Yesterday marked a significant milestone in my life and my walk with the Lord. I have been thinking about this article since the beginning of the year, and I can’t believe it is finally here. Yesterday, on July 16, 2017 I passed the milestone of serving the Lord for 20 years. Here’s what that journey has looked like and 10 of the most important lessons I’ve learned so far.
Have you ever driven in to one of those communities where every lawn looks like it should be featured in a magazine? I love them and I hate them. I love them because I love lush grass, but I “hate” them because I have lots of weeds in my yard. Our faith, our lives, and the church are quite like those lawns.
I think it’s safe to say we can sense a salesman a mile away. That’s why used car salesmen get such a bad rap. They have an agenda. They want to sell you a car. They want to conquer the customer; to win the sale. After recently shopping for a new car for my wife, we got to experience this first hand for the first time in almost a decade. Too often I have seen Christians with an agenda like a used car salesman. Are you loving people just to love them, or do you have an agenda?
Life and death stand in stark contradiction to each other. The thought of dying so that you can live is a contradiction that surpasses many other spiritual paradoxes. Our mind and body is designed with a natural instinct called self preservation where it doesn’t want to die, but once you learn how to die, you […]
Have you ever seen a family member, friend, or complete stranger wearing an outfit that makes no sense at all? The clothes don’t match, they’re too big, or a combination of the two. The only thing you can think to yourself or say to them, is What are you wearing? In living out your unique calling, are you trying to wear someone else’s clothes?
When you face trials, temptations, hardships, or even “death valley,” there are times when you win, and times when you fail. I know there are plenty that I have failed myself, and lessons that have been on repeat for years. Is it more than just failing in the moment, or is it the result of what you did (or did not do) before that moment came? When those spiritual battles come, the most important lesson to remember is: you fight like you train.
We cannot pray honestly, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done” and still live like “my kingdom come, my will be done.”
Last year my wife and I went through a pretty big life change. After ten years in the fitness industry, we walked away. We moved on to different careers. With taking care of remodeling a new house, and starting a new job my workout routine went out the window. I soon realized there’s a spiritual lesson written all over this situation.
You know how there’s a long scenic route when you travel, and then there’s the fast route? Yeah, I’m a “fastest route possible” kind of person, but the Israelites were more like a lets take the scenic route…again and again kind of people. They were freed from bondage only to wander the wilderness for the next 40 years. Too many Christians today are just like those Israelites we read about. They are free from sin, yet they never move forward. They have forgotten about the land beyond Egypt.