Monthly Archives: January 2010

Now that I have seen, I am responsible…

Ever since I started this blog, I have written of pretty light topics regarding faith and God.  I have written words of encouragement, and never have “preached of fire and brimstone.”  For some reason today, I feel called to write something different…

For the past few months, I have been really struggling with certain aspects of my life.  Whether or not I wanted to become a Christian writer or a dietitian or even a missionary, I did not know these things.  I still don’t for that matter.  One thing was sure to me, though.  I was trying to run away from the present by living in the future.

Let’s face it.  Our culture today is ridiculous.  We set before us idols–whether they be sports or boyfriends or food.  We lust after the bodies of others.  We are jealous over someone else’s boyfriend or girlfriend.  We dance in ways that would make your mom cover her eyes.  At what point in our lives will we finally look up and realize the weight of how we are living?  When will we realize that it is us–members of this trash tv, sex-crazed, and shallow generation–that carry the obligation to stand up and say enough is enough?

Brook Fraser sings a very convicting song called “Albertine.”  The lyrics are listed below:

“I am sitting still
I think of Angelique
her mother’s voice over me
And the bullets in the wall where it fell silent
And on a thousandth hill, I think of Albertine
there in her eyes what I don’t see with my own
Rwanda

Now that I have seen, I am responsible
Faith without deeds is dead
Now that I have held you in my own arms, I cannot let go till you are”

Don’t you see?  We have seen so we are responsible!  Faith without deeds is dead.

No longer am I running away from fear of this culture, from fear that I will not be accepted because I don’t want to live in those ways.  It’s my time to take a stand.  It’s time to bring my faith alive.

“Now that I have seen, I am responsible
Faith without deeds is dead
Now that I have held you in my own arms, I cannot let go till you are”

Keep Up the Hard Work!

As my readers, let me ask you a question…. How awful is it that I haven’t posted in over a week?  I can even tell by my statistics that many people have stopped checking daily.  Oh No!

Here’s something that I realized, though: It is very easy to get busy.  This seems like complete, common knowledge, after all, who doesn’t get busy?  But have you ever gotten so wrapped in examining all the trees that you forget to see the forest?

Although most times when I have talked about being busy, I have also referenced the verse about being saved through rest (Isaiah 30:15).  While I still believe this to be true, I also believe that there is another aspect that works in association with the former verse.  This idea is best supported by the following quote and Bible verse.

“Live neither in the past nor the future, but

let each day’s work

absorb you entire energies

and

satisfy your widest ambition.”

-William Osler-

“Whatever you do, work heartily as for the Lord and not for men,

knowing that from the Lord, you will receive  your inheritance as your reward.

You are serving the Lord.”

-Colassians 3:23-24-

Each day that we are given is an amazing gift!  It’s a new opportunity to go out live the life and fulfill the ministry that God has given us.

We get so tired, though, don’t we?  With 17 hrs of class, 10-15 hrs of work, and other club meetings, I feel as though my energy meter is running on “E” before the clock even reaches 3:00pm.

God understands how tired we can get in living fully in each day; therefore, He reminds us of one very special point through Isaiah 30:15:  “In return and in rest, you shall be saved.  In quietness and in trust shall be your strength.”

God IS our source of strength–not good grades from studying all night, not compliments from others, and not even thumbs-ups from a boss.  Through resting in God, we are saved and given strength to do all of our work as if working for the Lord.

Keep up the hard work!  Just remember that it is God that you are serving and that, from this, He is the only one that can give you strength to do the work!

Twitter!

“Confession: I’m With the Big Guy” is now on Twitter!  I’m brand new to all of this twitter and tweet stuff, but this should be really cool!  The username is: Withthebigguy .  Follow it and send it to all of your friends.  I’ll tweet updates on new posts, thoughts, Bible verses, and other stuff.

http://twitter.com/Withthebigguy

See you on twitter!

There’s a Difference In Believing and Believing In

How many times do you say that you believe in something?  If you’re like me, you probably say it quite a bit!  When speaking of my religious views, it seems correct and even profound to say, “I believe in God!” or “I believe in the death and resurrection of Christ!”   Whenever I said these phrases before, I never even noticed the implication of the word “in.”

One night at RUF, a campus ministry, Brian Sorgenfrei brought up a point worth barking about! (Get it? RUF as the bark sound?  bad joke….)  Anyways, Brian said something that at first brought me on the defensive yet, as always, gave me a new realization.

“We shouldn’t believe in God…”  Sirens were playing in my head, but I kept listening.  I knew there HAD to be a reason for him to say this at a campus ministry meeting!  Brian continued on, “You see, even the Devil believes IN God.  Instead, we must believe God!”

What an amazing point!  To say that even Satan believes in God completely changed my view of the phrase.  We should love God and trust Him so much that we don’t just believe in Him but that we believe Him!  We must believe He loves us more than His own Self.  We must believe Jesus truly died for you and for me to make us free from our mistakes and sin (2 Corinthians 5:21).

This is the difference in believing and believing in:  one opens your eyes but only one sets your gaze on the Lord.  Although we must first believe in Him, we must grow to believe Him.

Take the hint from Journey’s #1 song.  The title wasn’t “Don’t Stop Believin’ In.”  The title was “Don’t Stop Believin’.”

Do you believe in God or do you believe God?

There’s a difference in believing and believing in.  Don’t stop believing…

Frog Story!!!

Sorry for not posting this yesterday, but my wireless network wasn’t working!  Here is the story of F.R.O.G…

Early one morning, when I was just a little thing,

I awoke from my dreams and a night full of sleeping.

All of a sudden, with no rhyme or reason, a voice in my head began repeating.

“Frog in the morning.

Frog in the night.

Frog everywhere with all of your might!”

But to frog?  That is silly!  For what does it mean?  For to frog must involve being bumpy and green!

Like a hand on my shoulder, the Lord came to me.  “My silly, sweet silly one,” He said, “to frog is a totally different thing.

Frog is to…

Fully Rely On God!”

All of a sudden from my lips came a gasp.  I understood frog finally and at last!

The Lord continued on, speaking so sweetly,

“Frog is to pray without ever ceasing.”

“Frog is to rejoice even when you are losing.”

“Frog is to fear not when something gives you the jeepers.”

“Frog is to love even those who are meaner!”

“Frog is to remember that I died for your sin.”

“Frog is to praise God for I rose again!”

“Frog is to love the Holy Spirit, my Father, and me.”

“Frog is to remember we’ll be here for all eternity!”

“Frog is to accept me into your heart.”

“Frog is to live forever for we will never be apart!”

“My silly, sweet silly one, can’t you see that I love you with all of my heart?”

“You will have hard times, times of sadness and despair, but if you rely on me, I will always be there.”

“And if you do wrong and terrible things, I’ll still love you forever because you are my precious being.”

“In all of your paths, I will bring with me light.  Together, we’ll reach our Father when the timing is right.

So…

“Frog in morning.

Frog in the night.

Frog everywhere with all of your might!”

As warm as a summer’s breeze, I felt my Savior’s arm around me,

and we walked forever and ever, together.

Amen.”

I hope this story will always remind of you of one of the most important lessons that we can ever learn… that we were created to Fully Rely On God.  I pray your day is filled with Sonshine! :)

F.R.O.G.

Have you ever heard of the saying to frog?  In the very likely chance that you haven’t, oh boy, get excited because this is, by far, one of my favorite sayings!

So what exactly is to frog?  What does frog stand for?

F ully   R ely  O n  G od

More than any other reason, I love this phrase because it reminds me to rely on God.  Not just in some areas of my life or at certain times, but this acronym reminds to rely on Him at ALL times, in ALL ways, and in ALL circumstances.

While being a camp counselor, I wrote a little story about it for my precious, 10 year-old campers.  To make sure that you come back tomorrow, I will wait until then to post it! ;)  For now, though, here are some verses about relying on God from our greatest book ever, the Bible!

Isaiah 43:1

“Now says the Lord, ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you;

I have called you by name.”

2 Corinthians 1:8-9

“For we do not want you to be ignorant to of the affliction we experienced.

For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself.

Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death.

But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.”

No matter what trouble/struggle you may be going through, always remember, also, how 1 John 5 tells of how God himself overcame the world.  Think of the story of David and Goliath.  There is nothing that you can’t do when you have God on your side!  Rely on Him.

F   R   O   G

Celebrating Christmas all year long!

This note is a few days late, but Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  Then again, just because it’s January 4th, does that mean that we have to stop celebrating Christmas?

Sometimes with all of the gifts, parties, and Christmas trees, we become so excited about Santa coming that we forget about the coming of another even more important person–of Immanuel.

The coming of Immanuel–of God With Us–was foretold in Isaiah 7:14.  “Therefore, the Lord himself will give you a sign.  Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel, “God is with us.”

Why is this so cool?  Because on that Christmas day when Jesus was born, we believe as Christians that God was born into the world, as well.  Jesus was God in human form.  Through Jesus, God walked among actual people.  God talked to actual people.  Through Jesus, a part of God himself was even hung on a cross in order that we could be forgiven.

This is why we can celebrate Christmas all year long!  We can celebrate that God came down to Earth through the birth of His Holy Son.  We can celebrate all that Jesus taught us.  We can celebrate how Jesus perfected us through becoming a curse himself (Galatians 3:13).  We can celebrate the reason why we even have joy in the first place!

Even though the radio stations don’t play Christmas songs all year long, that’s okay.  We can still celebrate Christmas.  We should celebrate Christmas all year long.