to God, and then we use it to “curse” or speak badly to or about other people who are made in the image of God, as we are, whether saved or unsaved.

I don’t know about you, but I really don’t wish to offend people, I know sometimes I do, without realizing it with what I say, or how I say it. So, how do we become this “perfect” man (think ‘mature Christian‘) who doesn’t offend people with their words?

So, he told us it involves wisdom, which, he affirms at the beginning of his letter, we can have if we just humbly ask God for it in faith:

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.” (James 1:5,6)

Then he explains what this wisdom looks like:

Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.” (James 3:17,18)

That sounds good, doesn’t it? So wisdom is shown by:

Good conversation, Meekness, Pure, Peacable, Gentle, Easy to be intreated, Full of mercy and good fruits, Without partiality or hypocrisy, Righteous. That sounds a lot like the fruit of the spirit in Galatians 5:22,23.

So the answer to our problem is wisdom. How to deal with wrinkles and pimples? Wisdom – knowing that God is in control and that He wants me to have those natural signs of getting older and mature (wrinkles), but still remind me (with pimples) that I am immature in some areas, and He’s not done with me yet!

And, how to avoid both good, mature Christian talk and sinful, immature worldy talk coming out of the same mouth? Wisdom—asking God to help me control my tongue, fearing the Lord (Psalm111:10, Proverbs 9:10), yielding to the Holy Spirit so His fruit is manifested in and through me, and just LOVING GOD and LOVING OTHERS. Let’s be a good influence on others by using our tongue, a small member, to “…be always with grace, seasoned with salt…”(Colossians 4:6).

Well,  I’m feeling convicted, are you??

~ Graced and Grateful Grammy

A bit, a rudder, a match, and our tongue are all small things with BIG influence.

The tongue is the strongest muscle in the human body, use yours to lift someone up today.

Thorns and Nails

Thorns and nailAnd they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!” (Matthew 27:28-29

Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.” (Colossians 2:14)

Recently, I was preparing to teach our final lesson for Good News Club – the Easter lesson, the Good News! I decided to make a crown of thorns to show the children, and since my husband is a carpenter, find a big nail to show them how Christ suffered for our sins.

First, I went outside and gathered some wild rose branches from the side bushes, and started weaving and winding it into a crown-shape. As I was getting stabbed and poked by those rose thorns, I started thinking about the soldiers who made the crown of thorns for Jesus’ head. The little pricks I received were nothing compared to the cuts that those large thorns would have given them as they plaited that crown of thorns for Jesus. And I thought how much they must have hated Him and despised Him as they suffered those pricks and worked, making it just so they could ridicule Him. Then I remembered how they shoved it down on His head, gave him a robe and a stick and mocked Him as King of the Jews! What utter wrath must have motivated them. And yet He still loved them!

Then, I went down to my husband’s shop to find a big old nail to show them. I found one that had been pulled out of an old beam, but it was bent. So I laid it on the concrete floor of his shop, held it with the fingers of one hand and tapped at it with a sledgehammer with the other hand. You guessed it! The nail twisted and as the sledgehammer struck, a little bit of the end of my finger got caught under that nail and pinched and I got a big blood blister! So, then I was thinking about those Roman soldiers who took those big nails, spread Jesus’ hands out on that wooden cross and drove the nail into his flesh. I wonder if, in their haste and anger, they ever struck their own finger with the hammer as they drove those nails in? What anger and hatred must have filled their hearts to do such a cold and cruel thing! And yet He still loved them!

Jesus loved them just as He loves you and me. He suffered these things and so much more to pay the price we owed for the sinful things we have thought, said, and done — things that offend our Holy God. He offers it all as a gift that we just have to reach out and receive. He died and rose again on the third day because He is GOD! He conquered death and the grave so that we can be saved, so that we can be redeemed. He told Nicodemus, “You must be born again”, we are all born physically and that begins our physical life on earth. But we must be born AGAIN, spiritually, in order to start our Spirit-filled life as a Christian, or “little Christ”.

Have you received the gift Christ offers? Have you been saved, redeemed, converted, born again (they all mean the same thing)?

You can settle it right now by believing the Gospel, the Good News:

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures”  (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)

I couldn’t help getting emotional as the children touched the sharp thorns on the crown, and imitated putting a nail in their hands, contorting their faces in empathetic pain as they tried to imagine what Jesus went through. When they asked me, “Why are you crying?” I said, “because He chose to do this for ME, and for YOU!” It’s no wonder one of those Roman Soldiers, after witnessing Jesus’ death on the cross, declared, Truly this was the Son of God” (Matthew 27:54).

And, then HE ROSE FROM THE DEAD!!

And that’s what Easter/Resurrection Sunday is all about.

~Graced and Grateful Grammy

He is Risen. He is Risen Indeed!!

Plate spinning

Spinning Plates Act Photo 2Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Do you remember the guy in the circus or on the Ed Sullivan Show who would spin a bunch of plates on rods? He would get one going, then another, then another, then another, and keep adding more plates, then he’d have to run back to the first ones and give them another spin. He was forever running back and forth between plates, keeping them all spinning, and trying to avoid one smashing on the floor. At the end, he gracefully catches each plate and stacks them with a flourish – how amazing!

Sometimes, I feel like my life is that way (except the amazing flourish at the end)! My life is filled with busyness, I have so many things going on: My husband, our five children and three married one’s spouses, 3 grandchildren, my husband’s 3-4 businesses (that I do the bookwork and running for), my 2 businesses, two classes I teach, the house, the yard, the laundry, cooking, banking, exercising, travel, etcetera, etcetera. It’s all good things, and I enjoy it all, but sometimes I feel like I’m spinning plates, and I am afraid I will forget something important and a plate will crash to the floor.

Because I think I am in control of it all…

Sometimes I feel like I need a rest!

That’s when I need to take a deep breath, breathe a prayer, and remember that God’s got this! My job is to do what is in my little circle of responsibility: To love God first, and to love and help others as His Holy Spirit prompts me. I need to draw near to Him and “yoke up” with Him—like when you see two oxen bound together with a yoke and pulling a load side-by-side, which makes it so much easier than one ox doing it by himself. Yoke of oxen

When I choose to “yoke up” to Him, He takes the load and gives rest to my soul. That sounds nice, doesn’t it?—“rest unto your souls”—that’s what Jesus promises, and that’s what Jesus gives us, if we will allow Him.

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

That’s easy to say, but HOW do I cast it on Him. Well, this is what I try to do: I say out loud, “Lord, I am handing this to you, you know how to take care of it so much better than I do. Let it be done according to Your Will.” And then I have faith in Him to work it all together for my good and His glory. I try not to take it back, I try not to worry about it, and I keep reminding myself that God’s got this! I don’t need to keep spinning those plates. That’s not my job. That’s God’s job. Colossians 1:17 is speaking of the Lord Jesus and says, “…by Him all things consist”. The word “consist” in this verse can also be translated “are held together”. (Kind of like in baking when you mix things together and they have a “consistency” – they are held together!) So, if Jesus is keeping it all together, then it is His responsibility, not mine. Of course, I mustn’t shirk my responsibilities, but I shouldn’t worry about everything. Worry is a sin, and it will steal your joy, just like all the other sins.

I always claimed Matthew 11:28 when I was at the hospital in labor with each of my children. I know that is not really what it means, but at the time I was literally one of them “that labour and are heavy laden”, so I felt that it applied :). And He did help me with my labor!

So, let’s practice “yoking up” with the Lord, and casting all our cares on Him. Instead of running around like chickens with our heads cut off, spinning plates, and missing out on the blessings of the present that is right in front of us.

~Graced and Grateful Grammy

Never get too busy making a living that you forget to make a life

Bad Attitudes are Contagious!

flat tireBe not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” (1 Corinthians 15:33)

One day a few years ago one of my daughters was going to babysit for her nephew and nieces (my wonderful, charming, angelic grandchildren). She planned activities and crafts fun things to do –she was so excited!. They were excited too! They kept asking their mother, “How many sleeps til she comes??” The day came and my daughter went over there and they played games, did crafts, baked, and were having a wonderful time, they were singing her praises –she’s their favorite aunt!

Then… it happened:

There was a lull in the activity and the oldest grandchild pipes up: “I’m not having any fun, I thought this was going to be fun!”

Then the second eldest suddenly goes: “Yeah I’m not having fun, either!”

The youngest who is about two at the time, crossed her arms made a pouty face and said: “No fun!

Wow! How quickly the atmosphere changed. One minute she was the greatest, and the next she was the worst! All because of one child’s bad attitude that the others picked up on. Bad attitudes are contagious!

Have you ever experienced that? How one person can change the atmosphere in a room?

Have you ever been the person who changed the atmosphere in a room?

The Amplified Bible translates 1 Corinthians 15:33 this way: “Do not be deceived: Bad company corrupts good morals.”

This is one of those “be not deceived” passages. Those passages I feel must be important because the Lord does not want us to be deceived by the alternative. So, what would the alternative be?

I’m thinking it’s something like, “Don’t let someone tell you that who you hang around with

won’t affect you at all.”

Attitudes, both good and bad are contagious!

So, then we should make sure we have good attitudes. What does a good attitude look like? Well, the Bible tells us that it looks like the Lord Jesus: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who… made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and…humbled Himself, and became obedient …” (Philippians 2:5-8)

What does that mean? Now, I’m no Bible scholar, but here’s my idea:

Let this mind be in you” – Think this way:

No reputation” – Not proud or arrogant!

Form of a servant” – Servant-like.

Humbled Himself” – Know who we are and Who God is.

Became obedient” – Obedient to God’s commands.

THAT’S the attitude we should have, and THAT attitude can be contagious, too! Imagine if everyone acted that way! If attitudes are contagious, is yours (and mine) worth catching?

~Graced and Grateful Grammy

A bad attitude is like a flat tire, you can’t go anywhere until you fix it!