Friday, March 29, 2013

Not so Holy week?


Hmmm, how do I start this blog post? Let me just cut to the chase and not waste anyone's time. For a couple years now I have been a little disturbed about why some Christians "boycott" Easter. We celebrate President's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and other holidays [which are all focused around earthly men], but we cannot celebrate a week or weekend where Jesus Christ's sacrifice are highlighted? I feel like it's my Christmas blog all over again from a couple years ago [to read it, click here].

The other day as I was perusing through my Facebook feed, I saw another one of those conspiracy-theory-like graphics that spoke against Easter and it just reopened these feelings. Come on, my people...This is the week that changed everything for you and me. Jesus, came down in form of a baby, grew up, laid His life [selflessly] for us, and rose again! What is there NOT to celebrate? We celebrate birthdays and other special occasions, why not stop and celebrate the one who died for our dirty sins?

People will also say, we should be celebrating God's life, death and resurrection every day/week and my answer to that is, "yes, of course, but don't discount it when it is the week where it is really highlighted by society." Ellen G. White wrote it best when she wrote the following in her book, "Desire of Ages."



"It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross."
Desire of Ages; page 83.

Didn't she say it perfectly? I love it. Again, I say to you who may be skeptical about Holy week including Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Resurrection Sunday; celebrate it-- it won't do you any harm and no one will take your religious credentials, I promise.

Let's continue to celebrate Jesus Christ's life, death, and resurrection every day or week, even after Holy Week, because He is worthy of our praise. After all, JESUS is RISEN and is alive! Hallelujah!

FYI: for those of you who may want a refresher of the week that changed everything, check this out [for larger version, click here].  




Monday, March 4, 2013

Live On Purpose!

What is a mission statement? According to dictionary.com, a mission statement is an official "document" that sets out goals, purpose, and work of an organization. I am sure if someone asked you to recite at least 1 mission statement from a company or organization right at this moment, you'd be able to [whether paraphrased or verbatim]. Right? Well, maybe. 
 The real question is, what is YOUR personal mission statement? 

Last year I decided that in order to know where I was going, I needed to know exactly what I stood for and what my purpose was in life. As I was scouring the internet to find information on how to effectively write a mission statement for my life, I stumbled upon the Franklin Covey Mission Statement Builder. My friend, you have to check this builder out! It asked me a series of questions that really set my mind and heart in motion. After answering various questions, it emailed me my finished product... Umm, wow! Seeing it all come together was phenomenal and moving. It literally moved me to tears.

Each of our mission statements are personal, but at the same time, people should know a glimpse of our mission statement by the way we live our lives.

I would like to share one portion of my mission statement that gives me the goosebumps every time I read it:

I will strive to incorporate the following attributes into my life:
  • Abuelo's caring, loving and forgiving spirit
  • MLK's fearlessness and love for God and man
  • Jesus' unconditional love and selflessness
There are also a couple christian songs that support my mission statement and how I would like to live my life. This song directly below is entitled, "The Motions" by Matthew West. Something Matthew specifically says that rings bells in my mind are:

I don't wanna go through the motions
I don't wanna go one more day
Without Your all consuming passion inside of me.

I don't wanna spend my whole life asking,
What if I had given everything?
Instead of going through the motions.


And this second song by For King & Country is self-explanatory and does not need any verse to be highlighted because it speaks for itself [in high volume].

Discover your personal mission statement and identify a couple of songs that really speak to your purpose and life. And whenever you feel like you are falling off track, re-read your mission statement and remember why God placed you here in this cold world. Let's warm it up!

Embrace your life's mission and live ON purpose-- it will change you.