Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bald like me!

Do not withhold your mercy from me, Lord; may your love and faithfulness always protect me. For troubles without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails within me. (Psalm 40:11-12 NIV)

I got a little bit of a chuckle about this serious set of verses. For those of you that know me, I don't have much hair on my head. So when I'm reading this scripture and thinking why doesn't the psalmist just shave his head. I really feel my troubles are not that  numerous. They don't surround me and I don't feel they are going to over take me. They do match the hairs on my head.

My God has protected me in amazing ways. I can feel it and see it every day of my life. I often wonder why. I never come up with a sufficient answer. It has to be the grace of God. I have seen his mercy in my own life. I have seen all his power and strength through times of trial and pain. My heart is strong not because of my wonderfulnes. It is not me, it is my savior. So, if you want to overcome your troubles, shave your head. Ask Christ into your life and watch how the love, grace, and mercy fill your life. We should all be bald!

Praise God. I am blessed and amazed ny your love. I am amazed with your grace and how it has brought me to the point in my life that the troubles and trials DO match the numbers of hairs on my head. I am awed by your protection. I am awed by my own life, thank you Jesus for everything. You are amazing! Amen!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I'm one day closer

Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. (Psalm 119:97 NIV)

You might get tired of me saying it, but I am getting closer and closer to retirement. Every time I get my quarterly statement on my retirement, I dream of that day. I really do love what I'm doing and I'm not going to sit around and stare out the windows. One of the things I long to do in retirement is spend more time in the word of God. Right now I have time in the morning before school and in the evening after getting my school work done. I enjoy those times and long for them to be extended.

I think those are the same thoughts of the psalmist. As you grow older and see the results of spending time with God, you come to realize those intimate moments with the creator are the best times of your life. Your life starts to slow down. You are not bothered by setbacks and trials. You start appreciating the little things and the special times with friends and family.  You start getting your priorities in the correct places. You long for the word of God. Yep, I just can't wait until I get that extra time.

Thank you Lord for the wonderful life you have given me. The experiences have all directed me to a life closer to you. I praise you for the growth you have directed in me spiritually. Your power and your grace are overwhleming and the evidence of your love is everywhere in my life. Thank you lord. I love you! Amen!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Only the lonely

Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish. (Psalm 25:16-17 NIV)

I really can't say I have ever been lonely. It is amazing to me that in our society with all the people, activity, and busyness anyone could be lonely. But, loneliness is prevalent. Young people are lonely, senior citizens are lonely, widows, orphans, homeless, and many more people across this country are lonely. I also think the lost are lonely. Sure they have people in their lives, but do they really have friends that will stand by them through affliction, troubles, and aguish.

My heart is never alone. Jesus is with me, even in the most isolated situation, I don't feel alone. I'm not on my own. I have the greatest strength because the spirit of God is with me. All we need to do is turn to him. He will not leave us and he will heal us from the greatest pains in our life.  God is with us, but is that always enough? We love to have human interaction. We don't want to be alone here on earth even with the greatest friend in the universe. God can handle that as well. When we take our requests to him, he will answer them. He will provide.

Praise God for friendships. Praise God he can heal all things including loneliness, troubles of the heart, and anguish from life. Lord I pray you will take care of the lonely. Provide them with knowledge that you are always there for them. Provide them with a loving community of friends and family that will care for them and make the loneliness vanish. Thank you Lord for your great Love. Amen'

My girls!

Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. (Psalm 127:3 NIV)

I love my daughters. At this point in my life, my grandkids get all the "press". It's not fair comparing grandkids to your own children. It's a totally different relationship. I know many grandparents, including myself, that just can't get enough of their grandkids. I've never heard my daughters complain, but really we grandparents almost neglect our own kids.

I can't express enough the love I have for my daughters. I feel for them when they hurt and share their joys. I am filled with pride about the people they have become. It's not easy having one live in St. Louis and another life in Mississippi. I miss seeing those two every day. But in reality the other lives an hour away and it is even tough to see her as much as I would like. 

If God uses kids to reward us, I feel like I've received the Nobel prize. I am blessed to have such a great family, a heritage that thrills my heart. Praise God for these wonderful blessings. I pray constantly that they are protected and are blessed by the creator of this universe. Thank you Lord for these wonderful ladies!

Sunday, October 26, 2014


Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. (James 3:1 NIV)

I have been in the teaching profession for over  20 years. It is the finest of careers. There is nothing more valuable to a society than teaching and preparing young people for adulthood. Our country is tough on its educators. We should be. We can't afford to turn this world over to an ill prepared population. The essence of life is in education. People are passionate about how kids are educated, they all realize the value. 

Education goes way beyond the bricks and mortar of our schools. We teach our kids how to live life to its fullest. We teach kids compassion, dedication, love, honor, joy, sadness, and so much more. Yes, we christians are all responsible for the growth of young lives, young men and women who have dedicated their lives to the kingdom. If these people don't know the real power of the holy word, if they don't know the power of prayer, if they don't know the joy of bringing others to know the Lord, no one will see the kingdom come. We need to dedicate ourselves to TEACHING young christians and educating the secular world about the love of Christ. Teaching should be our greatest profession. We will be criticized, we will be ridiculed, and we will be held to a higher standard. We should be. We are all responsible for teaching the word of God, enduring the criticisms, and living up to the highest of standards. 

Thank you lord for the opportunity to teach young people. I also thank you for the opportunity to teach about your wonderful love for me. Thank you for this wonderful life you have granted me. Give me the wisdom to serve you every single day. I am humbled by your love and the blessings in my life. Amen!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fan the flame!

I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:5-7 NIV)

It's always great to look back at your life. When I look back I see a great heritage of believers. My grandparents, my parents, former pastors, youth leaders, and my friends, have helped guide my life to the man I am today. It emboldens me, it gives me strength and courage to persevere, it drives me to make my own mark in service to the kingdom. I can't help but get excited when I think about the amazing life God has given me. 

Part of my duty as a faithful follower of Christ is to fan the flame so that others might be strong in their faith. I am to leave the same legacy that was left to me. If I want to be the leader God wants me to be, I need to be bold, I need to share openly how the flame has grown in me. I need to always be working to share his love through acts of kindness, service, and prayer for others. 

Praise God for this wonderful life. Give me the strength to serve you as a true leader with a clear focus on the mission you have given me. I love  you Lord and praise your name for the constant blessings in my life. Amen!


Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear. (Philippians 1:12-14 NIV)

It has been about a week since my wife and I returned from a week vacation. Part of that trip was to the Christian Motorcyclists Association Fall Colors Rally in Hatield, Arkansas. After we left our daughters house in St. Louis, we rode through Missouri in the rain, wind, and cold. We stopped for coffee in Rolla, Missouri. While parked in the lot an unknown person ran into our camper, damaging it and the motorcycle, then fleeing. It delayed our trip, but didn't keep us from attending a great rally.

Many will say that was just bad luck. I say satan was trying to keep us from attending this rally filled with prayer, praise, and worship. It didn't work. There was a point when we could have decided to turn around and head home. I feel the spirit of God intended us to go forward. In many ways this moment emboldened me to move forward an make sure we got to the rally. When the sun came out a few hour later, I could tell God was pleased with our decision.

Everyday we have points where we could give in to satan. We could give up, but I have found when we choose to move forward, we are usually blessed more. Satan intended the barrier for bad, but it turned out to be for good. We can't let the bad events of our lives dictate our faith. We can't let the barriers keep us from Gods wonderful blessings. If we listen and act on his call, God will honor that faith.

I was exceedingly blesse at the CMA Colors Rally. It was a great time with my CMA family, praising God, resting, and relaxing in his presence. Thank you Lord for your amazing faithfulness and spectacular protection.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

It's never too late!

As you read over what I have written to you, you’ll be able to see for yourselves into the mystery of Christ. None of our ancestors understood this. Only in our time has it been made clear by God’s Spirit through his holy apostles and prophets of this new order. The mystery is that people who have never heard of God and those who have heard of him all their lives (what I’ve been calling outsiders and insiders) stand on the same ground before God. They get the same offer, same help, same promises in Christ Jesus. The Message is accessible and welcoming to everyone, across the board. (Ephesians 3:4-6 MSG)

I have been apart of a program where students complete math courses at their own pace. I have some complete their course work in as little as 6 weeks and others who take an entire year. Both students get the same reward. Why is it so important that all students work at the same pace? This new program has been great for the students who excell at math AND for those that struggle. I've not received complaints fro either student. Both are happy.

The message of the gospel is timeless. God will not bless us based on the length of time we spend as a follower. Coming to God early in life has its great rewards. A lie filled with blessings from God is a treasure. But, being able to make that decision late in life is just as wonderful. It's never too late. You are never too far gone. You are never out of the grasp of the hand of God. Eternity is the result regardless.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Living up to our Potential

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:8-10 NIV)

Everyone is built to do good things. Doing good is not just reserved for christians. I've seen many non christians do great things. We are all design to encourage, to serve, to listen, to do good works. These verses make that clear. I certainly believe that's true. So why aren't we ALL full of goodness? That goodness, for some people, is locked deep inside their heart. It is buried under lifes trials, poor circumstances, and sin. The only way that goodness reaches others, is through Jesus. The fullness of our potential is only reached through the power of Jesus Christ. Even those that do good works before receiving Christ will change when they change their motivation for doing good works. When we receive Jesus, a humbleness fills our lives and our good works explode like a volcano. We couldn't keep them inside even if we wanted to. The works flow from love and out of efforts to evangelize the lost. Service, showing love is the greatest way to convince the lost to turn to Jesus. 

The good works of a Christian has more meaning mor evalue than just doing good. If we want others to live with us in eternity, we need to actively demonstrate the love of Jesus through doing good!

Life changing!

Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. (Psalm 37:8 NIV)

I love how God has changed me throughout my life. I'm no where near perfect, but I enjoy looking back at my attitudes and actions to see how far I've come. One of those areas is dealing with anger. With Gods wonderful grace and love I have conquered this area of my life. It is very rare for me to let my anger boil over. It I very rare or me to "lose my temper". As a young boy and through my early adult years, I had a real problem. Praise God his presence in my life has changed me.

Devoting your life to Jesus is life changing. When you invite God to fill your heart, you can expect changes. These miraculous changes cn occur instantly. Most of the time the changes are throughout your lifetime. I think the Lord he is patient with me. He knows my imperfections and never gives up on making me into his likeness. Thank you lord for your amazing love!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Standing watch!

I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint. (Habakkuk 2:1 NIV)

As Christian leaders we have a great responsibility to pray earnestly. We need to be vigilant in searching for people and issues to take to the Lord in prayer. We do this by building deep relationships with our family, friends, and coworkers. We need to go beyond cordial greetings. We need to really get to know them so we can pray for them and the daily issues they face. We may be the only one who will take those concerns to the Lord. We need to stand watch and position ourselves to know the needs and concerns of others. 

We also need to be willing to share our own concerns and needs with our brothers and sisters. I always find it difficult to do this. But, the power of prayer is no small matter. It's not just our prayers the Lord wants to hear. 

Praise God for his willingness to hear our prayers. Praise God for his amazing love!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bold Leadership

And you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather have gone into mourning and have put out of your fellowship the man who has been doing this? (1 Corinthians 5:2 NIV)

Sometimes leadership requires bold moves. It's not always easy. Sometimes the decisions will not be popular and many will challenge those choices. It may be that your decisions will reflect the minority, not the majority. So, what do you do? 

As a Christian we are called to make decisions that are right, but not popular. After prayer and petition or the guidance of the Holy Spirit, be bold in making the right choice. God will honor your faith and guide your paths. Praise God for that love and wisdom. 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Being vs Doing

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. (Acts 20:24 NIV)

I have read that we need to focus on BEING a Christian than DOING Chrisitan things. We get so busy doing things for Christ that we don't be the Christian God has called us to be. This is not to say we are not supposed to serve. Christian are called to serve! But, we really need to focus on our own development as a Christian. Being the best we can be, will help us be a brewer servant as well. 

My year is a roller coaster between doing and being. Now that the ride season is winding down, I am looking more inward than outward. What can I do to improve my own faith? Prayer has been my starting point this past couple of weeks. I have gone back to a prayer journal. I will spend more time in study and bible reading. But the thing I am looking for the most is some quiet time, listening to God, hearing his voice and letting the spirit move inside me.

Thank you Lord for the seasons in my life that drive me closer to you. I pray you will use this time to teach me your ways. Speak to me through your word and embed its message deep into my heart.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Pick a good team!

Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them (Acts 6:3 NIV)

I serve with a couple of great teams. My school leadership team is phenomenal. The school board, district administration, to the building leaders really care for kids. My CMA leadership team is another great group of leaders pledged to serve the Lord. Both of these teams are great examples that you can't lead alone. 

Teamwork is the key to successful home, school, or business. God helps develop those teams if we ask. I have been in constant prayer lately for the upcoming school board elections and the elections of officers for my CMA chapter. I truly believe God's hand will be on these key events in my life. We should always turn to the Lord for his guidance in voting. He was involved heavily in Old Testament leadership changes and that has changed now.

I love you Lord. I ask you to be with school leadership, church leadership, my elected officials, and my CMA leadership locally, state, and nationally. Please guide these men and women in all they do. Use them for your purposes. Help us vote people that serve those purposes and will lead us in your ways. I praise you for your grace and your hand in all areas of my life. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Why am I shocked?

When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? (Acts 3:12 NIV)

I have seen the power of God time and time again. It seems I always have the same response, AMAZEMENT! Why am I so surprised! Is my faith really that weak?

A couple weekends ago, we traveled with my CMA family to southern Indiana. We road the best of the best motorcycle roads in Indiana. The trip was full of twisties, sharp turns, acceleration, and leaning heavy on the two tire sidewalls. One of our group recognized low air pressure in one of his tires. We stopped near the end of our day and added some air. About 20 miles later, at our dinner location, we pulled in and he said he could hardly drive his Goldwing. We looked at the rear tire. It was nearly shredded to nothing. Threads and cords were fully exposed. The tire was about to blow!

Our CMA brother was protected. We were all amazed. God showed his power and strength! To think of all that could have been, to think of the potential tragedy, placed all of us in awe!  Many people would say we were lucky. I say we were protected by the God of the Universe. I was amazed.

Why am I so shocked at the power of my God? We ask, we pray, we plead. Why are we surprised when he reveals himself in miraculous fashion?

My God is amazing! I praise you Lord for your hand in my life. I ask your forgiveness when I doubt you. I am humbled that you would choose me for a miracle. I am so excited that you can love me so much and use your power to protect me. Praise God for his miraculous ways!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

I learn from the best and the worst!

“Now here’s a surprise: The master praised the crooked manager! And why? Because he knew how to look after himself. Streetwise people are smarter in this regard than law-abiding citizens. They are on constant alert, looking for angles, surviving by their wits. I want you to be smart in the same way—but for what is right —using every adversity to stimulate you to creative survival, to concentrate your attention on the bare essentials, so you’ll live, really live, and not complacently just get by on good behavior.” (Luke 16:8-9 MSG)

You can learn from anyone! I have had some great mentors in my life. There have been people I have modeled my life after because of their great wisdom. I have learned life is about relationships from my father. I have leaned about service and true Christianity from some great leaders in my past, Ted and Lynn Blosser, Jim Rousseau, and famous people like Chuck Swondol and Billy Graham. My mother and my grandparents are other great role models. But, I have also learned how to live from some terrible people. I know you can think of some people you know that are terrible leaders. You know those christians that just don't live the life they promote. We can sure learn a lot how NOT to do things and how NOT to treat people. This is the case for this story. The crooked manager was a true example how not to live your life. Using people, manipulating situations to make yourself look good is a lifestyle we should all avoid.

We need to be life long learners of Christ. We need to constantly search for a better way. We can find that through studying the bible, worshipping with our Christian brothers and sisters, or living life observing others, both good and bad. Regardless, we always need to have our hearts and minds ready to learn. Praise God he provides me with lessons to move me closer to the life he wants me to lead. Lord, continue to mold me, shape me, use me for your wonderful purpose, not my own.

Monday, October 6, 2014

The frenzy of worry!

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? (Matthew 6:25-27 NIV)

God forgive me. I'm a worrier. I can't help it. I love my Lord, but when I walk into the unknown I become anxious and wonder about the outcome. I know God is in charge. I know the strength and power of my Savior. But, I still wonder, I still worry about how my sinfulness affects the outcome of events. Will God use this situation to teach me something. Will he provide pain and suffering to teach me a valuable lesson? I'm afraid of the pain.

If you are like me you can really get yourself "worked up" into a frenzy of worry. When that happens I always turn to prayer. It's always works. The peace of my loving God can be found through prayer. He understands my weakness and my worry. He can calm me even I the wildest of circumstances. The paralysis that I feel when I worry is completely gone when I turn it over to Jesus. 

Thank you Lord for your wonderful peace. Thank you for the calm you provide to get me through times of stress. I love you and could not survive without your love and grace. All I have is yours!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Judge not!

This is what the Lord says: “For three sins of Judah, even for four, I will not relent. Because they have rejected the law of the Lord and have not kept his decrees, because they have been led astray by false gods, the gods their ancestors followed, I will send fire on Judah that will consume the fortresses of Jerusalem.” (Amos 2:4-5 NIV)

It's so easy to ignore your own sins and shake your head in disgust at someone else's. As a great leader you always need to be just as critical of your own faults as the faults of those you lead. We have all fallen short of the glory of God! We have all made errors in judgement, we have all ignored God, we have all sinned against others and God.

A huge barrier for most christians is the sin of others. It's funny how our sins are always less than the sins of others. Of course we know that's not true, but we act like it. It's sad that we can't share, openly, our own sins as tools to show God's amazing love. It's sad that we won't even try to build relationships with the lost because of THEIR sins.

Please Lord, open our eyes and our hearts to the lost. Help us to do whatever it takes to bring the lost to you. Lord, you love me knowing my entire life. You love me regardless of my past. Thank you Lord, you are wonderful and I praise you for my life filled with you!

Stand the Gap!

“I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one. So I will pour out my wrath on them and consume them with my fiery anger, bringing down on their own heads all they have done, declares the Sovereign Lord.” (Ezekiel 22:30-31 NIV)

I have a slight fascination with Bridges. Many of the great bridges of the world are quite beautiful. I've been across the Brooklyn bridge, the Mackinaw Bridge, the Golden Gate, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-tunnel, the great Skyway Bridge in Tampa and hundreds of other beautiful small bridges in our country. These great expanses of steel and cabling help us traverse huge barriers. 

God is looking for me to "Bridge the Gap" for those that do not know him. He wants me to provide the path for the lost to discover his grace and love. Sometimes the divide between this world and the God of the universe is huge, other times that gap is no larger than a stream. But, we are called to fill that gap. Yes, the project may take years, the work may be slow, but we can not give up. There are times I feel the efforts will never bear fruit, yet, with Gods power it always does. 

Praise God for the opportunity to serve and love beyond all comprehension. Thank you Lord that others bridged the gap for me. I would not be here today with out the wonderful love of your faithful servants.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

"What have I done."

I have listened attentively, but they do not say what is right. None of them repent of their wickedness, saying, “What have I done?” Each pursues their own course like a horse charging into battle. Even the stork in the sky knows her appointed seasons, and the dove, the swift and the thrush observe the time of their migration. But my people do not know the requirements of the Lord. (Jeremiah 8:6-7 NIV)

It's just not popular to talk about sin. It's not one of those sermons that draw people to a church. We are a sinful people. We need to confront our sins head on. There comes a time we need to say "What have I done?" We need to go to our loving and grace filled God, ask his forgiveness, repenting of our wickedness. We are called by God to repent and seek his grace. We can't overcome the sin in our lives without Jesus. We need to be open about it with the God of the universe. We need to fall on our knees to petition for his grace and forgiveness.

Lord, you know my heart, you know my life and the sins I commit. Please Lord forgive me, take away the sins that keep me far away from you. Take away my sins against my family, friends, and coworkers. Give me strength to overcome those sins and lead a life more pleasing to you. I love you and praise you for your amazing love you show me every day.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Find time to lead!

Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding. (Jeremiah 3:15 NIV)

  1. Attitude Skills – A servant’s heart, both positive and persistent.
  2. People Skills – The ability to relate to others: communicate, delegate, motivate, confront, etc. 
  3. Equipping Skills – The ability to train and develop others for service.
  4. Leadership Skills – The ability to cast vision, plan strategy, direct teams, and empower others.    Dr. john C Maxwell "30 day Leadership Reading Plan"

I saw this list of leadership skills and thought it was a very "complete" list. These four skills are important for all Christian leaders. What leadership skills do you have? 

Many people really avoid leadership positions in churches and ministry. They literally run away from being asked to serve. Right now we are in the midst of officer nominations and elections for my Christian Motorcyclist Association chapter. Every year we struggle to find people willing to lead. It greatly saddens my heart. When I became a Christian I became a doer, a doer of the word. Worship is important, study and prayer are important. Nothing is as important as serving. So why is it so difficult to get people to serve?

As in most churches, 10% do 90% of the work. I think you would be hard pressed to disprove this in ministries. Everyone is so busy! At the risk of sounding arrogant, I'm pretty busy myself! Yet, I find time in the midst of full time work, service to my school, my family, my 6 grandkids, and CMA! I take leadership positions at school and in ministry. Others should be able to do the same. My fellow officers also sacrifice time and energy right along side me. They have the same commitments with family, work, and various other ministries. I've always found people will make time for the important things in their lives. If God truly is number one in your life, you will make time to serve. You will lead! I am so thankful for this years officer team that they were willing to serve. Their dedication will be honored by God.

I'm not claiming to be the leader I want to be. I have not mastered the four skills list above. But, I am in pursuit of those skills so I can lead for the kingdom of God. I will set myself apart so I can serve, not to bring glory to myself. I ask everyone to pray where a god would have you serve. Let the spirit of the Lord lead you into service and leadership for him. Praise God he believes in me enough to give me leadership positions for his glory!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Don't count the days.......Make the days count!

IListen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born the Lord called me; from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name. He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver. He said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will display my splendor.” (Isaiah 49:1-3 NIV)

What is your mission in life? What are your "causes"? What passions do you have? 

Before you were born, God ordained your life. He fashioned you for a very specific life and designed you to be passionate about very specific things. I love it when I can sense the passion in people. I love it when I see someone burst forth in compassion and drive to make a difference in the world. I feel sorry for those that drift through life not realizing their mission. It's like riding a motorcycle without handlebars, you're going to crash. 

If you don't know my passions by now, you are new to this blog. I am most passionate about motorcycle ministry. Teaching others by my example is what drives me in the classroom, with my family, and on my motorcycle. I am passionate about living a life of integrity; may no man be able to question my honesty, caring, or love of God. 

Dear Lord, sharpen this arrow. Do not leave me in your quiver. Use me to bring others to your mercy. Use me to demonstrate your power and love. I am yours, you are mine! Help me to use my life for your glory. Let others see me as an example for their own lives. Praise God!