Monday, January 28, 2013

Having a life calling…
Is chasing the after the heart of God and sharing the Goodnews enough of a purpose in your life? Everyone  faces the question of what they are going to do with their life (for work, school, and in ministry for Christ)
Many want to do something BIG for Him, serve Him in an exciting way, but I would challenge you not to be caught up in these thoughts.  I will not deny that going on mission’s trip or starting an orphanage in Africa and other such things are important and exciting and there are some amazing things that are happening in the lives of those  they impact and in lives of those doing the missions. I would really encourage you if you are called and have the opportunity to do such things to do it, but do not let this be the all to living a life for Christ, live every moment as mission for Christ.
Christ Said: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind”…. “Love you neighbor as yourself”
The first command is to love God…why did He say this first, because you cannot love others if you do not first love God.  I believe your first responsibility in living a life for Christ is to seek after the Heart of God, let Him wash trough you so that you are so filled up with Him that when you live your life, He is what is coming out of you. If I am full of Christ love then when I love others it is His love…its only this fact that gives me the confidence to love because I know that if I am showing love outside of Christ then it is going to be for a selfish reason, it will not last, I will want it reciprocated and in the end will most likely hurt someone.
For myself I know that I am called to (1) seek God with all my heart, mind and soul, (2) love others, and (3) live a life of Sacrifice.
The words of the song “Let me sing” by Andrew Peterson do an amazing job explaining an encouraging seeking God and letting Him wash through (change you), loving others (seeing people the way that Christ sees them), and living a life of sacrifice(laying everything you have down for others, living every moment for Him)

I wanna to open up my eyes

And see a more beautiful world
Let the hand of God Almighty
Sweep his colors through my life
I wanna hold tight to the laughter
And ride it like a child
On the winds that billow joyful
Through the sky

I wanna open up my heart
But you know, sometimes it's hard to find
Because I've buried it beneath the selfishness
That I've hidden behind
I wanna stand my ground unshaken
But I wanna tremble when I kneel
And let my song remain unbroken
Through the tears

So let me sing for the love
Let me love for the lost
Let me lose all I have
For what I found on the cross
Let me trust you with my life
Let me live to give you praise
Lord, let me praise you
For the grace by which I'm saved
Lord, let me sing

I wanna open up Your word
And let the thirsty enter in
So they can drink deep of the water
You have given to them
I want to run the race with vigor
I want to fight the fight with strength
And let my song rise from a whisper
To a scream

I wanna open up my arms
And embrace that old rugged cross
I wanna take pride in the reason
And be humbled by the cause
And when this lisping, stamm'ring tongue
Lies silent in the grave
Then in a nobler, sweeter song,
I'll sing your praise
I'll sing your praise

So let me sing for the love
Let me love for the lost
Let me lose all I have
For what I found on the cross
Let me trust you with my life
Let me live to give you praise
Lord, let me praise you
For the grace by which I'm saved
Lord, let me sing

Thursday, January 24, 2013


I wrote this about a year ago, but I wanted to put it up on my blog...

Shaking off the distractions of life to even sit down and write a blog can be hard enough…it obviously is for me as have not written one in about a year.  This challenge is nothing compared to that which life throws at you to keep you from having deep moment-by-moment relationship with your Savior.  The reason that I say "moment-by-moment" is because when you are talking about the Savior of the universe, the one that gives you the strength to take that next step, the one that moves my fingers to type these words and puts my thoughts in a somewhat understandable sequence, WHY would you want anything less?

For the last 2 years of my life I have kind of felt like I have been in a lesson, but never finding the answer. I am still amazed at everything that I've learned, even though I had no clue why I was learning it. Thankfully we have a faithful God that in his timing chooses to show us what we are learning and why we are learning it. I have learned so much, especially around the moment-to-moment relationship that I must have with my Savior.

I must ask you…”why don’t we reach out and touch Jesus and draw our strength from Him?”  He is with in reaching distance of all of us yet we choose to act like He is not. Most of us just want to be with Him but sometimes I am afraid we just want to use Him like a name drop.  In Mark 5 we are told of the woman who was healed by her “faith”. I used to simply think about this from the stand point of the woman who was sick having the faith that Jesus would heal her if she could JUST touch His robe. Then, I began thinking about this story from the perspective of the crowd. It says the crowd “thronged” which simply means “(of a crowd) Fill or be present in (a place or area), to be present in great numbers."

The questions I ask myself…was no one else who was there injured or sick? Why was there no one else reaching out to touch Jesus, to be healed? I am not saying there was not anyone else that was not trying or that even did and we are not told about it, but this prompted me to ask myself "am I the person so proud of that fact that I am “walking” beside Jesus right there I don’t even consider that I could reach out and touch Him". STOP and THINK about that, put yourself right there! Are you satisfied standing beside Him or do you want to reach out and touch Him? Do you want His healing power to run through you and heal every physical, spiritual, and emotional injury?
I know that for many years of my life I have been the crowd…just believing that I was in a great place because I was walking with Jesus instead of having that FAITH to reach out and touch Him.