Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sunday's Thought

Do you know what tomorrow brings? While we may know bits and pieces and we may have our plans, we never truly know what tomorrow will be.

Or if we'll even have a tomorrow.

Proverbs 27:1 states: Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth.

Have you ever stopped to think of the implications of this verse? What does it really mean?

Should we no longer plan for the future? Should we give up on our dreams and hopes because we don't know what (or even if there will be a) tomorrow brings?

I don't think that's what the verse is saying at all.

You've probably run into the person who goes on and on about the good things he's going to do. Tomorrow. Or the next day.

But he's not doing them today. He's bragging about the good he's going to do all the while having no action behind his words.

To me, this is what the verse is getting to. To do what we say instead of say what we want to do.

Are you getting me with this? It's not about our talk. It's about our action.

If you're one who talks with no action, you can change. You can become someone who doesn't boast about tomorrow. Instead, you'll be an action taker.

Try doing this:

Look for ways to do what you're saying you'll do tomorrow: Oh how easy it is to speak words. We're easily caught in the trap of saying something when we could be doing it instead.

When you begin to hear the words "Tomorrow I'm going to..." form in your head or come out of your mouth, stop in your tracks. Examine why you're putting the task off for tomorrow.

Now, find ways to move towards that action today.

Maybe it's sitting down and writing the letter to your long-lost friend. Maybe it's taking out the checkbook and writing the check to the charity you've been wanting to.

When you take action, you cut out the possibility of tomorrow getting in the way.

You're no longer boasting either. You're taking action and getting things done.

Talk is cheap. Action is costly.

This is a guest post by Joseph Lalonde. He is a youth leader at Oak Crest Church of God and leadership blogger at He is also the author of Leadership Is Dangerous which you can get for free by subscribing to his leadership blog. Joseph shares leadership tools and encourages you to become a better leader. Connect with him on Twitter.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Wednesday's Words - Garden Perspectives

"A Gerber Daisy Blooms"
(C) Allen Pearson

"God is looking for those with whom He can do the impossible
 -- what a pity that we plan only the things that we can 
do by ourselves."

 - A.W. Tozer

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Sunday's Thought

"The Meadow"
(C) Allen Pearson
O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
So I will bless you as long as I live;
in your name I will lift up my hands.

-Psalm 63:1-4 ESV

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Sunday's Thought

"Into The Woods"
Credit: Allen Pearson

"You alone are the Lord. 
You made the heavens, 
even the highest heavens,
 and all their starry host,
the earth 
and all that is on it, 
the seas and all that is in them. 
You give life to everything, 
and the multitudes 
of heaven worship you." 

Nehemiah 9:6

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Photographing the Seasons - Wakefield Fall

"Wakefield Fall"
(C) Allen Pearson
If you know me at all, you know I don't like the Fall season because it means cooler weather and the colder weather is just around the corner.  And, as fast as life seems to be going, the winter season will be here in a few minutes.  

A friend a few years ago pointed out the beauty in the changing of the leaves and suggested I "focus"on that.  I did, and its worked.  Although Fall and Winter are still my least favorite seasons, give me the heat of summer any day, I'm enjoying it more by finding nature's beauty.

I was out on a walk after a class late one fall afternoon when I noticed these leaves in the brush full of green.  Fall is coming they seem to say- but look how beautiful we are today.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Wednesday's Words

"A Deer in the Mountain"
(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved

"I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God
while I have my being."

Psalm 104:33