Wow. Been a tiresome week; in between our Christmas cantata practice at church and Linn County Community Chorus practice, my voice is hoarse. In between studying for upcoming sermons and trying to find time to do my NaNoWriMo novelization in November, I am exhausted. And, you know, in the midst of life’s craziness and hustle and bustle, we need to take the time to do just that–to just take a step back and get filled with God’s goodness. To let go of the worries and anxieties of life in today’s world and to enjoy the Lord. And enjoy everything that He has given us in our lives. And be thankful.
I did a little pondering yesterday about the past 44 years of my life; in particular, the past 28 years…from the time I was 16 and full of vigor and foolishness, until the present-day. There were many stupid and life-threatening decisions I made, and many days crying out, “Why?” when things didn’t go my way.
And, in the blink of an eye, my life changed one sunny spring day in May 1989. I was involved in a near-fatal head-on collision that took the life of another man who was DUI at 8AM that day…and I gave my life to the Lord Jesus Christ that day.
Ever since then, even though life would still give me those crazy ups and downs, and even though I still made some stupid mistakes…I knew I was forgiven. And, I would have to keep asking God to help me out and help me grow. And, you know, He has truly blessed my life these past few years; with my beautiful wife Jeannie Marie, with our children, with a calling into the ministry, and doors that are opening up all around us…and it’s during these times that I can actually reflect back and say, “Thanks, God, for putting up with a really stubborn and foolish man like me. I didn’t deserve Your Love…but I am thankful that You gave it to me.”
That’s one of the ways that I recharge spiritually…and I also do that by delving into His Word like it was the best steak I’ve ever tasted. And by seeking His Face through prayer and fasting. Those were the things that I had always wanted to do, but I wasn’t ready to do them yet until I was totally in submission to God’s Will.
And that, my friends, is something all of us as Christians need to do…is submit to God, and stop living for ourselves. To read what He wants us to do in the Bible; how to live our lives; how to love each other; and how to reach out to a lost and dying world for Jesus.
Is it easy? Sheesh! If it was, then why would I even be writing this? Ask any Christian around; they’ll tell you it is a day-to-day, week-to-week struggle as the world tries to tear us down and stomp us out. But, in the end, if we persevere, we will truly be rewarded.
So…recharge! Then when you’re fully fresh, go out there into the battle for God’s Kingdom. It’s an experience you’ll never forget.