On your mark, get set, GO!

So I have been listening to and watching the CDs and DVDs from Catalyst ’09.  I am remembering all of the great things that I heard at the conference, and I cannot help but have the question rattling around in my head, What is keeping me, or anyone for that matter, from being on HIS mark?  I us the word HIS purposefully.  Anyone can make a mark for themselves, but only a few can truly say that they can make a mark for the Lord.  In the opening session, Andy Stanley made this statement, “My mark is something far too small to spend my life working for, but God’s mark is worth everything within me and all my energy.”  That idea has caused me to think a lot over the past few days.  Am I wasting my life trying to make a mark for myself, or have I truly committed myself to letting God make His mark in and through me?  I believe that I have committed myself to God’s direction and His mark, but at times I know that my sinful and selfish nature shine through in doing things for myself.  It is the constant struggle between my flesh and my spirit.  I have the desire to live for God, but at times I stifle it in order to serve myself.  I hate it that that has to be a struggle for all of humanity, but I know that it is so that God can be glorified.  Therefore, I leave you with this question: Are you spending your life striving to leave your mark, or are you surrendering your life so that God can make His mark through you?  I would love to hear your responses.

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Take my life and let it be all for You and for Your glory…

I love those lyrics.  They fit in perfectly with what I am talking with the youth about tonight.  I am really excited about the possibilities of what God can do through our group.  I am talking with the youth this evening about John 17 and The High Priestly Prayer of Jesus.  There are several things that we can learn from Jesus in the way that He prays to God.  In John 17:4 Jesus states, “I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do.”  God take my life and let it be all for you and for your glory.  That is all about doing the work that God gave me in this life. I plan on challenging the youth to begin coming about an hour earlier on Wednesday evenings so that we can become a group that does great spiritual battle through prayer.  I think that so often teenagers are so focused on themselves, and I want to try to get them for at least an hour to be focused on the Kingdom of God.  I believe that God can use our group in a mighty way.  I know that as we pray, His presence can fall on us, and we can be changed.  My prayer is that we can come together each week with an attitude of expectancy, and that God’s presence is so heavy on us that we cannot even open our eyes for fear of being encountered with the very image of the Lord.  I want God to use us, and I want for the youth to grasp hold of the importance of interceding on behalf of our church, our families, our country, and our world.  I will let you know how things go tomorrow.  Have a great night.

And the glory of it all is He came here for the rescue of us all…

Great song!  If you don’t know it then you need to go buy David Crowder Band’s album either “Remedy” or “Remedy Club Tour.”  One is the studio version and the other is the live version.  It is a great song though, in that it talks of how God was there in the beginning and He will be there in the end.  The chorus talks of how it is so glorious that God came here to rescue us, and believe me we needed to be rescued.  But that is not the real reason for my post today.

I guess that the body of my post today is really more of a response to my wife’s post for today.  I think that something crazy happens in a woman’s brain when she becomes a mother.  She suddenly becomes incredibly hard on herself.  Kim is a fabulous mother!  She does so much to care for Anna Grace and me at the same time.  She has this mindset, however, that she is failing in all categories.  This is simply not the case.  She does a great job of balancing everything that she has going on in her life.  Motherhood, wifehood, studenthood, and everything else in between.  She is the best wife that a man could ever ask for.  She is so loving and so faithful.  She is the greatest mother that a child could ask for.  She provides, teaches, and care for AG like none other.  Unfortunately, Kim is often blinded to the fact that she is doing a great job.  She sees a few mishaps and the world is falling apart for some reason.  I love her with every fiber of my being, and I want her to know that I think that she does a wonderful job.  She said in her post today that she thought that she had failed in several categories of motherhood.  I think that makes me want to pinch her.  She has not failed in any aspect, even in the slightest.  I understand that you are always your own worst critic, but sometimes it can be taken to the max.  Kim, you are a great wife, mother, and friend!  I love you very, very, very, very much, and you are doing a fine job of caring for our family.

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