THOUGHT: Everyone has a purpose in life… a unique gift or special talent to give to others.
CHALLENGE: Blend your unique talent with service to others and experience the joy and excitement of your spirit.
REFERENCE: “John answered, “”The man with two tunics should share with him who has none, and the one who has food should do the same.”””
THOUGHT: “Don’t go to church for information or inspiration, go for transformation.”
CHALLENGE: “As you go to church this weekend, don’t go with the hope of being informed or entertained. Go instead with the intention to be transformed by His word. Do this each week for transformation is a lengthy process.”
REFERENCE: “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
THOUGHT: Under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.
CHALLENGE: Show appreciation and love to your family and friends every chance you get. Go out on a limb to show someone who is a little reluctant themselves to open up. In the end it will mean even more to them. Be gracious if you receive the same in return.
REFERENCE: “””A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
THOUGHT: Take care of “being” before you start “doing.”
CHALLENGE: “Seek to transform your mind so that you can be a more deeply devoted follower of Christ. As you do, you will realize what you need to be doing, and you will know that what you are doing is in His will.”
REFERENCE: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
THOUGHT: Some people pay a compliment as if they expect a receipt.
CHALLENGE: Give out compliments generously and sincerely without expectation of praise or thanks. Start today.
REFERENCE: How can I repay the LORD for all his goodness to me?
THOUGHT: “As the Christmas season fades, your loved ones soon forget their presents, but not your presence.”
CHALLENGE: Reflect over the past few weeks. How much time have you made for your family and friends? Make a concerted effort to prioritize your life this week by giving more time to the people you love.
REFERENCE: “The living, the living—they praise you, as I am doing today; fathers tell their children about your faithfulness.”
THOUGHT: “God calls us to get into the game, not to keep score.”
CHALLENGE: Find a way to be active in your faith daily. Focus more time serving God and less time comparing yourself to others. Leave the score keeping to God.
REFERENCE: “We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.”
THOUGHT: “Grace doesn’t depend on suffering to exist, but where there is suffering you will find grace.”
CHALLENGE: “By existing in this world we are bound to suffer, but God offers a remedy – Grace through His son Jesus Christ. Accept His gift each day and ask Him to pour it over you when you suffer.”
REFERENCE: “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”
THOUGHT: “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
CHALLENGE: Show your gratitude to God today by living by his commandments. Carry the 10 commandments [+1: “Love Thy Neighbor”] in your heart and let them guide your decisions today.
REFERENCE: These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.
THOUGHT: “The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to them their own.”
CHALLENGE: God has blessed all of us with special talents and abilities. Find those buried treasures in others and communicate them through recognition and praise. It will bring out the best in both of you.
REFERENCE: “they help each other and say to their companions, “Be strong!””