Filling ALL in ALL

trabajador-petroleroOnce in the history of this country, its little town of Camiri had one of the largest oil and gas reserves which made it earn the name of the Oil Capital of Bolivia. Those old days of profit and glory of oil drilling are in the memory of the grandparents of our students at the Christian School. As we all know, and should have been in the minds and vision of people of the past, it’s the simple fact that oil is a non-renewable resource of the earth. When it’s gone, it’s gone for ever.

The phrase in Ephesians 1:23 has caught my attention: “the fullness of Him who fills all in all“. For something to fill something of everything, in every way and in every time; it has to be a tremendous unrestricted, illimitable source. That is Christ himself and that is Christ working through his body, the church!

my_cup_overflows In some way or another; at some point we feel hunger, thirst, craving, yearning, hollow, crying silently or out loud, dry, desolate, void and unfilled. Jesus’ riches and resources are endless. We all have intellectual, emotional and spiritual empty tanks, but He can abundantly fill our mind, soul, heart and spirit with all that is necessary for our well-being.

Christ is the only inexhaustible reservoir of everything for everything. He makes all things complete!

“Spring up, O well within my soul.

Spring up, O well, and make me whole

Spring up, O well, and give to me That life abundantly.”

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New Year’s Resolutions?

Nectarine_Fruit_DevelopmentBuds and Blossoms are not fruit.

The buds and blossoms of our words, which breed anticipation of what we might do, are empty without the fruit of our follow-through.  -Matthew Henry.

 

NEW-YEARS-RESOLUTIONS-calendarDear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 1 Jn.3:18

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Perseverance

hammer-hitting-a-nail“Like driving a nail into a piece of wood,

you’ll face some challenges that require more

than one strike of the hammer,

SO HIT IT AGAIN!”

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Why me?

It has been raining.

What does it mean to me? Blessing or Annoyance?

Rain can be fun or inconvenient, I must admit.

Rain is seasonal, sooner or later, it passes on.

Joy in the rainy seasons of life depends on

my perspective and attitude;

Since rain is necessary for growth and life.

rain1“If I asked ‘why me?’ about my troubles,

I would have to ask ‘why me?’ about my blessings.”

                                                         -Arthur Ashe (tennis player)

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Driving through life

In a way, each one of us go through life driving. We all start as a simple passenger and at some point we take the steering wheel. Sometimes we drive with drivingdetermined direction, some other times we are lost. We make frequent stops for duty or for pleasure: at school, at work, at church, or at a relative’s or friend’s house. Here and there we stop because we want to, like a stop at the amusement park and from time to time we stop because we can’t drive, like a stop to a hospital.

I wish to be able to always drive in the fast lane and find a green light at every traffic light, but the time waiting in a red light or in traffic jam, the slow driver in front of me or the accident on the road, all bring me to reality again: I am not the only one trying to go some place.

Sometimes the driving distance is short, some other times it is long. We stop for a while, but sooner or later we need to go on.  I am not surprised of the term “to have drive” to refer to motivation, to the force within to keep us going. Our journey seems to never cease.

We may be given the chance to choose the car we drive and occasionally change it: from the public bus or taxicab to a sport car or a convertible; from the company car to a mini, compact or medium size car; from a wagon to a luxury car. Nevertheless, our last and final transportation will be in a hearse (funerary vehicle), for we all have the same destination. So for today, it would be nice not to drive like crazy and drive everyone crazy: in other words, remember to drive safely and enjoy the ride.

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FOMO

blackFridayFOMO, Fear Of Missing Out. It is not just the anxiety for interaction in social networking (Facebook, Twitter, cellphones, etc.). It is also the marketing strategy of making people feel that they would miss a great deal if they don’t buy something, commercials designed to make you feel a big dumb if you don’t take that bargain and a loser if you don’t make that profitable investment. This area of FOMO is a compulsive desire to get material goods to feel good about oneself, formerly known as “keeping up with the Joneses”, is a form of insecurity and dissatisfaction. Things fill the sense of void and empty identity, so I’ve got to get them the day of the year they are the cheapest.

Who doesn’t want to buy items on sale and save money? I do. But I also need to be aware of my motives and watch out if I am being carried away by this syndrome by asking myself: Would I stay awake all night for prayer as I do in wait to open the stores? Would I go out on a very cold early morning to serve and assist others? Do I trample over others to be first? Do I use the money that I save to help the needy or do I use it to get more things for myself? Would I feel anxious and restless to the point of going crazy if I know that thousands of people are getting stuff at a good price and I’m not there?

Mexico has not Thanksgiving Day, but since 2011 it has an annual nationwide shopping day inspired by our neighbor in the north. Why didn’t we, Mexicans, copy Thanksgiving? Simply because consumerism has not nationality and being thankful and content is unnatural to our human nature.

Will I ever settle for what I have?

Sometimes I have things, More often I don’t have things.

Sometimes I have people near by, At times I don’t.

I always have Jesus, then I can boldly say, I have it all.

 

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Somewhere else

travel-agents“BEWARE of Destination Addiction:

A preoccupation with the idea that happiness is in the next place,

the next job,

and with the next partner.

Until You give up the idea that happiness is somewhere else,

It will never be where You are.”

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Tenacity – 4 points

“Tenacity is setting a goal so BIG

you can’t possibly achieve it…

then growing into the person who can!”

1.- SET A GOAL.

Set it before God. No matter how wild, unheard of, out of place, difficult or ridiculous might be or seem to be; set it, do your part and when God opens doors, walk fearlessly like crazy through them. (Proverbs 16:3).

2.- GET USED TO:

Opposition and criticism. Most people are afraid to change in order to try new things. “Pessimism never won any battle” (D. Eisenhower). There will always be those with the spirit of Sanballat (Nehemiah 4:1-6).

3.- SHARE YOUR VISION.

Your enthusiasm will be crucial for others to pick up your vision. Teamwork makes any project easy and loads are lighter when divided among many. (Habakkuk 2:2).

4.- DO ALL WITH YOUR GOAL IN MIND.

The way you spend your time, resources, money and energy must be related to that goal.  Your decisions, apparently insignificant, time to go to bed, time to wake up, eating habits, friendships and social gatherings, sports and hobbies or any other activity you get involved will determine in near or far future your achievement of goals. (1 Corinthians 9:24).

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In the end, when you have reached your goal; you will be able to smile with satisfaction; a smile only those who have experienced “the path of tenacity” know what I’m talking about.   😉

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Tenacity – 4 examples

“THE TEST

OF A PERSON’S CHARACTER

IS

WHAT IT TAKES TO STOP HIM.”

Keep-goingThe saying ” I am in the habit of making a way out of no way” might sound a bit arrogant. But tenacity is the quality that makes people do not give up easily and persist with determination towards a goal not matter how challenging might be or how much time it might take to complete.

Four examples from the Bible that with perseverance they achieved and gained their hearts’ desires:

1.- JABEZ (I Chron.4:10). His name means “sorrowful or sorrow-maker”. I would have said “Don’t ask” and although his prayer is not a formula to get all what I want; the last thing we read about him is that God granted his request. I want to learn to dare to ask for enlargement of territory. As somebody said “Attempt something large enough that failure is guaranteed…unless God steps in”.

2.- JACOB (Gen. 32:9-12). If I’d have been there I’d have said “Stop! You are wrestling with somebody whose finger’s touch can lame, imagine what the grip of his hand can do! Stop!”  God will always win the wrestling match, but Jacob strived with God and did prevail! What an unforgettable night he had. We see in Jacob a picture of a man renewed by the power of God.

3.- HANNAH (I Sam. 2). She is one of the two wives of Elkanah. She was childless and gave herself to prayer without external speech. Her lips moved, but there was no sound. Eli, the priest, thought she was drunk with wine. I would have said “Don’t make a fool of yourself and accept your condition”. Hannah teaches me that before the Lord we can never come as ridiculous. “Better a thousand times effective peculiarity that ineffective ordinariness” (Fred Mitchell).

4.- WOMAN WITH ISSUE OF BLOOD (Matt.9:20-22). This woman that for 12 years had suffered a disease and under Jewish law, she was considered unclean; pressed through the crowds, came behind Jesus, touched his garment and immediately was healed. I would have thought “It is too embarrasing to try“. Jesus put her on the spot, but encouraged her with the words “take heart”. This woman teaches me that I am never lost in my uncleaness, unless, for fear and a foolish decision, I remain in that condition.

There is a fine line between being tenacious and stubborn. May God grant us the wisdom to firmly grip to what it is worth, to what it will outlast our lives and bring glory to his name.

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Rahab, the prostitute

Rahab330402211Rahab’s story is found in the book of Joshua Chapter 2. She is an outcast rejected by society.  Rahab is mentioned 8 times in the Bible. Five times her profession of prostitution is attached to her name. “The prostitute” is not the greatest title to be remembered for. It seems that God wants us to think “prostitute” when  we think about Rahab. In her livelihood we see the given up of any hope of ever turning her life around, but by her faith we can see how God can turn shame into glory in one shining moment of redemption!   She took a big risk, chose the God of Israel, acted on her faith and she was saved and blessed by God. One of the great lessons we can learn from her life is that “WHAT YOU ARE TODAY IS NOT WHAT YOU CAN BE, BY GOD’S GRACE, TOMORROW”.

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