Friday, April 24, 2015

Enjoying Every Stage of Life

Have you ever wanted to be a different age? Younger people cannot wait to grow up. Elderly people wish they were young again. Some people aren’t happy no matter what age they are. It helps to understand that it is God’s will for you to be the age you are right now.

It is no accident that you are alive on earth at this time. God didn’t want you to live in the 1600s but created you to live at this time. Acts 17:25-26 says,  “He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us."  

This verse tells us God determined your lifetime to be now. Every stage of life has its benefits. Whether you are 25 or 65 years old, be happy with your age. If you are a parent, enjoy every stage of life of your child. If you are tired of changing diapers, don’t wish for your child to grow up. Enjoy that stage of life because it will pass too quickly. If you are getting older, don’t keep wishing you were younger. You cannot go back in time, so enjoy your stage of life right now. It’s God’s will for you to be at this age—and it’s also God’s will for you to be thankful for it (see 1 Thessalonians 5:18). www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com www.makinglifecount.net

Two Important Books:
Slaying Your Giants  Learn how to defeat the invisible giants attacking your mind.

The Sure Cure for Worry proves God is in control and can be trusted to handle the problems you are worried about.

Making Life Count Ministries
P.O. Box 680174
Prattville, Alabama 36068-0174

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Quest to be Famous

A little girl was asked what she wanted to be when she grew up. She replied, “Famous!” Why are so many people obsessed with fame? Our society equates fame with significance. The more famous you are, the more significant you are in others’ eyes. And if you are not famous, then try to be friends with someone who is famous so you can tell others, “I’m friends with (fill in name).”

What is fame? It’s how many people know you. It is name recognition. If many people know your name, you’re famous. We live in a time like never before where anyone can become “famous” if their YouTube video goes viral or if they have thousands of Facebook friends or Twitter followers. There’s nothing wrong with those things, but it is wrong if you are deriving your self-esteem from them. The fact is, the most admired actor is worth the same as a homeless man sleeping in a cardboard box. “The rich and the poor have a common bond; the Lord is the maker of them all” (Proverbs 22:2).

One celebrity said when no one knew him, he desperately wanted to become famous so the paparazzi would take his picture for magazines. But after he gained fame, he lost something he couldn’t get back—his privacy. He couldn’t go anywhere without someone asking for his autograph or snapping his picture. He found himself hiding from the paparazzi so they wouldn’t take his picture. The magazine articles about him contained slanderous gossip because that’s what sells. After he achieved his goal of being famous, he discovered his fame wasn’t a blessing but was actually a curse.

God isn’t interested in us being famous in the world’s eyes, but in us being faithful in His eyes. To do this, we must change the audiences we want to please. Instead of living to please others, live to please the Lord who is always watching. “Therefore we have our ambition…to be pleasing to Him. He died for all that they who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf” (2 Cor. 5:9,15). www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com www.makinglifecount.net

Two Important Books You Need to Read:
Slaying Your Giants shows how to conquer the 20 invisible giants (attitudes) trying to destroy you.
Amazon.com customer review: Slaying your Giants is by far the best book I have ever read for a Bible Study class. No matter what issues you are facing—fear, temptation, worry, anger… the true stories are uplifting, humorous and very rewarding.”

The Sure Cure for Worry proves God is in control and can be trusted to handle the problems you are worried about.

Making Life Count Ministries
P.O. Box 680174
Prattville, Alabama 36068-0174

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Chicken Pecking Order

A study was done years ago that found chickens have a pecking order to determine their rank. If you put 10 chickens in a pen within a matter of minutes they will start establishing an order of dominance from greatest to the least. The #1 chicken is the dominant one, so it’s at the top and pecks on the other 9. Then the #2 chicken will submit to #1 but will peck on chickens #3-10. Then there’s the #3 chicken, and so on, down to the lowly #10 chicken—who gets picked on and pecked on by the other 9.

People are like chickens in one respect. We have a pecking order where people try to feel more important than the next guy. The truth is that the #1 chicken isn’t worth any more than the #10 chicken. They’re all going to end up in the frying pan one day. The pecking order of importance only exists in the chicken’s mind.

Jesus said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them." (That's their Pecking Order) "It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave" (Matthew 20:25-27).

Could it be that we’ve placed too much emphasis in today’s church in being a “ruler”? Churches spend way too much time teaching their people how to be a “great leader.” Leadership has become an idol in some churches. We are more interested in reading business principles in Good to Great than reading spiritual principles in the Bible. Jesus said we are NOT to be like the pagans who love to exercise authority over others, trying to be the #1 chicken that the other chickens fear.

Jesus made His desire very clear: “Whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave” (Matthew 20:28). Notice that He did not tell us to be “servant leaders.” He said “servant” and “slave.” God’s kingdom functions totally opposite of the way this world operates. Jesus isn’t building His Church with proud leaders but with humble servants. If you disagree with me, feel free to peck away. www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com www.makinglifecount.net

Making Life Count Ministries
P.O. Box 680174
Prattville, Alabama 36068-0174