Thursday, December 17, 2009

Snow Day Hiatus, RETURN: CRIBS pt. II

In 2009, many of you were called into a specific, vocational ministry. That is super exciting to know that God planted in your heart a desire to serve Him in such ways! As believers, we are all called to ministry in the way we live our life- whenever, wherever (SHAKIRA styles)...

As you think about all that is ahead of you as it relates to that which He has called you to do, don't think about all of the obstacles or anything in the way of making it become a reality, simply ask yourself "Am I willing?"

God does the impossible- God does the impossible. Say it out loud. Journal about that truth. In Luke 1 we peak in on Mary learning of what is to come... "How will all this be, since I am a virgin?" It was humanly impossible but He made it happen.

What might He be calling you to do? What seems so impossible about that? Have faith, be obedient, and buckle up!

Merry Christmas, seeya in January!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

CRIBS. pt. I... Pregnancy Plan.

Please tell me / Why are we / Trying so hard?

Why worry / it's over /We always fall right back / To where we start.

There goes another one of our / "Sure-fire" plans / ...It backfired again /

We try to think it through / The best that we can / I bet it's gonna backfire again.

Take what it is / Given you / How does that sound?

Everything is / All thought-through / And fool-proof / Now watch it all / Crumble down /

And down again.

-MuteMath- "Backfire"

Often I am asked something to the effect of "WHAT IS YOUR 5 YEAR PLAN???" Guess what? I have resolved to not attempt to box my life into your so-called plan. Too many times we try to create our own life's itinerary. It looks like this: "I want to get good grades in high school so that I can get into a terrific college in order to step into my career of choice so that I can take out a loan for that car I've always wanted and in the process of doing so I will get married and have 2.5 kids who will eventual grow up and follow the same process and oh my I hope they take care of me when I'm old and deteriorating in all that my life has become." As Piper said it best... "DON'T WASTE YOUR LIFE."

Mary and Joseph could not have planned the ways their life together brought about Emmanuel. Most everything that could've gone wrong, seemingly did. Mary was pregnant, but not by Joseph. They had to travel back to Bethlehem, at the peak of pregnancy. Jesus was born while on this trip, and they were forced to have him in an animals den. But therein lies the beauty: while all of these things happened in a way that they would not have chosen- it was the way in which Christ became incarnate.

While in the questioning period post finding out Mary was pregnant, God gave Joseph a dream...

"20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,and they shall call his name Immanuel”(which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus." Luke 2:20-25

God in essence gave Joseph a blueprint for what was to come. While Joseph didn't know all the details, all the whats/wheres/whys/hows, he at least a glimpse of the bigger picture. God has given me a calling in my lifetime: make disciples, specifically out of students much like yourselves. I don't know all the details, just a glimpse of the bigger picture. What might God be laying out for you? What plans do you have that need to be given up? How is He stepping in to 180 your life and make it a magnificent existence? Chances are that if you try to plan out your life, God will totally spin it in order for you to see His glory. Be wise, make good godly decisions, and pursue what He has for you, but don't selfishly tell the world your plan for your life. Be open to God's project in you and see where it takes you.

A life lived for Him bears zero regrets. NONE.