No one likes correction. It doesn’t matter who you are. No one wakes up in the morning and says to themselves, “Wow. I hope I find out how wrong I am today and that someone will correct me for it.” Then you read books like Proverbs in the Bible and it seems like every other verse is about not only the importance, but the power of correction in the life of a believer.
There is no greater book on the face of the earth than the Bible. God set it up and structured it to give us advise, comfort, direction, purpose. To give our lives and walks with Jesus meaning and eternal value. If we are not reading the Bible everyday then we are missing out on wonderful opportunities to be challenged to grow beyond what our mind can conceive.
I read Proverbs 10 today and there was a verse (and word) that stuck out to me.
17 Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life,
but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.
That word “heeds” means to pay attention to or pay CLOSE attention to. To recognize that something is important enough to pause and consider how that information needs to be integrated into life.
So the emphasis and importance is not just on BEING corrected but in HEEDING correction/discipline in life. Anyone can be corrected but the value from that correction comes from taking to heart and applying what we are presented with in life. Being in church ministry for over 25 years I have seen lots of people who are good at saying they recognize the need for correction and even say they receive correction but don’t do anything practical in their lives to prove a change. If we receive correction then we will be intentional about letting that discipline modify our behavior. I have even been guilty of saying that I understood correction in my life but not doing anything to prove that changes had been made.
Even taking a step back further, the lack of heeding correction can ultimately come from thinking that you are above correction and that you already know just about everything in life, which is impossible and destructive.
I can remember my first interaction with Marilyn Hickey as the services and communications pastor for our church. Part of my duties as the service coordinator was to do reviews for her when she would preach. I can remember our first interaction after a sermon she had preached and she asked me how she did. I told her, “Marilyn, you have been preaching for longer than I have been alive. What am I going to tell you that you don’t already know?” She proceeded to tell me that everyone can get better at preaching/public speaking no matter their age and once you feel like you don’t need that help is the first day you started getting worse at presenting. That was over ten years ago and it has stuck with me to this day. If the world evangelist Marilyn Hickey (who is now 89 years young) thinks that SHE can get better at her presentation skills and is not above correction, then surely I can keep an “open mind and closed mouth” when it comes to correction in my life.
Today, look to the power and importance of correction in life. In fact, maybe even seek out ways to get better at what you do personally AND professionally. When we are people of correction, we put ourselves in a place of being the best version of who God created us to be. Reading the Bible is a huge part of that equation but so is listening to the people around us that love us and want us to succeed in life. Have a great week and know that God is for you and not against you ~ in everything you do.
General Manager- Rocky Mountain CTN
Enjoy Life. Consider Eternity.
I say “hi” to butterflies when I’m out in the garden working. There are so many shapes and sizes and colors. They’re just beautiful and flit around from here to there with nowhere to go, and no time restraints. That is, except, the Monarch butterfly. God sends them on a huge round trip for thousands of miles each year. From Canada, through the United States and down into Mexico, Monarchs have been migrating along these routes for an untold number of years.
These are insects, bugs if you will, and yet God has made them beautiful and given them purpose. Maybe not quite as good as bees, but butterflies certainly do their fair share to help pollinate fruits and crops. Their beauty certainly makes up for any lack in efficiency. The Monarch goes through great changes in their life cycle. From a tiny egg, to a caterpillar, then a chrysalis and then finally a beautiful butterfly. It’s called metamorphosis, and as God transforms a butterfly He also transforms us.
Dean Taylor notes in one of his writings that when we ask the Lord into our lives He changes us, transforms us into the person He wants us to be become. Our life is changed and when we keep the Lord in our hearts, our friends and family can actually tell the difference in us. Our outlook certainly changes, our feelings and expectations change and maybe we carry that new found hope and joy on the outside as well!
Help a friend or loved one or even a stranger to know God’s Love and salvation and see if you can’t help but see a transformation in them!
RMCTN- Colorado Springs Station Manager- KWHS
Enjoy Life. Consider Eternity.
Is your middle school or high school teen looking for something to do this summer before school starts? Why not invest in them with this online camp?
At International Youth Fellowship USA, nothing stops us from opening, connecting, and changing. We may not be able to meet in person, but the 2020 IYF Online World Camp is an exciting opportunity to experience IYF in a brand-new way.
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“I think we’re alone, now. There doesn’t seem to be anyone around.”
In the words of the 80's song from Tiffany, I guess they’re alone together?
We keep seeing the hashtag #AloneTogether, this has quite a different meaning in our current world.
Are we ever really alone?
When you are alone, at least by yourself, aren’t you really alone with your own thoughts? Can you ever just shut off your thinking or clear your mind? Or, do you keep talking to yourself, chastising yourself, remembering the day, even reprimanding yourself for things you’ve ever said or done and just can’t get over it or forgive yourself? Things happen. We are going to make mistakes or say the wrong thing or even hurt someone’s feelings or worse.
Can you ever just listen for the voice of God to come to you in your mind and into your heart? Psalm 46 tells us that “God is our refuge and our strength and a very present help in trouble.” Terrible things can happen; a loss of a loved one, loss of a job, a pandemic even and, yet, God gives us strength to carry on.
Philippians 4:6, “Do not be anxious about anything…”
God is with us even when we are caught up in worry or fear or regret. God loves us and forgives us and gives us His hand, His strength, His courage to make it through the difficult times, the scary times, even when we can’t see a way forward. The help of God is greater than any crisis that could happen. Psalm 46, “Be still and know that I am God”
Isaiah 41:10. “Fear not for I am with you; be not dismayed for I am your God, I will strengthen you, I will help you.”
You’ll never be alone when you ask God into your life. He is right there. Trust Him and open His word to see what He has to say. He has good plans for you (Jeremiah 29:11)
RMCTN Colorado Springs Station Manager
"Enjoy Life. Consider Eternity"
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I was watching a program today on our TV station and the host mentioned something called a 6 Word Story often associated with Earnest Hemmingway but the story he supposedly wrote shows up years before his time and in various iterations.
The 6 Word Story attributed to him is: “For Sale: Baby Shoes, Never Worn”. That gets you thinking. Another one I read on the Kelly Writers House website is : “Saved by Grace, Free at Last”. In just a handful of words it says a lot. Another one I read struck me as sad; “Only Child, but Never the Favorite”. I wondered if I could write a story with just six words and came up with; “Met God, Enjoyed Life, Came Home.”
Life has ups and downs. Plenty of things come along and get in the way, change our plans. Bring us joy; break our hearts. But, if we can just rely on God, come back to Him if we lost our way. He’ll always be there. In just 6 words, you can say; “Please Lord, Come into My Life”. He will. God is never far and will always be there for you.
Can you find time in your life to “Be Kind, Help Others, Feel Peace”? Try asking a friend or loved one to come up with a six word story or six word memoir. It gets them thinking and helps you to better understand what’s going on in their lives. In just six words, you can learn a lot about someone.
“Loved our Daughter, Miss her so”.
RMCTN- Colorado Springs station manager
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Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an every-flowing stream. Amos 5:24
Colorado Prays, Denver Prays and Colorado Multi-Ethnic Coalition invite you to participate in a 48 hour Prayer Watch for justice- Thursday, June 18 at 6pm through Saturday, June 20 at 6pm.
We believe it is time to come together as THE CHURCH to pray for justice and righteousness to flow in our city and state. We will battle in prayer against principalities, powers and rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness as we come together AS ONE in the spirit.
Sign up to pray for an hour or more via a Zoom group. Each hourly group will be hosted by a multi-cultural team or a person of color. All prayer topics will focus on racial justice.
Go to https://www.coprays.org/denver-prays to participate in an hour of prayer or to sign up as a pastor ministry leader to co-lead an hour of prayer with another leader.
Are you looking for a conference to attend this year, but you don't want to travel during this time?
Christian Leaders Fellowship is having an online worldwide conference June 25th - 28th.
To find out more information or to sign up, visit: http://www.clfusa.org/
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