Commitment

I love Jesus, how about you? I love my church, and my pastor too. I am part of the fellowship of the unashamed. I have Holy Spirit Power. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I am a disciple of His. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still.

My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure. I am finished and done with sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed vision, mundane talking, cheap giving, and dwarfed goals.

I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, plaudits or popularity. I don’t have to be right, first, tops, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, lifted by prayer, and labor by power.

My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven. My road is narrow, my way is rough, but my guide is reliable, and my mission is clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the adversary, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity that every day religion has become.

I won’t give up, shut up, let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up and preached up for the cause of Christ. I am a disciple of Jesus. I must go till he comes, give until I drop, and work until he stops me. And when he comes back for his own, he will have no problem recognizing me, for my banner will be clear, and I will be standing right here.

You see. My name is not important, but this is: I love Jesus, how about you? I love my church and my pastor too. Amen?

Amen.

American Lament

Forty years upon this earth, and even tho’ I can not have my begotten youth back
or return to the years I wasted and threw away, I find myself somewhat sad, lost and discouraged.

I can not go back and undo what it is I have made,
and I can not advance to the plateau that I want so badly to be on.

I just keep my mind on the immediate goal.
Taking a nap now and then all great achievers do.
Anyone who does anything really great has to sacrifice something
I try to look at everything on the bright side
Set aside some time each day for creative type thinking
But alas, my station in life remains the same

Another weekend spent at the house
Quietly wishing that I was out on the highway
Doing what it is that I do best
What in life, I really want to do

Such quiet desperation, eating at the core of my being
Lie a cancer which has no cure

To be the you that you want to be
That is the definition of success
To reach the goals that you have set for yourself
That is the meaning of happiness.

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Cleaning The Kitchen

One of the last things we do at the house at the end of the day, is clean up the kitchen. I load up the coffee pot before I go to bed, and the wife tears into the kitchen with complete abandon. She gets everything straightened up, in place, because she says “she doesn’t want to face a dirty kitchen in the morning.” So at the end of each day, before retiring for the night, before we lay our head on the pillow, we do a quick number on the kitchen.

At the end of each day, we come to the Lord and let Him clean up absolutely everything in our whole life. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us for all unrighteousness” 1 John 1:9. This cleans up the kitchen, the bedroom, as a matter of fact, the entire house.

Everything is now ready for the next day. There will be nothing left over from the previous day to mar the beginning of the new day. All is clean, God has done it, and the new day now lies before us.

Tonight before you go to sleep. Clean up the kitchen … then call home. God will be glad when you do, but not half as glad as you will be. Don’t dredge up the past or worry about the future. Your tomorrow with God contains more joy than any yesterday you can recall. Just tell God that you love him. Stand on his promises. “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

I can do all things through drugs – No.
I can do all things through education – No.
I can do all things through money – No.
I can do all things through success – No.
I can do all things through friends – No.
I can do all things through positive thinking – No.
I can do all things through Political Office – No.

Nothing else fits … except Jesus Christ.

Why regret the past? Why fear the future? Your Lord speaks to you and his name is … I am. When you live in the past, with its mistakes and regrets, it is hard. Because He is not there. His name is NOT I was. When you live in the future, with its problems and fears, it is hard, He is not there. His name is NOT I will be. When you live in the moment, it is not hard.

Because He is here.

His name is I Am.

Tonight before you go to sleep. Clean up the kitchen and then call home.
God will be glad that you did, but not half as glad as you will be.

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