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Mirror Image


My son really enjoys reading his completed homework assignments to his mother and me. The other day, he sat down and began reading  a creative writing assignment to us…one that he received a particularly high grade in. As I listened to him read, and watched the emotion of his story work across his face, it occurred to me just how much like me he is becoming. I was experiencing a very proud daddy moment.

More and more, my son is beginning to:

Walk like me…

Talk like me…

Act like me…

Then it hit me…God looks at us the very same way.

Simply Put

As parents, we rejoice when our children begin displaying those character traits that we work hard to instill in them. We rejoice when they take the best part of us and implement it into their own lives.

God created us in His image. His desire is for us to become like Him.  Whenever we sit before Him and share our day, our lives, our heart…whenever we love others, regardless of who or what they are…whenever we sound, look and act more like Him…well, I believe that God has a proud Daddy moment too.

God is our heavenly Father and each time we draw closer to Him…He smiles.

Just something to chew on this upcoming week.

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Say What?


I am a talker…I always have been. I love deep conversations and silly asides. I guess I really just love words. As I grow older, I realize more and more the impact our words have on others.

Our words have meaning.

Our words hold influence.

Our words are powerful.

There are people in our lives that hold fast to the things we say…the good things and the bad. Our friends, our spouses, our kids, our neighbors, our co-workers…somebody thinks what we say is pretty important.

That’s a big responsibility, and whether we want that responsibility or not, it is still a responsibility that each of us bear. 

So what are we saying to each other? How are our words affecting those around us? Are we lifting others up with our words or are we tearing them down?

Simply Put…

Are you a encourager or are you a discourager?

The bible tells us that we should encourage each other to do good things and to love (Hebrews 10:24). It says that we should spend a lot of time building each other up (1 Thessalonians 5:11).

The bible tells us just how important our words are. It tells us to be mindful of what we say. That’s what we should do.

But, we have a choice.

Every time we open our mouth, we have a choice to make. We can help or hinder. Create or wreck. Build or destroy. And, while it’s not always an easy choice to make, and it’s a choice that I struggle with all of the time, the choice is still ours.

The words we speak really can be the difference between life or death.

Let me encourage you…

Choose life. 

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