Thursday, March 26, 2009

lets get personal

I just finished reading THIS post from Pete Wilson and have so much going through my head right now.  Some of it has "joy" marked all over it while other parts are marred by "sadness" or "worry" or "fear".  Life is just like that.  And if we allow life to drag us around by the proverbial tail we will not see much joy or much victory or much to live for.  Do you agree?
It is time to let it fly.  Lets get honest.  Somethings in life just suck.  They aren't any fun, but we have to deal with them.  We have troubles and problems and none of us are perfect (including me).  So, what do we do?  Where do we go?  How do we deal?  And so on...
A couple weeks ago in a message that was part of the Warrior series at The Community I had to get honest, and the overflow was big and awesome.  Some of it was painful, yet I saw the outcome have huge growth for me and for others in our church family.  I love to see life change.
But as I sit and reflect on life and life change, I notice that little would ever happen if we don't have to go through the crap and the mess and the troubles.
Perry Noble said this, "A move of God is messy."
I've been a mess, and I've been around messes.  Honestly, what I do is worth dealing with the mess, mine and others.  Do you agree?
I remember Gary Lamb saying something like "if you don't find yourself around drug addicts or those living on the street or around people in trouble, then you really aren't doing ministry" (not an exact quote at all).  And I totally agree.
Lets get honest.  Is there any area of your life that disgusts you?  Is there any area where you feel you have failed? We've all been there and recently.
Lets get honest. Is there anything you are really excited about?  Is there any area where you feel you have been successful?  We've all been there and I hope recently.
God intends for us to live life.
John 10:10 (nlt) --- The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
Psalm 121:1-3 (nlt) --- I look up to the mountains—does my help come from there?  My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth! He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber.
Lets get honest.  If we don't look to God, we fail.  It is that simple.  If we don't tell the truth, we fall flat on our faces.  When we get honest with God and with people, God intervenes and we see big victory.  It is all about God.  Do you agree?  Lets get honest.

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