A Totally Random Post

Yo, let’s drop the formalities and the proper writing etiquette. Basically, I have a few random things that I would like to share with you. Ready, set, sharing…

My friend and brother in Christ, Hip Hop Theologian, just released a spoken-word piece that is part of a Spoken Word Challenge. The main premise is that perfection is not flawlessness; it’s a beautiful, inquisitive, bold work of art. Please take a moment to view the video: 

Amazing truth, right? Please take a moment right now to share that in your social-networks and perpetuate the gold-nuggets of wisdom that Hip Hop Theologian speaks from the heart. Also, anyone else think that mustache is just absolutely fantastic?!?! 

Moving onward…I, dear friends, covet your prayers during this incredibly uncertain time that I am in. As a 23 year-old, college-graduate, attempting to find a job in the current market, I am distraught. Please pray for the LORD’s provision as bills start to pile up in the upcoming months, as I become financially responsible for my expenses and the debt incurred during my education, etc. Also, pray that I would not allow money and work to become my god, but rather, I would still use money as a tool to glorify the LORD, whether it be tithing, giving to someone in need, or honoring Him by strategically paying off debts quickly; all of which I hope to do.

Now, it’s story-time! (I told you this was “A Totally Random Post”) Alright, so you know how in modern-day churches, the worship starts and everyone stands awkwardly with their hands at their sides and nervously sings, hoping that no one notices they are out-of-tune (well, I am anyways)? Great, glad you agree. Well, I was checking out a church in KC called Redeemer and these two little girls, probably around the age of 4 or 5 were in the front just dancing. It was a beautiful, joyous sight. Seriously. I mean, when was the last time you felt free enough to just dance? These girls didn’t have a care in the world and were free to be who they were; fun, young, innocent, and joy-filled.

When the sermon began and everyone sat down, I quickly grabbed my journal, not wanting to forget that moment. Here is what I wrote:

“Children have a special freedom, a present innocence and purity; at ease with their world, in the safety of their father’s presence, they can be all that they are, reserving and withholding no aspect of who they are. If we were to solidify our identity in being children of God, perhaps we could experience once again this beautiful freedom, able to wholly be all that we are meant to be.” (J. Meyer, 6/2/13)

It always goes back to identity, doesn’t it? I can practically hear the Holy Spirit screaming, “Stop worrying so much about your flaws and remember all that I’ve already given you! Stop listening to satan’s mention of what you are not and remember what you are!” And what are? We’re children, heirs to the throne, serving The King, and all He wants for us is our very best; He desires to raise us up to be warriors, fighting for truth.

A warrior I shall be. I spend time feverishly praying now that you would be, too.

Pressing Forward,

Justin Meyer

The Runner

The sun is booming; June heat in Kansas, along with the humidity, southern winds, and various other factors are sure to enact the sweat glands of even the fittest individual. Heavy-breathing is followed by heavy footsteps as your feet pound against the pavement. Looking around, the greenery is beginning to become not so green anymore, as grass is charred by the intensity of the summer sun, turning it into a yellowish-brown wasteland. As you attempt to breathe, the air is thick, as if swimming through an ocean. However, you are not swimming, but are running. Running fast. Overcome every obstacle through the blood of The Lamb!

Approaching an incline in the road, you do as every other person would and pick up the pace to maintain enough momentum to force your heavy body up the grade. A quarter of the way up the hill, you begin to think, “What am I doing? I could walk…maybe even stop and collapse.” However, the little engine that could comes to life in your mind as you begin to think “I think I can”, “I think I can”, you are now halfway up the monstrous hill. But wait…fatigue is setting in, muscles are cramping, your breaths are becoming shorter. How can one push themselves over the top? How could you possibly summit the hill and come coasting to a comfortable pace down the other side?

I was thinking about life today. Weird, right? I’m 22 years old and “thinking about life” as if I am some sort of old Yoda, ready to assess the current state of the world and breath life into it via truth that has only been gained by the grace of God through the Holy Spirit. God’s Word alludes to the Christian journey as a race that has been marked out for us and we are to run the race with all endurance and perseverance, keeping our minds on the good and noble things of this world as we continually return to the Father for strength, nourishment, counsel, and the ability to overcome any and every obstacle that is used to test our character. Think of the story of Job…a man who was found by God to be one of the most righteous in the land…Satan requests to wreak havoc upon his life, saying that in the end, Job will turn away from God due to his circumstances. We are amazed to see that Job’s character is certainly challenged (perhaps even to the breaking point as his friends come to comfort, challenge, and counsel him), yet he curses the day of his birth and himself rather than cursing God. In the end, he is faithful to God. Would I be that faithful? Would you?

One of the realities of this life is that we will all be put to the test. In fact, it is when we are becoming effective witnesses for the LORD (as was the cause with Job) that Satan will increasingly desire to bring destruction to our lives in such a way that would disable us from running the race and finishing strong. The thing about marathon runners is that there are many who would like to complete the journey…but few that are able to persevere long enough to cross the finish line. My friend, Carlos, recently set out to run a marathon and he did it! He ran across the finish-line and completed the race that was set before him! He said it was such an exciting feeling. You should have seen how the joyous expressions on his face as he attempted to recreate the story before us. How much more exciting would it be to complete the race of life and to have finished it well?!?! Having given every ounce of strength that we had to the LORD, pouring ourselves out like drink-offerings as Paul did; serving others, lifting them up, calling ourselves and others to repentance in the name of Jesus and encouraging them to run the race towards His throne alongside us, we can finish well!

Whether it is a job-search, financial security, education, relationships, health/sickness, etc. we all have our hills to climb. Perhaps you are currently coasting at a comfortable pace and life hasn’t thrown any at you in a while, well, I assure you that there they are to come. Let us prepare our hearts, minds, souls, and bodies for the hills that lie ahead; seeking the LORD daily in prayerful devotion of our entire lives to Him that we may never stray from the path and always have the strength to continue upward, even when the hill/obstacle seems nearly impossible. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Amen? Amen!!!!

Running for Him,
Justin

P.S. In other news, I am currently trying to jog on a fairly regular basis and I am definitely out-of-shape. Feel free to pray for and encourage my journey toward a more disciplined and healthy self so that I may be better equipped to serve the LORD and others with the remainder of my life!