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Noone Uses Shoes 

  

Perhaps you’ve heard of the story of the shoe vendor who travelled to India on business in order to explore the new market. Arriving there, the vendor contacted his company: “Schedule my trip back. There’s not much to do here. No one uses shoes in India.”

The company brought the vendor back and sent another to the same place. Immediately, he started to sell and make orders and more orders for the company to send thousands of pairs of shoes. Excitedly, he contacted the company: “Everybody needs shoes here!”

Almost everything in life depends on how you look at it. The way you perceive a situation can make you a success or failure. The way you look at your marriage can either push you fight for it or give up. The way you look at yourself will determine the way that others look at you.

Notice if you:

  • Tend to look at certain situations negatively
  • See others with bad eyes
  • Usually find excuses for why you aren’t able to or can’t do something
  • Prefer to not even try in fear of failure
  • Put yourself down before other people, and consider them more capable

Adjust your vision, and your life will change accordingly.


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Posted by on April 9, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Who do you think YOU ARE that God should listen you YOU?

 

 

Who are you among billions of human beings? Why should anyone pay attention to you or notice you? Why should God? Thousands of prayers are said every minute. Why should yours be answered?

Attention. Getting noticed. Being attended to. We all want it, but it doesn’t come easy.

The good news is that we have a great example right in our bodies of exactly how that works.
The human body is made of thousands of different parts, big and small — eyes, feet, nails, teeth, skin, hair, etc. With so much going on in your body at the same time, in all its thousand different parts, how can one of them get your attention? If one part of your body needs your head’s attention, what can it do to get noticed and attended to?
The quickest, surest way is through pain.
Pain is the signal that your body sends to your head to get its attention. “There’s something going on here, you’d better look at this.”
No matter how small and apparently insignificant the body part — if it feels pain, the message is sent straight to the head. Want proof? Pluck out a strand of hair from your head or arm. How important is that single hair strand on your body, compared to everything else? Not very. But all the same, when you pluck it out, the sting you feel sends the message to your head and demands attention.
Likewise, you may be just one among billions of human beings. But when you act your faith in who Jesus is, you become a part of His body, where He is the head. That in itself is already great, but that’s only the first step to get attention. You are still one among many.
Now that you are a part of the Body, you have a direct connection to the Head. If you need help, immediate attention from the Head, you know what you have to do. You have to send the signal. That signal is pain, but we call it sacrifice — something you do because of your faith in God that causes you pain.
Faith without sacrifice, faith that doesn’t inconvenience you, faith that doesn’t feel pain is dead. If a part of your body is dead or numb, it doesn’t feel pain, and it’s useless. You can even hurt it, but it sends no signal to the brain. So is faith without sacrifice — it says nothing, does nothing, means nothing, and gets nothing.
Fasting, prayer, tithes, offerings, forgiveness, helping others, obedience, self-denial, self-control, unexpected and bold acts of giving plus a whole range of other Christian duties are nothing more than different expressions of sacrifice. Unpleasant as they are to our egos and complacent human will, if we want attention from God, and quick, no matter who we are — we’d better start sending the right signals.

It’s what you do that determines who you are and if you deserve attention. 

P.S. By the way, the same principle applies not only to getting attention from God but also from anyone who matters to you.


 
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Posted by on April 5, 2015 in Uncategorized

 
 
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