Flaws so close, perfection seems out of reach.

I find it crazy, that in the middle of all drama that consumes your mind. How much your mistakes seem to haunt your memories. That God forgets, forgives and cleanses every single thing you have done. That even the moment of you doing a sin, you’ve been forgiven and empowers you regardless of what you have done or are even doing.

I can’t imagine that ever being fair. You are doing something stupid and downright ignorant, but God could still intervene in the middle of that action or whatever it may be and still move in your life.

How can God show Grace to beings so flawed? It’s funny how I question it yet the whole point of the persecution, death, and revival of Jesus was to show Grace to beings so flawed.

It’s in our flaws that Christ shows himself most. Our flaws are like rips in clothing, showing our imperfections and easily hidden stuff we don’t want others to see, but here comes Jesus, in the middle of the wear and tear of being human and continuously fixes the tears we cause in our clothes.

We might see the scars of our past from our memories, but God doesn’t, and neither should anyone else, let alone us.

When we’re made new in Christ once, we always will be. We must always remind our selves of this fact and live our lives successfully and forward as if nothing ever happened and could ever hold us back.

The “Love” Movement

Today at 3:6teen the campus ministry hosted by our own students. I saw something that I had failed to see in a very long time, i acknowledge the reality of it, and even the fact that it was happening right now. I was caught up so much on how I can do better in the building that I was in, how I can improve with my guitar licks, my greeting ability, or how I can have fun when I’m on the stage.

Everyone on the earth today, has struggles in some form or another, they have “stuff” that holds them back from being who they are meant to be. Hurts that dig in so deep that it paralyzes them from speaking and standing out from the crowd to make a difference.

We always want to be the ones who are different. Who change the world with something that everyone can see.

This is not the case. Change isn’t always immediate, change isn’t always as quick as your thought to have it happen. It’s more than a flashy awe-inspiring speech, more than looking cool with the new “thing”. Change always starts small and behind the scenes.

It’s as simple as love. As complex as love… We can say we love people, that the easy part. But to show it, that where we get uneasy.

“Bro, I love you. If you need anything, I gotchu.”
Then the following weekend
“Hey, you wanna chill? Shoot some hoops or something?”
“Naah, I’m busy, I got family stuff and chore. The usual.”, as the beeps of the latest NBA video game beeps in the background.

The simple acts of love are always important, spending time with those who look up to you. Investing in the lives of those who seem to just be in the back ground. No one cares if you have money to buy them a meal to go out and eat, or be able to take them to the movies.

Sometimes, they just want someone to hang and open up to. And it all starts with a single act of compassion.

To be a friend.
To be a brother.
To be a sister.
Father.
Mother.
Best Friend.
Mentor.

Today, I heard the story of so many people who you would look at and seem that they have it all together. You know, they just look like they live a normal teenage life and don’t have anything significant in their lives going on. They opened up and shared the hurts and struggles that the have going on. Simply because someone else took the time to be a friend.

In that simple action, seeds were being planted, that are growing a plant of hope and restoration.

There is a movement of young people, not rebelling against authority or even the social norm. But of the heart, Where compassion is the first over all, love is what changes the world, love is what drives our actions. It’s not the latest trend or cool thing to say, but the relationships and friendships that are being built around you.

Instead of doing your “chores.” Go play basketball, give your friend the courage and confidence to have the influence around his friend in which he starts a basketball ministry, where he reaches out to people who only way to feel good is basketball and he changes lives through the ministry.

Your simple act of compassion, is a simple act that can lead to a scene of hope, that takes you the whole play of grace and love.

This is how our world will be Made New

John 16:12 This is my greatest commandment that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

20 Unshakable Truths

This is a list of 20 truths about myself that I believe are true about me and cannot ever be changed.

I am:

  1. Meant to live a successful life        (Jeremiah 29:11)
  2. Strong                                       (Psalm 144:1-2)
  3. Never alone                                 (Joshua 1:5)
  4. Talented                                     (1 Timothy 1:6-7)
  5. Called to preach                          (Jeremiah 1:5)
  6. Have a voice                              (Jeremiah 1:9, Exodus 4:10-12)
  7. Called to worship                         (Psalms 148, 149, 150)
  8. God’s own Son                             (Romans 8:12-17)
  9. Free from sin                               (Roman 8:3-11)
  10. Generous                                   (Acts 20:35, 2 Corinthians 8:1-15)
  11. Have an important role           (1 Corinthians 12:12-21)
  12. Made New                                    (2 Corinthian 15:17)
  13. At Peace                                   (Psalm 4:8, Romans 5:1)
  14. A Dreamer and Visionary      (Joel 2:28, Numbers 12:6)
  15. A Leader                                   (Romans 12:8)
  16. Not Ashamed of Christ         (Romans 1:16)
  17. Called to Restore the Hurting (Psalm 82, 1)
  18. Called to Love All                     (Luke 6:27-36, 1 Corinthians 14)
  19. Compassionate                          (Luke 6:36)
  20. Complete                                   ( Romans 8:6)