Pursued by Unfailing Love

“Your unfailing love is better than life itself;
    how I praise you!”

-Psalm 63:3 (NLT)

Wow! God is good. 

Tonight I am reminded of how blessed I am.  I am writing this from a hotel room in Ohio.  My parents, my brother Joel, and I are up here visiting my mom’s family.  My older brother Jonathan was in town this past weekend, and more and more I am realizing how great my friends are.  In five days I am leaving for a two-week trip to hang out with orphans in Ukraine, and God is blessing me in so many more ways that cannot even be seen right now.

Even in all that God has blessed me with, I still find ways to screw up.  Sometimes I feel like I just can’t do anything right.  The only thing that knocks me down and blows me away every single day is God’s grace.  He comes and finds me in my failures (and believe me there are a lot).  God’s ability to work in my failings shocks me.  Believe it or not, I used to think that I didn’t have any problems.  I had my life “under control,” but in the past year, I haven’t been in control of anything.  Plans have changed, people have died, and I have tripped up more times than I can count.  There is one thing that has stayed the same: God.  God rules the world, and He is in my corner!  No matter how far I run, God is already two steps ahead of me ready to reveal His glory!  How great a feeling it is to know that I worship a God who pursues me!  He is working for my good, even when I lock the doors and try to keep him out. There is nowhere that I can run where God doesn’t see.  God’s invitation will always find me, wherever I am.

And because of His unfailing love, I cannot help but praise Him!  My heart longs to sing praise to the God who never gives up and refuses to stop pursuing me.

“Lord, may my lips never stop praising You!

Let me not be defined by my failures

but by the triumph that is in You!”

 

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My NBA Top 10: Paul George Nowhere to be Found

Tonight during the Heat/Pacers game, someone (to be left unnamed) said to me (and I quote), “Paul George is a top 10 NBA player.” ….. WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?!?  NO WAY.

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(Gotta Love that Shirt Though!)

My Top 10 NBA Players: (starting from #10 and working to #1)

10. Rajon Rondo

9. Dwight Howard

8. Russell Westbrook

7. Marc Gasol (had to give the DPOTY some props)

6. Chris Paul

5. Tony Parker

4. Kobe Bryant

3. Carmelo Anthony

2. Kevin Durant

1. LeBron James (Yes, I did watch the end of tonight’s game, and yes, he is still #1)

Notables still ahead of George (not in order): 

  • Zach Randolph
  • Kyrie Irving
  • Stephen Curry
  • Roy Hibbert (yeah, not even the best on his own team in my opinion)
  • James Harden

Cannot go without a Derrick Rose mention, who I’ll go ahead and assume will be a man on a mission next season.

I would say Andrew Bynum, but nahh.

So according to my analysis, Paul George could MAYBE fit into the top 20, maybe.

So there it is, you will likely disagree with a couple of my top 10 at least.  I would love to get your feedback so please comment if you have something to say!  Hit me up!

PEACE OUT HOMBRES!!!

 

“Redirecting”

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I have never been one to be able to shrug things off too much.  I don’t get really down by what other people can do to me, but I have always struggled with letting my past failings affect how I think, speak, and act.  With sin especially, I often catch myself dwelling on how I have not measured up to the life God is calling me to in the past.  This really holds me back from a full surrender to Him in my life.  This struggle in my life really made me think of a piece of Paul’s writings.  In Philippians 3:12-14, Paul writes:

12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

Verse 13 really strikes me. I want to please God.  And many times I want to please God so badly that I overlook all the opportunities that are placed in my life to live out His Kingdom because I am stuck moping about how I messed up last time. 

To me, God can be like a GPS at times.  If you ever ride in a car with me driving, you better hope that you know where we are going or that I have a GPS in the car.  I am not the best with directions, but if my GPS knows where we are going, I know I’ll make it eventually.  Sometimes I will ignore the GPS and go the wrong way even when the thing tells me when and where to turn, but it just calmly says “Redirecting” (In an awesome Australian accent by the way) and gives me another shot to get there.  It has not once told me, “Sorry bro, you’re screwed,” or “What’s wrong with you! You might as well turn around and go home.”  God constantly is redirecting when I make wrong turns, but I would get to my destination a whole lot quicker if I would just turn the radio down and listen.

All in all, the task sounds simple enough.  Just stay focused on the destination and the voice that’s going to get me there, keep my eyes open, and quit wandering around on a bunch of backroads.  There’s an old Church of Christ hymn that came to my mind while writing this.  It’s entitled, “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.”  Here are a few lines:

“Turn your eyes upon Jesus,

Look full in His wonderful face,

and the things of earth will grow strangely dim

in the light of His glory and grace”

Blessings!

That Was Fun

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Back in August I started my college education at Lipscomb.  Procrastination became an everyday occurrence as far as my schoolwork was concerned, but there was one major reason for my “it can wait” attitude, and that is the incredible people I got to hang out with.  The people that I have met throughout the past nine months have blessed my life in more ways than they could ever know.  I was so nervous about making friends when I started back in the fall, but God definitely placed some people in my path that have challenged me, picked me up, and made some great memories with me.  I cannot wait to see what is in store for all of these friendships that I have made, and this summer better go fast because there are some people that I really am going to miss.  For once in my life I am actually looking forward to returning to school.  Three Months!

Blessings!