All It Takes Is Asking. 

I was listening to a sermon by Fancis Chan tonight about How To Hear From God. Seriously, if you have a chance, check it out here. 

I am only about 15 minutes into it and he asked the question, what would it look like to be in love? Now, keep in mind, he is in an auditorium of teens. So, their answers ranged from would you die for him, to, ‘is it Facebook official?’

It was this one that got me!! Am I a true Christian. Can someone tell I am a Jesus Freak just by looking at my comments and interactions on Facebook?! Am I rude? Do I laugh at sick jokes? Do I make comments on people’s photos that I would want Jesus reading over my shoulder? Or, am I putting up a facade? Am I showing the real me, or am I putting up an image I want people to see? 

Here’s the truth, my friends. I am not a perfect human being by any stretch. My wife admitted it tonight. I am a messy person and she kept a nice house before I moved in, which we found out was four years ago today! Yay, us!! 

She hasn’t killed me yet, but did I put forth a false person when she fell in love with me? Would she have fallen in love with me if she knew how messy I really am? 

We all put our best foot forward, but what do we do when we fail? Who do we run to? I want you to know tonight that Jesus already knows you. He knows more than you do about you. He knows if you will be here in sixty years. He knows the decisions you will make tomorrow, and next week, and all the way to years from now. He knows it all. It is impossible to put a facade up for Him. So, why do we try with human beings? 

We are all the same. We all have thoughts, desires, feelings, fears. Why do we try to say that we dont? You put something out on Facebook knowing the whole world has access to it, but you never think God will see it. He does. And He loves us as we are and wants us to become the best version of ourselves we can be. He wants to tear down all the facades we put up. No barriers. Will you let Him do that tonight? 

The real Christian knows we are all sinners. The real Christian knows we all fall so incredibly short of perfections and how we should be. But the real Christian also knows that belief in Jesus Christ takes all that away and the facades are gone! We are a clean slate in Jesus Christ!! So, will you ask Him to take away the barriers you put up and have Him help you be the real you He created you to be? All it takes is asking. 

A Clear Night Thought.

There are thankfully not many street lights on my street. We live in the middle of our street and the light pollution is relatively small. 

On nights such as this, I am beyond thankful for that. Most people look to the night sky and it makes them feel insignificant and small. For me? I feel the opposite. God created the heavens and The Earth with one word. Boom! And it was done. I look up at the expanse of stars above me and I think, ‘Wow! He created me too!’  Thoughts, dreams, desires, fears, wants, needs– and in less than 60 years, they won’t count for anything. What am I doing here? 

God created me for a purpose. It is time to lock into it and make a difference. As I look to the sky a shooting star flashes. Here one second and then it’s gone. My chance to help someone could be like that too. So, I better take that chance now. 

I write this to inspire you. You are here for a reason. A purpose has been engrained in your soul. Look up to the night sky and capture it before it fades like a shooting star. 

Disagree. 

We live in a world full of people. Each and every one of these people have had different experiences. Each and every one of these people has looked at life from a perspective that is 100% different than anyone has ever looked at life before. And yet, we throw tantrums when anyone disagrees. 

We are not the center of the universe. Yes, God created human beings as special and we each have our own ways of doing and seeing things. No two will ever be alike. So, why do we all get so bent out of shape when we disagree? I am guilty of it too. We all want everyone else to see the world as we see it and we want our point of view to be the only way things get done. 

My friends, there is only one thing in the universe that has only one way to be achieved. That is the path to Heaven. Jesus said in John 14:6, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one gets to The Father but by Me.’ Now, either that is truth, or everything else Jesus said can be taken as null and void. He is either The Savior, or a fraud. And yet, we all still disagree even on that! 

Human beings will always see the world in different ways. Maybe that was God’s point, so we could learn to relate and communicate with one another to find common ground to get things done. Can we agree on that? 

God’s Not Through With Me Yet!! 

We are unfinished creatures in learning more about Our Heavenly Father, aren’t we? Some would say we are all a work in progress. 

Today I confessed to my editor that I don’t feel like a work in progress, I am going backward. My tank for Grace and Compassion today is empty! We here in the United States are on the verge of a new President. And I read this morning that 73% of all the people in our country feel it will fail either way. Talk about unfinished!! We need to learn faith. We need to learn love. We need to learn compassion. And these things are not gained through birth. It is not our birthright to be a decent person. 

So, we say ‘God’s not through with me yet.’ Here’s the problem. I see that as an excuse to keep regurgitating bad behaviors, habits and opinions. It does nothing but causes us to become stuck. It takes away accountability and that creates a whole lot of unfinished business.