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BEAUTY -JAKE VAYDA

BEAUTY

JAKE VAYDA

John 10:10

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

 When I was younger I had the hardest time living in the moment. Even if I was doing something fun with friends, like hanging out at Chuck E. Cheese, I would be thinking about the next fun thing I could do. As I got older this problem stayed with me. If I was out to dinner with a pretty girl I would be thinking about our next date, even though I wasn’t even guaranteed another. I never lived in the moment and I was never fully present. It was an awful way to “enjoy” the life God had blessed me with.

Jesus tells us in the Book of John that he came so we can have a full life. He didn’t say He came so we can have a full life tomorrow, later on, or next year; He meant now. This minute. How much are we missing out on when we neglect the blessings God has put in front of us today? When we look so much to the future we definitely aren’t able to love the people in front of us well, nor do we get to appreciate the small, beautiful moments. And the thing is, we aren’t even promised tomorrow! God says he will care for us and give us all we need for today. Tomorrow will take care of itself.

Thankfully, God took my heart of discontent and made it a heart that was present and able to enjoy every moment and person I was with. This was not an easy place to get to and it took me surrendering this issue completely to God, which I didn’t want to do. Looking and planning for the future feels safe because it gives you the illusion of control. If you struggle with this, give it over to God. Slow down and take in the beauty of the present. Put your phone away when you are with others. Be present. Living life to the fullest isn’t in some unattainable later date; it’s in the here and now.

QUESTION 1. Do you have a problem staying present? Is it hard to focus on the person across from you without thinking about what you are doing tomorrow?
QUESTION 2. What are some things you can put into practice to better enjoy the blessings God has given you today?
CHALLENGE: Tomorrow when you wake up, ask God to help you stay present in every moment of your day. Then do it again the next morning and the next. Look at what you can discover today that is beautiful, the new experiences, the people, so you can live life to the fullest right now.
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BEAUTY -ROSS KAELLNER

BEAUTY

ROSS KAELLNER

I would never have said that Shelby was beautiful. She was overweight, had purple streaks in her hair, and wore a silver chained necklace. My idea of beauty was women who were tall, skinny, tan, and fit well within an Abercrombie and Fitch catalogue. However, Ross Kaellner’s idea of beauty changed one week on a mission trip to an Indian reservation in South Dakota. By the end of that mission’s trip, Ross had put his faith in Jesus Christ for the first time because of Shelby. Her internal beauty was radiant because it was rooted in her love for God! God’s love just poured out of her, and because of that — Ross’ life was forever changed.

QUESTION 1. Is your definition of beauty found on the cover of a maxim, or people magazine? Or do you instead, look to the core of who people are?
QUESTION 2. Do you let your eyes direct your heart? Is it easy for you to become mesmerized with appearances? Or do you let God define what is beautiful in the people around you?
CHALLENGE: The most unpopular day of Jesus’ life was when he died on the cross. That day He looked hideous, abandoned, despised, broken, and abused — but it was also the most beautiful day for the rest of eternity.
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BEAUTY -STEVE GRABOSCH

BEAUTY

STEVE GRABOSCH

Genesis 1:27 “So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”

As Christians we need to understand that we are made in the image of God. We are also called to bear that image everywhere we go and to everyone we come into contact with. We have an opportunity to be the hands and feet of God, in other words, to be a Christophany!

What’s a Christophany? A Christophany is an appearance, or non-physical manifestation, of Christ. You can be a Christophany in someone’s life by simply loving them (e.g. you could write an encouraging note to someone who is discouraged, sponsor a child, do random acts of kindness for your neighbors, tell a person about Jesus’ love for them, etc.)!

The Greatest form of worship we can do as Christians is to be a Christophany to someone else. To be the hands and feet of Christ!

QUESTION 1. How have you seen someone be a Christophany in your life?
QUESTION 2. How did it feel when Christ appeared to you through someone else?
CHALLENGE: We challenge to bear the image of Christ and be a Christophany to someone today! When people taste and see your life may they see that the Lord is good!
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BEAUTY -DEANNA TOCCO

BEAUTY

DEANNA TOCCO

Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

 There is a common misconception that if you believe in God then everything will work out and be okay. You’ll be the best looking, You won’t be bullied, You’ll get a boyfriend or girlfriend. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. God never promised that life would be easier; in fact, he said that it would be hard and that you’ll even be persecuted for your belief in him! What He did promise, though, is that He will be in control no matter what, and that He will always love you as His son or daughter.

In Matthew 10:29-31 Jesus tells us, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Your Father knows and cares about all the animals of the earth and yet you are worth so much more to Him. If you try to find your self-worth outside of God, you will most certainly never find it. But if you allow God to define your self-worth, you will realize that you are infinitely loved, infinitely cared for, and infinitely beautiful in the eyes of your Father.

QUESTION 1. Where do you get your worth from? The flawed opinions of others or from your Father who loves you more than you can ever understand?
QUESTION 2. Do you find it hard to accept this amazing love from God? If so, talk with Him about it. He wants to hear your heart.
CHALLENGE: Don’t let society or people define your worth and beauty. You are worth so much more than that. Pray that God will allow you to see yourself through his eyes. You will be amazed at how beautiful, worthy and loved you really are.