The Power of Determination
One of the most important and most determining aspects of he our lives is our understanding of how we fit into the world in which we live. The clarity with which one sees their purpose and place in life will determine their ability to focus on and flourish in that purpose. A life that is distracted by a great deal of many things and pulled in multiple directions is a life that does not really accomplish much.
This article is a repost from our youth website which launched today. To me this is an important moment in life. Its so amazing to see how God has been working lately. The logo which was created originally just for camp has had a bigger impression than anticipated.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9
Camp ended this year on a very powerful note. Since Jesus is our amazing King who has redeemed and conquered our hearts to himself, we are now citizens of an everlasting kingdom, a kingdom that works in and through our hearts. The call of the christian life is not just about accepting Jesus into your heart and waiting for him to take you to heaven. Far beyond that, it is a call to engage in a battle, in a movement; it gives us the high privilege of taking the front lines in the spread of his kingdom.
We spend our lives thinking about many things. But how often do we think about how and why we think? I am reading a book these past few days which has really stimulated my thinking and challenged the way I see much of what surrounds me these days. Al Mohler’s The Conviction to Lead is a book that really reflects the depth and breadth of life that this man has lived, and the incredible amount that he has been able to accomplish is such a relatively short time.
As I read Mohler’s discussion of the key components of effective leadership, I can’t help but notice the utter absence of it in the world that surrounds me. Mohler explains that effective leadership is rooted in an active, passionate and convictional approach to life. You don’t have to look very far to see that there are not very many people who live this way.
“My my my how time does fly.” It sure does. It feels like it was just yesterday my wife and I were back from our honeymoon and excitedly putting our new home into order. And here we are again – the new year has come and gone. Its almost scary how fast it has gone. And yet, as I look back through this past year I am amazed at how much has changed and how far I am from where I was a year ago. Continue reading
Studying and preparing for camp this year really made me reflect more on what an amazing thing God has done in creating the church. His methods and purposes are so completely and totally different than ours. We look to the powerful, the talented and the impressive to make all the difference. But what about him?
A couple of fishermen and tax collectors to change the whole world; a suffering servant to pay the price for eternal sin and become the Lord of the universe; a community of weary saints to be trophies of his grace and proclaimers of his good news to the world. God uses the most insignificant methods and tools to achieve some of this most amazing events in all of history.