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Be bold enough to: Read this.

19 Jan

In light of the events that occurred this week, I have found myself in a position of great distress. I spent the day, yesterday, celebrating the life of a man who became my family in two short years. He was such a funny, caring, kind-hearted, family man. The magnitude of his impact was proven by the church packed wall to wall with people who loved him. We laughed and cried as we remembered some of the best memories about him. It truly was a wonderful ceremony. But, as I sat there, I couldn’t help but reflect on all of the people in my own life; all of the people whom I would be heartbroken to see leave this earth anytime soon.

I believe in God. I believe He allowed His son, Jesus, to die on the cross as payment for my many many many sins, and rose again three days later to ascend back into Heaven. I believe He will return one day to restore this crumbling earth. I believe, because of the things I have experienced since I have become a Christian. I believe, because I have found that Scripture is 100% relevant to my life, and has led the way to a deeper faith. I believe, because of the complete life change I have gone through (trust me, a divine intervention was the only thing that could have changed me). I had nothing to lose by choosing to believe in God. I quickly learned, however, that I had everything to gain.

I am writing this to you, because I want you all to know the same God I know. I want you all to experience this absolutely wonderful, mind blowing, awe inspiring, unconditionally loving God that has changed my life. But, I want you to make this decision now. I don’t want it to take a death, or other tragic incident, to move you towards this decision. I want you all to allow yourselves to live an incredible life. Yes, people manage to live pretty decent lives without following God, but they sell themselves short. They could have it so much better. I promise.

This is my plea: try it. Not religion. Try God. Be bold enough to jump in feet first before you pass judgment on the Christian life. If you dedicate yourselves 100% to a relationship with God (and I mean really), and He doesn’t change your life, then feel free to continue on with Him. I promise you, He will come through. You don’t have to be perfect. You don’t even have to be in the same town as perfect. As humans, we don’t have the ability to be perfect, but we do have the ability to change.

If anyone who is reading this has any questions, any whatsoever, please ask them. Ask me. Ask a pastor. Ask anyone who could genuinely attest to who God is. If you want to hear more of my testimonies to who God is, I will gladly share. I care about all of you. Be bold. Be brave. Don’t sell yourselves short.

WE ARE MEANT TO BE COURAGEOUS

27 Aug

Text: 1 Corinthians 16:8-9

My typical morning routine centers around my Bible and a great cup of caffeine. With highlighter in hand, I pour through whatever chapter I find myself that day. I recently realized that I wanted to get a better understanding of what I was reading. Now, I’m beginning to get in the habit of journaling whatever verse(s) that catch my attention. That being said, here’s the gem I found today:

“But I will stay on at Ephesus until Pentecost, because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me.”

You may be thinking… Okay.. So what? Where’s the gem?

Wait for it..

Paul recognized the ever-growing opposition against him, but still chose to prolong his stay in Ephesus. “Effective work has opened to me.” I can almost hear the excitement in his voice! He knew that there was still a great opportunity to reach out and love those who were oppressing him. He realized that he still had a purpose there, no matter the cost.

My pastor (the great Todd Cook!) really enlightened me a few weeks ago when he said that “there’s no great opportunity without some level of opposition.” Think about anything great you have done, whether athletically, academically, socially, etc. Did you come against obstacles? Challenges? Set backs? The answer is likely to be yes. Where these things may have been discouraging, the reward made it all worth it.

We can look at Paul’s reaction and truly learn from it. We face so much daily opposition, and rather than becoming angry, hopeless, or fearful, we can choose to move forward with excitement.

Today: challenge yourself to move about your comfort zone, and trust that God will lead you to success.

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