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I NEVER do this!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on November 28, 2013 by Costa Timothy Deir

First off, Hello! It’s been a while!

As the title proclaims, I never write about things that I’m about to in this post. I was actually going to put this on Facebook today but decided that I should spare people on Thanksgiving. You can thank me later; This is going to be about politics, and more specifically about Obamacare. 

I am sure that your Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIN feeds contain some good information on this subject, and some angry comments. I have a general belief about negative comments and angry positions, and that is that they don’t belong on these public forums. I really think that these platforms should be used for fun and to encourage others, and at times to provide others with really useful information. However, I tend not to hold it against someone when a real cry for help comes across my feed, or when someone shares their heart about true pain and loss going on in the world (Having to scrape ice off your car because you live in northern New York does not fall into this category).

How does this fit with politics and Obamacare, you may ask? Thanks for asking. Let me tell you. I have noticed the barrage of people posting in opposition of Obamacare. I have also noticed that it is generally thought of as a bad idea, and quite clearly isn’t currently working. Not yet, anyway. So my question is, are we a country where the People have a voice? Does the opinion of the General Public of the United States have a say anymore? Or have we taken a step toward dictatorship? I think we should have heard the People crying out for nationalized healthcare before it was ever a hot topic in Washington. Yet it was still forced through Congress amidst much outcry. Just my opinion? Maybe.

I’d like to share a couple of actual thoughts on healthcare in America. First, the system didn’t seem broken. There were probably some holes, like there are in any system effecting millions of individuals and companies. It seemed to me that those who were of the lower income class, were being provided for, the top 75% could afford healthcare anyway, and maybe the lower-middle class were the only ones having an issue. We should just try to fill the holes. It’s logical. And less expensive. 

Secondly, what is the real issue in our nation? Is the fact that some couldn’t afford healthcare the most pressing obstacle we’re facing? I have to be blunt; I don’t think so. There are jobs being shipped overseas and across our borders (in the wrong direction, mainly) by the hundreds of thousands. A rising Superpower, in China, that is not out for our best interest and utilizes cutthroat business practices to prove it. I think there’s a couple issues that we could focus our attention on. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe the government is blind to these issues. I think we’re distracted by a healthcare “issue” and now ultimately, Obamacare.

In conclusion, I find it alarming that this was pushed through Congress and that it seemingly has taken much of our attention away from some serious issues facing our nation, and ultimately, the world. We are blessed to be living in The United States of America. I believe the world has never seen such compassion from a country that possesses so much power. I would hate to see that influence go away.

Thanks for reading, if you made it this far. Happy Thanksgiving. 

Why do I get up so early?

Posted in Uncategorized on January 2, 2013 by Costa Timothy Deir

Because I want my children to be diligent, hard-working, and men/women of God. It’s the times in my life where I was regularly reading the Word of God, that I was ruled by the things of God rather than the things of the flesh. Integrity ran my life. Therefore, I’m making time for it again.

Traits, like the ones mentioned above, are passed on through generations. Yes, each person has to choose their own; but you’re beginning a path of righteousness for those who will come after you. What are some other things we can do to start paving the way for generations to come?

More Than 100 Times!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 10, 2012 by Costa Timothy Deir

I received this in an email from a friend working with overseas missionaries! I’ve personally worked with this organization and this kind of stuff happens everyday over there! Read on, it’s exciting!

Why we do what we do

     When I got this story in an email about a first year worker from in China I knew right away I wanted to pass it on to you all. This is a just one instance that happens on a regular basis there. If it hits you like it hit me you’ll need that kleenex box!  (Just a little note – if it feels like these email is in code that’s because it is!  Our workers in China need to be careful with their words so as not to elicite any unwanted attention. I decided to leave it just as she wrote it so dad = God and J= Jesus…etc. I’m sure you will figure it out.)

“Today we went to Hua Xi. We probably said hello/ tried to talk to 15 people before these two girls came along … And I met Lisi who is in her 5th year and final semester for preventative medicine. She explained that she’s been very confused and worried about the future, finding a job, and just the life changes that will come with not being a student any longer.  I told her that when I was a senior in college I had similar feelings and the thing that got me through it was being able to talk to dad and J and get comfort and guidance from them. I asked if she knew about J or if she believed anything, and then I started to share. From beginning to end she was practically clinging to every truth that was spoken and she was so cute!  Here are just a few of the awesome things she said throughout our conversation.  “So he forgives us, and we are given a second chance.” I said well he forgives us more than 100 times, he will never stop forgiving us. When I asked if she wanted to follow and be his friend, she said “Yes I do, but you mean it is okay even though I am Chin… oh yeah you said he created you and me too!” After we yarped it out I asked how she felt. She said, “Just before I met you I was talking crazy to my friend and feeling so nervous and confused, but now I feel calm in my heart.”  At a later time she also said, “I always felt like no one can completely understand me, or give me the advice I need, but now I know that J is always listening and he knows me.”
When I realized she wasn’t in a rush, we started to go over the2 things we do as C’s: follow J (personal relationship) and share about Him with others.  Before I even finished the sentence, she was saying, “Yeah we need to tell people this, I am going to tell my friends.” …  I told her that sometimes our friends or people we share with will not understand, or not want to believe, but it is okay because it is just our job to give them the opportunity to know him but then it is between Dad and their heart to decide. She stopped me mid sentence and just blurted out a big WHY, like what do you mean people wouldn’t want this. It was awesome! I was like ‘I know I don’t understand either’ but Dad moves on our hearts and he prepares us to learn about him and follow him, and he prepared you for today, and some friends just aren’t ready yet. “So we don’t have to persuade, just give them the chance,” she said.  I told her something I like to do is meet with friends to talk about Dad and the good book, and asked her if she had one and if she’d be interested in meeting every week. She didn’t have a book and said she’d like one in English because she thought it could make her closer to him since J speaks English. And I told her J speaks Chin too!! And every language in the world!! When we got to her dorm gate to say farewell, she said “I’m going to share this with my roommates, and I’ll see you next week Karen?” = DDD Yes yes yesssss indeed you will Lisi!!! NEMA(Amen) Papa you are soooo good!! I yarp that her heart, mind, spirit will be protected as she shares, and declare that she is good soil!!”

 

Check out these great organizations!

 

http://www.bridgestowhatcouldbe.snappages.com

http://www.campustarget.org

http://www.elimgospel.org

4 Days!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 17, 2012 by Costa Timothy Deir

The Servant’s Primary Goal

We make it our aim . . . to be well pleasing to Him —2 Corinthians 5:9

We make it our aim. . . .” It requires a conscious decision and effort to keep our primary goal constantly in front of us. It means holding ourselves to the highest priority year in and year out; not making our first priority to win souls, or to establish churches, or to have revivals, but seeking only “to be well pleasing to Him.” It is not a lack of spiritual experience that leads to failure, but a lack of working to keep our eyes focused and on the right goal. At least once a week examine yourself before God to see if your life is measuring up to the standard He has for you. Paul was like a musician who gives no thought to audience approval, if he can only catch a look of approval from his Conductor.

Any goal we have that diverts us even to the slightest degree from the central goal of being “approved to God” (2 Timothy 2:15) may result in our rejection from further service for Him. When you discern where the goal leads, you will understand why it is so necessary to keep “looking unto Jesus” (Hebrews 12:2). Paul spoke of the importance of controlling his own body so that it would not take him in the wrong direction. He said, “I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest . . . I myself should become disqualified” (1 Corinthians 9:27).

I must learn to relate everything to the primary goal, maintaining it without interruption. My worth to God publicly is measured by what I really am in my private life. Is my primary goal in life to please Him and to be acceptable to Him, or is it something less, no matter how lofty it may sound?

Our goal is to please Him.

It’s simple. 

Here’s a reality check; does what you do in private match your public image?

So there are 4 days left in our ‘Think of Others First’ Challenge. Personally, this is a very eye opening experience. If nothing else, I’m seeing how selfish I really am! However, I’m beginning to see more opportunities for me to put others before myself.

This morning, I had planned to catch up on some reading that I’ve been putting off; instead I decided to make breakfast and spend a little time with my brother before I headed to work. When I got to work, my coworkers were quite busy, I jumped right in and helped with paperwork and some odd ‘n ends stuff. Thank God it’s working a little! I was a little  less selfish this morning 🙂

How are you doing?

5 Days!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 16, 2012 by Costa Timothy Deir

Well, I promised a post for today, so here it is; while it’s still today.

For those of you taking me up on the challenge to think of others before yourself for 7 days, how are you doing with it? I’m finding that I am terrible at this! I’m glad that I have 5 more days left because I haven’t been doing very well.

Today, my boss let me and my brother take his fancy car for a spin, I drove. I didn’t think about letting my brother drive until after. You see, these seem like small things, however, this is where the difference is made in our lives daily. DAILY laying our lives down for others, that’s what it means to be like Jesus!

I don’t know about you, but I haven’t given up! Let’s have some good stories tomorrow!

 

6 Days

Posted in Uncategorized on March 15, 2012 by Costa Timothy Deir

There are 6 days left in our “Think of others First” Chanllenge! How are you doing?

If you were not that successful the first day, that’s okay, it takes time to form habits. I’m not exactly sure how many people read this everyday, but I’d like to get a collection of about 5 stories about how you are attempting to incorporate this challenge into your life. Tomorrow’s blog will include mine; you can put your’s in the comments section, or if you’d like to guest-blog about it, let me know!

Here’s a little tidbit from Oswald Chambers’ devotional today:

But when the darkness of dismay comes, endure until it is over, because out of it will come the ability to follow Jesus truly, which brings inexpressibly wonderful joy.

We learn things in so many different ways in life. Sometimes it’s through the “darkness of dismay,” and sometimes through complete joy. If you are in a time of dismay or confusion, I want to encourage you today to endure it through the end. I know that that may not sound like the most encouraging word, but some of the most joyful people I know on this planet have gone through some of the toughest things in life.

Who’s Closer?

Posted in Uncategorized on February 15, 2012 by Costa Timothy Deir

Hebrews 13:2 NASB
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.

I guess you never know who you’re dealing with. At the grocery store, your job, walking down those city streets; you may be, in fact, speaking with an angel.

Here’s my thought; why does the possibility that I could be speaking with an angel make me want to be nicer to someone? Are we, humans, not God’s most beloved creation? Is your neighbor not among the closest things to God’s heart?

Instead of being motivated by the fact that I could be speaking with one of God’s “secret service messengers,” I will be focused on loving my neighbor out of the love I have received from God first.