Thursday, January 22, 2015

Life Begins Now

So many of us spend our lives waiting on our next big moments; we miss the precious seconds between. We can't wait to graduate, get married, have kids, send those kids to school, etc. We focus so much on what is coming, we forget to find the beauty in what IS. The intricacy of a single snowflake, the stark whiteness of chalk on a blackboard, the sweetness of a small child curled against you. These are things that we often take for granted, things we simply do not notice in the bustle of life.

The thing is, we're only given one life. A brief opportunity to do things right, to make a difference. If we spend all of our time focused singularly on the future "what ifs", we waste the moments we are given in the here and now. While we obsess over what is to come, we allow our lives to pass us by.

What kind of a position has God placed you in at this junction of your life? Are there things that you could be doing to bring Him glory, but you are not? Why? Is it because you've become too caught up in what your future holds to fully invest in His Kingdom in the present?

God wants you to have dreams, He wants you to make plans. But He also wants you to be a fisher of men NOW. He wants you to shout His praise from the mountaintops in the PRESENT. He wants your love today, tomorrow and forever.

The Lord wants to work through us, He gives us so many chances each and every day to glorify Him. He wants us to follow Him and honor Him. If He opens a door for us, we need to walk through it! Because if we wait long enough, He will certainly find somebody else who is willing to. Jesus chooses to use us in the situations presented to us, He doesn't HAVE TO use us. If we aren't interested in making a difference for Him today, He will find somebody who is. The more we reject His opportunities in our daily lives, the less often we are given those chances. God's Will is going to be carried out, it is up to us to ensure we play a part in it.

He wants us to live a life that is flourishing and filled with love and joy. He gives us everything we need to find that life. We simply need to reach out and grab what is offered.

Now is the time to step out boldly, to make a difference, to pursue our dreams. Opportunity knocks. Will you answer?


Friday, January 2, 2015

The Best Kind Of Friend

Have you ever had a friend that made you uncomfortable? Not because they didn't understand the concept of personal space, but because their presence occasionally made you feel guilty about your choices? Have you ever stopped to think about why they might make you feel that way? Maybe it's because you're doing something that you shouldn't be.

I remember a few years ago, I went out on the town for the first time in ages. A few days later, my friend Brook told me that one of her friends had seen me out and drunk. I lied to Brook at the time, telling her I'd only had one drink. I was so embarrassed. Not only did Brook find out, but she actually had the gall to ASK ME ABOUT IT. Turns out, it was the best thing she could have done. That was the last time I drank that much.

Friends who aren't afraid to point out the sin in your life are the best friends to have. They help you stay on track, help you to refocus on what is truly important. Don't push them away just because they make you uncomfortable. Use that discomfort to discover an area in your life that needs change.

Sometimes close friends don't even need to say anything, their simple presence makes you feel guilty about your actions. That doesn't mean there is something wrong with your friend, or that you need to spend less time with them, or quit sharing your personal life with them. It means that your conscience is speaking to you. It's God's way of knocking on your skull and saying, "Hey. That thing you're doing? Stop it."

Find friends who will let things get awkward in order to keep you accountable. They will end up being some of the most godly influences in your life. You won't regret it, in the long run.

"How long would you hate me if I told you the truth? I don't want to see you hurt anymore." -The Birdsongs, This Isn't Love