約旦航空係標誌性嘅. 我自細就冇穿過它們, 因為我嘅父母拒絕畀我買昂貴嘅鞋子. 我唔鍾意它, 但我知我永遠唔會得到一雙. 因此，我被迫應付-詐假意它們唔存在. 用咗好幾年嘅時間試圖說服自己銳步交叉訓練器係時尚嘅。. 但隨住年齡的增長, 我意識到乔丹好難被忽視. 我所有嘅朋友都有一兩對, 我嘅一個朋友完全癡迷于佢哋.
当新風格問世時, 当佢得閒閒時間時，佢唔會只係停落嚟喺當地嘅Foot Locker。; 佢嘅生活圍繞住獲得雙新鞋而建立起來。. 佢確保佢知所有約旦嘅發佈日期, 佢會買不同顏色嘅鞋子, 佢經常喺禮拜六早上喺鞋店前露營。. 它令我大吃一驚. 所以最後我不得不問自己, “呢对鞋有咩特別之處?! 顯然，我錯過了一些嘢。”
我朋友對乔丹斯嘅癡迷發表了一個聲明. 無論真實與否, he was saying loud and clear that these shoes were worth rearranging your life for. What kind of statement does your life make?
What Are You Saying?
In my last post, I argued that we should use our words to boast in God instead of ourselves. And I went even further, saying that God made us for that very reason. But I don’t think our bragging should be limited to our words. Not only should we brag on the Lord with our lips, we should also brag on Him with our lives.
Everything you do makes a statement about God. Every meal you eat, every test you take, every hour you work says something about your Creator. So even if you choose to keep your mouth closed about Him, your lifestyle will still have plenty to say. 問題係: what are you saying?
Good Works for a Good God
In His most famous sermon, Jesus says this: “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
Jesus tells his listeners to live bright lives, full of good works before others. But you notice he doesn’t say, “so that people will see how amazing Christians are.” The goal isn’t our glory, but that others would “give glory to [our] Father who is in Heaven.” Our good works always point to our good God.
Think about it. What does it say about God if we’re selfish people who treat others like trash? What does that communicate to onlookers? Not only does it say that God’s creation is worthless, but it also communicates that we’re the center of the universe. Neither of those things is true, and we’re basically lying about God to others.
But what if instead, we were strikingly selfless and laid our lives down for our neighbors? What if we gave generously to help meet the needs of others? What kind of statement does that make about God? It communicates that we’re not the center of the Universe and that there’s something grand to live our lives for. It shows God’s creation is to be cherished, and that we want to love others as we’ve been loved by Him.
Every decision you make is an opportunity to be a mirror, reflecting the goodness of your Maker. Each second is an chance to be a monitor, showcasing snapshots of His glory. And when those around us catch glimpses of that goodness, we get to tell them that our light is only a dim reflection of His.
The truth is, bragging with our lives and our lips goes hand in hand. If we only brag with our lives, people may assume we’re just nice people. They won’t know who compels us to live such good lives. And if our words say God is amazing, but our lives say otherwise, our claims lose credibility. We must do both.
Make It Clear
Does your life say great things about God? Your clever bumper sticker and Christian tattoo aren’t enough. What does your checkbook say? What do your interactions with others say? What does your work ethic say? I know I have to repent daily of failing to brag on Him as I should. God is supreme above all, so when I live in a way that makes Him look small I’m living a lie.
Is there anything in the Universe more valuable than casual sex, or a job promotion, or a pair of Jordans? Of course there is. Make sure your life makes that clear. It may seem like a daunting task, but don’t worry – you were built for it.
This is so insightful! Thank you so much for making me understand this…上帝保佑你!
great post!!! God Bless you and your family.
thank you Lord for this word
Another great blog! God is really using this in my life.
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Great perspective for us 80s and 90s kids who remember the Jordan era vividly. Unfortunately, I still see some of that kid in me and many times don’t realize it until after I’ve reprioritized just enough of my life to make a mess of things. Praise the lord for his grace and forgiveness! Glad I ran across your blog, keep writing for Him.
I’m really enjoying your teaching. It’s definitely one of your gifts!
i cant get enough of this. Great insights and teaching Trip!!
Gave me a lot to think about..
This is so touching. It really makes you wonder how much is God’s light really shinning through your life.
Time for me to make a rain check and a good evaluation.
Thank you Trip Lee <3
Thanks is what I really struggle with, using my words to spread God’s glory. I like to let my actions do the talking, but that’s not enough and I’m becoming much more aware of that. Thanks for this and encouraging me to really go out there and spread His Word. I’m actually going out on my campus later to talk to people about Jesus. Gotta brag on Him!
This is indeed a very tough subject. But what about Christianity is easy, right? The difficulty for me arises in living my life so that people see that it is the light of God shining and not just the light of another nice guy. Question for the community: What are a few nonverbals that we can incorporate so that people can differentiate our lives from the lives of other “nice & serving” people?
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I am simply floored by GOD’s overwhelming conformation by way of your blog. In two separate occasions, we basically wrote about the same things. I’d love to share my writings with you. I even did the Jordan comparison and all!!!! As well as Matthew 5:16. Please let me know where I can share my own writings of self conviction. I indeed have a powerful responsibility of my pen and it is more evident after reading your blog!!! Thanks for sharing!!!
Great post! Challenged and encouraged.
哇- nailed it! Thnk U, for allowing r gr8 God 2 use U to speak truth! I LUV the lyrics & try my hardest 2 live by: ‘Let my life be the proof of YOUR LOVE’. Everyday I pray, ‘Lord, use me for ur Glory today’.
Thx & ❤ Trip :c)
Let’s BRAG on! For the LORD.
U Rily ar a blessin to many esp me!
Thank you so much for the encouragement. It compels me to check my bankbook and work ethic…
Thanks for this! Your insights are encouraging and convicting. I def don’t give God the credit with my mouth as I am called to do. Good to see the Word in that we are called to boast…and that’s a good thing!
This site is amazing ,very encouraging. Will be sharing your sermons with our youth. Your music has already inspired them, to have another way to give them God’s word that they will be receptive to is always such a blessing. Thank you for answering the call. 上帝保佑.
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No longer will I let human nature dictate my behavior, but I will pray that my Maker, allows me to become more like my Savior