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Buddy the Elf and Being Someone’s Faith

One of my favorite movies is Elf with Will Ferrell.  There’s a scene where Buddy follows his dad, “Papa Elf” into the workshop for Santa’s sleigh.  In this scene, Papa Elf tells Buddy that Santa’s sleigh runs with the help of a turbo engine.  “But Dad,” Buddy begins to ask, “I thought Santa’s sleigh was powered by Christmas cheer?”  And that’s when he saw it.  The “Claus-ometer” was running on zero.  Faith in Christmas was at an all-time low, and it was their job to figure out how to make the sleigh fly.

They tried securing another engine to the sleigh, but it fell off in mid-flight on Christmas Eve.  The sleigh was merely flying on fumes of Christmas spirit.  There was only way to get the sleigh to fly: to help others have faith in Christmas once more.

Do you ever feel like you are running off of fumes of your faith?  Sometimes we find ourselves in a place where it seems impossible to have faith.  A bad thing may happen to you or a person that you know, and faith feels just outside of our grasp.

One of my best friends and I were talking about this last night, and he told me something that I will never forget.  “Sometimes,” he told me, “we have to be someone else’s faith for them.

Having faith is so much more than just believing in God and that Jesus died and rose again.  Having faith is remaining in the sincere confidence that God is faithful, too.  We stray; we lose our faith; we feel as though we have nothing left to give or receive, but God is also there.  He is faithful.

Faith in God is what rejuvenates us.  It’s the faith of those around us that inspire us.  It’s the faith of those around us–a simple way in which they remind us of God’s love–that picks us up again.  God is so good, but sometimes we just have to be reminded of that.

The same is true for others.  Just as we need others to have faith for us in our times of doubt, we also need to have faith for someone in their times of doubt.

Whenever you feel like you are running on the fumes of your former faith, take a moment to look up.  See all of those around you that are living in faith for you.  Be inspired.  Be filled with their faith.  Whenever those around you fall, don’t ever lose your faith in him or her.

Sometimes having faith also means being someone else’s faith.

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Want to know God’s will for your life?

Do you ever struggle with wanting to know God’s will for your life?

If you said, “Yes,” to that question, then have no fear because we ALL struggle with this!  I constantly find myself asking questions like, What am I going to do with my life?  What does God want me to do?  What if I don’t follow His road exactly?  How will I know if I’m doing what God wants me to do?  What if I don’t want to do what He wants me to do?

Although I certainly don’t have an exact answer for you or anything, I’m learning that fulfilling God’s will for our lives is much simpler than we thought.  Here’s where we can begin:

1.  Accept that we cannot know God’s plan for our lives

“He has made everything beautiful in its time.  Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:10

2.  Seek Him constantly-

“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” James 4:8

Learn more about Him through reading the Bible : “All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

3.  Glorify God in all that we do (1 Corinthians 10:31)

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31

“We are always of good courage.  We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord,  for we walk by faith, not by sight…So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.” 2 Corinthians 5:6, 7, 9

4. Enjoy HIM forever

“These things, I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” Jesus’s words in John 15:11

“For apart from him, who can eat or find enjoyment?” Ecclesiastes 2:25

“I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live.” Ecclesiastes 3:12

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Said simply, the next time that you begin to ask yourself, “What is God’s will for me?” take your eyes off of the problem and pray with your eyes on God.  Have faith in and draw near to, glorify, and enjoy Him forever: this is, at least, the beginning of what it means to live according to God’s will.

“I Will Lift My Eyes”- Bebo Norman

“God, my God, I cry out
Your beloved needs You now
God, be near calm my fear and take my doubt
Your kindness is what pulls me up
Your love is all that draws me in

I will lift my eyes to the Maker
of the mountains I can’t climb
I will lift my eyes to the Calmer
of the oceans raging wild
I will lift my eyes to the Healer
of the hurt I hold inside
I will lift my eyes, lift my eyes to You

God, my God, let mercy sing
her melody over me
and God, right here all I bring
is all of me
Your kindness is what pulls me up
Your love is all that draws me in

I will lift my eyes to the Maker
of the mountains I can’t climb
I will lift my eyes to the Calmer
of the oceans raging wild
I will lift my eyes to the Healer
of the hurt I hold inside
I will lift my eyes, lift my eyes to You


‘Cause You are and You were and You will be forever
the Lover I need to save me
‘Cause You fashioned the earth and You hold it together, God
so hold me now

I will lift my eyes to the Maker
of the mountains I can’t climb
I will lift my eyes to the Calmer
of the oceans raging wild
I will lift my eyes to the Healer
of the hurt I hold inside
I will lift my eyes, lift my eyes to You
I will lift my eyes, lift my eyes to You

God, my God, I cry out
Your beloved needs You now”

Bebo Norman – “I Will Lift My Eyes”

Priorities: Judas or John and a Bracket of Life’s Face-offs

Priorities.  We all have them.  Since we all have them, that means we also struggle with them.  My priorities often end up as a bracket full of face-offs.  Studying for organic chemistry versus nutrition public policy.  Journaling versus taking notes.  Blogging versus studying.  Going to the meeting or going to dinner with friends.  Walking to class versus driving.  Dating or friendship.

We face these priorities all the time, and whether or not we know it, we are constantly putting them in a bracket.  What happens when God comes into the equation, though?  What happens when God knocks on your heart’s door and asks,

“My priorities or your priorities?

My will or your will?

Suffering for the glory of My Son or suffering for comfort of your future career?

My blessing or the world’s blessing?”

God tells us to love through our actions (1 John 3:18).  In this way, choosing our priorities is an action, and we show love through how we prioritize our day.  When we choose God’s priorities, we show that we love Him more than we love ourselves.

Regardless of how we choose our priorities, though, we will ultimately carry out God’s purposes.  C.S. Lewis explained this statement best in his book The Problem of Pain when he said,

“You will certainly carry out God’s purpose, however you act,

but it makes a difference to you whether you serve like

Judas or John.”

Today, click on the picture of the bracket and fill it with the priorities of your life.  Be realistic in how you fill it out.  After finishing your bracket, ask yourself, How am I carrying out God’s purpose with my life?

Am I Judas orJohn?