While raising our yet-to-be strong and robust athletes, there are times when they may "act out". Although the child may have known the right thing to do and believed that kicking and screaming wouldn't work, the not-so-good actions didn't show it. This inappropriate, behavioral display is often addressed with a "time out" that hopefully fosters the desired "outstanding" outcome.
"Outstanding" is a rather over-used word but it expresses an important goal that humankind strives to attain. Commonly attributed to good behavior or skills, we all have a God-given need to be recognized...to stand out. This need is so strong that sometimes it is mis-used in order to gain the much-sought-after attention by indulging in bad behavior.
God made us to be "outstanding" in the right way ... to know what is good and to do it.
So God created human beings in his image. In the image of God he created them. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. Genesis 1:27 & 31 NCV
We are created to be a reflection of perfection ... love in action with a living example to follow - Jesus Christ. It isn't being perfect, but it is mirroring His image. Just as a pool of water reflects our likeness, we reflect the likeness of our Creator. To do this requires two inseparable actions:
TO BELIEVE IN HIM AND TO ACT LIKE WE DO.*
As we meet these requirements, we become the people God made us to be. By "standing out" in the crowd for the right reasons we take the world's breath away with our loving and truth-seeking attitudes and actions that shout, "I BELIEVE!". It's been said ...
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by moments that take our breath away."
Blessings...as you offer the world breath-taking experiences that reflect Christ.
*from Dave Egner's Our Daily Bread devotional
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