Monday, November 24, 2008

Monday Magnitude--Thanks For My Seasons

It is good to be back to the regular Monday Magnitude Blog! Today I want to magnify Thanksgiving. Not the one we celebrate this week in America, but for me, everyday is a day of thanks and giving.
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven...A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away." Ecclesiastes 3:1,4,6
King Solomon, the wisest man who has ever lived on the face of the earth. The king whom God said there shall never be another like him, even he understood that there was a time and a season that we all go through. All seasons even in the Lord are not "highs" We go through challenges, and have times of weeping and losing. But ...

With the Lord, even these times are less than normal. Because He carries us through the valleys, and pulls us up the mountains.

Today my magnitude is to recognize the seasons of life. So how does recognizing Thanksgiving equal seasons of life? I thank my Lord for each season that he challenges me with, and those He allows me to truly enjoy. This week, I will expand my thanks to God for bringing me through every challenge.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Monday Magnitude-Passion For The Gift

"Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave." Matthew 20:26-27

In Myles Munroe's new book "In Charge" is a wonderful teaching on the reality of using our gifts. God has given to each of us a measure of faith, and a measure of gift. We can increase both through the Word of God, and with our passion. Passion is the vehicle that moves the vehicle, our gift, into a new dimension.

He further goes on with this thought: When we become a slave to our gift(s) then we are able to be the servant to those who will benefit from our gift(s). I have taught this principle for years, but just really enjoy the way Dr. Munroe put it into a simple teaching tool in this book.

I realized that when I started being a slave to my gifts, people really did start to recognize my gifts as from God and could then be served His word.

Today I choose to Magnify my gift(s) for the service of the Lord.

I challenge you to take one gift that God has given you, learn to become a slave to it--that's passion that will not be deterred by anything, including criticism. And use it to serve someone else.

Let me know your results and thoughts!

Love and abundant blessings!