Friday, July 3, 2015

I am proud of...

Psalm 33:12  NASB
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.

This Saturday is the 4th of July where America celebrates it’s birthday, and this celebration is one of the biggest with many parties, cookouts and fireworks of all kinds.  I am proud to be an America.  We live in a great country.  Yes, there are some things we may not agree with, but we still have the freedom to worship God as we choose.  I am thankful for those who have worked hard for that freedom, and I am proud to be an American.

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth.  How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed When they speak with their enemies in the gate.

I am blessed to be the father of three wonderful children.  They are growing up so fast.  The oldest just graduated from high school and will be going off to college next month.  Our middle child is precious and is beginning her last year of high school.  Our youngest, and our son, will be in 7th grade and is becoming a stronger young man.  All three of our children love God and make their parents proud.  I am proud to be a father.

He who finds a wife finds a good thing And obtains favor from the Lord.

It has been twenty-two years and nine months since I first laid eyes on the most beautiful women in the world, my wife.  I’m proud to be her husband.  Through the ups and downs, the sad times and the happy times, we have seen God do some incredible things as we chose to do life together.  And there is much more to come.

Romans 8:28  NASB
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

It was fourteen years ago yesterday that Julie and our two daughters moved from Georgia to Virginia.  We never dreamed that we would be where we are today and doing what God has called us to do.  I am proud to be the pastor of The Community Fellowship.  I am proud to invest in the lives of hurting people in our community and beyond, and I am super proud to be an instigator to help other believers step up to serve. 

The song that floods the radio and events on the season of the 4th of July says “I’m proud to be an American where I know I am free.”  Well, I am proud of many things, and it is an honor to share with you today that I am proud of these things.  God’s blessings are all around, and it is important that we take the time to acknowledge God.  There really is more to come.

Are we ready to see more of His blessings?  I believe that the road to blessings is paved with blessing others along the way.  Zig Ziglar said to get what you want first help others get what they want.  Truth is that some of the things people call blessings and take pleasure in aren’t blessings at all.  The consequences of them are going to prove something far different.

I proud to be a child of God, a leader of people, a husband and a father.  May God help us see even more of the things that we can be and ought to be proud of!

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