“I get the impression that God enjoys His kids the way He created us to be; honest, lovable, helpful, original, respectful, and playful.” ~ Jon Barnes
First impressions are the original thoughts and actions that come to mind as we work, play, learn, and love. They can also be wrong. Advertisement and opinions can be used to change the truth and the perception of reality, when we don’t do our own homework, thinking, reading, and praying.
Many of us are quick to follow fashion, fame, and fluff of the new age stuff, without considering the consequences of technology, social media, and peer pressure from access. The cost of demand is at an all-time high, leaving common sense in the dust of lust. We gotta have it! Well, what is it? I remember as a kid people telling me that they will live the way they want and repent in the last second of their life to make it into heaven. Good luck, I told them.
Lasting impressions are accurate stories of people who do good work and inspire generations of people. They quietly work day-to-day, focused, and eager to live, love, share, and care about doing God’s work and not just looking cute. The dirty work of playing, practicing, living, and love is a true labor of obeying God’s lifestyle and we cannot make up our own rules. Your reality is the first and last impression God will have of you and your life’s work in the faith for the Kingdom of God. Love, learn, and live wisely, with God’s standards.
Are you following the many wicked trends of this world and popular people, leaving God in the library on a shelf and at church, until you die?
Enjoy Today’s Reading
1 The elder,
To the lady chosen by God and to her children, whom I love in the truth—and not I only, but also all who know the truth— 2 because of the truth, which lives in us and will be with us forever:
3 Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love.
4 It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us. 5 And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another. 6 And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.
7 I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. 8 Watch out that you do not lose what we[a] have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. 9 Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them. 11 Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work.
12 I have much to write to you, but I do not want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to visit you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete.
13 The children of your sister, who is chosen by God, send their greetings.