I’ve just finished up 3 days at a conference here on the west coast called, “Catalyst” better know as #CATWEST in twitter world. It was a great time of hearing speakers from all over the world on Social Justice, Christianity, the Church, Leadership, etc… Every speaker brought a new awareness on so many levels; however, the phrase that caught my attention didn’t come until the end of the 3rd day and by the last presenter, Randall Wallace. If you are unfamiliar with Randall Wallace here is a list of just a few films he has Directed.
In reference to a question about “We Were Soldiers” and how he came to create the passion from within the film. Wallace’s reply was my hope was, “what moved me, might move others”.
That statement would have had no meaning to me 20 years ago, but today… It means everything. The reason I am a pastor, chaplain, teacher, writer, and coach is so that what moved me, might move others. I came to understand my relationship with Jesus when I was 9 years old. In fact, it was January 19, 1980 when I asked Jesus to take charge of my life. And then… in the those college & your adult years, my humanity took over and for years I wanted one thing, but did another. I searched for self-worth through prestige, popularity, positions, degrees in higher education, speaking engagements, honors, and awards. I often tell people, “I took Jesus places He never intended to go”.
Now I know, none of you have struggled with this… right?… WRONG… We all struggle with it. We’re human. Therefore, one of the reasons for this blog. We want to walk alongside of Outdoor Industry Leaders who desire to have a spiritual influence in their life. In just the past several years I’ve begun to see how God, through my crazy childhood, my wounds, hurts, fears and years in ministry has created in me the man God has been chiseling away at for years. And now, I want to help you.
15 What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise.16 So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God’s command is necessary.17 But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help!18 I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it.19 I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway.20 My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.21 It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up.22 I truly delight in God’s commands,23 but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge.24 I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question?
25 The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.
The Solution Is Life on God’s Terms
Romans 7:15-25 (Message)
How do you see God working in and around you?
What specific area of your life do you know you are trying to control the outcome? And are you willing to allow someone to speak into that particular area?
What in your life has so moved you, that it will move others?… Why?