Thursday, January 7, 2010
SALT Challenge - Faith, Hope, Love
This week's challenge was brought to us by Stacy and based on, what is commonly referred to as, the love chapter from 1 Corinthians 13. "If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing." I didn't have any stamps based on this verse but I loved this one from 2 Samuel that assures us that God's ways are perfect because His way is tested and tried. Every day we're faced with choices. We can choose to give in to our sinful, imperfect desires and emotions or we can choose to follow God's perfect ways. I tell my kids every day that you can never go wrong following God. Every command He has is for our own benefit, not His. He loves His children, He wants what is best for them and so when we read His word and strive to model our lives after Christ, we can't lose! It will go well for us...So each day we have a choose to make, we can choose to exhibit love towards our family, friends, and neighbors or we can choose to be driven by impatience, selfishness, frustration, anger, or indifference. Which option do you think will produce the best results? I once heard someone say that if you want to 'feel' love for a person that you need to 'act' in a loving way, whether your emotions are fully engaged at the time or not. When we act in loving ways, it stands to reason that our emotions will catch up. What's the cure for fighting those unloving emotions? For the Christian, it's through earnest prayer and reading of God's word. For the unbeliever, the answer is wrapped up in Christ who offers forgiveness, redemption, and never ending, perfect love. Seek Him while He may be found and may today be the day of your salvation! My card is a simple layout (based on this week's Mojo Monday sketch), highlighted with a verse from Sweet 'n Sassy. By the way, today is the Sweet 'n Sassy release day! Be sure to head over to the web site to view all of their new, amazing sets! The paper is from from a Cosmo Cricket paper pack from Taylored Expressions. Wishing you all a blessed day - thank you for stopping by and please hop over to the SALT blog to see the rest of the team's beautiful artwork!