Treasure

When will my head stop ringing,

The whispers stop stinging?

Painful onslaught of self-doubt;

Is my net-worth in my network?

Is my value in my values?

Chase the dollars, make the money;

You’ll find happiness again when it’s sunny.

Winters cold breath extinguished the fire;

Maybe it was Satan again being a liar?

Either way – I’m dormant;

What’s my purpose and my mission?

Somewhere in the chaos I lost my vision.

This heart is still itching;

Pen ready, heart heavy.

I’ve gotta run from it or through it,

More effort or I’m gonna lose it.

And yet that doesn’t seem like the answer,

Isn’t “trying to be better” how we got here?

Never satisfied with being, always becoming.

Yet Jesus always walked, and my minds always running.

Lord, meet me in this quiet place.

Still the waters, show your face.

I find comfort in Psalms;

In David’s up-down rhythm.

I’m not alone and you’re still on the throne.

Hear my cries and heal my mind,

Open my eyes where I’m blind.

This day I give to you, my King.

I may not feel like it, but I’ll still sing.

Great is your faithfulness,

Your love endures forever!

I’ll hold onto you, my anchor, my treasure.

From Death to Life

Look out the window and it’s raining,

The stress of family and work is so draining.

 

If only, outside it was sunny

And the bank account had money.

But living life in debt

Is something you’ve learned to accept.

 

If only you had a companion,

But once again, you’re abandoned.

 

Tired of the world’s kick to the curb,

You’ve placed a sign on your heart saying, “DO NOT DISTURB!”

 

Then comes something that shakes your foundation,

It starts messing with your heart’s situation.

Your heart is calmed and spirit hydrated

Suddenly you have a reason to celebrate and…

 

The hopeless life you were once livin’

Became joy-filled and purpose driven.

 

Your broken pieces picked up from the dust,

Someone’s placing them back together you trust.

 

Yesterday you were weak,

Today you’re made strong!

Once your heart leaked

But now you belong!

 

This can’t be true; it’s a lie

So much wrong done; you still cry…

But it’s no fair-tale or fiction

You’re FREE; no restrictions.

 

Who is the one that’s redeemed

Your life from the hell in which you screamed?

 

What gave your heart clarity

Now you’re promised prosperity?!?!

 

The one you’ve met has many names

He’s the one who fulfills these claims.

His mighty hand restores!

From his cup, unconditional love pours.

 

Reminds you constantly; “Here I am!”

Welcome to the Kingdom of the Great I AM!

Life: A Mundane Routine or Passionate Adventure?

We are creatures of habit. Some of us have better habits than others. College students find themselves with the typical habits of going to bed too late, procrastinating on assignments, etc. Adults in the workforce may have the habit of waking up at the same time daily, heading to work, and dinner with the family, TV time, bed, and then repeat the process again the next morning.

I’ve heard some of my peers talk about how they feel a total lack of enthusiasm/excitement in their lives. “We’re stuck in the same routine, always chasing after the same things…and at the end of the day, what did I actually accomplish?”

I think that this particular person could be asking the right question…What is the purpose of our routine lives? Is it to earn that high GPA so that we can obtain the next scholarship? Is it to be promoted through the ranks in the corporate world? Or…is there perhaps a greater purpose to our existence that is being overlooked? I would like to believe this is the case.

For those of you that claim to be believers in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior; this should certainly be the case. But I believe the issue arises at our very core. We are self-focused beings. We are inherently selfish. Now before you are up in arms in disagreement with me. Consider this…Look at the things that you can claim as your own in this world. You’ve got your iPod, iTunes, MySpace, Personal settings on the computer. YOUR car. YOUR phone..etc.  I believe my point can be seen. And the majority of our time can often be spent adding to these materialistic comforts. But is this the sole purpose of life?

There answer is, absolutely not!

Brothers and Sisters in Christ we are not supposed to be living routine, mundane lives. As vessels of our Heavenly Father, our lives should be absolutely filled to the brim with adventure! John Eldredge states in his book, Wild at Heart, that men are designed to have an adventure to live, a battle to fight, and a beauty to rescue. What about this could possibly be boring? The life-source of motivation should be Scripture though of course; not the mere words of a man. Looking at the Gospel and the words of Jesus Christ, himself, we have Matthew 28:18-20,

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

In Galatians 2:20, Paul writes, “I have been crucified with Christ. I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God who loves me and gave himself for me.” Living our lives for ourselves is out of the question. If we want to envelope the entirety of Christ’s character and reflect His love to those around us; then we must live solely for Jesus Christ. In Matthew 9:37-38, Jesus says, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask for the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.

Your response to all of this may be. “Alright man, I get the point…We’re supposed to tell others about Jesus, but I’ll get to it when I can. You want me to show other His love? Well I’ll put a few more bucks in the offering plate next week.”

If that is your response, then you are TOTALLY missing my point…let’s get REAL for a minute…

Jesus Christ suffered severe persecution. He was subject to verbal abuse, being spit upon, having a crown of thorns driven through his head, was beaten by Roman soldiers, forced to carry the rugged cross up to Calvary and THEN had nails DRIVEN through his hands and feet and was HUNG on the cross. Hanging there, not a single complaint was uttered from His mouth as He called out to the Father saying, “Forgive them Father for they know not what they do.”  He would die slowly of suffocation. At the end of which, he proclaimed, “It is finished!” This is who you and I claim as our Savior. This is who we serve. What gives us any authority to claim that our importance should be placed over a King that came not to be served but to serve us; mere sinners?

With this in mind how can our lives possibly be boring? John Piper writes in Don’t Waste Your Life, “The opposite of wasting your life is living life by a single God-exalting, soul-satisfying passion. The well-lived life must be God-exalting and soul-satisfying because that is why God created us (Isaiah 43:7; Psalm 90:14).”

As followers of Jesus Christ and citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven, we are no longer of this world. So why spend so much of our time accumulating treasures for ourselves, stressing about finances, focusing on expanding our wardrobe, and burnings hours of our day attempting to satisfy our selfish desires? You can be SO MUCH MORE! On Judgment Day, do you want The King of Kings to say, “Well you did alright champ, but I spit the lukewarm from my mouth!” Or, would you prefer to hear the passionate and emotional words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant…” as the Father opens up His arms for you, His child, to run towards His throne and worship Him at His feet! To what greater purpose could we possibly give our lives?

The bottom line: If our lives are nothing more than a mundane routine, then I find it extremely hard to believe that you are giving your life away to others and to the Father in Heaven. A life that is focused on The Kingdom is a live that is absolutely overflowing with adventure, passion, emotion, battles to fight, and numerous reasons to be living.

Disclaimer: These are simply my thoughts of reflection on the Scriptures and various books I’ve been reading lately. As a man of sinful nature, my opinions and statements of “truth” should certainly be tested against the Scriptures and your own personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It is simply my hope that this would get the wheels in your brain turning….and possibly produce fruit in the conversations you have and the actions you take later.