October 1, 2012 Comments Off on Just Hold On
Somewhere along the spectrum of time, you reach you a point where you feel like you’re in the unknown- stuck between what you know in your heart and what you see with your eyes and hear with your ears.
Yet, the feeling deep down won’t leave you. Whether it’s your dream job, next promotion, or achievement- it’s the thing that keeps you up late at night.
But somewhere along the lines, someone told you that you couldn’t do it, that it could’t be done, or you weren’t good enough.
For far too many, we depend on others for our affirmation of our own personal call to arms. We allow others to dictate whether we rise or stand, we look to others at our means of going or staying. Yet, we slowly let go of those dreams because we let others slowly take it away from us- we let the dreams fade and we let the harsh reality set in that nobody believes in us.
However, leadership was never meant to be a number on paper, a amount of followers on twitter, or a certain pay grade. Leadership comes from the heart, it comes from being able to push past the nay-sayers- it’s your ability to tune out what the world wants you to believe to chase after what keeps you awake at night.
So whether you’re aspiring to be the next CEO, President, or innovator of our time- just hold on a little longer because you might be on the verge of something great.
More times than not, our greatest setbacks are setups for something huge in our life.
No matter what the haters say, no matter who comes against you- you have destiny on your side. You have your God given appointed time to take this moment and make it great. You can be the difference, step up and step out for what you know to be true in your heart.
Great leaders aren’t simply promoted, they’ve been given a God given ability to lead.
No matter what the haters say, no matter who comes against you…If this is your time and you know it deep down, don’t let anyone take it from you because this is your moment to shine- don’t miss it.
September 23, 2012 Comments Off on Failed Once, Fail Again?
Leadership – Often attributed for being characteristics of inspiring, innovative, creative, successful people. With the greatest of leaders being written down for their stats, accomplishments, and other notable marks to society that sets the standard of how good of a leader they are.
However, the greatest mark of any leader is the ability to fail and get back up. The ability to stay their course when everything else is in shambles and isn’t looking the way they envisioned it to.
Nolan Nawrocki once wrote about draft hopeful Cam Newton “He does not command respect from teammates and will always struggle to win a locker room. … Lacks accountability, focus and trustworthiness — is not punctual, seeks shortcuts and sets a bad example. Immature and has had issues with authority. Not dependable.”
When Walt tried to get MGM studios to distribute Mickey Mouse in 1927 he was told that the idea would never work– a giant mouse on the screen would terrify women.
As a child, Einstein seldom spoke. When he did, he spoke very slowly – indeed, he tried out entire sentences in his head (or muttered them under his breath) until he got them right before he spoke aloud. According to accounts, Einstein did this until he was nine years old. Einstein’s parents were fearful that he was retarded.
We come to know and love some of our planets most inspiring leaders for their accomplishments and ability to succeed, but very seldom to we realize what they went through to get there. Everyone wants to succeed as a leader, but nobody is willing to go through what it takes to get there.
So what’s the moral of the story?
No matter what you’re going through, no matter who is putting you down, or just how vague your life may seem- don’t give up hope. Don’t give up on yourself, your goals, your dreams, or your visions for the world of tomorrow. Because at the end of the day, each and every person has the ability to be a leader, an innovator, but they have to be willing to fail.
Nobody will ever be able to take away everything that you are inside, don’t ever let anyone take away the passions of your heart because they are the only thing worth getting up for at the crack of dawn- they are what makes you tick and what keeps you tossing in bed at night because they are your God given destiny.
May 19, 2012 Comments Off on Handyman
A few weeks ago, I found out that something was wrong with my apartment that would require a maintenance worker to come by and fix. However, I wasn’t able to call for help because my apartment was too messy to have someone come over. I felt obligated to clean up my mess before I could ask for help because I was too embarrassed.
How many times in our lives do we feel like this is our life with God? We feel like we have an issue that we know we have messed up on, know we have committed sin, and need healing, but we’re too ashamed or embarrassed to ask God for help in the situation.
We allow ourselves to believe that we are too messed up, too “dirty” to be able to ask God for help. When in reality, we are at the perfect place to let God step into our lives. When we have nothing, God is up to something. It is the people that are the most broken that have the opportunity to become something greater if they are willing to give God the broken pieces.
So often we believe that we have to fix our mess or put our life back together before we can become closer with Jesus- when in reality He is the only thing that can.
So next time you feel like you have to fix the issue before you call for help from God, remember that He wants you just as you are, but doesn’t plan to leave you just as you are.
Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God. By day the Lord commands his steadfast love, and at night his son is with me, a prayer to the God of my life. (Psalm 42: 5,8)
May 14, 2012 Comments Off on What Could Be
For so many of us, we want to be a healer- want to feel important to someone. For so many of us, we want to step into someones life that we care so much about and fix their problems because we want them to be happy. For so many of us, we end up ruining what could be by being what we shouldn’t be- a fixer.
God has not created you to occupy the place of healing in someones heart that was only meant for Him. Why? Because unfortunately you can’t. There is only one name in Heaven and on Earth with power to save, power to forgive, power to heal, and His name is Jesus.
We ruin our relationships by trying to be the healer, the fixer, and end up making matters worse because once we get to a certain point we realize we can’t fix them.
It is our duty to stop talking and start praying for that issue. Stepping into the area of someones heart that is only meant for God may work for a season, but will leave your relationship in shambles before too long because you cannot fulfill the healing source that God can.
As hard as this may seem, you have to let go and let God take over of the one you care about so much because He is the beginning and the end, the alpha and omega.
Sometimes silence in these situations means we care more than speaking up because we have to give the issue to God to heal them, for God to protect them, and to work out His plan in their life- no matter how much we want to intervene.
I can’t fix your issue, but I want to be there every step of the way and walk with you through it.
April 22, 2012 Comments Off on When the Sun Goes Down
What about the parents who pray and their child never gets well? What about when the job loss comes? The relationship that never comes together because of the divorce or the cheating? We all have examples in our own life when we asked God for something and nothing happens. You didn’t do anything wrong, but the events beyond your control forced you away from your dream, your wish.
Sometimes the good, Godly people are the ones that have it the hardest because we think we are doing everything God has asked us to do and nothing is happening.
Nobody can answer what God’s will is, but it’s not a question of “why” God, but “what” do you want to do in my life God?
Seize the opportunity of your adversity to see Gods glory. What if our greatest hurt, our greatest crisis to see what Gods plan is for our life. Seek Him more in this time of pain and confusion.
What would it look like for you to be the miracle in a situation of pain for your life? Seize the potential of the pain to see what God wants to teach you- you have to trust in Jesus as the sun goes down.
God does not always answer our prayers, but He will NEVER waste our faith. God works on our behalf, even when it seems are prayers are being answered. Sometimes the greatest setback in our lives are the greatest setups to see God in our life and to grow a relationship with Him that will last us an entire lifetime.
April 17, 2012 Comments Off on Call To Arms
For everyone that was ever told you weren’t good enough, for everyone that was ever told you weren’t beautiful, weren’t worthy, weren’t gifted- they are wrong.
We are all uniquely and wonderfully made, we are all molded and fashioned to be instruments and vessels of truth of the most high God. We are all made in the image of God, He spent time planning your life- creating the very individual hair on your hair. Don’t ever believe that you were a mistake, don’t ever believe that you have no reason to live or to go on another day.
God gave us our passions, God instilled the very strains of DNA that would be passed on for generations through our families. God created and perfected recreation of human life. God sent His only Son to become like man and to bare the weight of the world in His body that hang on the cross. He took both of our places, He endured a pain unknown to man as he bore the entire weight of the world for you and for me, so that we would have a chance to spend eternity with Him.
Let us set aside our lust. Let us set aside pornography. Let us flee from sin. Let us never forget the suffering and love that was poured out on a cross. Let us never forget that He is God and we are not. Let us set aside the aching feeling to belong to something when a loving God has his arms outstretched.
Let it rain God, open the flood gates of Heaven. We want to see more of you God, we want to be in your presence. We come before you in a time of need and time of brokenness, piece us together. Mold us Lord, create us to be the men and women that you have called us to be. Let us never forget our place at the Kings table, we are merely your servant your Lord. Strengthen our arms, sharpen our tongues, make our hearts beat quick for things that are pleasing and holy to you Oh Lord. We will not be silent.
Women are never meant to be possessed, to be raped or beaten. Let us find hope in You when there is no hope for us to see, we want to see you- show us your glory God. We want to know you. Let the men of this world honor and cherish, let them put a sacrifice before their family and their wife. May they never forget the commitment that have made to you God before their wives.
To know and believe in the name of Jesus Christ is to have freedom, to have love, and compassion for each and every person. Jesus was crucified so that we would know His name, so that we would know that He loved us and paid the ultimate sacrifice for each of us, individually. God specifically placed YOU on this earth for the year 2012. God gave you a beating heart to pursue the passions He gave you. Just put your hand over your heart, feel the beat- know that God hand crafted and designed every micrometer of your heart so that you could glorify Him.
We can be the change God, let us be the change. Use me God, use me to be your instrument. I am yours God, take control and never let go of me. Add and remove of my life, it is yours. Let my mess become my message of your enduring love, of your kindness and goodness in times of sorrow. You are all that I need Lord, in you I find my happiness. Let this be a time of change, let us rise up.
Grant me favor so that I may bring you honor, grant me favor so that I may proclaim your name from the highest mountain top. Choose me God, use me God to speak your word. I kneel before you oh Lord, for you are my Father that I love, for you are my Master, my strength. May you fasten the full armor on my body, may you sharpen my sword to do your work.
For many of us, the world gives us things to be interested in. The world flashes success in front of our eyes, just as the snake flashed the fruit to Eve in the Garden of Eden. We seek after our interests rather than our God given passions.
My prayer is that our life would be filled with our God given passions. We are so easily deceived by what the world offers because our generation is not able to look beyond what gratifies our happiness of today. Let us be the generation that rises up, let us be the generation that breaks down the walls. He has won the victory, our battle has been fought for us- on the cross. Death couldn’t hold Him down, He is the risen King, He is the reason for our happiness.
No cars, no clothes, not even the cheap thrills could ever fill us with the joy of living a life of God can bring. Let us be the college students God has called us to be, let us pursue God. We are not called to be silent, we are called and created to be aliens- stand outs from everyone else because we have a reason to be- Jesus Christ.
Let us be Men of God. Let us learn to forsake our childhood and rise to be Men. Let us not be tied down by immaturity and lust, let us break free from our bodies and chase God. We were never created to be boxed in and put away- we are created to rule and live with God. Let us be the future fathers of our generation that honors our families, let us restore leadership to our households. Let us be servants to our wife’s, let us rise up and fight the battle that God has laid before us- we are not silent.
Jesus never died so that you would live in condemnation, so that you would be a slave to your own sin. He overcame death, he overcame the grace, and He is conquerer, Almighty God, The Alpha and Omega. Let us never forget whom we serve, let us never be content with our faith. Let us want more of you God.
Though none go with me, I will follow Jesus. We have decided to follow Jesus, we have decided to be the difference. Let us unite together, as one voice, as one army, as one generation. Together we can be the difference, with men things are impossible, but with God all things are possible.
I will not be silent.
I will not be ashamed.
I am forgiven.
I am loved.
I am a child of the King.
I am created in His Image.
My sin is paid for.
My sin is was beaten into the flesh of my Savior.
Because He tells me so.
April 16, 2012 Comments Off on Box Builder, Box Cutter
But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” -Matthew 19:26
A box is a box, no matter any way you look at it or build it- it will always be a box. One of the most practical uses for boxes is being able to label them to notify you what’s inside for a later time. We write “house goods” and only put house goods in the box, but anything else has to go in a separate place and we won’t allow it in that particular box.
This is the exact manner that we so often times approach God, we put God’s ability to move and use our life in a box. We label our life (or box) and tell God this is what you can use me for today- that is it, nothing else. I am only capable of taking on this task or speaking to these certain people and that is it. We build a box.
Another way we use our box against God is we tell Him our capabilities. We tell God that we aren’t good enough to speak, to sing, to be a witness, to do the right thing- we tell God we are worthless and have nothing to offer. We build another box.
So I have a question to ask: are you a box builder or a box cutter?
I have already laid out the characteristics of the box builder, the one that tries to tell God their capabilities and limits. But the box cutter is someone special.
The box cutter is someone that admits his limits, but acknowledges that with God all things are possible. The box cutter makes a conscious decision every day to trust God, no matter the cirucmstances. The box cutter approaches God on their face asking God to use them in any way and to remove any boxes in any areas of their life. Fully stepping out of their box, cutting their way out.
So who are you going to be today? Are you going to continue to box yourself in your life and rely on your human abilities? Or are you going to step out boldly, in faith knowing whom you serve? The only name under heaven with the power to save, the only one that took a beating so that you could live in freedom and let the past go.