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Who I Am

November 26, 2013 — Leave a comment

Who I Am

I am one of those people who is motivated by simple words of encouragement. Even in my employment, it is not the financial opportunities that drive me nearly as much as a simple acknowledgment of a job well done.

The reality is, I think we are all in that same boat. Each and every day we seek acknowledgment and approval from those around us; strangers, co-workers, family and friends. We seek validation of our accomplishments, hopes and dreams. Some days, we receive it and some days not so much.

The problem arrises when we rely only on what people say about us and we forget what God says – after all, it is His opinion that truly matters.

So what does God say about you?  He says you are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14), He says you “are the apple of His eye” (Psalm 17:8), He says you are His Treasured possession (Deuteronomy 7:6), He says you are His Workmanship – a piece of art (Ephesians 2:10), He says you are an overcomer (1 John 4:4), He says you are seated in Heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6) and best of all, He says you are loved (John 3:16).

Today, don’t let any discouragement get in the way of your true identity in Him. Trust the opinion of the one who created you.

Question: How else does God describe you?

 

Raul Midon Concert

This week I had the opportunity to go to enjoy a concert from Raul Midon.  This was my first time seeing him, and I must say, he is very impressive.  If you have an opportunity to see him, I would recommend it.

One thing really stuck out to me, specifically his lyrics to his song “Everybody”.  Here are just a few lines:

Everybody is free to make a difference

Everybody can be somebody

Everybody is free to make a difference in this world.

You don’t have to be a big celebrity

To feel the power, the power in your soul

…To realize that in your eyes there’s a view that only you can see

There was something so powerful in those words when he sang that song.  Something so simple, yet so profound.  Sometimes we let our challenges hold us back.  We let our “disabilities” hinder our progress.  But yet – only YOU can make that difference in YOUR world.  It doesn’t matter what you think of yourself – there is no one else who gets to enjoy the same view that you have.

We looked a bit at Ephesians 2:10 last week (go back and read my post here if you have not read that).

Ephesians 2:10 (AMP) “For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].”

Even going back to Psalm 139 – You are Fearfully and Wonderfully Made!  You are one of a kind. You are unique.

I seem to have a hard time conveying my point here – trying to find the right words.

I hear people talking about how they “wish I had it like that person” or if I had that job or that money or that ________ you fill in the blank.  The obsession with believing that the grass is greener on the other side.

That, my friends, is such a fallacy.

You are exactly where you need to be.  You are exactly who you are supposed to be.

Hear me out – I am not ignorant of the troubles we can face.  The pains that we can experience.  I am working through my own individual trials.  I have said for some time now that I am in a pruning season…and if it were up to me, I am ready to be finished with it – but I have to trust that God has me where I am, in this season, this stage, these struggles for a perfect and divine reason.

No one gets to enjoy the view I have from my own eyes.  God created this view just for me.  I just have to sit back and realize that I can make a difference.  That I am God’s workmanship.

Question:  Are there times when you feel that the view from your eyes is not what it should be?

 

The Heavens Declare

August 7, 2012 — Leave a comment

Today, I feel as though I am going to limit my words – but rather, let this video and the following Psalm do the talking.  The World, and all its glory, declare the amazing power of our God.  Watch this video – read Psalm 19 – and give Glory that we get to have fellowship with the maker of all this:

The Mountain from TSO Photography on Vimeo.

THE HEAVENS declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows and proclaims His handiwork. 2  Day after day pours forth speech, and night after night shows forth knowledge.3  There is no speech nor spoken word [from the stars]; their voice is not heard.4  Yet their voice [in evidence] goes out through all the earth, their sayings to the end of the world. Of the heavens has God made a tent for the sun, 5  Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber; and it rejoices as a strong man to run his course.6  Its going forth is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the ends of it; and nothing [yes, no one] is hidden from the heat of it.7  The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the [whole] person; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.8  The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure and bright, enlightening the eyes.9  The [reverent] fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.10  More to be desired are they than gold, even than much fine gold; they are sweeter also than honey and drippings from the honeycomb.11  Moreover, by them is Your servant warned (reminded, illuminated, and instructed); and in keeping them there is great reward.12  Who can discern his lapses and errors? Clear me from hidden [and unconscious] faults.13  Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then shall I be blameless, and I shall be innocent and clear of great transgression.14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my [firm, impenetrable] Rock and my Redeemer.

Question: How does it make you feel to know that you get to have fellowship with the God of the Universe?

The Pressure Is Off

July 29, 2012 — 2 Comments

I love the Olympics.  There is something fun and exciting about them.  The competition, the drive, the determination of all the athletes representing their country is something to be admired.

The other night we joined the world in watching the opening ceremonies that kicked everything off.  I always enjoy the creative ways the host country uses to show what they are all about.  Icons and figure heads always come forward; and this year was no different. From James Bond to Sir Paul McCartney and Mr. Bean to The Queen herself (parachuting out of a helicopter mind you) – everyone played their part.

On the main field there were hundreds (if not thousands) of volunteers who also wanted to take part in this momental occasion.  Without each and everyone of those volunteers – it just would not look the same.  The big vision that the creator had for this particular production would have fallen severely short if each participant failed to perform.

You see, we too have a part to play in the big picture.  Just as I previously discussed regarding being fearfully and wonderfully made, we have a God who has a purpose for you.  We serve a God who created you as His work of Art!

Ephesians 2:10 (AMP) “For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].”

I would challenge you to stop and ponder this verse for a few minutes…too many times we breeze past versus like this and we don’t really stop to take it in.

I want you to take a few things from here:

1. You are God’s Handiwork

This means, quite simply (yet very profoundly), that God created each and everyone of us like a masterpiece…a work of art.  If you believe the Bible is the true word of God – then this alone should be a humbling verse.  Pause.  Think through this.  This means, no matter what someone else might have told you, you are no accident.  You are not junk.  God doesn’t make garbage – He only makes art – and you are His masterpiece.

2. You were created to do good works

Simple.  God created us to do good works…that is our purpose.

3. He prepared those good works for us

This is where I got stumped on this verse.  God created us to do good works…which He prepared for us in advance.  This means…its not our story, its His!  Whatever you are doing…whatever you want to do…its not about you…its about Him.

4. The pressure is off

I love that!  Read Ephesians 2:10 again.  If you believe it…truly believe it…then all the pressure is gone.  We know that we were created by Him and for Him to do Good Works (which He already planned)…so He has prepared the way…you don’t have to develop the master plan – He already did.  All you need to do is listen to Him and be obedient to His calling.

I am going to leave it there for today…but oh, how I am excited to go deeper on this one so stay tuned.  We are building something here, and I am excited you are involved.

Here’s my challenge to you today – reflect on Ephesians 2:10 along with Psalm 139…see how you were created with a purpose, a plan and a destiny.  Ask God to speak to you differently today then ever before…ask Him to show you His plan.  I know He will answer.

Question: How can you show God’s plan to those around you?