Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year...Already???

I typically don’t blog on the weekends, but this blog entry is just because…The year is coming to an end and life, by the grace of God, will carry over into a new year. Thinking back on things, what was 2011 like for you? Were you happy? Did you grow from it? Are you frustrated with its results? Did it teach you anything? Did you put any new plans in to action? Are your dreams coming to fruition? Did you participate with God, or did you send God to do all the work? Has your presence made an impact in the world? Did you do something meaningful for someone else? Did you do something meaningful for yourself? Was God pleased with how you spent your time? Did you try something you never tried before? How did it go? Was it worth it? Did you grow in your relationship with God? Did you?!?!?! Did you?!?!?!?!

Life’s full of questions, but sometimes the questions we ask ourselves are the ones that matter most. I just let you eavesdrop on questions I have asked myself now, how have you examined yourself lately?...

May blessings be upon you this new year!!!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Mission Possible!

Recently I saw the movie Mission Impossible with Tom Cruise (Good Movie). It is an action packed film centered on an agent and an agency that make it their life’s work to accomplish the given task. Of course with any good movie, there are plenty of obstacles and trials to keep Tom Cruise and his crew from accomplishing their task; however, Tom is willing to get the job done by any means necessary. At one juncture during the course of the film, one of Tom’s team members finds the mission hard to complete and decides that it is better for the team to admit defeat rather than continue on with the possibility of failure. However, Tom’s character knew that defeat was not an option. What drove Tom to such a conclusion? Was it his zeal, passion, or his desire for success?

I thought about how often we are ready to admit defeat when the mission seems to be too tough; when the risk and the obstacles seem to be greater than the reward of accomplishment. For Christians, the reality of being called by God to accomplish a mission that we at times deem impossible to achieve is real. The mission does not have to be a lofty and grandiose one, but for some people the mission could involve beginning the process of emotional healing. The mission doesn’t have to be to save the world, but for someone the mission could be exercising forgiveness in their lives. Whatever the mission may be, sometimes the gap between the where we start and the finishing line can be so large that we deem the mission to be impossible to accomplish.

I am reminded of persons in the Bible who knew their God-given missions would be difficult, but still went on to achieve great things in spite of the obstacles. Noah, in spite of being ignored by his people, was able to build a boat that would save his family from the flood that God would send on the earth. Moses, with his stammer, was able to lead a stubborn and rebellious people to freedom. David, with his sling shot and smooth stones, was able to fight and defeat the Philistine giant, Goliath. Nehemiah was able to motivate his people out of despair so that they could rebuild the wall. Jeremiah was able to prophecy to the nations in spite of his feelings of inadequacy. Jesus, in spite of his fickle disciples and the deceitful Pharisees was able to bring salvation to the world. These persons proved what has been a reigning truth for centuries; WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!

This is not about what your God-given mission is or how your mission should be carried out, but this is to encourage you so that you will know that the mission is possible. The mission is not possible because we (humans) are so great, but the mission is possible because God is so great. What is impossible for us is possible for God. Lean on God today and know that the God-given mission, whatever it may be, is POSSIBLE! ~Amen.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

I Was Here!

R&B singer Beyonce Knowles is best known for her soulful, upbeat ballets that have captivated the ears of listeners across the world. One of her latest hits from her current album entitled 4 does not fall short of listeners expectations. The soft ballet entitled “I Was Here” is slightly different from other songs sung by the soulful diva. Instead of male bashing, girl empowering, love promoting tunes, Beyonce is singing about her legacy. What fascinates me about this song is that Beyonce is affirming that her presence in the world will not go unfelt; the legacy that she leaves will be a testimony to the life she has lived!

How about you? What will be the legacy that you will leave? Will people have felt your presence? Will your life bear fruit that will last beyond your existence? How are you living your life to make sure that people know YOU ARE HERE? My challenge to you today is to not let life pass you by. Grab life by the horns and go for the ride. Make your impact today! Let it be said that you were here and that the fruit your life bears will be fruit that will last. Engrave your name on the pages on history. LIVE, DON’T JUST EXIST!!!