Friday, October 22, 2010

The Acorn

Have you ever considered the acorn? It's so small. It doesn't amount to much when you look at it. But consider this:

The acorn will grow into a large tree that will provide shade to the hot.
The acorn will grow into a large tree that will provide homes for squirrels, birds, and various bugs.
The acorn will grow into a large tree that absorb carbon dioxide that is dangerous for us to breath.
The acorn will grow into a large tree that will produce oxygen that we need to breath.
The small acorn will grow into a large and benefical tree.

What small thing are you not doing because you don't think you'll matter? Are you giving nothing because your dollar is too small? Are you doing nothing because your effort is too little? Do you think you are too small to matter?

Consider the acorn. It is small but makes a big difference. Why not do something small today...and let God make it Big.

Chatty Kelly

Adapted from a sermon by Mike Langley at Fairmount Christian Church.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Blow Gently

I was blowing bubbles with my daughters the other night. As we took turns, I noticed that when I blew lots of bubbles would come out of the wand. Yet on their turns it seems only a few bubbles would come out, but lots of bubble juice would fly. Each time I heard their "Pffffft" as they blew with all their might to create bubbles. Then I let them in on a little secret. You get more bubbles if you blow gently, than if you blow hard.

It reminded me of a Biblical principal. To find out which one, meet me over at Titus 2 in Action, where I am a Featured Contributor every other Wednesday.

Titus 2 in Action

Chatty Kelly

Monday, October 18, 2010

Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places

"I was looking for love in all the wrong places,
Looking for love in too many faces."
Looking for Love, Johnny Lee, 1980

The Bible tells us the true definition of love. God is love. "This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins." (1 John 4:10)

Unfortunately, too often we go looking for love in all the wrong places, looking for love in too many faces. We try to find love through our spouses, our children, our friends. We try to get our needs met and fulfilled by others. God has wired us to want to love and be loved. But perfect love only comes from God. We can't have that need met anywhere else, no matter how many faces we go to, looking for love.

Or maybe you aren't looking for love through people, but through accolades. Whether it's awards, compliments, accomplishments, or (in my case) publications, we look for things to value our worth and convince us that we are lovable.

You are not only lovable, but you are loved. God loves you so much. Don't be like the singer and go "Looking for love in all the wrong places." You only need to look to God to find true love. And then you'll discover another heart, looking for love.

Psalm 33:18 -- But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love.

Musical Musings:
1. Are you looking for love from family and friends to meet your needs, rather than from God?
2. Are you looking for love from accomplishments, to fill your needs to be found of worth?
3. Do you believe that God sent Jesus to die FOR YOU because you are lovable, and he loves you?

Dear Lord -You love us so much! Yet, I know that I have trouble believing it sometimes. Why would you love me? How could you love me? Thank you, Lord, that you find me to be worthy of your love, through Jesus. Help me to believe in that worth and to not go looking for love anywhere but to you. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Rock On:
Enjoy the song "How He Loves Us" by the David Crowder Band, by watching the video here on my blog, or click this link to the youtube video if you receive this post via email. Listen to the words, as you rejoice in "oh, how he loves us!"

Chatty Kelly