The Olympics are a special time, not just because we get to see amazing athletes compete in an even that is at the pinnacle of their career, but also because it is a time that the nations put aside differences and join in cheering on their nation's top athletes. This scripture is so perfect right now. The Olympic events give a glimpse of what God's ultimate plan is for us: to live in peace and unity with one another. With all of the turmoil in the world these days it is good to be reminded that God's plan is great and that one day all suffering will be gone!
2 Timothy 1:7 - For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
Self-discipline is a remarkably important trait in life, particularly given that we are surrounded by temptation at every turn. Living a healthy lifestyle requires self-discipline to choose healthy foods over convenient unhealthy foods. Pushing ourselves to fit in time to exercise takes a measure of self-discipline over our schedules and planning.
The good news is God doesn't expect us to muster up the courage, strength, and discipline to do it on our own. He gives us a spirit of power, love, self-discipline, so take advantage of that! When you are feeling particularly as though you are lacking in discipline ask God to take over for you! He is good!
This scripture is particularly apt on Memorial Day weekend as we are remembering those who laid down their lives for our country. Those that have had the privilege AND misfortune to experience such love, know all too well the meaning of sacrifice. For those that have not lost someone with whom they have a personal relationship and who is dear to their heart, it can be difficult to appreciate the somber and sobering tone with which any memorial should be approached.
Regardless of past experiences, anyone can put themselves in a hypothetical situation and ask "Am I willing to lay down my life for ( insert cause/person here )?" Doing so can really open one's eyes to the true impact of this verse.
To be loved SO much by anyone that they are willing to sacrifice themselves that I may live -> that is truly remarkable. But to have a God that loves us so much that He is willing to sacrifice His one and only PERFECT SON to atone for our sins?! That is just utterly breath-taking. Jesus did not run or hide when he was sought out and arrested, but rather stated openly that he was Jesus of Nazareth. This is not to say that Jesus wanted to pay the ultimate sacrifice and he did in fact pray that God would take this cup from him.
Only deep seeded love (whether for country, God, or another person) can compel someone to put their own life on the line for others. What this means is that YOU, my friend, are deeply and passionately loved. <3
How do you view time? Do you consider your time as a gift? Do you wake up every morning appreciating the time you have been given? Many of us take time for granted and make no conscious effort to evaluate how our time is spent.
It is only when you cherish every minute of your time that you begin to spend each one wisely. Each of us are given the exact same number of hours in a week and the majority of us have the free will to choose how we spend those hours. Yes many hours are already devoted to various activities, but I guarantee you have more time than you think - especially if you are currently unaware of how your time is spent.
Feeling flustered or overwhelmed by all that is on your plate? I encourage you to follow these steps:
We all have more time than we think. Here are some great resources on time management: 168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam, Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy, and Getting Things Done by David Allen.
This is a popular verse to quote, but have you ever sat down to think about the attention to detail this verse conveys with regards to how you were made?
Knit together, not just tossed together like a salad, but knit together. Let that soak in!
For those that knit, you can attest that knitting is not a task that takes 5 minutes, but one that can take a very long time. Knitting also takes skill, dexterity, and patience. I once made a 2" X 6" rectangle - that's not even big enough to be a scarf! So yes knitting takes patience! That means that you too my friend were made with great skill, dexterity, and patience!
All the mommas out there know that 9 months can feel like an eternity when you are nearing the end of pregnancy! Another great act of patience on your mother's part that went into making you. Remember my dear sweet friends that you were made with great love, patience, and the utmost skill - you are dearly loved and treasured, even if you don't know it <3.
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