hiding your faith??

i am sitting in Fido, next to two men, well actually a boy and a man. They are busy discussing the boy's desire for a future music carreer. He wants to be a christian artist, without being a christian artist. the boy wants to express his faith with out being "outed" by his audience. how interesting it is to me that his greatest passion in music is to Glorify God and present his faith as a message to others to grab a hold onto. and yet his mentor is trying to tell him to "temper his message" so that other don't feel like he is preaching to them. I have been studying idols over the last few weeks and how often we are told truth in a way that we are deceived. follow me here for a moment. We are given, told, or presented truth but the way that it is presented is skewed just a bit so that the conclusion we come to is actual a lie or falsehood. Thus we can back the evidence that lead us to a false belief with scripture that has been taken out of context or paraphrased in a way  that you don't notice.

Back to my current situation... this boy is seeking wisdom from a man who is most likely a great man who is well intended. To his credit he is giving great advice when it comes to how to practice and prepare for a showcase. But in the midst of all of this great advice is the attack on the truth of Christ. There is nothing this mentor is tell this boy that is not truth but the way he is saying it distracts this boy from his greatest desire to speak Christ from his message.

It has taken everything in me not to look at this boy and tell him, Christ is in you! let Christ shine! don't be afraid to label yourself a christian. Yes some of your fans will be offended but the truth of the Gospel is offensive to those who deny Christ! But do you really want to live for Christ while hiding your faith?

I like everything

I love this little girl! she is truly embracing what the bible means when it says:

"So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." -- 1 Corinthians 10:31

"And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him." --Col 3:17

I have often believed that response to life's events are a matter of perspective and perspective is a matter of attitude, and attitude a matter of choice, and choice directly affected by our level of gratitude. In short... if we remain grateful for the little details of our life that God is continuously faithful  to us in then we will be able to better see through the fog of life when it seems like there is no hope for the moment.

God is faithful to us... God is faithful to me.... God is faithful to you!

Amiya: the world changer

People, who have a desire to change their world and then do it, inspired me. Most of these people are older and have lived their lifetime working towards this goal. Recently I have come across some of these very people, however they are not old, they are not even teenagers! But they are changing their world.

This drawing is the vision young Amiya had when she was 8 years old. She woke her mom up in the middle of the night to tell her about her a vision for a mobile dance academy that would take dance into the poorest areas of her city, offering lessons at a discounted price.  She not only wanted to spread her love of dance but fight off childhood obesity.

This is the reality.  Amiya’s vision is with the help of her mother and many other supporters has turned into a business that has earned enough money to pay off the original debt of the bus and is continuing to provide dance lessons throughout the Detroit area!