// SNOW //

oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful …..
and long as we’ve no place to go ……..
let it snow! let is snow! let is snow! 

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Ambition ….. Good or Bad?

This morning I woke up late and was scrambling to get ready for church, when they informed me that church had been canceled because some people were iced-in.
So, I had time for a leisurely cup of coffee and journaling. Recently, my life has been so busy that I have not had much time for journaling, but since journaling is one of the main ways that I pour out my heart at the throne of grace and converse with God, I knew my spiritual life had suffered.
At first, I found it hard to write because my heart was so full and it took some time to sort out all my feelings, but soon my brain was moving faster than my pen and page after page began to fill up with different issues on which I needed to see God’s perspective.
In conclusion, I decided to meditate on Proverbs 23: 17-18.

“Do not let your heart envy sinners, But be zealous for the fear of the Lord all the day; For surely there is a hereafter, and your hope will not be cut off.”

How ironic that when we all gathered for family devotions a few minutes later, the topic ran along the same lines!

We listened to a sermon by John MacArthur on “Ambition” and “The Simple Life”. I was very encouraged and thought I would type up some of the notes I took.

Life can be complex, but as Christians, we should have a simple view on life.

Thomas Brooks once said: “Ambition is a gilded misery, a secret poison, a hidden plague, the engineer of deceit, the mother of hypocrisy, the parent of envy, the original of vices, the moth of holiness, the blinder of hearts, turning medicines into maladies, and remedies into diseases.”

The English word Ambition comes from the Latin root Ambi-, meaning, “around” plus the Latin verb “ire”, meaning, “to go”: someone who goes around. Someone with ambition was, literally, someone who went around soliciting votes and support. It meant to campaign for recognition at any cost.

Another quote I heard was as follows: “Because we as children of Adam were steeped in selfish ambition, Jesus came to save us. Because we refused to stoop, He humbled Himself. Because we demanded to rule, He came to serve.”

Is Ambition a good thing .... or a bad thing? 

Verses regarding ambition: Philippians 2:3
2 Corinthians 5:9-10
{2 Corinthians 5:9-10} “Therefore we have ambition, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing before the judgement seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”

There is a place for legitimate ambition, but is it for ourselves and our gain, or Christ and the Kingdom gain?

Romans 15:20: “And so I have made it my aim to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build on another man’s foundation,”

We should set a goal for our life and keep it simple. We have as our highest goal to be pleasing to Him.

{Titus 2:9-10} “Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back, not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.”

This is slave language. We should see ourselves as slaves with one desire, one goal, one ambition in life and that is to please our Master. We are but channels through which the work of God can flow.

Now go back to the root word of Ambition and ask yourself …”recognition for whom?”

YOU OR GOD?

You cannot please Him if you don’t know what pleases Him. You can never study, hear or delve too deeply into Scripture. Our ambition for God should have no limits, no bounds. Continuous. Taken up with. A slave, dedicated to serving his Master. It is the highest goal, the only goal, and the one of highest expression both on earth and in heaven.

1 Corinthians 9:24-2: “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.”

 

Prompted by the deepest motive:                                       {2 Corinthians 5:9-10} “Therefore we have ambition, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing before the judgement seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”
(Notice that the word “bad” can mean worthless and useless as well.)

We don’t just slide into heaven and blend in. We must answer for our deeds – we must keep our appointment before the seat of judgement. It is the inevitability of the event. God who examines the heart knows the motives, and stripped of all pretences when we get to heaven, God will judge us according to whether we lived for ourselves or for Him.

Conclusion and Summary:
1. Live simply. Please God. This should be our only ambition.
(sub point: you cannot please Him if you don’t know what pleases Him.)
2. This ambition needs to permeate every aspect of our lives – thoughts, words, deeds.
3. Why do we do all of this? Because the evaluation before the throne of judgement is coming. Will we be found faithful?

Hebrews 4:13: ” And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”

This is all God ever asks of us ….. that we please Him our whole life long, both here on earth and in heaven.

 

i some golden light. and i could not let it go by without saying hello.

i saw some golden light.
and i could not let it go by without saying hello.

rainy. damp. grey. blue.

rainy. damp. grey. blue.

the snowy day.

the snowy day.

“i love you” day.

Being a young, single, on-looker to the world of what most people call ‘love’, I find it a very sad picture book.  Each time I turn another page, I meet more heartbreak, failing marriages, and sinners who said “i do” and then didn’t.

We must ask ourselves why.

Could it possibly be because people don’t really understand the true meaning of love?

Most people go to a dictionary when they don’t know what a word means.  I found that the Bible hit the nail on the head for this issue.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

 

1 John 4:7-10

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to bethe propitiation for our sins.

 

Nothing I could say would define love better than these familiar – yet not so familiar – passages.
So this Valentines Day, stop for a moment, remind yourself of what love really is.  It’s meeting others needs.  It is a form of humility, when you consider others as more important than yourself.  It’s when you die to your flesh and serve others, even when you don’t feel like it.

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it’s my belief that there is a lovely cup of steaming chocolate coffee behind every valentine. ❤️

And as you make all your pretty little heart-shaped valentines, remember the best valentine ever given.  =)

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Why We Probably Shouldn’t Eat Out

Let’s face it.  We four together are …. what shall we call it ….. erratic?

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Who’s up for lunch out? ;)