Bits ‘N Bytes January 2015

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Everyone Needs a Mentor
A mentor is like a personal coach. You need a personal coach to help you with three areas of your life:

1. Role – What you do in life.
2. Goal – What you accomplish in life.
3. Soul – What you are becoming in life.


Lessons from Pencils

1. Everything you do you will always leave a mark.
2. You can always correct the mistakes you make.
3. What is important is what is inside of you.
4. In life, you will undergo painful sharpening which will only make you better.
5. To be the best pencil, you must allow yourself to be held and guided by the hand that holds you.

We all need to be constantly sharpened. You are a special person, with unique talents and abilities. Only you can fulfill the purpose which you were born to accomplish. Never allow yourself to get discouraged and think that your life is insignificant and cannot be changed. Like the pencil, always remember that the most important part of who you are, is what’s inside of you … and act accordingly.


The Twenty and the One
A well-worn one-dollar bill and a similarly distressed twenty-dollar bill arrived at a Federal Reserve Bank to be retired. As they moved along the conveyor belt to be burned, they struck up a conversation. The twenty-dollar bill reminisced about its travels all over the country.

“I’ve had a pretty good life,” the twenty proclaimed. “Why I’ve been to Las Vegas and Atlantic City, the finest restaurants in New York, performances on Broadway, and even a cruise to the Caribbean.”

“Wow!” said the one-dollar bill. “You’ve really had an exciting life!”

“So, tell me,” says the twenty, “where have you been throughout your lifetime?”

The one dollar bill replies, “Oh, I’ve been to the Methodist Church, the Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church, and the Baptist Church.”

The twenty-dollar bill interrupts, “What’s a church?”


Three Types of Givers (2 Corinthians 9:7)

Sad Givers – “grudgingly”
Mad Givers – “of necessity”
Glad Givers – “cheerful”


Looking to be Clean? Try some SOAP!

Scripture
Take your time reading each chapter and allow God to speak to you. Look for a verse that particularly speaks to you and write it in your journal.

Observation
What do you think God is saying to you in this Scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you. Paraphrase and write this Scripture down in your own words in your journal.

Application
Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Write how this Scripture can apply to you today.

Prayer
This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this Scripture, or it may be a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two-way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say and journal about it.


• The feeling you’re having right now may not be condemnation; but conviction.
• Going forward doesn’t mean something’s wrong; it means something’s about to get right.


Check out these interesting sites:
http://www.insight.org/resources/church/video-downloads.html – Free download of brief videos from Charles Swindoll
http://www.mustardseedministry.com – Online daily devotions by Ron Edmondson


Time to Ask Myself… Am I Teachable? (Part 1 of 5)
James MacDonald – Senior Pastor – Harvest Bible Chapel

A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a fool – Proverbs 17:10.

I believe that God speaks to us through His Word, His Spirit, and His people. In the times of my life when I’ve needed some course correction, most often I’ve heard His Word coming through someone who cared enough and loved me enough to sit down with me and say, “There’s something you need to change.”

Are you a teachable person? Proverbs 17:10 says, “A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a fool.” In other words, you can get more ROI (Return on Investment) from a wise person in one gentle conversation than you can gain from a fool by whacking him with a board a hundred times. Which are you?

If you’re not sure how you rate on the teachability meter, take this five-point quiz:

1. I know I’m teachable when people give me input. When people feel free to give you a word of improvement, it’s a good sign that you’re teachable. Nobody wants to risk cleaning up a meltdown if the person can’t receive a difficult word. Don’t try to tell him he’s not headed in the right direction because he’ll bite your head off. The fool is always deeply persuaded that what he is doing is right. A teachable person will receive input.

Are you teachable? Ask someone who knows you well for their honest evaluation. And take their response to heart.


[Dale Flynn and his wife, Liz, are Word of Life Local Church Ministries missionaries in Eastern MD. Dale is a Local Church Ministries curriculum editor and is the editor of this Ministering to the Minister E-Transfer national electronic Pastor’s newsletter. The Flynns make their home in Elkton, MD. Questions or comments about this article may be addressed to Dale at: DFlynn@wol.org. ]