Becoming Those Things

“…to the extent that you and I surround ourselves with friends who are teachable, who are loving, who desire discipline, and who are committed to spiritual growth, we’ll become those things.”

– Pastor Brady Boyd [Speak Life]

Kids are so innocent, and there are few things I enjoy more than witnessing young-ones living out their innocent imaginative realities.  These are truly beautiful and God infused moments.  What shows the love and personality of God more than a child at play, without a care in the world.  His design is all over them as they playout the dreams He has placed in their hearts.  To them, life is all about that one moment in time.  Nothing else exists but the adventure they are playing out in their minds.  They are the hero, the princess, the character they believe, without a doubt, they will one day become.  If we need a sight for sore eyes, I believe we have one in the therapeutic reflection of youthful recreation.  Not much else can deflate nerves and anxieties like an innocent child operating in oblivious wonder, unaware of our world’s painful distresses. Continue reading “Becoming Those Things”

Our Obedience – God’s Response

“Sometimes, Damon, you just have to take the step.” This one sentence changed the trajectory of my life back in the year 2000. It was spoken by a pastor and friend of mine who was sharing his story with me in relation to what I was sharing with him. At that time I was a very juvenile twenty-three year old with no real understanding of the real world. I lacked knowledge and experience, had been married for less than two years, and was a brand-new dad. To say the least, my head was spinning, especially as my wife expressed her strong desire to be home with our newly minted little one. She had made this known to me in the months predating his birth and reminded me often in the months that postdated his arrival. However, I knew that I could not support the three of us with my work alone. Without her employment, we would lose more than half our income and our benefits to boot. In my young and immature faith, I had no capacity for understanding God’s power and ability, or the way in which He responds to the obedience of His sons and daughters.

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