I would like to invite you to join the elite group of people. Those who are willing to refrain from shaving their mo for 30 days for the greater good, please consider joining this team. The team is to be called ‘Mo Growers United’.
Movember used to be known as November. It is now a month dedicated by many for the growth of the illustrious mo. You may be asking why. You may be wondering the purpose of this quest.
The reason is simple; because we care & because we can. I wrote about these two reasons plus one more in a blog post I wrote last year called ‘To Mo or Not to Mo, that is the question.’ You can click and read here.
Please consider joining our team and/or donating to the cause. We are trying to raise awareness of Men’s health issues and financial support for solid charities addressing them. You can find our more information here at http://ca.movember.com/?home.
I can think of a few guys in my past and present life that I would love to support. Growing a mo for 30 days is a simple way to do just that. Would you lend your support to help our dads, brothers and sons.
I’d love to hear back from you.
‘Thank you’ is a valuable, sometimes rare, phrase. I am not just talking about the words. I am speaking of both the words and the accompanying gratitude.
Expressions of genuine gratitude encourages a person to want to help others more, to want to do more good deeds, to want to be a greater blessing.
Scripture tells us to ‘consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds’ (Hebrews 10:24 NIV).
Expressing genuine thanks is a great way do a little spurring. I’d like to encourage you to express genuine gratitude this week. I think you’ll love the results.
Question: How has gratitude made a positive difference to you or others you know?
‘Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.’
– Psalm 42:5,1; 43:5
The author is writing of difficult moments here. It seems that he was a person who experienced many hard times in life. This psalmist understood how to overcome difficult moments.
Psalm 42 and 43 were originally one psalm and within it the author repeats this phrase. The repetition is significant. It’s significance is found in the approach to moments of discouragement or disappointment. The psalmist chose not to wallow in self pity.
He talked to himself. In so many words, he told himself that it is time to get past this and to do two things; 1) put his hope in God; and 2) praise his Savior and God.
We can learn a lot from this approach to the low moments of life. Consciously taking these steps can make a great difference.
So I have made a decision that the next time I am disappointed or disturbed I will talk to myself. I figure I can’t go wrong by reminding myself to put my hope in God and give Him praise; regardless of my present experience.
How about you? Are you willing to talk to yourself?
Life has a way of wearing a person down. The constant and continual grind of work, struggle and challenge. Anyone can begin to feel weary and weak. Anyone can get to a point that tiredness gets the best of them.
I have felt this way recently: tired, weary and weak. It is OK to admit. It’s healthy to confess. We are human: frail, just flesh. We often need refreshing and renewal. This is where I found myself.
What is one to do at this juncture? Should a person quit and throw in the proverbial towel? I don’t think that is the best option.
I have rediscovered that God understands and cares. I have found that He is able to refresh and renew better than any vacation or rest.
“He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:29-31)
Vacations are good. A rest is refreshing. A change of routine could be like a cool glass of water. Nothing, though, is as refreshing as the Spirit of the Lord bringing strength and energy back to a weary soul and tired heart.
I can testify to the truth of what Isaiah wrote. He does strengthen and renew. I have experienced this again and I am thankful.
How about you? How have you experienced the refreshing of the Spirit?
“I hope you enjoy the following post. It was a guest writing for a weekly article called ‘Street Level Faith’. The weekly articles of Rev. Randy Besta or guests can be found in The Independent of St. Marys, Ontario. Thanks to Rev. Besta for the invitation.”
“Street Level Faith.”
I like that phrase.
‘Street Level Faith’ implies that faith is not just for certain situations. It implies that faith is for any and every situation of life. It indicates that faith can be applied in real life circumstances. This type of faith is faith for real people, with real needs and real challenges.
‘Street Level Faith’ implies that faith is not just for one day of the week. It ought to be effective every day. Faith affects us daily and in every way. It influences the way we interact with each other at home, at work or at play. Faith makes a difference every day.
‘Street Level Faith’ implies that faith is not just for the special few but for all. God loves each one equally and He has given equal access to His Son. Jesus came for all alike; the rich and the poor, the educated and the non-educated. ‘Whosoever will’ is the phrase He uses. Faith is available for everyone.
‘Street Level Faith’ enables real people, in real circumstances, with real challenges. Faith encourages and strengthens people to overcome real problems. I am confident some reading today could share stories of how faith in Christ has enabled them to face and overcome incredibly difficult challenges. It is important to share these stories because they encourage and inspire us.
Living Rock Church has some inspiring true stories being shared this coming Sunday (April 21st). Real people who have faced real problems with drug and alcohol addiction will be sharing true stories of hope and change. A ministry team of Teen Challenge GTA will be joining us at Little Falls Public School beginning at 10:45 AM. A light lunch will be available following the service and a children’s program will be available. A freewill offering will be collected. Everyone is welcome! I would love to see you there.