Bags of Gold

I was reading the Bible today during my devotional and I found the scripture in Mathew (Mathew 25:14-30) that talks about Bags of Gold. I define Bags of Gold as gift that God gives us to help others. Everyone has at least one but if we don’t use it for God’s will and glory it will be taken away from us.

The scripture says a rich man gave one servant 5 bags of Gold and another servant 2 bags of gold and the last servant one bag of gold. The first two servants doubled the rich man’s profits but the man with one man of gold hid it and basically didn’t use it. How often we as people do the same thing. God has given some the gift of prophesy, singing, dancing, music and cooking. It is up to us to discover how to use those gifts for God’s glory but too many of us don’t do this.

Bags o Gold

God gives everyone Bags of Gold. How will you use yours?

The Bible tells us that there will be an account of what we did with our Bags of Gold. I don’t want to have to tell God that I buried it. I am trying to use my Bags of Gold for His will and glory. Why We Dance came out of this and it is growing.

The organization is able to meet and exceed expectations despite the challenges. As I use my Bags of Gold I got more bags and I interact with more people.

My message to you today is use your Bags of Gold for God’s will and glory.

A Fresh Start

Happy New YearI love when a new year comes in because I can make an assessment of the previous year and make changes. It has been widely reported that most people don’t keep their New Years Resolutions. My belief is that we are excited by the new year but quickly get hampered by the aftermath of the holidays, the snow/cold and feelings of melancholy.

It has been suggested that writing down our goals and putting them in a spot where we can see them helps us stay on track. I am going to share some of my goals with you readers.

#1 Make it my business to learn something new each week. (This could be from a course, free class at the library, an article or another person.)

#2 Network, network, network! Who you know will be so vital in 2011. Networking can help with getting a job, getting information and getting other things. Linkedin is a going to be huge this year.

#3 Taking care of me. This means watching all the sugar, fat and junk I put in my temple. No more stress eating!

#4 Dance, dance, dance! I teach dance once a week but I am going to be doing more dancing. It’s fun. It’s inexpensive. It’s good for the body and soul.

#5 Fast from complaining. We all spend too much time whining about how bad our lives are. Just stop!!! The negative energy is like a body on my back and I am going to release it. I can change things and you can too.

#6 Read something spiritual every day twice a day. I love reading my Bible and I am going to do more of it. I am encouraged by what the prophets went through and the promises God made to his people. This will be a part of my prayer life.

#7 Give, give, give. This is the year I am going to help somebody. Things aren’t what I want them to be but I can do my part to make them better for someone else. I don’t have to know them or like them.

#8 Forgiveness. That one word says it all. I am guilty on holding on to things that I have done and what has been done to me. Enough already! Our time is so limited here and anger is a prison sentence I don’t want to have. Forgiveness frees the mind, body and soul.

#9 Enjoy my life, friends, family and jobs. I am going to find something good about my world each day.

#10 Take a day of rest. God created the world in 6 days but on the 7th day He rested. I am going to take that day to rest and rejuvenate my mind, body and soul.

I would love to hear from readers their goals for 2011.