During the Season of Easter we have the opportunity to be inspired by these “acts” of the apostles. Paul and Barnabas say the Lord has commanded them to be “a light to the Gentiles, that you may be an instrument of salvation to the ends of the earth.” You may ask yourself, how can I, too, be this light; how can I be an actual instrument of salvation? I say: remember the small stuff… Last weekend I issued a challenge to be the person who does the little thing (small stuff) that will make life more positive for those around us—so we may be God’s loving activity on earth, and faithful, forgiving, instruments of God’s salvation.
A friend sent me these “Twenty Truths” that I thought had some good ideas about what our daily acts in the world may be—there are some useful suggestions, some valid advice and some food for thought. They may be useful for framing how we Disciples may act in small ways to be God’s positive force in the world. Enjoy! And Keep singing!
TWENTY TRUTHS --
- Faith is the ability to not panic.
- If you worry, you didn't pray. If you pray, don't worry.
- As a child of God, prayer is kind of like calling home every day.
- Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.
- When we get tangled up in our problems, be still. God wants us to be still so He can untangle the knot.
- Do the math. Count your blessings.
- God wants spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.
- Dear God: I have a problem: Me.
- Silence is often misinterpreted, but never misquoted.
- Laugh every day, it's like inner jogging.
- The most important things in your home are the people.
- Growing old is inevitable, growing up is optional.
- There is no key to happiness. The door is always open.
- A grudge is a heavy thing to carry.
- He who dies with the most toys is still dead.
- We remember moments, not days—life moves too fast, so enjoy your precious moments.
- Nothing is real to you until you experience it, otherwise it's just hearsay.
- It's okay to sit on your pity pot now and again, just be sure to flush when you are done.
- Surviving and living life successfully requires courage. The goals and dreams you seek require courage and risk. Be like a turtle, it only makes progress when it sticks out its neck.
- Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.