One of the most exhilarating steps in the change process is that you are becoming. Becoming is fueled by exhilaration. It is exhilarating because you are excited, happy, walking on a cloud you cannot see and therefore you cannot control. If you cannot control it, then you cannot stop it and if you cannot stop it, then you must relax in the hands of God and lean on him. He knows exactly where you are supposed to land. Sure, it is scary for you, but oh how it glorifies the Father in heaven because you have become totally dependent upon him and then you received the ability, the charisma that is needed to influence others.
We become treasured earthen vases that reach out to others; vases that give love, understanding and compassion, vases that show mercy and make others happy. Exhilaration is contagious. We light up the world with our unspeakable joy when light of the knowledge of the glory of GOD flows in the face of Christ through us.
Quite the opposite of sarcasm, irony, judgmental put downs and criticism which do not fertilize people's heart with love or bring people joy, exhilaration runs over like a flowing stream and before we know it the once sadden or hopeless person gets a spark from us and starts looking upward instead of looking downward. People see new ways and options when encountered with a person who truly exhilarates or stimulates them.
So let us treasure this joy for life that we have planted within us. This unspeakable joy that exhilarates us to move forward as our lives are being changed to glorify the Father in heaven.
"But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us" 2 Corinthians 4:7
Dreams Do Come True
Recently while working on one of my books, I was feeling a little sluggish, tired and dragged out. These periods come when I become impatience and try to make things happen. Words that I write do not flow as I would like them to flow, or the songs that I sing do not come across from my heart and I miss the joy that I feel when I sing.
I am one of those people who sometimes suffer from an annoying lack of patience. I would like to know the end before the beginning. For example, going to an action movie is no fun with me, if you expect me to concentrate on the film and not ask questions. While everyone is killing each other in the film, I am usually twittering with my phone and asking what happened. Why? Because it is no fun watching a film where I don't know who is going to get kill before they get kill. Another example is that, I usually read the end of the book first. For some people, they see it as taking away the excitement. But for me the excitement begins because I know how the book is going to end and I can't wait to see how everything is going to connect up and flow into the ending chapter. But getting back to my dragged out feelings, my lack of patience, and trying to make things happen, I have discovered a timeless a cure that is helping me combat those times when they hit me the hardest. It is call focusing my eyes on those things to come, by taking one step at a time and walking it out daily.
Our dreams take place as we continue to walk them out, regardless of what our circumstances say. It is always interesting to me, to read about those people whom God chooses for great missions. They usually have a bag of problems. Yet, they found peace and courage to wait on God. What God says will take place. He never goes back on his word. It is kind of like knowing the end before you start the beginning. He gives you a picture of what you could be, or what you could build, or what you could have and he expects you to trust him to get you there. I like what God told Jeremiah as he was arguing against his purpose for life. God did not deny that Jeremiah would not have struggles. But he told him, "They will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you. For I am with you," says the LORD , "to deliver you."
So be blessed and keep going. Remember the LORD is with you and he will deliver you.
Reaching Out and Touching Others, That's What Life Is All About
Spring is here and I have indeed looked forward to it. Being a runner, I miss my running routine when winter comes. Living in Germany, I usually stretch my habit of running until the air is too cold for my lungs, then I take a break until the air becomes warmer. Walking outside today, I noticed that the air is no longer as cold as it was last week and my spirit rejoiced. I am anxious to see if the homeless person that I greeted every morning made it through our hard winter. Thinking about him often, I hope that he came through our hard winter safely.
This is one of the reasons I love jogging. Not because I am a health nut––I am not–– but because I am a singer and a writer. In order to practice both of these, a healthy body is needed. So exercising my lungs turns the sound coming out of my mouth into beautiful tones that reach out and touch others and it also keeps my brain clear so that I may write with a clear head and again reach others. Jogging in my small town in the early mornings, I meet a lot of people who are not as fortunate as I. Usually, I reached out with speaking first with a good morning greeting. Often, they sit there with their beer and cigarettes and want to exchange a few words, while I jog, standing in place.
That is what life all about, reaching out and touching others. It is not about what you have or whom you know. It is not about your earnings, whether you have an upper middle class job or work in a custodial field cleaning a kitchen and it is definitely not about whether you have a Mercedes or a Cadillac. That is all superficial.
Believe me when I say at judgment day–and one will come––you are not going to be asked how much money you made from your investments or why you did not go to that cool social engagement of the year, like the film festival in Berlin. But you will be judge according to whether you reached out to others.
Don't believe me? Then look at Matthew 25: 34-40
Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in. I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'
Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when died we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'
The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'
So as spring rushes in take the time to reach out and touch someone else's life. That is what life is all about.