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Despicable Me?

August 11, 2017, 3:18 PM

There are days, and then there are know exactly what I mean.  There are days I seem to have it together.  I am focused, dialed in to Christ and the rest of my world just seems to hum along like a high end sports car flying down the highway.  Those days are marvelous and filled with excitment and contentment.  I'm a better person, husband, father, friend and minister... I love those days!  


Then there are those "other days" where I'm not dialed in to Christ.  I'm distracted by the winds of selfishness and earthly desires.  I'm anxious over the storm clouds that seem to be moving faster over the horizon...On those day's I'm not like high end sports car, humming down the highway, no I'm more like a boat on the sea being tossed to and fro, praying it holds together.  


On those days the waves of guilt from sins I've committed to those committed against me batter me, the winds of failure, they taunt me.  My sins, my failures they can't, you won't, how could Jesus use me, how could God love me?  On these days I complain and whine, I yell and am mean...I'm I can't stand myself!  What kind of husband, father, friend and minister does these things?  I'm in over my head, I'm drowning.  

On those days, my gaze has turned to my past and I miss the present and I forgot about the future. The thing is my past doesn't define me, not what I've done or what others have done to me, my failure's they don't deifne me any more than my success or the things of this life do....only one can define me. Christ, he alone  defines me, he alone sets me free from the guilt and stain of my past...only he can give me strength to rise from my greatest failures...only he can see me through the darkest of's only his whisper that should echo in my mind. His whisper of don't look back, look ahead!  "I have a plan and you are a part of that plan!  I have things for you to do and oh, are they so wonderful.  Trust in me and move forward into who I have created you to be.  I took what was desipicable and have made it not only acceptable, but exceptional."  

Today no matter where you are and no matter what's happening in your life or has happened, you can move forward in Jesus.

"For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed to us."  Romans 8:18   Better days are ahead! Move forward!

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has passed away; behold, the new has come."  I am a new creation, being made daily more like Christ.  Move forward!  

"No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God." Luke 9:62.

Kingdom people move forward from the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Kingdom people move forward from our sin and shame.  We move forward in our thinking, transformed by the renewing of our mind. (Romans 12:2) We move forward in love and in service.  


Move forward today in to God's plan and purpose for your life!!