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!

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Attitude is everything!

Ever since I was a little girl, my mom has inspired me with many of her favorite quotes, prayers, and Bible verses.  Today, I want to write about one of her favorite quotes…

Attitude is everything!

In the past few days walking around campus–walking through each of my days–I have realized all the more just how true this quote is.  It’s easy to say flippantly, “Attitude is everything,” as if it’s the inside of a greeting card.  But to really believe these words and to see them as true through your own life…this is the critical step.

Take a college exam for an example.  There are many different ways to think about it.  With one attitude, I could say, “Urrrrrrggggghhhhhh!  An exam! Prrroooooocccccrrrrrrrrraaaaaaaassssssstionation (procrastination) has gotten me again, and I have waited too late to study.” On the other hand, I’m trying to learn to adopt this mindset:  Let’s have a competition to see just how well you know the material!  Just like a lacrosse game, see if you can practice and win!

Our attitude has just as large of an impact on our relationship with God, as well.  Every that we face temptation to sin, you can look at the situation one of many different ways.  You can see the temptation/sin as just one more guilt to sweep under the rug of emotions in your heart, or you can see it as an opportunity to ask God for grace and strength!

Always adopt an attitude that gives you a thankful heart!

Today, I encourage you to look for all the different places in your life where attitude is everything.  Look for the times in your life when becoming disappointed, upset, or even embarrassed would be easiest, but remember that Colossians 3:15 says, “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.”

Today, go out and be thankful!  Go and spread some Sonshine 🙂