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Is it well?

it-is-well-with-my-soul-2014-theologigalRecently I shared a post with a message I gave to my church.  (Click here to view that message)  At the end of that message I asked one simple question.  It was this:  Will you trust God with your pain?

That is a simple question, but yet it is so difficult to answer.  Will I trust God with my pain?  I have to first answer other questions, like; is God good?  Is God in control?  Does God care about me?    These are the questions that plague us and leave us feeling weary and worn out.

When we walk into the doctors office to hear the test results, or when we click our pen to sign the divorce papers, or when we feel anxious over every one of life’s details, we ultimately have a decision to make… and that is, will you trust God?  Can you say that it is well?

Sometimes it is easier than others… At least that has been my experience.  But at the same time, I also know that there is nothing I would rather do than place my life and my hurts, pains, doubts, and frustrations into the hands of a God who not only knows what it is like, but holds it all together.

When I am in the moments of pain and deep suffering I have to turn to scripture.  Over the past few months the soundtrack to my pain has often been this song-It Is Well by Bethel .   I love these words…

Through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
It is well with me

Read more:  Bethel Music – It Is Well Lyrics | MetroLyrics

So, what about you?  Can you say, It Is Well?

~Peter

Life On The Big Screen

movietheatreCan you imagine if your life was laid out on a movie screen for you?  What if you were the only person to see it…  What would that be like?  Personally I would love to watch the story of my life unfold on the big screen.  There would be some great moments that I would be incredibly proud of, and there would be moments that I would laugh so hard at.  There would be times when my stunt double would have to be Johnny Knoxville.  That was mostly during the high school and college days… I would love to watch that again.

but…

Then there are the times when the music slows down, and the movie takes a significant shift towards the difficult moments in life.  Those moments that are filled with tears and heart ache.  I’m not so sure I would want to watch those moments.  Or what about all of those moments that I would be incredibly embarrassed to watch, those stupid decisions, stupid moments in life.  Believe me, there are plenty of moments like that in my life too.

What do you think that you would notice about your life so far?  What things would stand out to you?

Here are three things that I think we would notice…

1.  We would see that God is for us.  Too often we get into ruts in our lives when we ask the question, “where is God?” or “If God is good, how can He allow something like this to happen to me?”  It is so easy to get turned sideways and loose our bearing.  We can begin to believe that God is actually against us and that somehow because of what I’ve done, my actions made Him stop loving me.  This is such a temptation when everything is going wrong.  Stepping back would allow us to see that God is for us, not against us.  In fact, He has been working from the beginning of time to bring us to Himself.

2.  We would see themes.  When you are in the thick of something, it takes a lot of hard work to realize that what you are going through is very similar to what you have been going through last month, or last year.  Often the circumstances will change, but what we are learning tends to stay the same.  Stepping back and looking through the course of your life allows you to see themes.  It lets you see some of the ways that God has been teaching you.  In your 20’s He taught you _________.  In your 30’s He taught you ___________.

3.  We would see God’s presence more abundantly.  There are times in life when God feels incredibly close.  We love these moments, we write blog posts about them, books are written, and these are celebrated.  Yet, on the flip side of the coin, there are times when God feels incredibly far away.  The questions about God His love for humanity come out during these moments.  In so many situations we are unaware, or unresponsive to the fact that God is fully present in our situation.  Stepping back, and seeing the big picture would allow us to say, “Whoa, I didn’t know you were there for that!”

So what do you think?  What would it be like to see your life on the big screen?

~Peter

Play the Background

Rehab Album Cover, Here’s a follow up to yesterday’s guest post.  If you haven’t read that, go check it out and jump back here and get in on the conversation.

One of the albums that I enjoy listening to is “Rehab” by Lecrae.  (You can purchase that here.)  The whole album is great but, one of my favorite songs on the album is “Background”.

Check out his video for “Background”

It is lines like these that mess with my head…

It’s evident you run the show, so let me back down
You take the leading role, and I’ll play the background
I know I miss my cues, know I forget my lines
I’m sticking to your script, and I’m reading all your signs
I don’t need my name in lights, I don’t need a starring role
Why gain the whole wide world, If I’m just going lose my soul

I mean, for real… Why gain the world only to loose your soul along the way.  This messes with my head because to many people think that kind of thinking is crazy!  We know people who have sacrificed their family and their friends in order to step up another rung on the ladder.  We know men who have lost their marriages because they believed the lie that other women were telling them.  This may even be your story!

Lecrae throws it down in this song.  I don’t care if you are a pastor, a youth pastor, a church secretary, a plumber, a CEO, or a line cook… God honors humility.

The fear of the Lord is the instruction for wisdom, And before honor comes humility.

~Proverbs 15:33

Can you say this with Lecrae: “Matter of fact, just take my pen, here, you create my rhymes”?  That means setting aside your desires, your plans and your dreams in order to follow and live by God’s desires, plans, and dreams.   That is setting down and surrendering the rights to your dreams.  Wow!  I wish that I could say that was true in my life all the time.

What is most challenging about being humble?  Or maybe even a more difficult question is, Do you trust God enough to give him your dreams?

~Peter

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