What do individuals need more than ever in their lives? I asked this question last month on my website and asked people to share their thoughts anonymously. I also shared it on Twitter and Facebook asking the same question. The response was overwhelming.
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It all started at a coffee shop when some friends and I were meeting for fellowship. As we sat there and talked to a few people, we became very curious as to what individuals needed in their lives more than ever. As we talked to people we heard all kinds of stories of pain, loss, suffering, brokenness, feeling lost, and heartache. We could not believe it.
Can you not see the beauty of suffering?
Suffering has a very negative connotation, would you not agree? When you hear the word suffering you want to run for the hills.
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Suffering is not something we often times pray for either. Who wants to experience suffering? Suffering sucks. The pain, the distress – who wants all this?
I am sure you have heard the proverb, “the early bird gets the worm.” What are your feelings on this? Are you an early bird or a late bird? Do you struggle with getting up early and getting things done? My wife sure does. She loves to sleep and I love this about her!
For me, I believe that the early bird does get the worm. Think about it for a second, say two birds are competing to catch the worm, the bird that arrives early will be successful in catching the worm. And the bird that shows up late staggering in, gets nothing.
Yesterday morning I had breakfast with an old friend that I hadn’t seen in awhile. He reached out to me and wanted to spend some time together. We passed emails back and forth and finally got a meeting scheduled for yesterday morning at the Red Hot Inn. If you’ve never been, you got to try it out – super old school restaurant, great food, and great people!
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I was glad that he reached out to me and I was really looking forward to seeing him. Every time we get together we both leave the meeting inspired and encouraged. We had no agenda for the meeting, we just wanted to get together and see how each other was doing. I appreciate his heart and openness.
Let’s just say my week started out real bad. Doors were being closed, I was getting angry emails, and I felt frustrated, lost, and angry. Things that I had poured so much time and energy in, weren’t turing out as planned. At first I brushed it off, later it hit me and I broke down.
Why God? What are you doing? These became my questions throughout the week. Even though I was angry, I could also sense him doing something in me. As I prayed and fasted this week, I could see something even more beautiful playing out. I had no idea what it was, I could just feel it.
Are you seeking a revival? Are you asking how? Well, I can tell you this, there have been several occasions where I was seeking a revival and wondering how? And every time I found it. I’m a mess just like everyone else, a sinner saved by grace.
What an awesome thing, right? We all fall short and still have the opportunity to experience revival and the love of Christ.
Maybe your life is jacked up right now. Maybe you’re living in a broken home. Maybe your kids are getting into all kinds of trouble. Maybe your wife is ready to leave you. Maybe she doesn’t feel secure or loved. Maybe it’s come to the point where you don’t even want to come home, and you’re ready to break. I can tell you this, it’s ok. Things can turn around, and they will.
Every year I make goals and I post them up everywhere! I go as far as posting them on the top of the toilet, on the mirror anywhere I can see them. My wife thinks I am crazy, and I might be. However, what I am crazy about is growing and always striving to be a better leader, a better husband, and someday soon to be a better dad. This year I made three goals for myself, and one of the most important ones was to continue to grow my marriage and create more love and security. Here is how I am going to accomplish this goal.