Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

It’s not entirely clear where this idiom originated, though some it started in Irish pubs where gambling was common.  A person might boast that they could do something and another person would challenge them to bet on it.  The theory being that if they were unwilling to gamble money on what they were talking about, they were just talk and basically full of it.

Today, it basically means that you need to back up what you’re saying with your actions.  So, what might that look like?  For example, you could say something along the lines of “Have you noticed the trash that seems to collect on that corner? I think someone should do something about it.”  The person you’re telling it to suggest that YOU could go out and pick it up, or organize your neighborhood to have a clean up day in order to ‘put you money where your mouth is’.

One definition I found was

to support something that you believe in, especially by giving money If people are really interested in helping the homeless they should put their money where their mouth is.

We also use the expression “Talk is cheap.”  The other day I saw a bumper sticker that read “Tithe if you love Jesus, anyone can honk.”  Meaning it’s very easy to complain about the state of things, and a lot harder or more expensive to actually do anything to change the situation.  It’s easy to say we want to support the advancement of God’s kingdom on the earth, but another to write the check or go online and give.

So, let’s evaluate our lives, and decide if we’re a honker or a tither, a mouther or a mover, a complainer or a changer.

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Things We Talk About

There are things we talk about more than do.  Here’s some examples:  exercise, diet, eating healthy, getting involved, volunteering, investing, prayer.

I want to suggest something – pick one today and put some action behind it.  Stop talking about it and just do it.  You probably can already think of a thousand reasons why you should.  So, take your own advice, pick one off of this list or one you’ve created, and start today.

Think of how much better this week could end if you put your actions where your mouth is.  Let’s do this!

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Jesus With No Hands

Posted in Body, Involvement, Ministry, Used of God, Volunteerism by PCraig on August 8, 2013

I heard a story of a cathedral that was bombed out during World War II by German bombs.  It was a cathedral in England.  Later, German students actually went to serve there.  Part of what they did was put together this statue that had been blown up.  They were carefully piecing it back together.  It was a statue of Christ.  It had the inscription at the bottom “Come unto me.”  The Christ figure had his arms outstretched but they couldn’t get the hands to look right.  They finally made a decision.  They took the hands off and changed the inscription.  The new inscription said, “Christ has no hands but ours.”

Isn’t this true yet today?  The fact is that God uses our hands, our voice, our lives to bring Him to life in others.  This past weekend I challenged everyone to find their gifting, passion and use it for the glory of God.  Here were two key truths:  we are His body and we belong to each other.

So, how’s His body doing through you?  If the church only had you to rely on (and people like you), what kind of church would it be?  Weak, anemic, unengaged?  Or, mighty, strong, and connected?

Let’s be His hands today and everyday, because those are the ones He uses.

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The Futile Pursuit of Happiness

Posted in Attitude, Happiness, Victorious Living, Volunteerism by PCraig on January 26, 2012

It’s so ironic that to find happiness you must stop looking for it.  Why is that?  When you make your personal happiness your mission in life then life is all about you.  That leads to selfishness, which leads to a non-fulfilling life.

If you think that buying the new television will make you happy, then you won’t be happy for long because they are coming out with a new one.  Researchers describe the so-called “hedonic treadmill” hypothesis, which holds that people rapidly adjust to improved situations; thus, as soon as they acquire some new delight—a second house, a third car, a fourth-generation iPhone—their expectations ramp upward, and they are left no happier than before.

So, if the pursuit of happiness is not going to bring me happiness, then what will?

Research shows that people are more energized about life when they are using their strengths for a bigger purpose beyond themselves.  Before researchers discovered this, Jesus said, “If try to keep your life for yourself, you will lose it.  But if you give up your life for me, you will find true life.”

The happiest people I know are those who serve the Lord right here at Crossroads each week.  There is a sense of satisfaction, fulfillment and empowerment that comes from serving like nothing else I know.

How about you?  Are your greatest moments when you dared to step out and do something beyond yourself?  If you know you were meant for more, what can you  do for others that will help you find true life?

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It Takes A Body

Posted in Rest & Refreshing, Volunteerism by PCraig on June 10, 2010

I am anxious for my summer break that is coming up soon.  Every year I remember how I used to feel indispensible and often indestructible at the same time.  I would tell myself things like, “I can’t be gone more than one weekend or the church will fall apart.”  What I have come to recognize is that this is a form of pride.  It stems from a need to be needed, which is unhealthy.  Over the past few years the Lord has helped me deal with this pride and come to realize that it is the body of Christ, not an individual. 

One of the things I love about Crossroads is the many volunteers who understand this concept and live as the body of Christ, ministering one to another.  There is only one personality that the church should be focused around and if it isn’t Jesus, then we’re all in trouble. 

This past weekend I was blessed to see many new volunteers sign up to get involved in what God is doing among us.  Each of you are going to experience what it feels like when the pleasure of God is over you in direct response to being used of Him.  Together, by using our gifts for His glory, we can accomplish what otherwise seems impossible. 

Another thing I’ve discovered is that I’m a much better pastor when I take time to get away and rest.  Out of that time of refreshing, I’m able to come back and pour myself out for another season of ministry.  A healthy pastor makes for a healthy church, and that doesn’t happen by accident. 

We’ve got an awesome fall season planned that I believe is going to see results like we’ve never seen before.  Because of many of you stepping up to a new level of commitment and involvement we will be ready to reap the harvest God intends.  Many are catching the passion of stewardship and not just showing up, sitting down the turning around and coming back three weeks later. 

As we work together, we will see God do some amazing things in our community – let’s do it! 

I am anxious for my summer break that is coming up soon.  Every year I remember how I used to feel indispensible and often indestructible at the same time.  I would tell myself things like, “I can’t be gone more than one weekend or the church will fall apart.”  What I have come to recognize is that this is a form of pride.  It stems from a need to be needed, which is unhealthy.  Over the past few years the Lord has helped me deal with this pride and come to realize that it is the body of Christ, not an individual. 

One of the things I love about Crossroads is the many volunteers who understand this concept and live as the body of Christ, ministering one to another.  There is only one personality that the church should be focused around and if it isn’t Jesus, then we’re all in trouble. 

This past weekend I was blessed to see many new volunteers sign up to get involved in what God is doing among us.  Each of you are going to experience what it feels like when the pleasure of God is over you in direct response to being used of Him.  Together, by using our gifts for His glory, we can accomplish what otherwise seems impossible. 

Another thing I’ve discovered is that I’m a much better pastor when I take time to get away and rest.  Out of that time of refreshing, I’m able to come back and pour myself out for another season of ministry.  A healthy pastor makes for a healthy church, and that doesn’t happen by accident. 

We’ve got an awesome fall season planned that I believe is going to see results like we’ve never seen before.  Because of many of you stepping up to a new level of commitment and involvement we will be ready to reap the harvest God intends.  Many are catching the passion of stewardship and not just showing up, sitting down the turning around and coming back three weeks later. 

As we work together, we will see God do some amazing things in our community – let’s do it!

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