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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?

 

No More Excuses

August 23, 2012 — 2 Comments

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One thing I have really enjoyed in my career is interviewing people.  I really enjoy sitting down, asking questions and digging into their resume.  What always amazes me, is the extent that people will go to to really make themselves sound perfect.  Always trying to brush over any sign of weakness.

But how quickly that changes when it comes to something God calls us to do.  We pull out our weaknesses, our excuses and the “why we are not the right ones” or “why now is not the right time”.  We are SO fast on whipping out that list of “why-nots”.  Just look at some of the great men of the Old Testament, starting with Moses in Exodus 4:10:

Then Moses said to the Lord, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.”

And then we have Gideon in Judges 6:15

So he [Gideon] said to Him, “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.

These are just two of numerous examples.  Time and time again we see people move away from their calling and their destiny, simply because they felt as though they were not “good enough”.

But just as it was with both Moses and Gideon, it is with us.  God answers our doubt the same way He answered theirs!

Like He said to Moses in Exodus 4:11-12

 So the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the Lord? Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.”

Or to Gideon in Judges 6:14 “…Have I not sent you?”

Quite simply, it is God who made us.  He has made each individual one of us perfect for a calling. What you perceive as your weakness, God intends for glory.

Throw the doubt aside.  Listen to the voice of the Lord.  If He has called you, stop trying to negotiate with Him by explaining why now is not a good time, or why you lack the ability.

If He has called you – there is no better time than now.

Question: What is your favorite excuse you see given by someone in the Bible?

For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.  I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.  My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.  Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.  Psalm 139:13-16

For me, these verses have defined my life.  These words are my safe place; where I return when I need to be refreshed. Let’s be honest, this was a very hard concept for me to grasp in my early days as a follower of Jesus…that He saw my unformed being.  That He intricately and meticulously formed every part and laid out in advance of me setting one foot on this earth, a destiny of purpose.

I enjoy the way the Amplified Bible puts it:

My frame was not hidden from You when I was being formed in secret [and] intricately and curiously wrought [as if embroidered with various colors] in the depths of the earth [a region of darkness and mystery].

God created me intentionallysometimes I just have to let that sink in.

I am no accident.

I am not here to just wander aimlessly.  I have a creator who created me with a plan and purpose.  And He created me intricately; not haphazardly.

When life gets a bit overwhelming, or when I start to feel a little under appreciated – this sets me straight.  I go back here and see that God knows me better then I even know myself and I can rest assured knowing He has a plan for me, that I need to fulfill, no matter how crazy this world can get.

I love this video from Louie Giglio- he does a fantastic job outlining the wonder of it all!

Each of us is something truly special.  There is no other Paul out there like me, there is no other you out there.  You are a miracle!

We will talk in upcoming weeks about the challenges we can face, but I feel it is important to start with my foundation – these verses are my launch pad.  They are what defines the path I take and where I go when I need a course correction.

Question: Where do you go when you need a reset or level-set?