Measuring Up To Jesus
Frank J Casella
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Measuring Up To Jesus - Color Photo Crucifix by Frank J Casella
The other day when I was on Twitter a quote I saw from sales guru hit me: “You become what you think about all day long”. It made me ponder on what I think about every day, which lead me to realize how much my thinking – and lifestyle – has changed over the years.
I used to be more selfish, helping and serving others with the end motive of serving my own needs and ego, and praying for my own needs – talking to God more than listening. St. Francis says [that] it is through giving that we receive, and I took it literal.
Today … when I give of myself I don’t look for what I receive, because the real gift is how God is blessing others through me .. which I may never see. My agenda has become God’s agenda. Said another way, I live my life as a prayer.
If we focus our attention on bad news and gossip, and distractions, we will miss God's incredible, visionary, optimistic purpose for every believer: to grow so much in our faith that we shine like beacons to everyone around us!
God's vision for each church is that we would grow so much in our love for God that we'd love people the way He loves them: unconditionally and passionately. He want's us to be filled up with Christ's grace, truth, and purpose so that everything we do will reflect Him to those around us.
I assure you, the longer you look at Jesus on that Cross, the more He will speak to you about who you are and how you can become more Holy.
The greatest image I have of my late father is how he prayed the rosary, looking at the Cross, each morning in a room with only the window light – just him and God – before leaving for work.
The greatest image my children say they have of me is how I kiss the crucifix each morning as soon as I wake up. What they don’t see is how often I spend just looking at it in holy contemplation.
"If a hypocrite is standing between you and God, it just means the hypocrite is closer to God than you are." -- Zig Ziglar
(Inspiration for this text is from the book 'Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Ike Reighard)
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October 3rd, 2018
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