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Be the Change

I’d like to build the world a home and furnish it with love. Grow apple trees and honeybees and snow-white turtle-dove. I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony. I’d like to hold it in my arms, and keep it company.

Growing up I remember singing that song from the Coke advertisements. It was a great ad but is singing a song or having a Coke with someone really going to change the world? We are called to live like Christ no matter what our age. Our lives are to be a reflection of who Christ is within us to all we come in contact with.

You may wonder how can I, one person; make a change in our world?

A changed world must first begin with you. Each one of us individually can make a difference. Micah 6:8 (NASB) says, He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Loving what is right, showing kindness and walking humbly with God impacts everyone you come in contact with. If you want to be the change, start with yourself. Pray for God to change your heart. To break your heart for what breaks His. Ask God to give you His eyes, and His ears, so that you can see and hear the needs around you.

Starting with yourself, your desire to change the world will grow to include others who are in our life. As you walk humbly with God, like Micah 6:8 says, you will find in your day many situations that require you to show kindness. Your family, your friends and those in your classes will need you to show His love and His kindness to them. Moment by moment we affect the world by how we choose to react to those in our lives.

Your attitude towards others is either going to open or close the door to Christ. Your prayers for others are an act of love for them.

Your friendships are also a means of sharing yourself and your relationship with Christ.   As you share your heart with your friends, their hearts can be won for Christ. When that happens, you can walk with them and support them in their spiritual growth.

15036003_sYou can change the world. Start with yourself and then be willing to let God use you with others in your family, with your friends, and in your work place. No matter your age you can be the change in your school, the clubs you belong to or in the sports you play. There are so many people who would love someone to care enough to sit and visit with them over a cup of coffee, or even while drinking a Coke. This simple act can change our world.

Maybe the Coke song is on to something…

I’d like to build a world a home and furnish it with love. Grow apple trees and honey bees and snow-white turtle-dove.

I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony. I’d like to hold it in my arms, and keep it company.

I’d like to see the world for once all standing hand in hand. And hear them echo through the hills for peace throughout the land.

It’s the real thing (Jesus is the real thing) what the world wants today (Jesus is what the world NEEDS today), that’s the way I’ll stay with the real thing. (With Jesus)

I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony. A song of peace that echoes on and never goes away.

Today I want to challenge you to make an effort to really press into God and be willing to let Him change you and mold you into a reflection of Him for the world to see. Then I want to challenge you to pray and ask God to show you where there is a need and how you can be used to make a difference.

The change you want to see in the world begins with you. Are you willing to try?

Originally written for the Whatever Girls Ministry.

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Don’t hold back

11722370_865600210183967_6957533867493068254_oBy Kim Chaffin, The Midlife Domestic Goddess

Originally Living Better 50 Magazine

Growing up we spent a lot of time at our family cabin in Priest Lake, Idaho. My great-grandfather had a vision of a place where generations in the future could come and relax. Since 1947, our family has been enjoying my great grandfather’s cabin. At times there have been four generations there.

My dad’s mom, “Honey” was famous for saying, “F H B”… Family Hold Back. That simply meant, we have extra people we did not plan for this meal and we need to be sure our guests leave satisfied. FHB was perfect in those situations but when it comes to the family of God, FHB is the opposite of what God wants for us.

As the body of Christ, the children of God, we cannot be holding anything back. God sent His son for ALL of us, not just a select group. Every one of us is called to be a disciple. All of us were called to pray, encourage, and live a life that reflects the love of Christ. I wish I knew why so many people go through life keeping their faith hidden. We should not be embarrassed to call ourselves believers or Christians. So what if someone thinks you are weird because you believe?

We need to be more concerned with what God thinks of us than what someone else thinks of us. The family of God cannot be in FHB mode so we avoid hearing the term “freak” or having someone say, “You are a Christian?” with a tone full of disdain. So what if you take some ridicule for your beliefs? Christ was spit on and ridiculed, and crucified so you could be forgiven and have eternal life with Him.

God held nothing back. He gave his only son. Jesus gave his very own life. He did it of His own accord not because God told Him to do it. Jesus says it clearly in John 10:17-18 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father. (NIV)

I read a medical description of what Christ went through during His crucifixion and the pain was beyond anything I could imagine. Jesus willingly went through that pain and held nothing back because He loved us. There is such an abundance of love in what was done for us and we are guaranteed that it will never run out. My question is…if His love will never run out then why in the world, as the family of God, are we holding back?

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, hold nothing back. Live for Christ. Live for God. If company comes over for dinner then by all means FHB and let your guests go home full from a good meal. During dinner pour out abundantly the love of Christ on them and don’t hold back, there’s plenty for everyone.

Kim Chaffin is the creator of Heartfelt Ramblings of a Midlife Domestic Goddess ®. She is also a monthly contributor for the Whatever Girls Ministry and for Living Better 50 Magazine.  If you are interested in having her speak at your next event please see the speaking link in the menu of the blog.  You can also follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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