I bet you just wish God would push the like button on your Facebook page! If so, how often would you be glued to your Facebook notifications checking countless times to see if God “liked” your activity?

Yes, you want to please God, but if you’re doing it to score brownie points – you won’t get any. Why? Because you don’t need any! He doesn’t give em. His son did enough for you.

Here’s Why you might have a hard time understanding why you get God’s grace when you don’t deserve it.

It’s because the world is primarily set up to give you things only when you deserve them.

  • You work = you get a paycheck
  • You work hard, harder than the rest = you get a promotion
  • Be good – Santa will be good to you, bring you what’s on your wish list
  • You behave well = you get brownie points with mom and dad
  • Your kids clean their rooms – you let them have a friend over.
  • Your toddler goes potty like a big kid – he gets a sticker.
  • You clean your house = nuff said!

We’re condition by rewards. It’s in our blood. It’s all we know. And that is why you need to trade your blood for Christ’s. He shed his blood so you no longer have to give yours. Trying to please God with your Blood sweet and tears? Drop that idea. It’s no longer needed.

How did we become conditioned by a rewards system? It’s because Bible starts out that way back in the Old Testament. If you lived by the law, you received God’s salvation and blessings…

If you gave a sacrifice = your sins were forgiven.

But all that changed when Jesus paid for our sins by becoming our sacrifice. Since then, our sacrifice in anyway, shape or form is unnecessary to access the grace of God. What does this grace buy you?

Forgiveness. Salvation. Blessings.

It’s hard for you to wrap your head around this, I know. It was hard for me too. Hard to believe that the things I do, don’t count toward my salvation, nor do they count toward my blessings. It’s all free. Free and clear. And that just doesn’t seem right. But it’s right in God’s economy.

It’s right when we accept what Christ did is far superior that what we could ever do on our own to access grace.

Romans 4:5-8 But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners. David also spoke of this when he described the happiness of those who are declared righteous without working for it: “Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight. Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of sin.”

God is not into paying you for what you deserve. Get that in your head…and you’ll have MORE than you deserve!

If you like this post, you’ll love this week’s podcast where I go even deeper with this! Join me in iTunes or click here for the episode: “Soul Fitness Made Easy”

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Making The Most of Every Moment

My best friend, Dr. Kathy Harkema, has said to me many times, “Let’s just live in the moment.” That’s tough for me! I’m the kind of gal who can get so busy planning the future moments that it snuffs the life out of this moment. You too?  Let me give you a reason to take her advice…

Linda & Kathy, Michigan 2010

Linda & Kathy, Michigan 2010

  • Do you know how many times I drove to work thinking about all the things I had to do at work instead of enjoying the ride to work?
  • Do you know how many times I’ve been with people on the phone rehearsing my next remark instead of concentrating on what they were saying?
  • Do you know how many times I sat through dinner with my family thinking about what I had to do after dinner instead of savoring dinner with them?
  • Do you know how many times I took a walk with my husband, my hand in his, yet my thoughts were on what we still had to tackle in our lives and ministry instead of enjoying that moment with him?
  • Do you know how many times I chose to respond to a text message that could have waited instead of being fully present and engaged with the person I was with face to face?
  • Do you know how many times I was with my friends thinking about what I was wearing instead of enjoying their conversation?

Do you know many times you have……instead of……? Yep, fill in your own blank!

Why Living in the Moment Is So Important

The moments I have with you, the moments I have with my kids, the moments I have with the people I’m ministering or coaching or consulting or the moments I have with whoever is in the room ARE more important than what comes NEXT.

So many times I’ve asked my friend, Kathy, “What was the best part of your day today?” And she always says, “Right now!” I love that response. It shows she’s totally with me.

Linda & Kathy

Linda & Kathy

My challenge and yours…my commitment and hopefully yours…let’s just live in the moment. Because when we look back, we won’t get back the moments we wasted thinking about what comes next. Let’s make the most of the moment we are in now.

Savor it.

Suck every bit of life out of every moment you have. Enjoy it fully. 

Yes, plan, but don’t think so much about what’s going to happen next. It’s going to happen anyway. If you obsess over it, you’re wasting energy that you can’t retrieve and you miss out on what is now. The most important moment is the moment you are in now.

Savor this piece of advice from the wisest man who ever lived, King Solomon:

Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 MSG

There’s a Right Time for Everything

There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth:

A right time for birth and another for death,

A right time to plant and another to reap,

A right time to kill and another to heal,

A right time to destroy and another to construct,

A right time to cry and another to laugh,

A right time to lament and another to cheer,

A right time to make love and another to abstain,

A right time to embrace and another to part,

A right time to search and another to count your losses,

A right time to hold on and another to let go,

A right time to rip out and another to mend,

A right time to shut up and another to speak up,

A right time to love and another to hate,

A right time to wage war and another to make peace.

But in the end, does it really make a difference what anyone does? I’ve had a good look at what God has given us to do––busywork, mostly.

True, God made everything beautiful in itself and in its time––but he’s left us in the dark, so we can never know what God is up to, whether he’s coming or going.

I’ve decided that there’s nothing better to do than go ahead and have a good time and get the most we can out of life. That’s it––eat, drink, and make the most of your job. It’s God’s gift.

Did you catch that? Now – the present – is God’s gift. Let’s let go of our obsessions about what’s next so we can enjoy what’s now. You with me?