Connectivity is Key

Negativity will interfere with your spiritual connectivity.

 

I work part-time driving for Lyft and Uber. It is a simple job of driving around town and basically being a friendly taxi driver. I was a little skeptical of it at first, but I enjoy meeting new people and hearing some interesting things. The job is simple in that you get a request to pick someone up, you drive to their location, pick them up and drop them off wherever they need to go.

I use Google Maps as my navigation system and it works great, most of time. I got a request a few weeks ago, I accepted the request and Google Maps opened up and it said I was about two minutes away from my destination. Now I was in downtown on Saturday night so the two minutes took about five minutes. I arrive at my destination and nobody was on the street. It was a little side street and there was a little coffee shop but it was closed. I was confused and to be honest a little nervous since even the street was dark. I drove down to the end of the street underneath a streetlight and called the customer. The customer was in a totally different spot of downtown. I put in the address and it said I was five minutes away from the location, which took about twenty minutes with all the traffic. I eventually got to the customer and they were nice about the whole situation. I even got a nice tip from them.

I was thinking about what went wrong with Google Maps. What I figure is that the connection was messed up due to the tall buildings of downtown and the large increase of cell activity at that time downtown.  I had gotten mixed signals. I had trusted in a GPS to lead me the right direction and it failed.

You’re probably wondering why I told this story. I got to thinking about the Christian life and how as a Christian we should always want to be in the center of God’s will. The problem is a lot of Christians know where they should be but they aren’t there, they are in the wrong location. You may go to church and look good on the outside but it is what is on the inside that counts. If we aren’t reading our Bible, praying, being a soul winner, and doing the things that we know we should do, then we will never be in the center of God’s will. These are things that strengthen our connectivity to God. If we fail in one of these areas, then are signal with God isn’t as string as it should be.

Many Christians have good intentions of having a good connectivity with God, but sometimes they get their signals mixed up and lose the connectivity with God that they should have. Here are the two things I believe that will help us have a good connectivity with God.

  • Reading your Bible“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” Joshua 1:8  When we read and meditate on the Word of God, God says that our way will be prosperous and successful. When we neglect His Word, we will lose that connectivity and get out of His way for us and struggle in our life.
  • Praying “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication let your requests be made known unto God.” Philippians 4:6 This is one of my favorite verse on prayer. It tells us to pray about everything and ask God to help us. When we are constantly talking to God, we will have a strong connectivity on our way in the Christian life. Without prayer, we will end up getting lost in this world because we stopped communicating with the one Who can guide us.

Google Maps needs a strong signal and good connection for it to be functioning at its best. A Christian needs the Word of God and prayer so that they are functioning at their best in the Christian life.

We know that tall buildings and increased cell activity in a condensed are will weaken a cell signal. Here are a couple things that will weaken a Christian’s connectivity with God, besides a lack of Bible reading and prayer.

  1. Negativity will interfere with your spiritual connectivity. In my opinion there are two types of negativity: first the negativity where you are always down and have nothing to be happy about and secondly the kind where you talk bad and try to bring others down around you. I know that we all go thorough times of sorrow and sadness, we all have bad times and rough times; but God still wants us to be joyful, to be positive. Don’t surround yourselves with people who are negative all the time and don’t be one who is negative.
  2. Inactivity will interfere with your spiritual connectivity. As a Christian we should be active doing the things and work of God. If we are inactive, we definitely do not have a good connectivity with God. We see through out the book of Proverbs of how the lazy and slothful man is destroyed and set to the side. This happened because he wasn’t doing anything for anyone. God needs and wants His children to be active serving and worshipping Him. Inactive Christians will get put to the side so that someone can be used that wants to be active in His service.

A Christian can be set to the side if we lose our connectivity with God. Make sure to stay in His Word and in constant communication (prayer) with Him daily. Strive to have a strong signal with God and make sure you do your part not to lose connection with God.

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Working or Talking, What Are You Doing?

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. Thomas A. Edison

In today’s generation this is a word that hardly anyone puts to practice.

To some it is a dirty word, they don’t want to say work, think about work or even attempt to work.

Work. If there is one thing my parents taught me, it was how to work. I remember as a kid having to do chores. I learned how to vacuum, do the dishes, clean the bathrooms and so much more. I learned at a young age to work hard and I’m so thankful that my parents taught me to work!

“For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.” ‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭5:3‬ ‭KJV

This verse is one of my favorite verses in the Bible. Simply it states that if you ever want to accomplish anything you have to work hard.

If you have a dream, a goal, a desire…you will have to work hard to see it come to pass. The greatest athletes didn’t become great just by sitting on the couch, they became great by spending hours and hours practicing and working on their game to become better. Whatever you want to do in life, you have to work hard.

I’ve seen people who talk more than they work and they wonder why they never accomplish anything. God’s Word tells us that a fool’s voice is known by the multitude of words. Foolish people are the ones who sit around and complain about how things are going. They are the ones who always have something to say about whatever is going on. The people that talk a lot are the ones who never get anything done.

Whatever your dream is? Whatever your goal is? Stop sitting around talking about it. Get up and start doing something to accomplish it!

Stop talking about what you are going to do for Christ! Stop talking about serving Him! Just start doing what you know to do as a Christian. If you start working for the Lord, He will bless you more then you will ever dream of!

You have to choose a side.

Be a worker or be a talker.

A worker accomplishes dreams and goals.

A talker talks about the one who is working, yet wants the success of the one who works!

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” ~ Thomas A. Edison

 

 

The Secret to a Stress-Free Life

Everybody is going to stress out about something at some point or another. It is what you do with that stress that will either make you or break you.

I believe that God doesn’t want us as Christians to stress. He wants us to enjoy life and be happy in our service to Him.

What is Stress? Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.

Stress is a mental issue that starts to affect your physical health and your outlook on life if not taken care of.

Stress is an individual emotion that you end up taking out on those around you. You cannot let other people and circumstances affect you in such a way that you become stressed out.

God has given us some simple steps on how to live a stress free life. Notice I said stress-free life, not problem-free life. We will always have problems in life, but if we learn to “let go and let God” we will not be stressed out over those problems.

Let’s look at three things to having a stress-free life.

1. Be Positive
    
      “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” Philippians 4:4

The first step to having no stress is be positive. God tells us to rejoice and than He says after you rejoice, rejoice again. I have never seen a negative person full of joy and I have never seen a stressed out person full of joy. Stop for a moment and look at your life and see everything you are blessed with. Whenever I think I have it rough, I remind myself that someone, somewhere is worse off than I am. If God has blessed you with salvation, you have no reason to stress yet every reason to rejoice. I could go on and on with reasons to rejoice but it all comes down to what you are looking at and what you are letting affect you in your life. If you want to focus on the things that cause you stress than go ahead, but I’m telling you that when you turn your eyes on God and look on all His blessings you will forget why you are stressed because you will be rejoicing in the goodness of God.
Be Positive!!!

2. Be Prayerful
    
     “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Philippians 4:6

The second thing we need to do is pray. Pray and ask God for help through the stressful times. God wants to help you, He is waiting for you to ask! Too many times, the Christian tries to shoulder the heavy load in this world when the Lord said to cast your cares upon Him. Praying and asking the Lord for help is probably the best stress reliever there is.

3. Have a Proper mindset

     “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8

When I read this verse, I think of the Word of God, I think of the Bible. It is a true Book, a honest Book, a just Book, a pure Book, a lovely Book, it is a Book of good report, it is full of virtue and praise. If you fill your mind with the Word of God, stress will have no room. The proper mindset, thinking on the things of God, is an absolute must to rid yourself of stress. When you think more on your problems and issues that you are going through than on the Word of God, you will end up being stressed.

Do you want a stress-free life?

Be Positive!
Be Prayerful!
Have the Proper mindset!

“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7