Friday Hit List

A quick hit list of thoughts to start your weekend.

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Victory- Just before Thanksgiving, I went and saw Creed with a good friend.  The movie, besides being a quality addition to the franchise, examines the theme of time.  In the end, time always wins. Decide what you’ll do with what you have.  Fight for what is important and keep moving forward.

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Verse- The largest challenge of faith.  We are called to walk towards what we do not see in a world that demands proof.  Jesus said, “Blessed are those who have not seen and still believed.” We are the generation separated by thousands of years and still believing. Do good. Serve. Love. Parent your kids to be contributors to society. Give someone hope. Do it all for faith and the assurance of the unseen.

Christmas song- Val loves Christmas music.  I can take or leave it.  In the realm of holiday songs, this is the classic and one that stands above the rest. I rank Chris Tomlin’s version of Joy to the World (Unending Joy)” as a close second.

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Final Thought- Break Free.

Ever find yourself speaking with someone who has an agenda?  How about every day of the week?  The world is filled with it.  Work in any business and you’ll be dealing with customers, suppliers, vendors, and an army of people with agendas.  This afternoon I had a conversation with a friend who is transactional by nature. I’ve known him for a year now and he lives his life around the principal of what can you do for me?

Writers are often told to not write for the market, as, by the time your novel is ready, the current trend has moved on.

Too many communities of faith build themselves around service veiled in transactional pitches (you need a small group, to give, to join up, to get community, to go on the missions trip).

Jesus offered the ultimate alternative: grace. The cross as the final transaction, erasing the need for all others.

We need to shift our view, to understand that service and contribution grows from the hope of faith, that salvation is not a bargain purchased online, at the store, or at the polls in November. The world will change through selfless love, not agenda.

This month, know you can break free.  Stuff is not the point. The point is unending hope born so long ago. The moment the universe broke apart on a quiet night for the birth of a baby who changed everything.

We all believe something. We define ourselves by it.  Time will win in the end, so keep chasing your calling in confidence. Even if you can’t fully see the end result. Break the dynamics of transactions. Stand on grace.

Have a cup of hot chocolate and grab hold of a moment of peace in the chaos.

Then do it all again tomorrow.

~Matt

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