Good morning again everyone! Hope you all had a fabulous Saturday and are getting ready to enjoy another awesome day. In my previous post I said that I spent a portion of the day having an interesting conversation with my oldest son. I won’t get into all of the details in this post but instead spread it out over a few days. Not everything I can mention here, but as always I will try and be as transparent as possible. 🙂
I have always had a passion to help others, never so much as a few years ago when we lived in Florida. I was on the tail end of my retail career and serving with my bride in a fantastic church that put us in a place with God we had never experienced before. I was the Youth Pastor there and even though I had never done anything like that before I knew I was right where God wanted me to be; things had never been clearer. Then, BAM!
One day God had truly spoken to us about leaving our comfort zone and moving all the way up to Michigan. (There is another part of that story but for another time.) So, after much hesitation, we made the leap and did as God requested. We for the longest time could not wrap our minds around why God had brought us to this little town of Coloma, MI. It couldn’t be more different than the place we left both physically and spiritually. Alas, here we were….
Well, as it turns out the main reason wound up being for our kids. They met their future wives and my oldest has even given us two beautiful Grandchildren. Here is where the conversation last night comes in….For a while in my career I have honestly been unhappy. As I have said before, my passion is to help others in a life changing way, a way that can only come through Christ. So much a passion of mine it is that the happiest I have been in a long time is when I got the privilege of being able to preach a message to over thirty kids at a campground in which many of them received Christ as their Savior. It brought more joy to me than any “work” I have ever done. It was at that point I knew God was calling me to preach; not just any message, but a special one…. (Heck, God even gave my a vision of the church He would have me build…..)
After that day, things kinda fell apart and so I threw myself back into my work and have fallen off the spiritual wagon to say the least. So yesterday my son and I were talking and he told me, “How many times does God have to slap you in the face for what He wants you to do?” Well, quite a few apparently because ever since that day I have been trying to fill that spiritual void with different jobs and to no surprise it just hasn’t worked. So, where do I go from here??
Well, as he also said, before the path back to that can open I need to get my house right. I have allowed alot of things to enter our lives that are not Godly at all. Don’t get me wrong, I refuse to go back down the path of a legalistic Christian, but at the same time there are things I know are wrong that need to be addressed before my passion can be realized. I don’t know if this makes any sense but let me try and wrap it all up here….
If you are a child of God, there is nowhere you can run that eventually He won’t get your attention in some way. He has let me do “my thing” for a while but through my oldest son He has gotten my attention back. When God calls us to do something, we have a choice to do it or not. However, if we don’t, our lives will never be what we want. We will always be searching for something to fill the void that can only be filled by what God has in store for us. So, its time to get “my house” in order. It won’t happen overnight but it will happen. I can’t be afraid of being a hypocrite any longer; time is just too short and there are souls that are longing for His message. Who am I to not be part of that plan that my Creator has set out? Stay tuned my friends….