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"But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons." -Galatians 4:4-5

Trying to understand life rightly through a Covenant lens.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

gen-u-ine

–adjective
1.
possessing the claimed or attributed character, quality, or origin; not counterfeit; authentic; real.

Being genuine is
arguably one of my favorite characteristics in a person. I think it's something about when someone lives in such a way that they are transparent, not hiding anything.

When you think about it, that truly is the way to live, isn't it? It's so freeing knowing that you are not hiding anything from anybody. It's also at that point that people can truly get to know each other. On the next dimension of friendships, you throw all your cards out on the table that are in your hand. I like to call this accountability. We all need at least one friend (preferably same gender) that we can bring everything to. Although, we should be already bringing everything to God, don't get me wrong. But having that brother or sister in Christ to talk to here on Earth makes things a lot easier. That's my plug for accountability partners.

But just being real with everybody sets such a testimony for others. When you live in such a way that you aren't afraid to tell others what you've gone through or struggle with or have been happy about lately, it is such a witness to people, I believe. I'm just thinking about it now, and trying to see it from an outside perspective... If I saw two people being real with each other, and they came out of it feeling free, I would want everything to do with it, to be honest. The feeling of not being tied down or chained up to a situation would feel great. And, often times, that's what accountability has to offer. If we could just bring down our walls and trust just a couple people we love, our fellowship would be ten times better and people would want what we have.

So find that person(s) if you haven't already.

And also, if any of you have heard me say "Keep it real" to you, I mean "Stay genuine. Don't be fake."

Be blessed,
-sam

Friday, June 18, 2010

hu-mil-i-ty



I know this girl that is super humble. Almost to the point of where she should be bragging because she can back it up in her golf game. She's the one that just won state champ and set a new course record. But, in all fairness to her, I'm not posting about that. In all of this she chooses to keep her head screwed on right and keep things in perspective, giving all the glory to God. It's truly a testament to me. She sets the bar so high for me that I can only hope to achieve that. So I've been working on it lately...

Seeing this makes me ask, "How does she do it?"

Is it just natural? Has it been hard for her to think this way?

Either way, she's got it down. Props to you, pal.

Then I look to the Bible to see what it says about being humble.

Proverbs 18:12 Before destruction a person's heart is arrogant, but humility comes before honor.

Proverbs 16:19 Better to be humble with lowly people than to share stolen goods with arrogant people.

Proverbs 29:23 A person's pride will humiliate him, but a humble spirit gains honor.

James 1:9 Humble believers should be proud because being humble makes them important.

James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the Lord's presence. Then he will give you a high position.

1Peter 3:8 Finally, everyone must live in harmony, be sympathetic, love each other, have compassion, and be humble.

1Peter 5:5 Young people, in a similar way, place yourselves under the authority of spiritual leaders. Furthermore, all of you must serve each other with humility, because God opposes the arrogant but favors the humble.


You got it, Mags. Keep it.

Be blessed. This one's for you.
-sam