Sunday, August 3, 2008

M & M's For Harmony & Agreement

"Why can't we all just get along and work together?
Here are some M & M's that might seem like sweet candy, but they'll rot more than your teeth.
Me centered * Murmur * Meddling * Misunderstanding * Manipulation * Mildew....maybe I'm stretching your mind with this one, but stay with me. Back in my gossiping days I realized that I was most vicious on the phone. In prayer, this is what I came to conclude: mildew is like a fungus that grows best in a dark, damp environment. When I was physically present with my friends, and I would start down gossip alley, their eyes would "enlighten" me to the evil of my speaking. My spit setup the moisture. So, I am most mindful of my speaking on the phone when the tempation to gossip crops up.

Yesterday I shared with you about Pastor Seth Cain speaking to a business network in my community. He shared a memory of a flood where the river raged with great force caused by a confluence: waters coming together from overflow of creeks and rivers to make a forceful common raging river that flooded much of his community.

I've got "confluence" on my mind; and I've got a heart tug that we need to merge into one river with combined strength to fulfill the great commission of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ to all the world.

May we speak of one another:"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."Phil 4:8

Below is a list that I have used to grow spiritually. With the hope of "confluence" of us believers of Jesus Christ coming together in one accord, please consider taking a sheet of paper and list as many areas of need for God to transform you into the image of Christ.
Some searching questions …

1) Do I enjoy picking an argument?
2) Do I need to be recognized for my contributions?

3) Am I secretly jealous or envious of others' success?

4) Am I ever happy to hear of someone's misfortune?

5) Do I obcess over others' opinion of me?
6) What is my response when someone else gets rewarded for my work?

7) Am I too quick to criticize others?
8) How much time do I spend talking about myself?

9) Can I say "I'm sorry" or "It was my fault?"

10) Would anyone call me a troublesome miserable Christian?

This is one post that I hope will encourage people to put their comments on this blog. Got some thoughts?



ThreeGirlyGirls said...

Kay, what a great post!! You are so right in each of these questions. I have found it to be so true that these feelings in the body of Christ are more evident than ever. People aren't rejoicing with eachother's really a sad thing. But it just takes person to take a stand and say, "Not with me."

Torben said...

very good and thought provoking questions! I appreciated looking through your blog and I'm glad you enjoyed one of my blog entries. Torben

hkudla said...

I have been reading for a while, but only "lurking" to answer your question, I think that my biggest problem is obsessing about what others think about me. Rarely happens out lout, but most of the time in my head and makes me incredibly self conscious. It is insane sometimes, and i am really working on it, and giving it over to God almost daily...

on a completely different note, I have a game for you, if you want to participate... if not, just stop by and visit and enjoy some good reading on the sites i have linked to...
Tag... You're it!
Come join us in a game of tag... and items of randomness. follow the link and you will see...
or just follow the link and enjoy the other sites, and don't feel compelled to play!
God Bless,

hkudla said...

Oops... forgot the link...

God bless! :)

© 2008 Kay Martin

Thrive In Christ

Who I Am In Christ by Neil Anderson

For several months we will center on this book to pursue Thriving in our Christian journey.

Neil challenges us with: "Do you know who you are in God's eyes? We are no longer products of our past. We are primarily products of Christ's work on the cross. Who we are determines what we do.

You are not who you are in Christ because of the things you have done, you are in Christ because of what He has done. He died and rose again so that you and I could live in the FREEDOM of His love."

That's just the introduction. More to follow.