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    Laying it all on the table

    Yesterday morning started like a normal morning: the alarm went off at 5:30am, I snoozed for a little longer than planned, showered, got the French press ready, then hit the back porch with my Bible and journal. It was a beautiful sunrise as normal, but my time with the Lord was where abnormality hit my day.

    It became a little abnormal because I felt like I had been whining a bit too much in my prayers. When you offend yourself with your own whining, it’s like offending yourself with your own body odor – you know it must be pretty bad!

    Don’t get me wrong – I’m all about telling God what you need – that’s Biblical (Philippians 4:6).

    I’m all about being honest with God. Also Biblical.

    But I was tired of telling God all of that – I feel like I’ve been doing that for so long and I needed some balance. So, I decided to take a different approach. Instead of focusing on what I don’t have, I decided to focus on what I do have.

    I’m not normally a journaler. I do use a journal every morning, but it’s mainly for referencing a list of things I’m praying about right now. This time though, I knew I needed to write. I began writing a list of things that God has blessed me with. It began as a few simple things like a supportive wife, creativity, a church building and some awesome people attending the church, and a few other things. As I wrote, the list kept growing. I ended up with a list of about 15 things that I have to offer God.

    Things that didn’t make the list: a big budget, lots of extra time, a huge church building, a congregation of thousands (or even hundreds of people), but that wasn’t the point.

    I looked at my list, and although I realized it wasn’t anything impressive, I closed my journal, slid it across the table, and gave it to the Lord. I told Him, “God, here’s what I have to offer. It’s not much, but I know that you can do the impossible with these few things. I’m willing to give it all, but I need you to do something with it.”

    I refuse to sit around and wait for the things or the people that I think I need in order to reach Clarksville for Christ. I have all I need in Jesus. He knows what I have and He knows what I don’t have, and He’s not limited by my limitations.

    Joshua crumbled the impenetrable walls of Jericho by marching around them, then blasting some trumpets.

    David killed a 9′-tall giant with a slingshot.

    Elijah defeated the prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel with a prayer.

    There are two main things I have in common with those guys: 1) We don’t have much, 2) We do have God. God used them to change the world and lead a revolution in their generations. I want to be used the same way, and since we serve the same God, I think my chances are pretty good.

    It’s time we stop focusing on what is going wrong or what we don’t have and put to use the things that we do have. God can and will use those things…for bigger things that we can even dream up.

    Ephesians 3:20-21 – Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.




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