Sunday, January 31, 2010

At the end of the day...

"We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians 1:3

I was sitting quietly in church this morning, listening to the preacher and my mind kept rolling this verse around. Bro. Don had plenty else to say, yet this verse caught my attention and grabbed at me.
When others see me, what do they see?
Am I only playing Christian, or is it real?
Am I only a Sunday Christian?
Do I possess the faith, hope and love, that can only come from Christ?
This isn't about popularity. It is not about being put on a pedestal. Or about receiving recognition or praise. This isn't about how many comments are left on a blog or "Amens" from the choir section.
This is simply about me, working on ME, with the help of the Lord. I want to be different, need to be "not of this world" different." I desire to live in such a way that SHOUTS, "Hey everyone! Mich has found the key to life, I want what she has!!!"
My goal as a Christian should be to be known as one who has the faith, hope and love the Bible so richly talks about. The characteristics Christ so perfectly lived out.
At the end of the day, this work in progress, wants to be known by my faith, hope and love...
Thank you for your continued prayers for the mother-in-law. She leaned over today at church and said she appreciated it all. She goes Friday for the test, so we will know more then...


Amber said...

Hey, honey. I'm so sorry that you were sick this week. YUCKO. YUCK. YUCK. YUCK. Hope you are feeling better and that no one else gets it.

Tell Miss G that I'm praying for her. She's a fighter!

Love you much. Good words today. the you are guys liking Bro. Don?

Sharon Sloan said...

Glad you felt well enough to go to church! God's Word is always refreshing, and He touched your heart today.

Abiding in Him. Doing it all for the glory of God. Simple indeed. :)

Praying for your mother-in-law!

Andrea said...

Me, too!!
Blessings, hugs, and prayers,

PS: Hope you are feeling better!!

Jim said...

Good words of challenge today! Good reflection for all who love and desire to obey our Lord.

No church today up our way. I don't know about tomorrow, I just know Who holds my hand.

I love you,

He & Me + 3 said...

What an inspiring post Mich. I loved this. something to really think about & do a self check.

christy rose said...

I have some bloggy love for you over at my place. :)

Gretchen said...

May your prayer be my own. xxxooo

Andrea said...

Hope you don't mind. I added a link for your blog on arise 2 write.

Becca~TimeWellSpent said...

Praying for your mother-in-law!

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

Love this! I want to be a guenuine Christian. I don't want to build an image of myself that is not true. I hate that about some mommy blogs. Perfect people living in a perfect world? Not true!

I strive to be as real as possible and that means pride has to go by the way side.

That is what you just did. Great job, Mich!