Thought:The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.
Challenge:The journey to eternal life is possible for everyone. It begins with acceptance of God as your Lord and Savior. Find someone and share your faith in God with them today. Your example could be the encouragement they need to begin their journey.
Reference:I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 (NABRE)
Thought:Our days are happier when we give people a bit of our heart rather than a piece of our mind.
Challenge:Empathy comes from the heart not from the judgement of the mind. Truly empathize with those around you today by understanding their situation and letting your heart guide your tongue. Let God’s love flow through you to them.
Reference:Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude. 1 Peter 3:8 (NABRE)
Thought:There are always 3 choices in life: give up, give in, or give it all you’ve got.
Challenge:Starting today, “Give it all you’ve got to being a faithful Christian.” God gave you His most precious gift – Christ, who died on the cross for us. That was surely not giving up or giving in, but an example for all of us to give it our all while here on earth.
Reference:For Christ died for sins once and for all, a good man on behalf of sinners, in order to lead you to God. He was put to death physically, but made alive spiritually. 1 Peter 3:18 (NABRE)
Thought:The past is your lesson. The present is your gift. The future is your motivation.
Challenge:With faith that God truly does have a plan for each of us, find a way today to live in the moment. Learn from your past and be motivated by your optimism and passion for a bright future, but put your full heart and attention into today!
Reference:This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 (NABRE)
Thought:Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes. Including you.
Challenge:In this day and age of constant communication, bombardment of information and always being connected, you can get in a real rut. This is not good physically or mentally. Starting today, take a few minutes and unplug from everything. Use the time to relax, recharge, meditate and listen to God. Refreshed? Restart.
Reference:Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Psalm 62:5 (NABRE)
Thought:In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.
Challenge:We live in a world that is more dynamic than ever. You have so many choices, resources and options right at your fingertips. Yet, there you sit in your comfort zone of your daily routines. It takes courage and faith to take a risk to break out of your rut. With faith that God has a bigger and better plan just for you, take a risk and follow His lead today.
Reference:He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. Matthew 14:29 (NABRE)
Thought:FAITH is the element, the “chemical” which, when mixed with prayer, gives one direct communication with God.
Challenge:Have comfort today knowing that with true faith in God, you will receive the rewards of everlasting life. With that renewed peace, face today’s challenges with new vigor and perspective. Remember, He is only a prayer away.
Reference:And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Hebrews 11:6 (NABRE)
Thought:Worry is just concern without faith.
Challenge:Worry is just concern without faith.
Reference:And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28 (NABRE)
Thought:Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.
Challenge:Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.
Reference:The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.
Proverbs 13:4 (NABRE)