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Hair Blessings

For about six years, my daughter has been growing her hair. Everyone always compliments her on her hair. They love the natural highlights, the curls, the red hair. Years ago, she found out that she could donate her hair to an organization who would give it to someone who lost their hair from cancer treatments. She set her mind to it and continued growing her hair to meet her goal.

Today was the big day. Her hair was finally long enough to make the cut for a donation. We went to the salon ready to make the next step. As she sat in the chair, we discussed this donation with the stylist. Surprisingly, there were many people sitting by with listening ears as they waited for their perms and colors to be finished. They started asking my daughter questions. How long did it take to grow your hair? Why are you donating your hair? I was so proud when my daughter responded that she has been blessed with hair everyone adores so she wanted to give her hair to someone else who could be blessed by it.

As we left the salon, with hair much shorter, and a plastic bag with the donation pony tail, we left with something else. We saw God moving in awesome ways at the salon. Someone who heard my daughter speaking decided to pay for her hair cut. We got to the register and the stylist said everything was covered. My daughter’s desire to bless was met with another person’s desire to bless. What a day of blessings! It all starts with God—He blesses us. We are blessed to be a blessing. Be a blessing today! Open your hands and watch how God moves!

“And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.” – Genesis 12:2 [ESV]

“Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.” – Proverbs 11:25 [ESV]

The Chip

I got a new debit card with a chip recently. I did not know much about the chip and asked the bank representative if there was anything special I needed to do with the card. I was told I just should swipe my card like usual. Everything was going fine. Today, I went to swipe my card but the machine wasn’t working. I did not know what was happening. My son told me to turn my card and insert it somewhere else, and just keep it there. I was so confused but listened to his wise instructions. In doing so, my account was debited—the bill was paid.

As you read the Bible, one thing you can easily see is the humility of Jesus. He is the Son of God; however, as He roamed this earth, He did not walk around acting like He was better than anyone. He did not act like He had no time for people. He didn’t act like He was perfect even though He was the only One Who ever lived a perfect, sinless life. What an example He is for each of us!

It is easy to ignore the wisdom of others, especially those who you deem as less experienced or people who are younger. Remember that God reveals Himself to all He desires. He teaches and uses whoever He desires. You are never too old or so educated that you know it all. You always have something else to learn and God puts people in your life to help you continue to grow. Be open to others. Do not let your ears close to people. You may be missing out on a key that will unlock something great in your life simply because you considered you knew it all. You will never get to where God meant you to be if you do not walk humbly with God.

“Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” – Proverbs 11:2 [NLT]

“Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.” – Romans 12:16 [ESV]

One That Waters

Abraham was blessed to be a blessing. Oftentimes I find myself remembering this truth. We too are blessed to be a blessing. When we realize that we have been blessed by God, and that nothing is ours, but rather everything is His, then naturally this blessing should flow through our fingers and bless others. This is not simply a nice idea—it is the way life was meant to be lived.

Jesus makes it clear that we are not to build our kingdom here on earth, because the earth is our temporary residence. Rather, our treasures are heavenly treasures. The world tells us otherwise—the world desires that we max out credit cards to compete with our neighbors for the newest of things, the biggest of houses, the fanciest of cars. The world tells us we should look out for ourselves and water our own flower bed. This verse tells us the “one who waters will himself be watered.”

When we open our hands to another person, we open up the doors for the blessing to be multiplied in a few ways. As we bless someone, this blessing may be paid forward. As we bless someone, this blessing will turn around and bless us. We feel joy when we give to others. We feel joy when we are able to act in lovingkindness. When we don’t cling tightly to the blessings God has bestowed upon us, He continues to rain down blessings so we are enriched, so we are well-watered. Who shall you water today?

“Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.” – Proverbs 11:25 [ESV]

Lights Out

Signing your name to something is often known as an endorsement. When you sign a check, you are endorsing it. By signing your name on the check, you are giving your word that there is money in your bank account to cover whatever amount is on the check. In life we endorse more than just checks. We can endorse people by giving them a written or verbal reference, or by slapping a bumper sticker on our car. We can endorse products by writing a review. When an accountant prepares your tax returns, he endorses the returns by signing them. When a person inspects your vehicle, that inspection sticker is an endorsement, stating that the car passed inspection per the state codes.

But what happens when one endorses something but it turns out to not be good? Often when a person’s word was trusted but found to be unworthy of trust, there is a loss of moral authority. This past week, I was on the bad end of a faulty endorsement. My family was blessed with a new van; however, the fellow that sold the vehicle promised to inspect it so it could have a fresh inspection sticker good for another year. I was happy and appreciative of the gesture. I was not happy a few days later; however, when I found myself being pulled over by a police officer for malfunctioning lights. They would have been checked with the inspection. What do you mean a few are out? How could that be? Today a different mechanic looked at the van and said he never saw anything like it. So many bulbs that weren’t working, among other items that would have failed with a state inspection. It was clear that I would never do business with the man that sold the van again. He lost my trust.

Integrity and moral authority are important; however, the world does not pay much attention to these items anymore. It is so often that one can lie and cheat their way to the top. We have accepted some sins as not-so-bad and traded the truth for a lie. We will endorse anything, not caring what it will do to our moral authority. Doing our best for God’s glory is put on the back-burner. Power, pleasure and possessions trump grace and truth. Today, remember God’s word reminds us we are not part of this world. We have a higher calling. Walk with integrity friends. You may be the only gospel a person reads. Point to Jesus.

“The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.” – Proverbs 11:3 [NIV]

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” – Romans 12:1-2 [NIV]

The Best Insurance

Over the years, I have seen the importance of having insurance. Car insurance. House insurance. Medical insurance. Fire insurance. Flood insurance. Life insurance. Insurance is necessary. You never know when something is going to happen and you will need it. I have sadly seen many people have the unexpected creep up and they were without insurance; the results were painful to watch.

In Proverbs, it says: “Good character is the best insurance.” The GOD’s WORD translation says, “Decent people are saved by their righteousness, but treacherous people are trapped by their own greed.” When I personally think of good character as insurance, it reminds me of some people I know with good character. When they got into a situation where they had a great need, dozens upon dozens of people came to help them. Yet when someone deemed a crook or a treacherous person also fell upon hard times, the floods of people didn’t head their way.

In Proverbs 11, it discusses a false balance and it goes back and forth between the upright and the wicked. It goes back and forth between the two types of people. Good character is associated with righteousness, with being blameless, with being humble. The one with good character is merciful, gracious, a guarantor for the stranger. As we read this Proverb, it is quite clear we want so badly to be the one of good character. To be this person, the only way to be this person of good character, is to know the One Who is Righteous and Holy. He is the most gracious. He is the most merciful. He is the greatest Guarantor. He is faithful. He is understanding.

“Good character is the best insurance;
crooks get trapped in their sinful lust.”

-Proverbs 11:6 [MSG]

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Lose Everything

There was a great visual demonstration that a pastor once shared with me, and it will always stick with me. It has to do with open hands. He said if you have your hands closed, you are unable to receive blessings. You hold on to what you have and deny yourself from receiving what God has for you. Ever since I first heard this, I have carried it with me.

Today’s passage tells us that if we “give freely” that we will “become more wealthy.” We live in a society that says to save everything you have, invest, store up, get more, have more, and that’s how you be more.  Culture tries to get us to build up a fortress here on earth. But God tells us otherwise. This passage says that if you are “stingy” you are going to “lose everything.” This isn’t just a scare tactic to get you to tithe more. If you put your energy into storing up here on earth, you will soon find that the moths can eat it all.

You become so much more wealthy if you freely give, recognizing that nothing is yours. I recently heard a response from a pastor that speaks volumes. His daughter said her day was going badly. He reminded her that it wasn’t “her” day. It was God’s day. Each day is God’s day and He gives it to us as a gift. The same goes with everything else. He gives it all to us. So give freely and see just how wealthy you will be for living life with open hands.

“Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything.” – Proverbs 11:24 [NLT]

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Pig Snout Ring

Most women love jewelry. Walk by the jewelry store and there will be some ladies peeking through the glass eying a nice gold ring setting. A gold ring is nice. How about a gold ring in a pig’s snout? How beautiful is that?

To take a beautiful, shining, sparkly ring and place it in the nose of an animal known to roll around in the mud, makes it not so pretty. Many would not like the looks of the ring. It becomes dirtied. It becomes gross.

A beautiful woman is not so pretty if she lacks discretion. As she speaks offensively, her true lack of beauty is revealed. The lack of discretion reveals her true identity. What is in her heart spills out of her mouth and shows her true character. Remember Jesus said to clean the inside of the cup. Today examine the inside of your cup and consider the words you speak.

“A beautiful woman who lacks discretion is like a gold ring in a pig’s snout.” – Proverbs 11:22 [NLT]

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