“This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

Psalm 118:24

Today will have its challenges but, remember, if Christ is in control of your life, there’s nothing you can’t face. True empowerment comes from giving the steering wheel of your day to God.

Put Him in charge of your commute to work, let Him guide your response to emails, and trust Him to move your mountains.

Hey, I think that’s even better than coffee. 🙂

Have a great Monday everyone!

When you think of something heroic, a pencil is probably the last thing that would come to mind. True?

Same here.

But as I was trying to find an appropriate metaphor for a youth service that I’m teaching tomorrow evening, I realized that I had undervalued our standard 7.5 inch (19cm) combination of wood and graphite. Like most of us, there’s more to the pencil than meets the eye.

1. It was designed for a specific purpose.

The Bible shows us that our lives are no accident. Each of us comes to this world with a specific part of God’s plan that only we can fulfill. It’s up to us to find that purpose and accomplish it.

2. It’s what’s on the inside that counts.

The true quality of a pencil isn’t how beautiful it is on the outside—what matters is that bit of graphite on the inside. Without it, you can’t make a mark on the world or achieve the purpose for which you were born.

Without the Spirit of God in our hearts, it’s impossible to achieve our true purpose. Jesus Christ taught that what’s in the heart determines what comes out of our lives. Our world sees the outward—sex appeal, careers and wealth—as indications of success but the pencil begs to differ.

3. It must be shaved down to make a mark on the world

Imagine you were a pencil, thrust between sharp blades that cut into your flesh. Sounds painful, right?

But that’s the only way the pencil can make a difference. Without the cutting, shaping and molding, it’s unable to write a thing. The same can be said of our lives. Christ molds, shapes and cuts us to His will in order to bring us to the place that our life’s story can make a “mark” on someone else.


But now, O LORD, you are our Father;
we are the clay, and you are our potter;
we are all the work of your hand.

Isaiah 64:8 ESV

It’s easy to become discouraged, or even rebel, when life’s circumstances cut into our very soul. We’ve been conditioned to think of God as the author of good things—which He is—but we tend to forget that He’s also a teacher who corrects, inspires and challenges us by giving us hard problems to face. Only when we see God for who He is, can we truly understand who He wants us to become.

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Monday mornings are normally associated with a gloomy return to the “daily grind.” We’re tempted to complain about coworkers, mediocre coffee and an inbox that’s just waiting to ruin our day.

Why?

Why do we allow ourselves to be miserable when God has placed so much beauty around us? Frankly, there’s a lot of potential beauty within you.

There’s no benefit to being miserable. But the benefits of gratitude are immeasurable. From health to having a positive impact on relationships, gratitude is the game-changer. It can downsize overwhelming problems, reinforce your commitment to others and boost your self-esteem.

Instead of complaining about coworkers, be glad you don’t have to do all the office work alone. Talk about multi-tasking!

If the coffee isn’t the best, well, at least you’ve had something warm to drink.

And that inbox isn’t out to get you. What’s waiting inside will give you an opportunity to show your potential.

Be grateful for challenges. Be grateful it’s Monday morning. After all, it’s a new day to shine.

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But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

Matthew 19:26

My mother couldn’t have children.

She suffered from ovarian cysts and, after 6 years of trying, the doctors told my parents that nothing could be done.

But there was one thing that the medical team didn’t take into consideration–the power of prayer.

My dad and mom went into serious prayer about the issue and God answered. They were blessed with not one… not two… but three children all of whom are following God. What was once considered impossible is now history.

That’s what faith does. It turns tragedy into triumph and transforms victims into victors. If we turn it loose on our circumstances, we’ll realize that impossibilities are really only miracles yet to happen.

The world is full of failure because it has forgotten the power of faith.

But that doesn’t have to be your story.

Believe. With God, all things are still possible.

JP Robinson

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