Are you thirsty?

What does it mean to hunger and thirst for righteousness?

In the Beatitudes, Jesus says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (Matthew 5:6).

This isn’t the only place where thirst is referenced though.  One of my other, favorite verses is Psalm 143:6 which says,

“I stretch out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.”

I know that this is a super short blog post–which I am so sorry for, by the way–but chapter was about 3 hours long with dinner, and I procrastinated on my homework.  Yes, true and awful story.  Anyways, every single time that you feel yourself get thirsty for water or your favorite soft-drink, think of what it means for your SOUL to thirst, especially to thirst for RIGHTEOUSNESS!  We can reconvene with another blog post to discuss this 🙂

Have a blessed and thirst-for-righteousness filled day!

-Sarah 🙂

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Doing What We Hate

“We judge others by their actions and ourselves by our own intentions.”

This is one of my favorite quotes, and isn’t this so true?  I find that I see how God calls me to live, and yet I am just unable to do it.  Sometimes I feel too tired or something, so I choose to do what I want rather than what God wants.  When it comes time to judge my own self though, I see that I meant well–judging myself by my own intentions.

Paul recognized this even about himself.  In Romans 7, he writes,

“I do not understand my own actions.  For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing that I hate…For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, my flesh.  For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.  For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not what is what I keep on doing.

It is such a comfort to see that even Paul struggled with this is his life.  He was the greatest teacher of the Gospel (after Jesus, of course) and yet that did not exempt him from being weighted down and filled up with sin.

Whenever you find yourself doing something that you hate rather than doing the thing that you want, pray about it.  Remember though, that Jesus came to this earth and lived the perfect life that you and I can’t live.  He lived it, but He also gave himself up as the perfect sacrifice, so that we can now receive God’s grace that covers all that we do.

We cannot do what we want or even what we should do, but God’s grace is sufficient. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

Go out and have a grace-filled day 🙂

Really quick, I want to share a Bible verse that I will write about tomorrow night.  This is one that has been heavy on my heart today, and I can’t wait to write more about it.  As for now though, I am off to do quite a bit of homework…

“For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh.  For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.  For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing…Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?  Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!  So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.”

-Romans 7:18-19,24-25

Walking Billboard in Everything

If you read my last post, you may remember that I am on a quest to do something out-of-the-box everyday in order to experience God.  To rise up to this challenge, I grabbed my camera, jumped on my bike with near flat tires (oops!…not a good idea), and hit the roads around campus.  At last, I arrived at the bookstore, and knowing me, I became super excited.

Averting my eyes from all the books on shelves around me–after all, there was just too much temptation to buy even more–I went straight upstairs to the area with greeting cards.  There among many, one card in particular stood out.  “I wanted to do something, anything, but I didn’t know what to do.  So I did this.  This is my something.”

I read the card, and I began to wonder, What is my something?

Do you ever wonder what your “something” is?

God has given each one of us different skills and passions that give us a special place in His body.  But here’s where we can sometimes be wrong in our belief as Christians…Sometimes, we let ourselves become passive in participating in the Body of Christ.  I know this from experience because I have definitely been one to even use “God’s will is what will happen, so just don’t worry!” as an excuse to, in essence, be lazy.

While I certainly believe that God’s will truly will be what happens, I also believe that Paul spoke the truth in saying that we are ambassadors for Christ! (2 Corinthians 5:20).  Think about it… We, in essence, are walking billboards for Christ!

No matter where you going or what you are doing, be aware that not just your “something” but your “everything” is always advertising how we are changed from the inside out whenever Christ’s love lives inside of us.

So go out into the world filled with encouragement.  Be a walking billboard for Christ in all that you do!