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I Was Not Designed

19 Jul

I was not designed
to be on my own,
to author my own story,
to compose my own rules,
to live with me in the center.
I was not designed
to look for life outside of You,
to treasure the creation,
to love people, places and things
more than You.
I was not designed
to rely on my wisdom,
to trust my imagination,
to rely on my thoughts,
to igonore Your revelation.
I was not designed
to follow the path of my craving,
to be enslaved to my desires,
to be ruled by my passions
more than I am by You.
I was not designed
to put created things in Your place,
to look to the creation
to fulfill the longings
that only You can fulfill.
I was not designed
to live for the moment,
to ignore what is forever,
to covet what belongs to others,
forgetting I’ve been given You.
I was not designed
to question Your goodness,
to bring you to the court of my judgment,
to be bitter in my assessment
of the things You do.
I was not designed
to let my heart fill with envy,
to be constantly accounting,
to be jealous and untrusting
instead of resting in You.
I was not designed
to forget Your right hand that holds me,
to ignore your good counsel,
to not see that You’re with me,
I will be in glory with You.
I was not designed
to think I am living,
to ignore the evidence that I’m dying,
to forget that we perish
when separate from You.
So I acknowledge today
it is good to be with You,
to make you my sole refuge,
to speak daily of your workings.
Whom do I have but You?
I praise you for rescue,
for always holding me near You,
for owning my heart’s desirings.
My life is You.

– Paul David Tripp

Busy, Busy

25 May

The past month has been incredibly busy for me.  It seems like with preparing for college finals and then for two graduations, I have had very little time for anything else.  I graduated high school on the 13th and from ICC on the 17th.  Then two days later I started my summer Statistics class at ICC, and now am getting ready for my orientation at Appalachian Thursday and Friday.  So, I’ve just been really busy.  It’s been a good month though.  I’ve enjoyed it.  🙂    

Giving opening thoughts at my high school graduation.

To My Knees Will I Fall?

13 Mar

When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead.  But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one.  I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. (Revelation 1:17-18)

I was thinking earlier about what it will be like when I meet Jesus “face-to-face.”  I wonder what my reaction will be.  It reminds of the song I Can Only Imagine, which is about just that − what we will feel and do when we meet Christ.  Part of the chorus says, “Surrounded by your glory, what will my heart feel?  Will I dance for you Jesus, or in awe of you be still?  Will I stand in your presence, or to my knees will I fall?  Will I sing hallelujah, will I be able to speak at all?”

Also, I thought about the verse in Revelation where John sees the glorified Christ and “fell at his feet as though dead.”  I don’t know what it will be like when I see Christ −  I don’t know how I will feel or what I will think or how I will react − but, I would venture to say that I will probably fall at his feet as John did.  And weep.  And not be able to speak at all.  And give him the biggest, longest hug ever. 

Wow… how awesome that day will be……

"It Does Show How Much God Has Changed You"

1 Mar

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

A couple of days ago I got a text from a friend that said, “… I was really mad at you at the time, but I think it’s hilarious now! It does show how much God has changed you.” They were referring to something really stupid that I said to them about a year and a half ago. It was nothing really serious, but just a stupid comment I made that I actually don’t even remember making. The reason that it is hilarious to them now is because it is something that they totally couldn’t see me saying today; it would be totally out of character for me to do so. But what really made me smile was the second sentence − “It does show how much God has changed you.”

Looking back over the past four years or so, but particularly the last year, I am amazed at how much God has changed me. And it amazes me that others notice it too. I am amazed that God saved me, the chief of sinners, as Paul said. I know that God has removed my heart of stone and given me a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26). My view of God, others, myself, and my own sin have all completely changed. I truly (or somewhat, anyway) understand the depth of my own depravity. But, most importantly, I have come to realize how great of a Savior Christ is, and that his grace really is sufficient for me.

On another note, there are a couple of things in my life right now that I am really just having to trust God on − really having to rely on the Gospel. And I love that. But it’s not easy sometimes. But, as my pastor said in a sermon a couple of week ago, there must be tension in our lives for growth to occur. And I really believe that. So, for anyone reading this, I would really appreciate your prayers − just that I would trust God with all things and in every area of my life.

I would just like to end this post with one of my favorite verses, and one that has been on my mind a lot lately:

… he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. (Ephesians 1:4)

Reflecting on the Past Year and the Year to Come

1 Jan

Random thoughts about 2009:

→ I finished my last high school class in May of ’09.
→ I also got my full provisional license in May of ’09.
→ I went to the gym usually at least four days a week, every week.
→ I had an awesome vacation in Florida with TenBroeck, and enjoyed getting to spend time with my brother.
→ I got to know God on a level much, much, MUCH deeper than I EVER thought possible.
→ I truly fell in love with God, His Word and His Church over the past year.
→ It is amazing how much He has worked in my heart and in my life.
→ I thank God for the wonderful people He brought into my life in 2009.
→ December 7, 2009 made a year since I started attending Grace Foothills.

→ December 13, 2009 I got baptized, along with my best friend, at Grace Foothills.

Random thoughts about 2010:

→ I graduate high school in 19 weeks.
→ I turn 18 this year.
→ In May I will have completed two years of college.
→ I’m still undecided about what school I’m going to transfer to in August.
→ But I still have until May to decide.
→ I am going to miss my church terribly when I move.
→ And the people that go there – my youth leaders, friends, pastor, etc.
→ I hope school goes well in 2010, wherever I end up going.
→ I also hope I find an awesome church to go to.

2010 should be an interesting year for me, to say the least…

We’ll see how things go 😉

Just Think

31 Dec
An encouraging poem, although perhaps a little cheesy and cliché.

Just think,

you’re here not by chance,
but by God’s choosing.
His hand formed you
and made you
the person you are.
He compares you to no one else—
you are one of a kind.
You lack nothing
that His grace can’t give you.
He has allowed you to be here
at this time in history
to fulfill His special purpose
for this generation.
– Roy Lessin

Best Christian Pick-up Lines

11 Jul

So, I find Christian pick-up lines to be absolutely hilarious. Here are some of my favorites:

– “I didnt believe in predestination until tonight.”
– “Mark Driscoll takes up 35% of my iPod memory.”
– “My favorite species of vegetation is the church plant.”
– “Your hair is like a flock of goats descending from Gilead.”
– “I hear there’s going to be a love offering tonight.”
– “Is this pew taken?”
– “How would you like to join my purpose-driven life?”
– “You’re totally depraved but I’d still like to go out with you.”
– “Me. You. Song of Solomon: the remix.”
– “Can I buy you a non-alcoholic beverage?”
– “Do you need prayer? Because I am certainly willing to lay hands on you.”
– “I’m one of the fortunate ones… Greek and Hebrew come pretty easily to me.”
– “Hi, I’m Calvin. You were meant to choose me.”
– “Is your name Grace, because you’re irresistible?”
– “Is that a thinline, duo-tone, compact, ESV Travel Bible in your pocket?”
– “So, my parents are home… you wanna come over?”

Also, I found these Christian break-up lines to be pretty hilarious as well:

– “I’m sorry, I’ve found someone more spiritual.”
– “I’m sorry, it’s just not God’s will.”
– “I feel called to the ministry… very soon and very far from you as soon as possible.”
– “At least I got a lot out of our Bible studies together.”
– “I think we should just be prayer partners.”

And my favorite of all…

“I do love you, but it’s just agape now.”

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