To be a disciple means to live in such a way that you resemble the one to whom you want to be like. Coaches stand before their athletes and demand to be followed in every way. Political parties require those members to be reflections of their beliefs and policy, yet these are not disciples.

Disciples are those who have been so moved by another that they CHOOSE to live in such a way that even though their leader or mentor may be gone, you see the many characteristics of the one who is gone in the disciple. They have changed the way they act in favor of a better way. Those who are moved by Christ, live their life in a way that is a reflection of all that Christ found important and essential to life.   Discipleship is about service to God and service to others.


Walking around East Texas, looking at everything, I can't help but see the changes. The bushes, trees, flowering plants, and oh, the grass! All are shaped, formed and manicured in such a way that they are reflections of what it is that is in store for them. Squirrels too. They play and prepare for the winter. They know what is in store for them, even if it is in the temperamental weather of East Texas. They want to be ready for all they may encounter. God calls us all to grow, to strengthen our faith. You have talents, you have potential, but without the development of such you tend to forget, leaving you unprepared for what is to come.


As a child, I used to love puzzles, one of the puzzles I loved the most were connect-the-dots. It was amazing to see how a few lines could bring a bunch of dots on a page, to life. I still like puzzles, and have noticed the greatest puzzle around. We are all dots on a page, waiting to be connected by another, giving us new meaning and a new understanding of life. A dot on a page is lonely, but when they are connected they bring joy and laughter to all who can see the beauty in the picture.


To worship God means to serve Him. Basically, there are two ways to do it. One way is to do things for Him that He needs to have done-run errands for Him, carry messages for Him, fight on His side, feed His lambs, and so on. The other way is to do things for Him you need to do-sing songs for Him, create beautiful things for Him, give things up for Him, tell Him what's on your mind and in your heart, in general rejoice in Him and make a fool of yourself for Him the way lovers have always made fools of themselves for the one they love.