Time Wasters! Caught and Convicted!


“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet did not sin.” (Hebrews 4:15)

What temptations drive you crazy? Do you struggle with alcohol, drugs, gambling, anything illegal?

Perhaps you fall into a different category. My temptations are perfectly legal. We would even say harmless, but that would actually be a lie.

I am tempted by food, but able to control it with my addiction to running.

The real problem in my life is time wasters! Candy Crush Saga, Pinterest,  Facebook, television, googling topics of interest!  All a waste of my time, yet I strive to justify every minute that passes.

I know! Many of you are either laughing or arguing that Jesus’ temptation would have been greater if he had carried a smart phone in that desert with him for 40 days.

What tempted Jesus? Satan! What is the root of my temptation? Still Satan. Even if my phone is his method!

I bet there were moments when Jesus wished he could just sit back and fish with Peter. Instead, he did his Father’s work diligently. 

I bring this up because I wasted an incredible amount of time today. This snow day for my school turned into a wasted day of very little productivity. Now I have twice as much on the list for tomorrow. 

Feeling convicted yet? Trust me! I am!



New Beginning: Jesus Starts His Ministry


Do you have a New Year’s resolution? Are there goals you want to achieve this year? Are you starting a new adventure?  Here are some thoughts based upon Matthew 2 and 3.

Jesus had a mission. He was to begin His ministry here on earth. How did He do it?

1.  First he set his life right with God. He followed orders, was baptized, and received God’s blessing. Always begin with God.

2. He faced temptation.  He spent 40 days searching his soul, facing Satan, and standing by His faith in God’s plan. Remember that your journey will not always be easy. Now aren’t you glad God is already with you?

3. He gathered support. Jesus found His disciples to take this journey with Him. Even Jesus enjoyed the moral support from His friends.

Think about how you are going to reach your goals this year! Remember,  all things are possible with God.