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B Moments, lesser

Don’t Settle for a Lesser Version of Your Life

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

Scripture reference: Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

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Today, I am thinking about how we can settle for a lesser version of our lives.

In this series, we are talking about all the ways we settle for less than God’s best. We used the story of the lame man at the gate in the book of Acts to underscore this point.

Let’s first go over a few interesting facts. This lame man was about forty years old and had been lame since birth. In other words, being lame was all he knew; the only vision he had of his life was seeing himself as a cripple.

We also know that he was brought to the gate almost every day around the same time. This means that he enlisted others to buy into this lesser version of his life.

Then one day, he was sitting outside the temple and begging for money like he always did when Peter crossed his path. He asked Peter for money, but Peter chose to heal him instead. When this man rose to his feet and saw that he was able to stand and walk on his own, he was overwhelmed with joy and praised God all the way into the temple.

Sometimes you can live a certain way for so long, it becomes your truth because it’s all you know. Yet this means that you hold a lesser vision of your life’s purpose and you end up settling.

However, in this story, God shows us what’s possible with Him through this lame man. Where in your life today are you settling? As you think about that, hold onto my favorite Scripture: “For I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

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So today, stop settling.

B Moments, riches

Your Worth Lies in Christ’s Eternal Riches

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 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the eternal riches of Christ.

As we’re deep into the holiday season, we can become overwhelmed with the commercial side of Christmas. We may fall into the trap of measuring our worth or the value of our Christmas by the number of gifts we receive and the value attached to those gifts.

While it is natural that we would celebrate those items, let us not fall into a pattern of measuring our worth in terms of dollars and cents. There is a much higher way in the spiritual realm to measure worth, specifically our richness in Christ.

When I think about the richness in Christ, I’m reminded of a story I read about a man who lived in east Texas and who ultimately died in poverty. However, this man lived in a house that sat just a few feet above the largest undiscovered oil reserve in the world. He lived like a pauper, but he was a wealthy man unbeknownst to him. It was a classic case of being rich but living poor.

Sometimes that’s how we live life because we see richness and measure it only in what we have in the natural world. We forget about the depths of our richness in Christ.

Therefore, as we go about the season, let us remember the eternal riches of Christ and cling to these words: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (ESV)

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So today, remember the eternal riches of Christ.

B Moments, invest

Invest a Little, and Know More Is Coming

B Moments, invest

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 25:29 (NLT)

Today, I am thinking about when a little can lead to a lot more.

Yesterday, I talked quite a bit about the graduation season and the way in which graduation is about starting a new phase in life. This caused me to begin thinking about how, when we start something new, we often start out at level one, if you will. For example, there are many college graduates today who start at an entry-level position and are offered an entry-level salary to complement that position.

However, I believe it’s very important to remember the parable that Jesus taught his followers about how a little can lead to more.

The story goes like this: there was a man going on a long trip, so he called his servants together. Giving one of his servants five bags of gold, he told him to invest it for him while he was gone.

After he left, the servant was actually able to double the man’s initial investment of five bags of gold, so that when he returned, there were ten bags of gold. Joyfully, he praised the faithful servant for a job well done. Additionally, because the servant had been trustworthy with the small amount, the man decided to begin giving him more responsibilities.

At the same time, the man had also given one bag of gold to another servant. Instead of investing it though, he buried it and did not produce any profit. That servant did not earn the man’s trust and instead, lost responsibilities.

Therefore, the key is to embrace where you are and excel in your tasks, knowing that God is watching. Once you’ve mastered that entry level, He will surely open the doors to more.

The next time you need to be encouraged about the little you have while you hope it will turn to more, cling to these words: “To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.” Matthew 25:29 (NLT)

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So today, invest well and be confident that your “more” is on the way.