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Friday’s Friends (#3)

30 seconds a day. Okay, maybe 45. That’s all this simple yet powerful little email devotional takes to read. But it includes Scripture, it gives a simple challenge, and I read it in an Australian accent (and that makes it all the more cool.)

I first heard Christine Caine at a Passion Conference in Atlanta. Her zeal and actions behind A21 inspire thousands to fight modern day slavery and human trafficking. Her ministry has aided in rescuing thousands from slavery, not to mention the even more important message she shares in the true delivery through the Gospel of Christ.

The daily devotional is not a blog but more of a quick reminder to put First Things First, which is the name of her daily devotional email.

Here is today’s (8.14.2020) devo …

First Things First with Christine Caine

Don’t Forget to Reset

“Slow down. Take a deep breath. What’s the hurry? Why wear yourself out? Just what are you after anyway?” (Jeremiah 2:25, MSG).

I love to think of my times with God as a reset. Whenever I notice myself complaining, agitated, or just flat out being rude to others, I recognize that it’s probably because I’m not spending enough time with God. Because when I take the time to get away and be with Jesus, love quite literally pours out of me! It’s the way I was meant to live, and this is something that applies to each of us.

Today, make it a priority to spend some intentional time with God. Whether it’s a quiet moment in your closet or bathroom, while you’re on your way to work, early in the morning, late at night, or at a coffee shop — slow down, quiet your mind, and focus your heart on the presence of God. I believe you’re going to be amazed by what He will do in and through you!

So subscribe to her daily devo email here. Or you can check out her podcast as well. The only caveat, please don’t snitch if you see I’ve used some of her ideas on my blog … I’ll try to give credit but preachers often forget to tell where we get our material.

Have blessed day and take time to be with a Jesus. You won’t regret it.

Crossroads – Do You Take the Easy Path?

Dysfunctional family. Before you say you’ve got it hard, hear this man’s story – a dad that was publicly unfaithful and rarely around, a stepmom who was vengeful against her husband’s illegitimate kids, a life of impossible trials, manipulated into spurts of insanity where one time when he was not in his right mind he even killed his own children and two of his brother’s kids … these are just some of the highlights.

When he was just an infant laying in his crib, his stepmother sent two snakes to strangle him. But not this guy. He grabbed the snakes and strangled them – as a baby.

He is The GOAT.

His name – Hercules. Forever known as a hero full of strength and valor and service to his fellow man. He over came his dysfunctional past. But life wasn’t easy.

Did you know he choose this path?

Early in his life, he stood at a crossroad. Not the metaphorical kind, a literal place where two roads crossed. Two women appeared to him and they offered him a choice.

The first said, I am Pleasure. She offered ease and luxury. Friends and a happy home. He would have no wants, endure no toils, and never know sorrow. And though your kids will remember you fondly, few others will.

The second said, I am Duty. She offers forever hardships, a restless life, pain, grief, and more. But … you will he remembered by all of mankind. You will be a hero and your name will forever be spoken with awe.

His choice – well, you know his name don’t you? He choose duty. Even today, choosing duty in life is called …

Hercules’ Choice!

Labors and tests filled his life. Grand journeys and epic labors. He killed wild monsters, outwitted Titans, spent time with Amazons (I wonder if he knew Wonder Woman?), fetches the Golden Apples of Hesperides, and brought Cerberus up from the underworld (the 3 headed dog , known as Fluffy in PotterWorld).

In the end, in agonizing pain from poisoning from his wife who thought she was giving him a love potion. In torment, he climbed a mountain, built his own funeral pyre, laid himself on the wood, and orders it to be set ablaze. But that long absent dad (Juno or Zeus depending on tradition) stepped in brought him to Olympus. He reconciled with his stepmother and was given a wife.

His life – defined by choices. And it started at a crossroad.

Your life – defines by choices. There may not be a literal crossroad – but you’ve got choices too.

In the words of Christine Caine …

You can choose what you think about
You can choose what you talk about
You can choose what you look at
You can choose what you listen to
You can choose what you watch
You can choose what you worship
You can choose where you go
You can choose your friends
Choose wisely.