B Moments, underscore

This Christmas, Be Sure to Underscore Christ

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Matthew 25:40 (NIV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about the importance of underscoring Christ in Christmas.

About this time last year, I was talking to my friend Tim, who is affiliated with the Safe Families for Children Organization. If you’re not familiar, this is an organization where one family takes in the children of another family that’s in crisis while the adults of that family get back on their feet. The goal is to keep the children safe and the family intact.

Tim was telling me about this single mother of two who was about to deliver her third child when she learned that her new place wouldn’t be ready for another three weeks. She needed a place to stay, so Tim and his wife, Joan, opened their home and their hearts to this family for those three weeks.

After the family moved into their new place, Joan sat at the kitchen table and shared with Tim that she felt so behind for the holidays. She looked around the house and felt like nothing was done. Decorations weren’t up, and not one gift was under the tree, or even purchased.

Tim leaned over to his wife and said, “Honey, we just gave a homeless family a place to live for three weeks. We might not have decorations up or gifts under the tree, but we are already celebrating Christmas.”

As you celebrate the Christmas season, remember to underscore Christ in your Christmas. So today I’m asking you, what gift of love or compassion will you give to someone in need this year? As you think about that, remember these words: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for the least of these my brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40 (NIV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, underscore the Christ in your Christmas.

B Moments, serve

God Values Your Service to Others

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: 1 John 3:18 (ESV)

Transcription:

Happy Thanksgiving, B Moment listeners!

Today, I am thinking about the option to serve or to be served. As today is Thanksgiving, we give thanks, but we may also spend time being of service to others, particularly those less fortunate than ourselves.

As I look at my own life, quite honestly, I’ve been all over the spectrum with service. I’ve also wanted to be served more when God probably wants me to be of service to others. Yet as I mature spiritually, I feel in my heart the genuine fulfillment that comes over me when I realize I’m meeting the needs of others.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I just need to look at Christ to see how he values serving others. The first instance that comes to mind is when Jesus knelt down and washed the feet of his disciples. And, of course, there is no greater act of service or sacrifice than Christ being crucified for us so that we might have eternal life.

I even notice how Jesus continues on with his pattern of serving others after his resurrection. During this time, Jesus went to the Sea of Galilee and greeted his disciples on the shoreline. As they returned to the shore, he met them with fish frying, and he invited them to breakfast. Jesus literally served breakfast for the disciples on the beach. Imagine that!

If Jesus can serve to that extent, we know how much he values serving others, and we know how he expects us to be of service to our fellow man. As you think about who you will serve today, remember these words: “Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” 1 John 3:18 (ESV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, be of service.

B Moments, fourth of july

Truly Enjoy Your Fourth of July

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Mark 7:15 (NLT)

Happy Fourth of July, B Moment listeners!

Today, I am in holiday mode. Actually, I’ve been in holiday mode since much earlier in the week. Sometimes when a holiday rolls around, I think about all the friends and family and places that I will visit.

I must confess that I also think about all of the great food that I will devour, too. Some of my favorites are burgers and hot dogs right off the grill along with a scrumptious dessert and a great glass of red wine.

Yet as soon as I have those thoughts, I also think about not overdoing it. In other words, I don’t want to defile my body by eating so many unhealthy things.

Then I recall what Jesus taught the Pharisees in Mark 7. One of the Pharisees invited Jesus to dinner and noticed that Jesus did not partake in the hand-washing ceremony that was customary at the time. The Pharisees who were in attendance at the dinner were appalled.

However, Jesus explained to them that you are not defiled by what you eat, but rather by what you say and do. Reading this felt liberating for me because it created such clarity around what really matters to God.

So here is what I want you to do today. Enjoy your Fourth of July. Celebrate. Don’t worry about overeating or overdoing it.

As you do that, remember these words: “It’s not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart.” Mark 7:15 (NLT)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, really enjoy your Fourth of July.

B Moments, cinco de mayo

With God, Your Victory Will Be Heavenly

B Moments, cinco de mayo

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Isaiah 55:08 (NLT)

Today, I am thinking about how our circumstances don’t need to change to have a great victory.

I had this thought because today, many will celebrate Cinco de Mayo, which is the commemoration of the Mexican army’s unlikely victory against the French. I call it the classic case of the smaller power defeating the greater power.

Looking to the Scriptures, I recently talked about how when Jesus healed a blind man, his disciples asked if the man’s blindness was due to his sins or the sins of his parents. Yet, Jesus responded that the man was blind so that the power of God could be seen in him.

The same is sometimes true with us, too. Our imperfections and chaotic conditions and the ability of a smaller power to ultimately defeat a greater power, all join together in showcasing the power of God’s work and revealing His hand in our lives.

The key is to make the battle the Lord’s. When we do this, the outcome is almost certain.

Therefore, the next time we’re struggling to see how we can triumph in a certain situation because nothing seems to be working and the odds seem insurmountable, let us cling to these words: “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts…and my ways are far beyond anything you can imagine.” Isaiah 55:08 (NLT)

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So today on Cinco de Mayo, give your battle to the Lord, knowing that victory is on the way.

B Moments, Easter

Celebrate Easter with the Cup of Living Water

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: John 3:16 (TLB)

Today is Easter Sunday, and I am rejoicing over God’s living water, that water we can drink from and never thirst again.

We know from the Scriptures that at the time of Jesus’ death, the veil in the temple was ripped from top to bottom. This ripping represented the free and unlimited access people would now have to God due to Christ’s sacrifice. Those people included the Samaritan woman who talked with Jesus at the well.

As the story goes, the Samaritan woman came down to the well with her pail and bucket to fetch water, and Jesus told her that if she turned to him, there was a water that he had, called living water, which would allow her to never thirst again.

Here’s one of the most poignant points in the passage for me. This woman had been married five times and was currently living with a man who was not her husband. However, that was not a barrier to her being able to partake in God’s living water.

When she learned that Christ was the Messiah, she forgot all about the water that she had fetched from the well because all she could focus on was this new living water. Once she learned about her free and unlimited access to the living water, she converted an entire town.

Who do you know who needs to hear that by turning to Christ, they too will have free and unlimited access to this living water? Let us spend the day rejoicing as we remember these words, “For God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son, so that anyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (TLB)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, celebrate your Easter Sunday and drink from the cup of living water.

B Moments, clean heart

Ring in 2018 with a Clean Heart

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Mark 7:15 (NLT)

Today, I am in celebration mode as we’re days away from ringing in the new year.

When I feel this way, I’m in the mood to get out and to visit family and friends. I will even make my way to a few holiday parties. At those parties will be great people, food, and because we’re ringing in the new year, likely a little champagne.

Yet as soon as these thoughts and images of a good time enter my mind, I fear overdoing it. I worry about defiling my body by eating too many unhealthy things. Then I recall what Jesus taught the Pharisees in Mark 7.

When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to dinner, they noticed that he did not partake in the customary hand washing ceremony. They were both surprised and appalled at Jesus’ actions at first. However, Jesus explained to them that we are not defiled by what we eat, but rather by what we say and do.

After reading this, I felt liberated to some extent because it created such clarity about what really matters to God. Let us enjoy this weekend with family and friends and keep a clean heart as we enter 2018. As you do so, remember these words: “It’s not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart.” Mark 7:15 (NLT)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, commit to ringing in 2018 with a clean heart.

B Moments, humility

Be a Beacon of Humility This Christmas

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Luke 2:14 (KJV)

Merry Christmas, B Moment listeners! This is the day that the King of Kings was born, and we rejoice because he still lives on.

Today, I am thinking about how Jesus came into this world and how he left it. We know that the angel of the Lord appeared to Mary and told her that she would bear a son who would be called Son of the Most High.

Yet Jesus’ beginnings were very humble. He was born in a stable, and a manger, or what is also known as an animal feeding trough, was the first place he laid his head.

I read once that a pastor said being born in a stable doesn’t seem fitting for a king or Son of the Most High, but it is a perfect place for the lamb of God who came to take away the sins of the world. Jesus’ humble beginnings make him accessible to any man who chooses to seek him.

During the final week of Jesus’ life, he also rode in on a donkey and colt to bring salvation to the world. Jesus could have chosen a different set of circumstances, but he chose a position of humility.

To honor Jesus’ life, let’s keep a loving and joyous yet humble spirit, especially today—such to the point that others want what you have. Not in terms of a gift, but just in terms of your spirit. So carry these words on your heart today: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:14 (KJV)

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So today, be a beacon of love, joy, and humility.

B Moments, underscore

Underscore the Christ in Your Christmas

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Matthew 25:40 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about underscoring Christ in Christmas.

Recently, I was talking to my friend Tim, who is associated with the Safe Families for Children Organization. If you’re not familiar, this is an organization where one family takes in the children of another family that’s in crisis while the adults of that family get back on their feet. The goal is to keep the children safe and the family intact.

Tim was telling me about this single mother of two who was about to deliver her third child when she learned that her new place wouldn’t be ready for another three weeks. She needed a place to stay, so Tim and his wife, Joan, opened their home and their hearts to this family for the last three weeks.

After the family moved into their new place earlier this week, Joan sat at the kitchen table and shared with Tim that she felt so behind this holiday season. Nothing was done, decorations weren’t up, and not one gift was purchased.

Tim leaned over to his wife and said, “Honey, we just gave a homeless family a place to live for three weeks. We might not have decorations up or gifts under the tree, but we are already celebrating Christmas.”

So as you celebrate the Christmas season, how are you underscoring Christ in your Christmas? What gift of love or compassion will you give to someone in need this year? As you think about that, recall these words from Christ: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for the least of these my brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40 (NIV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, be sure to underscore the Christ in your Christmas.

B Moments, invisible

The Invisible Love of a Mother

B Moments, invisible

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Proverbs 31:25-26 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about a mother’s invisible love.

As a young girl, I always appreciated my mother’s love, and I appreciated her simply for being there when I needed her. However, the older I became, and then especially when I became a mother myself, I understood the depth of the sacrifices she made for me.

Most often, the sacrifices that mothers make—for their children, for their families, and for their households—are obvious. But there are some sacrifices that are unseen and go unspoken. In these situations, only she and the Lord know the extent of what she is sacrificing. This is what I call the invisible nature of a mother’s love.

When I ponder these ultimate sacrifices, I turn to the Scriptures and think of Hannah. In first Samuel, we learn that Hannah has a son named Samuel, but that she gave her son back to the Lord.

Each year, Hannah visited the temple to deliver a small coat that she had made for Samuel. Even though she was separated from Samuel, he was able to walk around in a coat that only her hands had made.

I think the story of Hannah reaffirms for us that a mother’s love can always overcome time and distance. The words that I am feeling on my heart right now, and that you will hopefully share with a mom today are: 

“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” Proverbs 31:25-26 (ESV)

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So today, let’s go the extra mile in celebrating our moms.

B Moments, living water

Let God’s Living Water Renew You

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: John 3:16 (TLB)

Today is Easter Sunday, or as many of us will say, Resurrection Sunday. Therefore, I am thinking about God’s living water—that water we can drink from and never thirst again.

The idea of God’s living water began intriguing me because I am continuing to study the passage detailing Jesus’ exchange with the Samaritan woman. At the well, Jesus told the woman all about living water.

She came down to the well with her pail and bucket to fetch water, and Jesus told her that if she turned to him, there was a water that he had, called living water, which would allow her to never thirst again.

This woman, as I will often remind everyone, had been married five times and was currently living with a man who was not her husband. However, that was not a barrier to her being able to partake in God’s living water.

At that point, after having this beautiful exchange, this woman actually experienced God’s living water.

When she learned that Christ was the Messiah, she left all the water that she had fetched from the well and ran back to get her entire town. If you’ve been listening during the week, you know that this woman, a Samaritan woman living in sin, converted an entire town.

Through this story, we see what is possible when we hold true to the living water when Christ gives us the opportunity. The words that I will cling to simply are, “For God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son, so that anyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (TLB)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, celebrate your Easter Sunday and hold onto that living water.