Encouragement

Look Down On You

Let me start this Superhero Sunday post off by stating that all talk of ages is excluding Thor. šŸ™‚ Also, no spoilers for Age of Ultron, just in case you’re wondering. Haven’t watched it, so yeah…

Did you know that Hawkeye and Tony Stark are the same age? Go figure. They’re both 44. Bruce Banner is the oldest Avenger at 45, although technically Steve Rogers beats him, at 96, but “biologically”, he’s 29. And since Natasha Romanoff is 30, that makes Steve, technically, the youngest Avenger. (Also, I must admit the Steve/Natasha shippers out there have the better age difference, compared to Clintasha and… Brucetasha? Speaking of which, I wrote a letter about this…)

Back on track. Steve’s the youngest Avenger. And yet, in The Avengers, he’s the one calling the shots. I was thinking about this, the other day, and it brought to mind this verse:

Donā€™t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

-1 Timothy 4:12

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This is quite possibly one of the most useful quotes from the entire movie.

So maybe you’re younger than Captain America. Maybe you’re not a super soldier, with five amazingĀ people at your back, fighting off a group of Chitauri.

But you are you. You don’t have to wait until you’re older to make a difference. You can do that now. You can make a difference at school. You can make a difference at work, or church, or the grocery store. You can make a difference at home. You can make a difference online. You can make a difference anywhere.

And it all starts with you.

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After all, you’re more than just a kid from Brooklyn.

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Please don’t judge this post by the title. šŸ˜›

YOLO.

You Only Live Once.

Why has this become such a negative thing? True, people use it as an excuse to do a lot of things. “Hey, you only live once, you know?” It gives them an excuse to do crazy things, like skydiving or bungee jumping orĀ going on cruises or literally shopping until they drop.Ā It supposedly gives them an excuse to do bad orĀ sinful things, like steal or murder or deceive or drink.

But as Christians, we can change that into motivation.

After all, if you’re only going to live once (which everyone does… *gasp*) then why not mention your faith to the clerk at the grocery store? Why not leave an encouragingĀ note on the table in the restaurant with your tip? Why not tell someone that Jesus loves them? Why not pray in public for those around you?

Why not share your faith?

You only live once, people.

Live loud for Jesus.

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Wings of Eagles

All of us go through hard times in our lives. Sometimes there are physical trials, and other times we go through rough spots in our relationship with God. When I go through tough times, I like to remember Isaiah 40:31, which says: “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, They will run and not grow weary, They will walk and not be faint.” If you trust God with all your heart, he will give you the strength to get through the hard times.

The Heart Of Worship

The Heart Of Worship – Matt Redmond

This song is an “oldie,” but it’s still a really good song. I hope you enjoy it. It’s one of my favorite worship songs, and it speaks well for when you start simply “going through the motions.”

God Bless.