Monday, January 11, 2010

New Testament Challenge

Our church is doing a NT Challenge, to get through the whole NT this year.
If you want to join me/us let me know, I can send you what to read each day...
Today was Matthew 7. The first verse is Do not judge... I remember finding this verse after I highlighted my hair bright pink. All the looks I got from it too! I am thinking oh my! I remember standing in line at Wendy's for food court fellowship, and this family standing in front of me. They had 2 kids and the mom took one look at me and told her kids, it's ok, stand next to me. And the LOOK she gave me! I also remember thinking, yeah, stay away, or I'm gonna EAT you!!! Geez, it was just pink highlights. But I also remember thinking, how often do we judge people by their looks? I still get looks every now and then because of 4 kids... And sometimes with my nose ring, depending on where I am at. :) It's not our job to judge people, it's our job to LOVE them!
Matthew 7:13-14
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
Wow... I am thinking I wanna go for the narrow road, but I must admit, it is SUPER easy to stay on the wide road. I am in the process of getting ready to help in our church with the Children's Ministry. Just waiting for my references to go through! :) I wanted to help, but yet, I didn't want to. I was afraid of what would happened, if what happened at JCFC would happen again... I didn't want to go through it. But that would be staying safe on the wide path, and I don't want to be safe. I want to go out of my comfort zone and be on that narrow path! How about you? Which path will you choose?


Lori Eilers said...

Mandy...just want to encourage you to step out and get involved in children's ministry ASAP. You have such a gift for kids and it would be a shame to not share it. I know how scary it can be after a hurt or disappointment but we can't walk away from what God has anointed us to do. Remember my greatest lesson in moving to TN...the blessings of obedience far outweigh the fear of the unknown! You may quote me on that! :) Love ya girl...go reach those kids for Jesus! Oh and PS..I LOVED your pink highlights and if I wasn't 48 yrs. old, I'd have a nose ring, too!

Amy said...

Mandy, I am inspired by your challenge! I think it is great, I am personally studying the Old Testament this year, and I am going to try to get through that! Good luck with your challlenge! I agree about the judging part...we all do too much of it! your kids are looking so grown up! Have a great day!