FAITH STEPS

FAITHSTEPS

When you’re on the journey of life sometimes you have to cross bridges that you never saw coming. Sometimes the bridge to what lies ahead is concrete, solid and you are sure of it and your ability to make it across. Then you get to some that are rickety, full of gaps and scary looking. Those are the steps that are the hardest to take.  This week I was able to finally tell others of my next FAITH STEP. It is a bridge that looks scary but I know to get to the place God has for me this is the bridge to take. In fact I am positive this is the bridge because of the certainty I get from seeking God.

Here it is: I am making a transition to a role within my church that is much needed  —> Pastor of New Media and Communications. I am excited because I get to help communicate  the vision, mission and culture of our church and I get to invest in the leaders of our church. This is a HUGE Step of faith for me. I have been in Children’s Ministry for 15 years and have seen God work through all of it.  But God is clearly asking me to follow His leading. So I step out in faith.

My family and I are really excited to be taking this step and look forward to what God has for us. Over the next couple blog post I want to share more of what I am learning as I am taking some steps of faith. Stay tuned….

Here is a video explaining this step of faith to the volunteers of our children’s ministry.  

 

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Choose your own adventure

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For many years of my life I spent searching for God’s Will for my life. What was I going to do out of High School? Was each opportunity that crossed my path a sign from God? What if I choose the wrong thing, would I be doomed forever?

All these questions crossed my mind at one stage or the other, yet everything that I have had the opportunity to do I can say has been from God. The Bible says that our goal in life is to Love God and if we do that then whatever we do from that point out is fulfilling that mission.

After 15 years in Children’s Ministry both as full-time, part-time and even as a volunteer I have come to realize that God’s Will is for me to do whatever I am doing and do it ALL to the Glory of God. So if I am doing ministry here or ministry there I am on this adventure to love God and live surrendered to His calling. What’s your adventure and why are you doing it?

Making a difference looks like this

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My good friend Jason Sowell recently posted a blog post on State-lines.com that I have heard him say before but fits so perfectly with how I am feeling right now. In Ministry we often try to fall into the trap of trying to change the world or change the city by reaching as many people as we can with the gospel yet we miss a HUGE piece of the changing the world puzzle, Relationships. We focus on the big picture that we miss the needs of those right in front of us. He says it so good in this post that I thought I would share:

“I believe we all should be working for change. Change in the world for the better. I also, however, believe we get overwhelmed with the idea of changing the world because the world is too big for any one of us change. There are too many problems, too many needs, too many disasters and too many people. My philosophy is, stop trying to change the world and focus on the person in front of you everyday that you can help. 

It may be a small thing. A simple thing. But, doing the small things is what ultimately changes the world. Imagine if we all focused on the small things every day that we could bring some change to. What would the world look like then? “

Somaly Mam said it best. “I don’t feel like I can change the world. I don’t even try. I only want to change this small life that I see standing right in front of me, which is suffering.”

Want to make a difference? Start by making an impact in someone’s life.

On a journey to greatness: pt.1

Hw2fwPutaSdg1jJG23goCxu1Bbnd0RCoUY5fmrog0aEHave you ever had the chance to teach or preach something that convicted you before you ever got up to speak it? This past Summer I had the opportunity to speak at a summer camp on the Big Island of Hawaii. Hands down one of the coolest things I have ever done. The theme for the summer was “Summer Knights” and I was challenged to help bring the theme to life using God’s Word. After prayer and thinking through what I was going to speak on. I realized becoming a KNIGHT and being a CHRISTIAN have similarities. Let me explain:

KNIGHTS and CHRISTIANS both take a lot of work.

  • To become a knight you must start out as a Page, where you learn what a knight is and why they live their life to protect the king and the kingdom. Then at age 14 you become a Squire where you learn the art of serving or being a armor bearer for the King. Once you spend time discovering who you are to be and learning to serve then you can become a Knight at age 21.
  • As a christian you spend your life discovering who God is and what He has done. We begin to realize to become like Christ we must act like Christ so we start to serve and act like a follower of Christ should act. All the while we are representing Christ and trying to live a life that would please Him.

KNIGHTS and CHRISTIANS both have a code of conduct.

  • Upon becoming a knight each person must commit to the Code of Chivalry. This is a code of conduct that all knights are to live by to represent the king. They must vow to live a life of: Honesty, Honor, Generosity, Excellence, Courage, Loyalty, Purity, wisdom, non judgmental  and vow to watch their language and stick up for what they believe in.
  • A christian is given a “guide-book to life” called the Bible. In Matthew 22:37 we are challenged to love God with all our heart, soul and mind. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says in all that we do, do all to the glory of God.

KNIGHTS and CHRISTIANS both live for a King.

  • A knight’s purpose is to protect the king and his kingdom. He does this through his actions.  He makes his King GREAT.
  • A christian’s purpose is to Love God and Love others. They are to tell others about their King  through their actions and their words. He lives his life to give Glory to the King.

A Knight and a Christian are two types of people on a journey to greatness. To become a great knight or even to become a great Christian we must live our life knowing that we live for someone who is GREAT and our life should represent that.