Thursday, August 30, 2012

Eternal Life: Starting Now!

John 10:10b:
"I came so that they could have life - indeed, so that they could live life to the fullest."
It seems like most Christians in America today go through life only dreaming of when they die and go to be with Jesus, eternal life. Well what if we are putting the focus on the wrong word. The exciting part is life with Jesus, the eternal part is just the bonus that it continues after our earthly bodies die!

It is no wonder there are so many Christians just going through the motions. All they are living for is the hope that if they don't screw up too bad they will be with Jesus when they die. Well that is not enough for me and it wasn't enough for Jesus. He wants to go through life with us starting now!

When I think of the Christians all over the world who face torture and death for Jesus I have a hard time believing that they are going through all that just on the hope of life after death. NO! They are walking with Jesus every day. He is just as real to them now as He is once they get to heaven!

We can have real life every day! We don't have to wait for heaven to start getting to know our Savior! Lets start praying for life with Jesus starting now! No more waiting and only hoping for better things to come. Start walking with Jesus every day and when we pass on to the next stage our loving Creator will be right there with us!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Lost Boys

I don't want to grow up! That's what Neverland is all about. Lost boys who don't want to grow up. So why is this fairy tale becoming a reality? Why are there less and less men and more and more boys? Maybe they want to grow up they just don't know how!

Most of the guys I work with are in their mid to late twenties and they still spend a large part of their time playing video games. Even the ones with a wife and kids at home. The percentage of men between 25 and 34 who still live at home is up to 19% as of 2011 and in the UK it is almost 30%! They say that this is due to the rising cost of houses and other such expenses and I am sure that that accounts for some of it. But I think there is more to it then just money.

I believe the root of the problem is Satan's attack on the family. As I already talked about in A Marriage Worth Fighting For the rate of divorce is on the rise. With the break down of the core family there is a lack of male presence in a lot of homes. Roles are getting mixed up and often reversed. Boys only have their moms to look up to and follow after. Women are forced to step into the mans role as the provider and protector. So with fathers out of the picture and women out of the house working full time who is there for the kids? Let's face it, even the best day-cares and preschools are not going to train and care for and love the children as much as their own parents would.

So what do we have? We have a bunch of boys who are confused and alone and afraid. They don't know how to grow up because nobody is there to guide them. Some turn to gangs, others find some sort of middle ground based on the warped male image created by today's media, and some are still at home with their moms or maybe a father is present but he is just as confused or afraid as the son.

If we look around we can see it everywhere. They say good help is hard to find and it is more true now then ever. In all the jobs I have worked at there are so few good workers. They have no work ethic, they complain, they don't take pride in their work. Maybe they are just lazy, or maybe they have never had someone show them the value of a hard days work. They don't know what it feels like to provide for a family. If they do have a family they feel that their spouse should be helping make money too so they don't have to work as hard or so they don't have to get by with less.

The point of my story is that we as men seeking God's will for us need to step up. We need to take care of our wives. We need to fight for our families and show our kids what it means to love God. We need to be there for our families not off in some false reality that we escape to through our video games.

Family first is my motto. I work hard enough to provide what is needed but not so hard that I am gone all day and my kids never see me. When I am home I try to spend as much time with my wife and kids as I can and then in the evenings after they are in bed I have some time to myself. 

If you don't know where to start, I have some resources that will give you a good place to start your journey and help you open the door to becoming a man after God's heart. A man who is living the way God intended, not stuck in limbo, a boy in a man's body. 

So many kids are getting lost along the way, left to figure life out for themselves. Let's reverse that trend! Lets make the family something that matters again. Let's be men who aren't afraid to face reality and do what it takes to keep our families alive!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Change Your Focus

Growing up in the church it seems like we are trained to be very worried about not sinning. Seems like a good plan, try not to sin. But I think that too often we become so worried about not sinning, not doing anything wrong, or not messing up, that we lose sight of what is really important. 

Jesus said in Matthew 22:35-40:
One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question: “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

He didn't give them a list of things not to do but rather he told them to love.

We need to change our focus. It is not about not messing up, it is about loving God and others. If we are spending our time learning to love God more and not worrying if we are going to do something wrong, our relationship with God will grow. We will be spending more time with God and He will help us work through the sin issues along the way.

It's not about being "good", it's about loving God and letting Him lead us through.