What we have here is a failure to appreciate!

Sadness, discouragement, disappointment? What we have here is a failure to appreciate!

Without an inner foundation to stand on and a seat belt to secure you in crashes; life can be overwhelming. It’s much easier to be driven by feelings and desires than it is to be led by wisdom. What you focus on inside your mind and heart is as important as what you focus on in your physical environment. Choose well.

It’s better to have less stuff and appreciate it more, than to have more stuff and appreciate it less. Sincere appreciation of your non-financial assets is a great antidote for the alleviation of stressful anxiety.

I find that I enjoy life much more when I think outside myself. When the sense of appreciation fades in your heart, it’s easy to be disturbed by desires and disappointments. If you learn from people who passionately appreciate life, your heart will eventually be ignited with their spark of appreciation!

Doctrine pushes for agreement, the Holy Spirit prompts us to love. Disagreement should never shut down heart-felt love!

Jesus didn’t die just to be a spice that makes your life nice. He died to make you His. There are so many bandwagons Christians can jump on. We need to be careful not to let them distract us from the living Jesus!

Mental, emotional, verbal and spiritual malware is real! Don’t leave your mind and heart unprotected! A wonderful way to alleviate emotional pain is to rev up your ability to truly appreciate. Sort your thoughts in two categories: helpful or harmful. Embrace the helpful. Replace the harmful. An uncontrolled mind careens carelessly, continually banging into barriers, causing its owner much needles pain.

Nobody is without many appreciable things in life. We just often fail to notice and appreciate them.

Our culture focuses on self-fulfillment, self-forgiveness, self-expression, etc., however, Jesus said: “Deny yourself.” Our culture has a lot of faith-based organizations; but we desperately need more people with a Christ-based lifestyle.

Christians are called to be led by the Spirit and to not allow our hearts to become hard as lead. Have the mettle to be Spirit-led.

To ignore the warnings that flow from inside your conscience is like ignoring a red light and  crashing into the crossing traffic.

It’s much easier to hear God’s voice than it is to obey what He tells you! Perhaps the best way to spiritually “feed” Christians is to train them to “feed” themselves & to “feed” others. Humble leaders train others to no longer need them and let others outshine them. They lead from the side, not from the top!. Humble leadership doesn’t try to impress people with a leader’s abilities; but trains people to utilize their own abilities. Christian leadership is plural, not singular. The only singular leader in Christianity needs to be the risen Jesus!

When you’re being tossed in life’s turbulence, don’t panic or despair, but trust the Pilot to carry you through. A sequence of consequences runs through your life, caused by your choices of behaviors, words, & thoughts.

I’ve always found it to be very difficult to follow a religious program and the Holy Spirit at the same time. Community is not coerced consensus but common caring and compassion.

If life’s only matter assembled with no Creator, many things we hold dear are illusions–fairness, justice, rights, beauty, love. To deny intelligent design is to close your eyes to the intrinsic nature of everything around us.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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