Who cares what the world thinks of you?
Here’s a reminder not to care what “they” think of you. Whether we’re successful in the world’s eyes.
Care what God thinks of you. Are we successful in God’s eyes?
God reminded me of this recently.
The world is not my god. The Lord Jesus is my God.
I’m not even supposed to care whether my friends or relatives view me as successful or how they value me in regards to the world’s standards either.
What matters is: Am I pleasing to Jesus? Am I successful in His eyes?
And not just pleasing in the sense of that because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and resurrection I have right standing with God through faith and am completely righteous and forgiven in Him. Everyone who has made Jesus the Lord of their life has that by being “in Christ.”
Am I pleasing to Him in:
– my behavior
– my thought life
– my words
That matters. It counts to God. Our behavior can be pleasing or displeasing to God.
Reminding me to get back to the heart of Jesus – just wanting to serve and follow Him, with eyes on eternity. Valuing what He values. Valuing what He thinks. Using His measures and standards and not the worlds.
Scripture tells us: “The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever,”
(I John 2:17).
If you have the choice right now to follow Christ OR try to live your own life and make your own dreams come true, choose to follow Christ. It’s worth it. If you decide to not follow Jesus and go your own way, what if the world ends soon? Then what will that be worth? You can trust Jesus to follow Him. He will not lead you astray.
Dear Chris Pratt,
Concerning your acceptance speech at the 2018 MTV* Movie & TV Awards for the Generation Award:
It’s great you told people God loves them. It’s great you told people to pray, about grace and that blood was shed for them. LOVE how you said: “God is real. God loves you. God wants the best for you. Believe that. I do.”
But I have two major points I’d like to ask you about.
Why didn’t you say the name of Jesus?
Recently watched all three Karate Kid movies with Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita from the 80’s. Love Karate Kid 1 and the others are pretty interesting. Every movie somebody hates the Daniel LaRusso, AKA the karate kid, tries to destroy him and Daniel overcomes with the help of his karate teacher, mentor, surrogate dad and best friend Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita). (Love seeing when good men become fathers to fatherless boys and teach them to be good men! Good reminder of how important it is to have good friends!)
Wish they had done one more movie… Karate Kid 4.
This is what it could have been like:
Word gets around about Daniel’s bout with trouble and rise to success.
In case you missed it:
Movie One: The high school bullies who also go to a karate glass led by an ego maniac villain try to destroy Daniel and he wins the karate championship.
Movie Two: Mr. Miyagi’s former best friend’s nephew in Japan challenges Daniel to a fight to the death and Daniel again rises to victory.
Movie Three: The ego maniac villain karate class teacher from movie one lost his business and now his even more evil war veteran friend wants to destroy Daniel but Daniel again wins the karate championship.
And of course, all with the help of Daniel’s karate teacher Mr. Miyagi. (On a side note, one of my sisters worked with Pat Morita on a film. Awesome!)
So in Movie Four, Daniel gets all this positive publicity and his story becomes famous around the nation. There’s TV interviews, book deals, a movie deal and Daniel opens up his own karate academy and trains boys who need guidance and discipline. He needs a love interest to keep and also Mr. Miyagi should marry his lost love from Japan. (Why didn’t he take her with him for movie three?!!) This time no enemies to overcome – just positive stories of Daniel helping teenage boys overcome and succeed in life.
Okay wow. Just found out something as I was writing this blog. Just now looked up Ralph Macchio on imdb to see if he was in Karate Kid remakes (the one with the girl and the other one starring Will Smith’s son). I’ve never seen either of those movies so thought I should check to see if he was in it and I missed something significant in the karate kid story line with Daniel. Just found something. There’s a new TV series called Cobra Kai with Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso… I had no idea! I might need to check this out! So it looks like the Karate Kid story line with Ralph Macchio does continue…
Well it’s not too late to do another movie also! Karate Kid 4 with Ralph Macchio! And let’s bring Elisabeth Shue back as his wife! Sadly Mr. Miyagi won’t be able to be in the movie since Pat Morita has passed on… but his legacy can live on through Daniel mentoring more kids. Anybody else want a Karate Kid 4 movie with Ralph Machhio?
Who we hang out with can have a big influence on our lives. Who are your friends? Not only people you hang out with in person, but who are your “media” friends? Who you follow on twitter, on facebook, who you watch on TV, who you spend time with through books – fictional and real life people.
The Bible says, “He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm,” (Proverbs 13:20).
In this interview with recording artist Clay Crosse, we discuss the importance of who you hang with as friends. Who you hang out with can actually be a matter of life or death.
In the life of Jehoram king of Judah, we see:
The Importance of Who You Marry:
“He followed the ways of the kings of Israel, as the house of Ahab had done, for he married a daughter of Ahab. He did evil in the eyes of the LORD,” (2 Chronicles 21:6).
In the life of Ahaziah king of Judah we see:
The Importance of Who You Let Influence You and Whose Counsel You Take
Notice it says “He did evil in the eyes of the LORD, as the house of Ahab had done, for after his father’s death they became his advisers, to his undoing.” He listened to his advisors and soon after was his downfall and death. Be careful whose advice you take and who you let advise you! Notice also it says “He too followed the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother encouraged him to act wickedly.”
Don’t let rotten friends ruin your life! When speaker and author Jimmy Evans became saved, he knew he had to get away from his friends in order to continue in his faith and follow Christ.
“My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them. If they say, “Come along with us … do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths,” (Proverbs 1:10,11, 15).
Where’s that 1980’s ad “Just Say No” when you need it? It’s okay to say no.
For teenage girls and young adult girls to hang out with good friends, please see my post about some “great friends.” They just might change their lives forever in a good way.
Be sure to check out Clay Crosse’s book “Dashboard Jesus.” It’s a book for men but one of my all time favorites because it’s so true, practical and helpful for anyone’s walk with Jesus.
If you would like to know Jesus and for more important messages, please see: https://soulchecktv.com/2014/07/22/episode-july-2014/
First question: Did you get up early to watch the Royal Wedding LIVE of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?
Second question: Did you get up early years ago to watch the Royal Wedding LIVE of Prince William and Kate Middleton?
Third Question: Do you even know what I’m talking about? (That was said in a British accent though you couldn’t hear it in this digital ink.)
I did – for both.
There’s something very exciting about getting caught up in the excitement and happiness of a Royal Wedding. Like the kind of fairy tales we’ve grown up watching: Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty. Seeing a girl’s dreams come true and her being loved by handsome prince. And living happily ever after – though you never know for sure – but thankfully the cartoons always end after the wedding, so you believe it is true.
Years ago, my family and I got up in the wee hours of the morning to watch the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Leading up to it we watched movies about the couple’s romance.
We did it again for Meghan and Harry’s wedding, which meant being up by 3:00 a.m. PST.
But it was exciting and fun. We of course also watched a movie about the couple’s romance, though you wonder how much of those private, secret conversations are actually true? We watched parts of documentaries and also coverage of Prince Charles and Diana’s wedding in 1981. Which was sad…
So now my thoughts on Meghan and Prince Harry’s wedding…
First off, Harry sighed a lot. And he seemed like a nervous groom. Not Meghan, who seemed happy and to embrace the whole occasion.
Her dress… first off, Meghan looked beautiful! But I was hoping for more with her dress. Maybe for more lace, more something, to be wrinkle-free and to fit better. If anyone’s wedding dress should fit perfectly, you think it would be hers. Hard to understand that one. Her veil was beautiful and her dress was pretty.
Meghan’s mother looked sweet and beautiful. She also looked concerned for her baby.
I was disappointed her father was not attending the wedding or walking her down the aisle. Prince Charles met her halfway though and filled in the gap.
As Harry spoke his wedding vows, I recalled the footage of Prince Charles making his wedding vows to Diana and hoped Harry would keep them. When Meghan gave hers, it was hard not to remember she had already broken her wedding vows from a previous marriage… and wonder, will she keep these?
The looks on some of the faces during the ceremony… I just hoped people could keep smiling, happy, camera-friendly expressions on their faces during the whole wedding just in case they were caught on camera, because after all, much of the whole world was watching! How hard can that be?
Oh the Bishop. Anyone who watched the wedding knows about the Bishop. I just wondered… was he really allotted that length of time to speak at the wedding… or did he just run with it? Hey, after all, this is LIVE and a Royal Wedding and in England… who’s going to cause a scene to ask the Bishop to close? The Bishop said a lot of good things though and gave a great delivery!
I really do like the Christian faith incorporated into the wedding and ceremony.
And props to Harry for wearing a wedding ring, unlike Prince William.
And the cello player was so good! He did an amazing job on all three songs while the bride and groom signed the marriage license behind the scenes.
It would have been nice when Harry and Meghan returned to have the traditional announcement, “I now present to you Prince Harry and Meghan…” and also for a ceremony kiss.
Also think the location, St. George’s Chapel was a great choice. The wedding carriage with the bride and groom riding through the charming streets looked lovely. And the weather was great. Oh now I’m talking about the weather…
So why do people love a Royal Wedding?
Because, whether they know it or not, they have a deep inner longing in their hearts they may not even be aware of to know the King of kings and the Prince of Peace. It’s a picture of God’s love for us and how when we join our lives with him, we join His kingdom. We become part of God’s royalty and receive a great inheritance. And He will never leave us nor forsake us or kick us out of His kingdom when we come to him with sincere hearts to ask for forgiveness and give our lives to Him through the gift of His Son Jesus, His sacrifice on the cross and His resurrection. And when we do, we’re invited to the great wedding supper of the Lamb.
Many people don’t know what it really means to love.
What is the true definition of love? What does it mean to really love someone?
We need taught how to love. We need an example to follow.
We are told to love, but what does that actually look like to love?
Love produces results. Love requires action.
I get really frustrated when I hear Christians say, “The only command we have is to love.”
God’s Word tells us in 1 John 5: 2-3 says: “This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands…”
So we see that love for God and love for one another equals obeying God’s commands.
So how can our only command be to love when the Bible clearly says love is obeying God’s commands? Commands being plural.
Jesus tells us:
“If you love me, you will obey what I command,” (John 14:15).
“Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me…” (John 14:21).
“If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching,” (John 14:23).
So again we see that love equals obeying God’s commands.
Jesus didn’t say they were the only commandments. He said the first and greatest, and the second.
Love Determines Actions
I also get frustrated when I feel like people are picked on for promoting the Ten Commandments: do not steal, do not lie, do not commit adultery, do not covet your neighbor’s wife, do not give false testimony against your neighbor, do not murder, etc. (Exodus chapter 20).
Why not promote them?
If we love someone, we will not steal their husband. If we love someone, we will not make up lies about them. If we love someone, we will not murder them.
We are under grace but that does not change the meaning of love.
Romans 13:8-10 says:
“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not covet,’ and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”
So when you say you love someone, take a look at how you are treating them. Do your actions, words and behavior line up with the true definition of love?
Don’t Rely on Feelings
It’s great when we feel love in our hearts. But what happens when we don’t feel it? Do we use that as an excuse not to love?
Love isn’t just some feeling. Sometimes true love means the right actions with no feelings at all.
We can’t let our feelings determine whether we will love. We can’t let our feelings determine what love is.
Sometimes love is a decision to do what is right and to treat people right. Sometimes love goes against a person’s feelings, for sometimes feelings deceive them into believing a lie about love. A single person could say they love a married person and therefore must have them. But that is a lie. It is not true love. True love would leave the married person alone to their spouse. A single person could say they love someone who is also single and want to sleep with them. But true love would be to commit their life to them in marriage before sleeping with them. Love is more than a feeling. It is treating a person right.
Loving an unborn baby means giving them a chance to be born and to live life. Anyone alive was given that chance to be born, so why should anyone have the right to take that away from anyone else? A woman may not feel like being pregnant. She may not feel like giving birth. But when she gives her baby that chance, she is choosing love.
Jesus said: “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends,” (John 15:12-13).
When a woman continues her pregnancy and gives birth, she is laying down her life for her baby.
God is our example
God showed us His love by giving us His son:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life,” (John 3:16).
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us,” (Romans 5:8).
God shows us how to love. He is our example. For after all, God is love and love comes from God. Want to learn more how to truly love? Study the life of Jesus by reading the Gospels and study how he treated people. How he loved people.
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God,” (I John 4:7).
People may not think of hair as a sport. But it can be.
People may not think of hair as a weapon. But it can be. Anyway who has seen tangled knows that. How Rapunzel whips her hair around and uses it as a tool. She knocks out the bad guys.
Hair can be dangerous.
And so can the sport of hair tossing. Whipping your neck back and forth, up and down. It can also be dangerous to spectators standing nearby. It takes skill, athleticism, determination.
Take a look, at the sport and talent, of hair tossing:
So this is an interesting video I made a while back…