Thursday, October 7, 2010

Above Average

What does it mean to be 'above average'??

Average is often used negatively but in many ways it is simply a definition of location.
If average is just where most people are, then I guess it's easy to identify where you are for a bench mark. Also, above average could be used as a location of being above where most people are positioned (as some sort of statistic).
2 Cor 8:7
'But just as you excel in everything, in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness, and in your love for us, see that you also excel in this grace of giving.'
To be above average is to excel, but is it possible to be above average in everything?
This made me think about the world we live in and how destructive things are/can be, Much of our society you could say would lack grace towards one another and criticism is at an all time high. 
But, if we rewind back and think about the smaller community of people we do life with and ask one question: What are most people like?
If most people in my neighbourhood don't wave and say hi, then for me to wave and say hi is - above average.
If most people in our work places are constantly talking negatively about other peers, then I think its relatively easy for us to be above average.
This made me realize that there would be hundreds of daily situations that give us the opportunity to be more than most people choose to live....and this would be for no other reason than to allow God to use us to influence others for His glory. 
How we relate and respond to people around us is critical to God's story in their lives.

To excel in everything is simply the choice to live a life above average.
"It is our Responsibility to work on our Response Ability."

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Spirit Led Conversations

  • Are all conversations spirit led conversations?
  • If someone is a Christian does that mean that everything they say is led by the Spirit?
  • What if you don't actually hear the word "Jesus" in my conversation - does this mean its not spirit led?
  • Is it possible that spirit led conversations can be about any topic as long as there is evidence or a trace of God's nature in the conversation?

Romans 8:5
'Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.'