Best Day In History

There are days throughout history that all of us know. These are days that have had a profound impact on the course of history and have altered the flow of time in ways we could never truly imagine. I would like to briefly countdown the top four Best Days in History, ending with the celebration of one of these days that is right around the calendar corner. Remember, these are my top four days in history, and matter how old you think the earth may be, that is still impressive.

Number 4- Creation. As a Christian, I believe in the Creation account set forth in Genesis. I believe that God created the world from nothing and has created each of us indivually and unique from the rest. And of course we managed to mess it up; we fell victim to the Tempter and sin was introduced into the world and into all aspects of Creation.

Number 3- Christmas. Although celebrated for different reasons, the main idea behind Christmas is the birth of Christ. This is the point in history when Jesus became both fully God and fully man and entered into our world as a baby. It was the beginning of the greatest act of undeserving love throughout history…Christ came to save us from our sin.

Number 2- Good Friday. On this particular day, Christ took the cross upon his shoulders and carried it, for all of us. He took the full weight of the world’s sin upon His own shoulders and offered Himself as the ultimate sacrifice to cover the stain of our sins and wash us clean forever. It was while He hung on the cross that he spoke some of history’s most powerful words, “Father, forgive them. They know not what they do…It is finished.” With that, Christ took His last breathe and died, hanging on the cross-having been rejected and beaten by the vary people He had come to save. Now, this could have been the end of the story. Christ could have died and that would have been that…history would have gone on and remembered Him, maybe, just as a guy who performed some cool miracles but in the end was just like anyother man. The good news for all of us, is that this is not the end of the story…not by a long shot.

Number 4- Easter. This is the single greatest day in all of history. Just a few days after giving Himself on the cross for the sins of the world, Christ rose from the grave. In this single act, He destroyed death’s power over humanity. No longer do we have to be afraid of dying, Christ has conquered the grave for us. He has now given us access to eternal life, with Him…and He only asks one thing in return-that we give up the sinful ways of this earth and follow Him. On this special day, we celebrate the life and hope that Christ has delivered to all of us. Easter, the day we remember Christ’s victory over death and the grip of sin, is BY FAR the single best day in all of history.

Amen.

For further reading and understanding, check out the story in the Gospels (the first four books in the New Testement of the Bible).

It’s Your Life…Don’t Waste It

Are you the type of person that looks for something motivate you each day? Well, how about something to motivate your life. Listen to this song….really listen to it. Let is jump start your day, week and maybe even your life.

Lacrae is a Christian rap artists who, in my opinion, puts out some of the most truthful and impactful music out there. You can really hear his feelings, faith and conviction through his words and music. He is one of my favorites.

“Paul said if Christ ain’t resurrect then we waste our lives, well that implies that our life’s built around Jesus being alive…” I have good new for you: JESUS IS ALIVE! That means our lives are not waste, our lives need to be build around Him.

“If you don’t see His ways in my days and nights, you can hit my brakes you can stop my lights, I lost my life.”

He also mentions Luke 12:15-21…Here you go:

15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

When It’s Story Time

Take a moment and flash forward to your life in the future…you pick how far out…maybe 20 years, or 10, or even just a couple years down the road. Now, do not try to picture what you will be doing, where you will be working or who you will be with (while those types of exercises can be helpful, that is not the point of this poist)…instead, I want you to picture sitting down with someone and beginning to tell your story…all of it. Imagine you are telling your story to your spouse or children (yes, this is going off the basic premise of the tv show How I Met Your Mother). Now think about your life, things you have done in the past, the things you are involved in right now and what you have planned for the future. Now ask youself this question:

Am I proud of my life, will I be ashamed telling my story?

 So how do you answer this question? Are you living your life in a way that at some point down the road you will enjoy telling your story? Will your future kids be proud of you, or at least enjoy the story, or will it make them wonder who you really are? Will the way you are living cause you to become the type of parent that will have to tell their children:do as I say, not as I do/did?

I know there are things in all of our pasts that we are not proud of… decisions we have made or things we have done that perhaps were not the best, but let us put an end to that right now. When I look back on my life, I do not want to see a life of regrets or poor choices (I know there are some of these, I’m not being naivie), I want to see a life well-lived with the people I love the most. More than anything, I want to look back on my life and see Christ. He has a plan for my life and some day I’ll fully know how it all fit together.

I am, right now, recommitting my promise to live a life that is in accordance to God’s will for my life. He’s brought about some pretty amazing things in my life before, when I put my trust fully in Him, and I know there are more great things in store. I have learned that when I try to do it fully on my own, or fall into the traps of the world, I am led astray from the path He has set before me. I want to live out Romans 12:2..check it out. 

I want my story to be God’s story for my life…He is the author.

A good reminder when looking at the story that is your life.

 

You Are More

There is so much more to you than the mistakes you’ve made or the things you’ve done wrong. We have all messed up and it is easy to beat ourselves up over our past misdoings, but we are all so much more than that! Like the song says, “it’s not about what you’ve done but what has been done for you..it’s not about where you’ve been, it’s about where your brokeness leads you to.” Through Christ each of us has been completely and utterly remade. I urge you, hit play below and listen to the song…it is speaking about you and to you….you are more.