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Week 2 Verse – Matthew 16:26

Matthew 16:26 (NIV)

“What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?”

This is one of my all time favorite verses.  It’s one I go back to a lot. Especially when I start to feel sorry for myself about what I don’t have or envious of what others have.

To me it translates this way… if you get everything you could ever want but lose sight of God… then you really don’t have anything at all.  Material things aren’t what matters.  It’s our relationship with God and living our lives the way he wants us too.

Matthew 16:26 is the basis for one of my favorite songs:  TobyMac’s Lose My Soul.

What I like most about this song is it starts and ends with prayers that I can really relate to.

Father God, I am clay in your hands,
Help me to stay that way through all life’s demands,
‘Cause they chip and they nag and they pull at me,
And every little thing I make up my mind to be,
Like I’m gonna be a daddy whose in the mix,
And I’m gonna be a husband who stays legit,
And I pray that I’m an artist who rises above,
The road that is wide and filled with self love,
Everything that I see draws me,
Though it’s only in You that I can truly see that its a feast for the eyes- a low blow to purpose.
And I’m a little kid at a three ring circus.
I don’t want to gain the whole world, and lose my soul.

Then it wraps up like this:

Lord forgive us when we get consumed by the things of this world,
That fight for our love, and our passion,
As our eyes are open wide and on you.
Grant us the privilege of your world view,
And may your kingdom be, what wakes us up, and lays us down.

As long as I have the love of my God and my family I have everything I need.

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Identity Theft Protection

Target, Snapchat… Identity theft has been in the news a lot lately. Sure, you may have thought the movie Identity Thief was funny but in real life identity theft is a big headache.  It’s a problem that isn’t going away.  In fact, it’s only getting worse.

According to the Identity Theft Resource Center 2013 saw a 30% increase in data breaches over 2012.  There were over 600 breaches exposing nearly 58 million records.  The FTC estimates identity theft happens every three seconds.  Scary stuff.

Until Target’s data breach late last year I hadn’t given much thought to protecting my identity.  I did all the common sense stuff everyone says you should do (create strong passwords, destroy sensitive documents before disposing them, avoid clicking on links in emails from people you don’t know, etc.) but that’s about as far as I had taken it.

Last night my wife and I got serious and made the decision to purchase identity theft insurance for our family.  We insure our home, our vehicles, our life… I guess our identity is the next logical step.  It really isn’t that expensive either.

We went with Zander Insurance and for less than $13 a month our entire family is covered.  That’s up to a million dollars in expense protection.  The thing I like most about the coverage is they handle all the work of restoring our credit if something were to happen.  Some reports I saw say that it takes 6 months and 200 hours of work to recover from identity theft.  Sounds like plenty of headaches, sleepless nights, and frustration that I don’t need.

This post isn’t meant to be a ringing endorsement or commercial for Zander Insurance.  There are plenty of resources out there.  Some that cost and some that are free.  Hopefully I have made you think about better protecting yourself from identity theft.

Take time to educate yourself.  Be vigilant.  At the very least get a free copy of your credit report.  A little time spent reviewing it now might save you a lot of time later.

What are you doing to protect your identity?

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Week 1 Verse – Jeremiah 29:11

As part of my “Goals For 2014” I decided to choose a different Bible verse for each week.  Something to think about and pray on.  This week I went with Jeremiah 29:11.

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)  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.

This verse is an obvious choice.  At the beginning of the year we take stock of the previous one and prepare and plan for the new one.  It’s good to be reminded that God’s on our side and wants us to do well.

Here’s the same verse out of The Message, “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for”.

God has it all planned out!  I like that.  The control freak in me does better with a plan.  The thing I need to remember is that God has the plan but I am the one that has to implement that plan.  I need an open mind and heart to hear what he wants me to do and then the discipline to follow through.

Another thing I like about The Message version of this verse is the “not abandon” you part.  When God’s plan pushes me out of my comfort zone I need to stay strong in the belief that God is right there with me.  If he brings me to it, he’ll bring me through it.

The final reason I like The Message version is because it sounds like something I would say to my daughters.  Just like our Heavenly Father uses a verse like this to comfort us… as parents we’ve all said something similar to comfort our own children.  “It’s OK, sweetheart.  Daddy knows what he’s doing.  It’ll all work out.  You’ll see.”

I believe God’s plan for me in 2014 is to grow both personally and professionally.  His plan is underway and I’m excited to see where it takes me.

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