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The Law of Familiarity

“Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Timothy 3:13 Today I am sharing the second of two principles that you can use to measure the impact of your service. The first was the law of reciprocity, meaning what goes around comes around. The more generous and selfless we become, and serve as God leads us, the more we will receive in due time. The second principle is the law of familiarity, which states that people tend to choose what’s familiar rather than what’s better. My college marketing class taught me this.  During a road trip, let’s say one of the children has to go to the bathroom. Once you exit the highway, there are two places you can go, so you decide that while you are stopped you should grab some lunch. The first option is a

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The Law of Reciprocity

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” – Luke 6:38 I would like to share with you today the first of two principles that you can use to measure the impact of your service. First, we have the reciprocity law. According to the law of reciprocity, what goes around comes around. Others always feel obligated to return favors. Although that’s not a good reason to serve someone, it still happens. If you have given to a charity, maybe you received an envelope with a collection of free return labels that have your name and address on them and a lovely picture of the countryside. Because it’s free, you think I’ll send them twenty dollars. There’s a law of reciprocity at work

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Become a Catcher

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” – Matthew 4:19 He is risen! Today, we remember Jesus’ sacrifice and give thanks for what he brought to our world. As I shared yesterday, once we have been caught by the Lord, we can trust Him completely! If you’ve been caught by the Lord, something special has happened to you. You begin to see things differently… you become more patient, and your view of people who have not been caught changes. I believe now that you’ve been caught, it’s time for you to take up the role of a catcher. Seeing the world around me, so many Christians seem to look at it with judgment. But what I see is a world where people are holding out their arms, and nobody is catching them.   So what a great moment in life it is,when the

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The Lord Will Always Catch You

“Because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 1:5,6 Yesterday I shared the first two of three definitions of Christian love. The first is that Christian love can be defined as a verb, it is something that you do for the benefit of others. The second is that Christian love is becoming a person who is loving. I likened it to bringing a positive, contagious, and loving vibe with you everywhere you go! Lastly, Christian love is something that God does in us first and foremost. This is something you should never forget. Father Henri Nouwen, a Dutch-born Catholic priest, professor, and prolific writer, shared a fantastic story about the catcher and the flyer. While on tour with

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Christian Love Is a Verb

“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” – Romans 12:9-13 Have you ever wondered what all the confusion is about when it comes to love? Today, I want to give you two of the three things that I believe make up the definition of Christian love. The first thing, and I am sure you all know what I am going to share, Christian love is not a feeling! Christian love can be defined as a verb. It is something that you do for the benefit of others. Love is care for the well-being of all human beings. It

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When You Serve Others

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” – 1 Peter 4:10 You feel better about life in general when you serve others. Assisting other people is one of the keys to your achievement, success, possibilities, and opportunities, and it makes you feel good about yourself! Author Earl Nightingale, who specialized in human character development and motivation, had a great quote: “It is just as impossible to succeed without serving others as it would be to live in our modern world without others serving us.” There is a keyword that I hope you noticed — “impossible.” There is a passage of scripture that speaks to why we serve in Romans 13:8-10, “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, ‘You

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Serve a Greater Goal

“But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.” – Luke 22:26-27 It is possible to serve others for a greater purpose and goal! I mentioned Chick-fil-A yesterday and their consistency in service. I also thought about Bill Gates, Microsoft’s co-founder, and about the computer’s worldwide impact. In the workplace or at home, almost everyone has a computer, thanks to him. Technology has its challenges, but computers have made the world a better place. Your food is fresher, your car runs better, and tickets are now even available online. As a result of his service, Bill

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You Have Something To Offer

“What shall I return to the Lord for all his goodness to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people.” – Psalms 116:12-14 As I mentioned yesterday, the Christian community is willing to take in abandoned children and provide assistance to the poor. We help the elderly, care for the sick and abandoned people. Jesus and the early church modeled this, and we, as God’s children, can adopt this practice today by honoring those who are considered undesirable or small in society’s eyes.   Besides serving those abandoned, there is also an opportunity to express to them that their gifts are valuable and that they have something to offer. Isn’t that part of the gift of taking someone in, to show them how they can contribute something

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The Impact of Your Service

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” – James 1:27 Philosophies are the foundations of conduct, thought, and knowledge. As individuals, we have many philosophies that we bundle together to create our personal philosophy. Here’s something I want you to add to your collection of philosophies that can change your life forever. It seems so simple, but you’ll be tempted to reject it the second I share it. The transformational message is that your achievement in life is equal to the impact of your service. You may be thinking service isn’t a big deal, I can just serve more. No, no, no, your accomplishments in life are equal to the impact of your service. In the early church, we saw this immediately at work. The early

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Your Philosophy Is the Compass

“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” – John 16:13 Today, I would like to share with you a great ground rule that I have shared before. It’s a fact I believe, and I hope you do too: Your philosophy dictates the course of your life in every way. You can think of your philosophy as the map of your life. The map tells you where you’re going and how to get there. We all see the world through different lenses, and everyone has a unique way of viewing it.  There are probably people you know who view the world through a different lens than you do. There are many people who walk through life with a

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