Click Click Click: Three Links of Encouragement #6

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The giveaway just ended! Check back in next week to find out the winner. In the meantime, here are some articles I’ve been loving lately…

The Evolution of the Swimsuit by Jessica Rey…this is an excellent, brief video on modesty and beauty. I love this question she leaves viewers with at the end: how will you use your beauty? Watch it here

The Real Me by Gina Marie…“It happened yesterday at the dentist. I was myself. I mean, really truly, like just how I would be if I were with someone I’d known forever. I was chatty. I made witty comments. They laughed. It felt comfortable, and normal, and I thought, “Hey, I’m being me! With people I just met!” This is progress.” Read the rest here.

When You’re Done with Pundits, Soul Wrestling, and Looking at the Sky by Ann Voskamp…“You are changing the world – when you are changing one person’s world. Living radical isn’t about where you live — it’s about how you love.” Read the rest here

What have you been reading?

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Click Click Click: Three Links of Encouragement #5

Happy Friday! Here are some articles I’ve read and loved in the past few weeks…

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A Month of Memory Helps: Truths About God by Judy Douglass…“So to help me remember what God has so graciously tried to teach me, I have devised short sayings as reminders of truths about God and His desires for my life.  Maybe some of these will resonate with you. There’s one for every day of the month.” Read the rest here.

Date a Boy Who Travels by Lainnnes…“Date a boy who treasures experience over toys, a hand-woven bracelet over a Rolex. Date the boy who scoffs when he hears the words, “vacation”, “all-inclusive”, or “resort”. Date a boy who travels because he’s not blinded by a single goal but enlivened by many.” Read the rest here.

180 Movie…this is not an article, but I nevertheless wanted to share it. It is a powerful short documentary about abortion, morals, and the Gospel. Definitely worth your time. Watch it here.

What have you been reading?

Worthy of the Gospel

{photo credit: Sharon Whelchel}

In Philippians 1:27 Paul begins the verse by saying, “Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ…” Be worthy of the Gospel of Christ. You’ve probably heard the Gospel at least fifty times or maybe even more. Personally, it’s hard for me to really appreciate and respect it because well, I’ve heard it so many times. As much as I hate to admit it, sometimes it even gets a little boring to read it. Though I imagine I’m not the only one who feels that way.

This summer I went on a missions trip to Africa and one night our team split up to into three smaller teams to show the Jesus film in the countryside. It was a great experience, but it didn’t really hit me how important it was that these Africans had just heard the Gospel for the first time. Then I realized that most of them probably didn’t know the ending. I have parts of the Jesus film memorized and of course I know how the movie ends, but most people don’t know what happens. When they see Jesus dying for them on the cross they don’t know He’s going to rise again. All they know is that Someone loves them enough that they would die for them, ending their own life for the start of theirs. It’s new and exciting, but more importantly it’s a cure to their hopeless world.

Every once in a while I think we all need to sit back and really think about the Gospel. It isn’t just an old story, it’s a beautiful love story. But often we forget that, often we don’t live lives worthy of the Gospel, worthy of Someone dying for us.

Paul ends the verse by saying, “…so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the Gospel.” Your life was changed because of Jesus dying on the cross. Live a life that’s worthy of His sacrifice for you and stand firm with your fellow Christians to make the Gospel known. Live a life worthy of the Gospel.

I actually wrote this post a while ago and forgot to publish it so I want to add a few notes. Since I wrote this post I’ve read the book of John, so part of the Gospel. I wasn’t too excited about reading it but I figured, why not? Once I got into it, I couldn’t put it down! There were so many verses and concepts I had never noticed before. So I encourage you to give the Gospel a second chance. See how it applies to your life. Let God’s love story to us overwhelm you. You won’t be disappointed!