Thursday, November 13, 2008

Yesterday is Gone

Quick! Turn up that song you're hearing if you're reading my blog! It's an awesome song by Switchfoot if you haven't heard it yet...called "Gone". Such simple lyrics but what an incredible message that I too often forget. " yesterday is history is summer break is high school dreams are childhood sweets are gone...nothing lasts in this world." I needed that perspective today. I have to remember that nothing in this world will last forever. From dust we were made and to the dust we will return. We can take nothing with us. Like that country song says, "I've never seen a hearse with a luggage rack". Everything we've worked so hard for will go to someone else. I was just reading about that last night but I can't remember where in the Bible. :( "All the riches of the kings end up in wills" - Switchfoot.
All this makes me want to fulfill my mission and purpose in this life all the more. There are so many things I know I'm called to do and I pray that God would make me uncomfortable until I get out and DO IT! I long for that feeling of being out of my comfort zone...because in my experiences, that's when I know I'm doing what God called me to do. It's not when I'm wrapped up in a blanket watching a movie on the sofa. I don't think God has called me or any Christian for that matter to be "comfortable". Our comfort is not God's priority. He wants us to love and serve others; to give just as He gave for us. What he asks of me won't always be easy or fun and will I'm sure at times be scary. But I'm going to pray for the strength to follow faithfully - no matter when, where or how much it may cost. May I seek to live like there's no tomorrow, and know that every moment I borrow SHOULD always bring me closer to my God.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

You Want Me?

What can I say about today? Probably lots more than anyone with a life would want to read. Who on earth cares what I think? I guess I'll never know for sure but all I do know is that God always sends people to you that can benefit from your wisdom or experience. Whether indirectly or directly. They are there. If you don't see them, all you have to do is ask God to show you who they are.

I've had an incredible last few weeks. God recently spoke to me in an unlikely place and I just knew this idea did not come from me! He began to open my eyes to an incredible need in this world. A need to encourage, counsel and inspire people. People who can relate to me and my experiences. I was scared but knew that I had to do it. And it was only a few weeks after I decided to take that step of faith and be obedient to what God was leading me to do that He lead someone to me. And then more people! I was astounded! I won't bore you with the details but I've had some incredible experiences that I know are sent directly from the Lord.

I've always had a God-given passion for encouraging people and I feel like I'm finally able to put that passion to work! I knew that career assessment test at HSU my freshman year would come in handy someday! Even though I'm not a certified "counselor" or "psychologist", I feel like I'm able to do just what God wanted me to do without having to go to school for the rest of my life! I am amazed to be in a position to counsel, mentor, encourage and inspire others. What an incredible blessing and gift from the Lord! But with this gift comes incredible responsibility.

"...Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more." - Luke 12:48

I ask for your prayers as I continue in this journey the Lord has lead me on. Please pray that I would always seek and relay God's words and not my own and show His love and compassion to the people He brings into my life. I appreciate your prayers more than you know!