How’s Your Measurements?

How’s Your Measurements?

What do you use to measure your weight? Do you prefer your scales or the doctors? Do you refer to your height in inches, feet or centimeters? If your height has a fractional number, do you tend to go up or down to the closest whole number? When you speak of your age, do you use the age closest to your past decade or the decade yet to come? When you speak of how fast you can walk a mile or how much weight you can press, do you refer to your high school stats or those of the present? When counting your calorie intake, do you lean to the conservative or liberal side of the calorie count?

Interestingly enough, oftentimes when we refer to our data, we may tend to refer to the data that makes us feel better about ourselves. We may even refer to the data that we hope to one day attain, rather than where we presently find ourselves. Could it be that we know where we want to be but we haven’t arrived yet? Could it be that we are unable to do certain acts that we once were able to do?

Have you ever thought that the measuring stick that tends to favor our desires may not be accurate? I would like to think that I am a good person—but the question would be “compared to who?” I would like to think that I am a good friend—but the question is “compared to who? “I would like to think that I am a good driver—compared to who? I would like to think that I eat healthy—but the question is, “compared to who?” The list can go on and on.

What about the measurement that really matters—your relationship with Jesus Christ? What are you using for your measuring stick in your relationship with Jesus Christ? I would encourage you to NOT use others, your works, your things, your money, your ability—anything or anybody on this earth.

Our relationship with Jesus Christ is the ONE thing in our life that needs to be measured with accuracy. We cannot afford to be wrong in this area of our life. The measuring stick is the Bible and the Bible is always accurate! 12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires (Hebrews 4:12).

 

How’s Your Measurements?

Woody

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Your Originality

Your Originality

According to Merriam-Webster, the definition for “original” is that from which a copy, reproduction, or translation is made, a work composed firsthand, a person of fresh initiative or inventive capacity, or a unique or eccentric person.

Have you ever noticed how often the word “original” is used when a product is being promoted? Ever noticed the word “original” printed on labels? Why the focus on “original”? Contrasting words for “original” are dummy, imitation, counterfeit, fake, forgery and an antonym for “original” is reproduction. The word “original” is being used often because there seems to be a lot of counterfeits, fakes, and reproductions.

When we think about our lives, being original is being who we are. We are not expected to imitate anyone but Christ. We are to be real, not counterfeit or fake. God created us for Him. When God renewed His covenant with Joshua in Joshua 8, He directed Joshua to build an altar with “uncut stones, untouched by tools”. God wanted the original stones for building.

Good news!!!! Today, we can bring our originality to God. He doesn’t want our imitations, forgeries or reproductions. He wants us just the way we are in Him. So, relax, enjoy your journey with God and be who He wants you to be. Trust Him to direct and use you. He wants you—not a reproduction of you.

Pastor Woody