Observations on the Challenges of Christian Living

“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” Colossians 3:17

Live by Schedule. Most people these days don’t have a schedule just let things happen. I believe God is a God of order and wants His children to live in order. The Devil is one for dis-order and confusion. When I first started college, one of my first classes was Orientation which involved leadership, time management, and motivation. One of the first things we learned was making our schedule. I got busy and divided the week and 24 hours on a grid and filled in my activities. Little did I know that schedule became my boss and my best friend during my college days and has helped me since. It helped me get projects, assignments, and complete my work and church activities very effectively and efficiently. I finished assignments quickly and was noted by the instructor and other students how I had time to study for tests during mid semester and for finals and received good grades while others procrastinated and struggled during tests and completing assignments. Others were interested in my grid method and so I helped them complete their schedules. To their hesitancy their time management improved and were also receiving good grades.

Live by Budget. My motto is what the Budget says Bud gets. This is not really sound advice as we have experience over the years. Most people including myself live pay check to paycheck. We have learned to stretch the budget and pinch the pennies, nickels, dimes, and all that very hard to make ends meet. If a person says that he/she is trusting God to meet their needs, then they need to be willing to live that way and being anxious for nothing and to be content whatever state they are in especially in poverty and wealth. We live in a capitalistic society which enables us to have our basic needs met without the frills. We get in debt when we use money we don’t have for frivolous things. We do tithe and try very hard to make this the first thing that honors the Lord in our finances. One should ascertain his/her income versus his/her outgo. When our outgo exceeds our income then we need to re-evaluate our budget. One thing we should strive to do and again I put myself here is to save something as part of our budget. Emergency do arise, special meetings do come, your neighbor may need some financial assistance. Don’t expect God to give you want you asking in finances when you are not being a good steward of what He has given you. Do first things first and He will bless.

Live like it will be your last day. We live in a hustle bustle society. We are living in a microwave mentality. We want things now. We want so much right now. What are we really willing to give up? More than likely the answer is not much There is a great cloud of witnesses in heaven according to Hebrews chapter 12.  As a Christian living in today’s society we are being bombarded with a heavily liberal media and microscopic scrutiny from the world. We are not to be like the world but must have the mind set of Christ with unwavering commitment to the Word of God and being willing to share the hope that is within us at any given moment. As a Christian you may be the only Bible that someone is watching! Look up for your redemption draweth nigh.

Written by Doug Hutton

Impressing God

You can’t impress God with your talents, because He is the one who has given them to you.

God isn’t impressed with your talents. He isn’t impressed with your talents because He is the one who gave them to you.

So many people in the world today think that they are all that because of what they can do! Athletes! Musicians! Actors and actresses! Successful businessmen and women! We place them on pedestals! Call them the greatest! Basically worship them because of the success they have had off of their talents!

We live in a world where everyone tries to impress someone else. Because we are so infatuated with impressing others we forget that we should only be trying to impress God. We forget how to be true to ourselves. We forget who we really are.

When we try to impress those around us, we succumb to the fashions, the music, the wickedness of the world, even if it is unintentional. We need to not worry about what others think about us.

When it comes to life and who we impress, we should only be worried about impressing God. If we impress God and make Him happy, than those that truly love and care for us will be impressed and happy.

I believe the most important way to impress God is to be faithful. God is impressed with our faithfulness. We see in a parable where the master gave five talents to one, two talents to another, and one talent to yet another. When he came back to check on them, the first two had doubled their talents while the third buried his in the ground. The master told the first two, ” Well done thou good and faithful servant.” To the third, he condemn him for ultimately wasting his talent.

God has blessed each one of us with a talent or talents and He wants to see how you will use them. He wants to see if we are faithful in serving Him with our talents. If you are NOT using your talents to serve God, than you are just wasting what the Lord has given you.

Don’t be like that third servant and waste your talent by being unfaithful. Be faithful with what God has given you and you will impress Him.

You can’t impress God with your talents, because He is the one who has given them to you. Impress God by being faithful and serving Him with the talents He has given you.

Pathway Through Proverbs: Chapter 31

Chapter 31: What Are You Teaching Your Children?

“The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.” Proverbs 31:1

The last chapter here in Proverbs is a good chapter. It covers a couple different areas in life. It covers the area of drinking and why you shouldn’t drink. It also covers a virtuous woman and the qualities that she has.

Although there are good verses in this chapter that we could discuss at length, I want to look at the first verse.

In this verse we see that King Lemuel is writing here. He is writing what his mother taught him. In the majority of Proverbs we see a father instructing his son on the ways of life, in the last chapter we see a son sharing what his mother taught him as a child and teenager. 

Parents, it is important that we teach our children. We need to teach them about God, about right and wrong. We need to teach them how to make good and wise choices in life. We need to instruct our children in not just the basics but also instruct them in why we believe the way we believe. 

I like that Lemuel had an opportunity to write a chapter in the Bible and he used it to write about the lessons his mother had taught him. Hey parent, if your child was given the same opportunity what lessons could they share with us? That is a sobering thought. I know I’m young in the parenting stage of life but I hope I can teach my children lasting lessons that they would be willing to share with others.

Whenever I am asked to speak about my parents or what lessons I have learned from them, I don’t have to think hard or try to come with something. The two greatest lessons my parents taught me are hard work and faithfulness. They didn’t just tell me about hard work and explain to me what faithfulness was, they lived and practiced it every day in their lives. 

This generation has a lot of children that are being raised by what they watch on tv, social media, their friends, the music they listen to; few children are getting the instruction that they need in their life from their parents. Don’t let someone else raise your child, parent! Step up and teach and instruct them, and let your actions back up your instruction!

So as we finish out the book of Proverbs, parent ask yourself, “What am I teaching my child?”

Teach your child something that one day they will be proud to pass along to someone else.