Jesus taught, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7)
My father says that seeking involves action! You have to get up and look around you. It is not just hope. It is not passive waiting.
When Chad and I moved to Tahoe, we had every intention of making our home there. But after living there for nearly two years, it wasn’t working out like we thought. So, rather than just waiting in frustration for life to change, we decided to SEEK something better.
We made a plan to move to Oregon, but we didn’t know if we wanted to live in Portland or Bend, so we tried them both out. It was a huge step of faith and not without many challenges. But we have never looked back and wished we were anywhere but here.
"For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened." (Matthew 7:8)
What My Father Says About Wearing the Right Attire...
My father taught my husband he should wear a suit with a white collared shirt and a tie to represent our company. Our competitors often simply wear suit pants, but with a colored polo shirt. He says those types of people just look like they are “playing business. We want people to know we are serious and mean business.”
What you wear tells people a lot about who you are and who or what you represent. If your attire matches the message you speak, it can help people take you more seriously. If it doesn’t, it can be distracting from your message; people may think you are only playing.
I think you could take this message a step further if we consider it’s implications with our faith in Jesus Christ. Does your outside person, the person the World sees, reflect WHO you represent? Are you dressing like a Christian in your physical attire, your attitude, your smile, the words you speak, and the way you treat or serve others? Are you serious about God or only playing? Is the message you send a reflection of Jesus?
What are some ways you need to change your outside “attire” to better reflect the God you are here to represent?
"…but as He who called you [is] holy, you also be holy in all [your] conduct, because it is written, "Be holy, for I am holy." 1 Peter 1:15-16
“‘Honor your father and [your] mother,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” Matthew 19:19
"By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."John 13:35
"But someone will say, "You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” James 2:18
"Therefore do not let your good be spoken of as evil; for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who serves Christ in these things [is] acceptable to God and approved by men." Romans 14:16-18
"Beloved, I beg [you] as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by [your] good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation." 1 Peter 2:11-12
When I was a kid my family nick named me Lucy. It was a nod to Lucy from the Peanuts cartoon. Lucy was a bossy, know-it-all. And even at a young age, I could be bossy and opinionated. It did not help that I also had three younger brothers. I often confused the role of babysitter with being the boss.
My father used to hear me correcting my brothers and say to me, “Liza, I’m their father. You are in charge of you, not them.”
Even now my take-charge tendancies can get me in trouble…with my husband, our work, friendship situations, etc. Oy vey!
This is also a good reminder in my relationship with the Lord. He is in charge, He is THE FATHER! He is in charge of me, my husband, our work, our friendships, the church, the nations. Isn’t that a comfort? The Holy Spirit will bring just the right correction and encouragement where each of us needs it.
"Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.” Romans 14:4
"Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for [His] good pleasure." Philippians 2:12-13
"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye." Psalm 32:8
"The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect. The counsel of the LORD stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations." Psalm 33:10-11
"They do not push one another; Every one marches in his own column." Joel 2:8
"For My thoughts [are] not your thoughts, Nor [are] your ways My ways," says the LORD. "For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:8-9