Enjoy

1 John 2:24‭-‬25 -“So you must remain faithful to what you have been taught from the beginning. If you do, you will remain in fellowship with the Son and with the Father. And in this fellowship we enjoy the eternal life he promised us.”
This morning, when I woke, I was already thinking of the various things I needed to accomplish for the day. The cases I needed to work on, the client meetings and all the phone calls.
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Just when I thought I might rest for a few more moments, I found myself rising from bed with that slight anxiety created by my mental to-do list. As I read my Bible during my morning prayer time, I came across this particular verse. The word ‘enjoy’ leapt from the page.
The thought that I can enjoy my eternal life now made me smile.
At times, each of us think about one day when we’ll get to enjoy our time with Christ in eternity after this life is passed. But the reality is that our eternal life began when we gave our heart to Christ and we were born again.
It is in that fellowship that we enjoy even our eternal life that has begun in Christ Jesus now. Not just in hope for the future.
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Today, be encouraged. You are here for just a short time on earth. But your eternal life is forever. Your fellowship and enjoyment in Christ, it has already started.

Have a blessed day.

~Dean Burnetti

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My Pledge

Joshua 1:7‭-‬8 – “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.”

This morning, God led me to this passage. In my prayer time, I became impressed to write a daily pledge.

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Today, I ask that you consider reading this in your prayer time on a daily basis. I Pray that God will bless you.
“My Pledge Today”
I am a Believer in Christ.
I am committed today to worship, pray, and meditate morning and night. 
In my heart I am strong, courageous, confident and determined. 
There is no fear, discouragement or despair that abides in me. 
Today, I live to walk in the light.

Have a blessed day.

~Dean Burnetti

What Is Your Passion?

Colossians 3:23‭-‬24 – “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people. Remember that the Lord will give you as a reward what he has kept for his people. For Christ is the real Master you serve.”

While on one of my restaurant excursions in Cozumel last week, I had the opportunity to observe an older gentleman sitting in the corner while he braided palm leaves into everything from hats, to grasshoppers, to flowers.

When he approached us with his creations, I couldn’t help but to take a few.
I asked him how he learned his skill, and he eagerly told me that his mother had taught him to weave baskets as a small child. He said that he’d been practicing his work every day for his whole life. It’s what he loved to do.
basketAs Believers, God tells us that no matter what we do, whether it’s cleaning floors, practicing law, or performing surgery, that we are to do so with our whole heart.
Scripture tells us that we are not working for ourselves, we are working for God in each and every task that we perform.
Today, focus yourself on each and everything you do, whether it be cleaning the sink, mopping the floor, or giving a speech. Do it all, every moment of the day, so as to attract others to Christ in your attitude.
Make serving Christ your passion.

Have a blessed day.

~Dean Burnetti

Thank You

Psalm 105:1 – “Give thanks to the Lord. Worship him. Tell the nations what he has done.”
While in Mexico, I’ve always found the people to be gracious.  I know little of the Spanish language, but I have mastered the use of the words “thank you” in Spanish.
Gracias. It is always accompanied with a smile and appreciated reception.
‘Thank you’ is probably one of the most underrated expressions that impact you and others. It has meaning to the person to whom who you give thanks, and it also has a significant effect on you as well.
thanksFor us as believers, giving thanks to the Lord is, in effect, a form of worship. It benefits us in so many ways. We open our hearts when we give thanks that allows God’s Spirit to minister to us. It encourages us to tell others of our good news of how God has blessed us.
It is a foundation of how you can share the gospel in your everyday life.  So, don’t sell short the power of “thank you.”
It can change your day.

Have a blessed day.

~Dean Burnetti

Immortal Life

2 Timothy 1:10 – “…but now it has been revealed to us through the coming of our Savior, Christ Jesus. He has ended the power of death and through the gospel has revealed immortal life.”

Immortal life. It sounds like one who claims such a thing is trying to compare himself or herself as possessing an attribute of a god.

Last night, I watched another episode of Thor.  But this time I was watching in Spanish, with English subtitles.  It actually made me pay better attention to the script.

thorI caught myself defining carefully the characters and their identity. It appeared immortality, even though close, was still outside their reach. They were still destined to an end.

As humans, we all think that eventually there will be an end.  But immortal life is exactly the gift God has offered you and me.

In modest, we may have some blush of emotion if we are described as immortal.  But to be proclaimed as an immortal by God has a rather astounding impact on our emotions as well.

But when we look closely at what God has given us each in Christ Jesus, it is exactly that:
Immortality. And not just immortality, but immortality by His side.

Today, dispose of your fear, lack of confidence, and despair.  For you who are in Christ, are immortal.

Sing praise to the One who has made you so special.  You are an immortal.

Have a blessed day.

~Dean Burnetti

What Do You Wish For?

John 15:7 – “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, then you will ask for anything you wish, and you shall have it.”

Today, I went fishing in Cozumel. It was my present to my granddaughter Katie for her graduation. But I think the day of fishing was more for me.

I started the boat ride with a good fishing prayer: “Lord, please let us catch a fish. It would mean so much to Katie to catch a big fish. What a wonderful day that would be. To have our pictures together, holding those giant fish. It would be amazing.”

As the fishing time passed, I began to become more urgent in my prayers: “Lord, please, please, please let us catch those big fish. I know you can fill this boat. And anything I ask in your name, it is mine. And I will tell everyone how You came through. I will give You all the glory and credit.”

As the fishing time came close to passing, I began to realize that God was talking to me. As I looked at the beautiful ocean, at the clouds and the sky, as I looked at my precious granddaughter, I knew I was truly blessed. With or without fish.

Dean & KatieAnd it was then that I caught a nice Maui. Just enough for dinner.

God is good. He always has just enough for you and me.

Have a blessed day.

~Dean Burnetti

Coins From Heaven

1 Peter 3:4 – “Instead, your beauty should consist of your true inner self, the ageless beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of the greatest value in God’s sight.”

I’ve recently become interested to know more about internet currency such as bitcoin.
I was convinced when such forms of digital currency first emerged that it would all pass in the night. But now, with even recent lows in value, bitcoin is still evaluated at over $6,000 US Dollars to each bitcoin. Wow!!

(I wish I would have bought a bunch of those coins.)

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So then, how do they evaluate a bitcoin’s worth?  I’m not sure I know. The method seems rather uncertain and moving. Even though I like to read about it and try to understand it, I’m not sure I will own a bag of cryptocurrency any time soon.

But I do know that God sees value in things we often do not appreciate. Today, our scripture tells us that God sees with the greatest value, a gentle and quiet spirit.

Pause for a moment and think of the value you see in the smile, gentleness, and warmth of a child looking in your eyes.   I’m convinced that such a moment has more value than all the bitcoins or currency of this world.

Today, reflect on the precious value a gentle and kind spirit can have on you and others.
It will be the coins that shower like rain from heaven.

You can take that to the bank.

Have a blessed weekend.

~Dean Burnetti