Delayed Gratification and Faith

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Viewpoint

 

 
 
First watch this quick video by Joachim de Posada. He gives an interesting principle that is really a biblical principle which can be applied in all areas of life and it can really transform your life.
 
 
 
What did you think of the video? What an interesting experiment, huh?

I couldn’t help but to laugh at the faces of the children. Some of them were trying really hard not to eat the marshmallow!

If there is something that God is trying to develop in all of us, it is this trait of faith. It is important to note how faith and delayed gratification are linked. When we do anything “by faith” it is because we believe that what God has promised something to us and that it will come to pass if we learn to trust in Him.

Isn’t that what delayed gratification is all about?

We hold on to a promise or a belief that if we do not “give in” to things right away then there will be a greater reward. But in our generation we have been raised up to want things and want them NOW! No wonder when things don’t go our way, we tend to get angry at God and blame Him for all our woes.

We are reminded that what pleases God is a person who comes to Him in faith. In Hebrews Heb 11:6 it says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

I don’t know about you, but I want to please God and I get a strange and suspicious feeling that God is glorified when we please Him. Therefore, is there any surprise when God moves in a way that will help us to live by faith? God will use anything and everything to accomplish His purposes. This means that even the trials that we face in our lives, it is there to produce faith. Even the hardships and suffering, there is a good possibility that we are experiencing these things so that we can trust in God more and produce the fruit of faith.

If we don’t learn this now at a young age, it gets harder as we get older. Please don’t misunderstand me. I am not saying that we can never learn it, but simply, it will be harder. When I look at my kids who play sports, there is a stark difference between where they are now and where I was at the same age. They started earlier and I started later. They are developing skills that I only started to develop when I was in junior high. I know that with the fundamentals being laid down at a younger age, they will be more successful in the future.

This is similar to our walk with God.

When we learn the fundamentals of holiness, obedience, faith, trust and other virtues when we are young, then we will be able to go through harder trials in the future. We will be more prepared to face the various challenges that will come our way. We will also be able to experience different opportunities because we will have the faith and trust to obey in those key moments of decision.

I am reminded of Moses in the Bible. As he learned how to deny himself for the sake of something greater (delay gratification), we see that God used Him to lead the people out of Egypt. Hebrews 11:24-27 says, “By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.”

We need more of these types of people in the world today if we are serious about seeing transformation.

40 Days and Counting

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Vision

 
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It is hard to believe that our departure date for Jakarta is approaching so quickly – July 7th, 2009. It just seems like yesterday that Christina and I were praying about whether to take this step of faith to plant our first international church. Things have moved along so quickly within the past 9 months.

We have taken steps to prepare our family and the team as best as we can for the transition. We have made the contacts with the people that will be part of our church. We are patiently waiting for some last minute logistics to settle into place.

But we always feel a greater need for prayer.

Even though we have casted the vision numerous times to our leadership and to our church congregation, I realized that it I need to share it consistently and clearly. Until every single person in our church owns the vision and articulates the vision, the vision has to be shared.

It is humbling to know that there are close to 238 million people in the great country of Indonesia. It is made up of close to 17,000 islands ranging in all different sizes and inhabitability. Close to 86% of the Indonesian population are Muslims (depending on who you ask). There is a growing population of unreached Indonesians who are back in their country after studying aboard in the States, UK and Australia.

With this great harvest field, we are compelled by God’s radical love to plant this church. Our team consists of 13 people total (including our family). We have recent graduating seniors, some single adults and a college student who have all radically decided to give one year of their lives to bring the Gospel to the people of Indonesia.

There are three specific target groups that we are going to reach out to from the onset of the church. The first group of people are the expatriates (Westerners who moved to Indonesia for work) that live in Jakarta. There are many who do not know Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. The second group of people are the Indonesians who studied aboard. Some of them are alumni from the University of Michigan. The third group consists of Indonesians who never left their country but are open to the international scene.

It is our prayer that through this first step, we will be able to reach out to other Indonesians who not only live in the city, but in the various villages and islands. The way we want to accomplish this is by raising up national leaders who have a passion for God’s mission, God’s people and God’s Church.

We want to see Indonesia being “filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea” (Hab 2:14). This means that we have to build up a church that will be a visible display and a viable demonstration of God’s love.

As the departure date gets ever closer, please join us in prayer.

The Bad and the Wasted Life

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Viewpoint

 
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There was a quote that I read this morning that spoke to me. Phillips Brooks, a clergyman and author in the 19th century said, “Bad will be the day for every man when he becomes absolutely contented with the life he is leading, with the thoughts he is thinking, with the deeds he is doing; when there is not forever beating at the doors of his soul some great desire to do something larger, which he knows that he was meant and made to do because he is still, in spite of all, the child of God.”

The bad?

The bad is when we live our lives for ourselves and we are content with the mediocre and the status quote. I see this all the time as I minister to college student. It is so easy for students to come to college just wanting to obtain a degree so that they can land the “big” job, so that they can buy the nice car, and then get married and have 2.5 kids and then buy the house and then retire early in their summer home.

Were we created for something more?

There is nothing wrong with getting a job, buying a car, getting married, having kids, buying a house and retiring, but the challenge for Christ-followers is to live a life that is worthy of the calling that we have received and not settle for the status quo.

So often, we are more influenced by what the world tells us than what we see in Scripture. The life of a Christ-follower is complete and absolute abandonment to God in light of His Supremacy. With each life stage that people go through, the life of abandonment looks different but the obedience to God should be the same.

Are we all called to go to college for four years and then look for a job? How about going for two years and then helping out with a church plant for one year to get a fresh perspective of God’s Kingdom around the world and then finish off college?

Are we all called to get a corporate job after graduation? How about surrendering our desire for success, as the world see success and do something that might not give the best salary or benefits?

Are we all called to get married? What happened to the call of singlehood and how in the past Church traditions there were people who took the Apostle Paul’s words seriously in 1 Co 7? It doesn’t help when there are so many weddings during the summer.

One of the saddest things that can happen to someone is being on a road that they were not supposed to travel on. Often times the “dead ends” of our lives help us to re-evaluate and refocus on what our priorities are.

Is there ever a wasted life?

It is only wasted if we fail to live for God. In God’s economy, a life that is wasted on God is never wasted. I am reminded of the woman with the alabaster jar. The world thought it was a waste but Jesus saw it as something that was beautiful. If I am going to waste my life then I want to make sure that I waste it on Jesus, my Lover and Savior who gave His all for me.

Here is a video by John Piper who challenged people to think about wasting their life. If you don’t have time to watch the whole thing and want to get to the meat of his message, fast forward to 18:38
 
 

Cynicism in the Ministry

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values

 
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The famous evangelist D. L. Moody was often noted to have prayed the prayer, “Lord, keep me from ever losing the wonder.” I have always wondered (no pun intended) what causes a person in ministry to lose the sense of wonder.

Do you remember the last time you had the sense wonder or awe in light of what God was doing in a person’s life?

There is just something about ministry that can cause people to get cynical very quickly. The American Dictionary defines “cynical” as: 1) Believing or showing the belief that people are motivated chiefly by selfish concerns; skeptical of the motives of others; 2) Selfishly or callously calculating; 3) Negative or pessimistic, as from world-weariness; 4) Expressing jaded or scornful skepticism or negativity.

Ministry takes so much out of us. We are pouring our lives into people. We are making sacrifices in order for people to grow and to experience God’s blessings. We are standing in the gap for people. We are hoping and wanting the best for the people.

Now, you can understand why it is easy to get hurt from doing ministry – whether it is because of unmet expectations or because of lack of tangible fruits – it fuels a sense of disappointment and frustration. We begin to question people’s motives and become more skeptical of their intentions. We become more negative as our jadedness gets expressed in various forms.

For me, I knew my heart was in a bad place when I began to doubt the genuineness of people’s motives for receiving Christ. I began to wonder when they will fall away. God had to humble me and reveal my cynicism for what it was. I could not hide from the ugliness of my heart. I just hated the fact that my heart got to this condition over a period of time.

This is when I realized that my focus was on the wrong things. The more I focused on how people responded and less on Christ, my heart became more cynical. What I needed desperately was more faith. The writer of Hebrews says, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Heb 11:1). Cynicism is the converse of faith. Cynicism is not being sure of what we hope for and not certain of what we see.

Therefore, when we see God work powerfully in a person’s life (what we see), we question it (not certain). We don’t even want to hope for things because we don’t want to get hurt, hence it is just easier to hope for the worst. In Heb 11:6, we are reminded that “without faith it is impossible to please God.”

Our cynicism does not and cannot please God.

Maybe this is the reason why we need to lift up the same prayer that Moody often prayed – “Lord, keep me from ever losing the wonder.” A great sense of wonder with who God is and His works will only fuel our faith and increases our confidence in God. This will reminds us that it is God who is working in the hearts of people and not us. It frees us to worship Him and do ministry with His love.

A Deeper Appreciation for Routine

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various

 
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Routine and I have a love-hate relationship. I am an enigma when it comes to routine, structure and order. There is a side of me that desperately cries out for things to be put nicely into “systems.” But there is another side of me that despises anything that remotely reminds me of monotony.

In fact, I find myself being more spontaneous than anything else. This of course drives the people who are the closest to me up the wall. Sometimes the unpredictability can be refreshing as well as frustrating. I always flow back and forth from fluidity to stability and vice versa.

In the last several months, a lot of the routine went out the door due to some of the unexpected things that came into my life. I have learned the importance of flexibility and also about faith without having a clear routine.

There are times when we can plan and structure things all we want, but at the end of the day, things are really in the hands of the Lord. Instead of trying to manipulate things, we have to learn how to trust in Him and His plans for us.

This has been a hard lesson to learn, but nevertheless it is something that every Christ-follower has to go through.

The last thing a person wants to do is go through the routines of life, especially when it seems as if everything is falling apart. Chaos settles in and all we can do is just hold on. But this morning I was able to get back into the flow of things and for some reason, it felt really good to have a routine again. I am wondering if this is the rhythm of life – the ebb and flow that we need to bring a sense of sanity in a chaotic world.

In the last several months, several of my routines in life were thrown off. Some days, I just did not want to do anything. Today, I experienced God’s grace as I was able to be productive because of following my regular routine.

In this season of life, I am thankful for routine. Oh routine, how I love you! But things might change :-)

The Purpose of Pain

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Viewpoint

 
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As some of you probably heard by now, the last few months have been some of the most difficult times for me. I have always prided myself in being a person who has a high tolerance for pain. Weakness was not an option.

Even though theologically, I know that God delights in weaknesses and uses it to receive glory for Himself, it is something that I always have a hard accepting. Oh, how pride blinds us. But I have gained a greater perspective on the issue of pain, as I have struggled through my own “dark soul of the night.”

My journey as a Christ-follower has been accented with several major trials and struggles. They are in some ways like scars that remind me of my own humanity, frailty, and depravity. It also reminds me of my great need for a Savior and a Shepherd.

But this season of trials was definitely one of the hardest.

We all have our “breaking points” and God knows exactly where that point is for every single person. Due to my pride, self-sufficiency, and self-centeredness, God had to “pressed” down hard on me. Several nights ago, Christina and I were talking and we counted close to five specific areas of trials that compounded upon me all at once. God knew that just sending a few trials my way would not unnerve me; therefore He had to bring out the big guns and lay it pretty thick.

I am thankful that God has helped me through these times of trials. It is in these moments when you realized what the Gospel really means to you (“we are more sinful that we will ever know and more loved than we can ever imagine”). This is when your trust and faith in Christ thoroughly tested. This is when everything that you have held on to is stripped away and only Christ remains.

As I reflected on the past few months, these are some of the things that pain produces in us:

1) Pain rouses our attention
2) Pain reveals sin in our lives
3) Pain removes our complacency
4) Pain reminds us that we need God
5) Pain rescues us from pride
6) Pain rearranges our lives
7) Pain refocuses us on what is important
8) Pain renews our vision
9) Pain releases greater opportunities for ministry
10) Pain reinvigorates our love for God

 
 
I was reminded of this passage in Romans 8:26-28 when Paul said, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
 
I also dug up some great quotes from C.S. Lewis in his book, “The Problem of Pain.”

• “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”

• “[Pain] removes the veil; it plants the flag of truth within the fortress of a rebel soul.”

• “Tribulations cannot cease until God either sees us remade or sees that our remaking is now hopeless.”

 
 
 
As I was reminded of God’s truth, the story of Renee Yohe came to mind. Even though her trial is different from mine, the principles are the same. But most importantly, the God who loves weaknesses and “works for the good of those who love him” is the same.

Check out her story
 

Conference in Chicago 5.20.09

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Visits

 
I am currently in Chicago for a Leadership Network conference for Asian-American pastors. It is a small cohort that started back in May 2008 and it will finish out in November 2009. There are some incredible mentors in this cohort. They have all been tested and put through the fire and now their ministry shows that good leadership always allows God to do great things.

It is going to be an awesome conference as well as a challenging one. We will be addressing various issues in our churches and our own personal lives.

I am looking forward to sharing some of the insights as I come back to Ann Arbor. Please pray for us.

Jakarta Update 5.17.09

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Visits

 
Christina and I are in transit right now in Singapore. We are getting ready to board our flight from SIN-NRT-DTW. As I sit here in Singapore’s airport, I am realizing that the last 5 days have been a whirlwind experience. Our times have been filled with meetings with people. Each one of the meetings have played a significance role in strengthening the conviction that God wants to do start this international church here in Indonesia.

I am going to have to spend some time in reflection throughout my plane ride back to the States to process a lot of the things that happened in the last few days. There are things that I realized that will not work in Indonesia that might have worked in the U.S. There are other things that we did not consider here in the States that we will definitely have to consider in Indonesia.

I am convinced that the three things that we really need as we prepare to come to Jakarta are flexibility, fluidity, and faith. Things don’t always go as we planned, but this is when we have to have the faith to be flexible, as well as become more fluid in how we roll with what comes our way.

God is constantly moving and bringing about many different opportunities. It is possible that we can miss out on what God is doing if we are so set in our ways and not being sensitive to His leading. Part of living our lives with faith and trust in God is learning how to take each day at a time with God’s promises.

The best is yet to come.

Jakarta Update 5.16.09

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Visits

 
It has been weird here in Karawaci because even though I am getting a few hours of sleep, I feel pretty rested. Maybe it is all the high pace of meetings and trying to get everything done before we leave on Sunday.

Early this morning, I was awakened by the Muslim call to prayer. There is a mosque several hundred yards away. The night before, I slept right through it, but this morning I woke up to the call to prayer at 4:30AM! Instead of going back to sleep, I felt led to spend some time in prayer.

Then we had our first meeting with the spiritual growth director at UPH. There was a Michigan connection because he went to Calvin College in Grand Rapids. It was good connecting with him and hearing about the spiritual climate of the students in Karawaci. There is truly a great need to reach out to the college students in Indonesia.

We tried to look at a few more places for housing in the afternoon. We have until tomorrow to make a decision. Then we had Christina visit the school that our kids will be attending. It was great meeting another Indonesian who studied in the States and is now back in Jakarta working for an IT company. This is a people group that is growing in Indonesia and around the world. They are unique people. They have a perspective that is different from a typical American and also from a typical Indonesian mindset. They are in a category all by themselves and I believe that God is going to use them to bring transformation to Indonesia.

Then we headed out to Jakarta to meet up with some people who were interested in starting the church with us. Throughout the last couple of days here in Indonesia, I have been sharing the vision of the future international church plant. It has been refreshing for me. Every time I share it, the more I am reminded of the awesome privilege I have in being part of God’s bigger plan.

Tomorrow morning we will be heading out to an international church that is doing some great things to reach out to the city. I’m looking forward to worshiping with other believers in the international community.
 
 
 
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Met up with some leaders from UPH in the morning
 
 
 
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A view from one of the future member’s house. He built it from scratch and wants to use it for ministry purpose – praise God!
 
 
 
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There have been rapid growth in various neighborhoods around the city of Jakarta. This is one of the nicer areas near the ocean.
 
 
 
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Cathy is one of the expats who have been hosting us along with Dan, her husband. They have been a blessing to us.

Jakarta Update 5.15.09

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Visits

 
It has been great coming out to Indonesia. It is hard to believe in about 55 days we will be here with the whole family. Yesterday, we just reconnected with a few of the UM alumni over dinner. There is nothing better than food, fellowship and good conversation.

This morning Christina and I started off the day at a café drinking some coffee and talking about our future move to Karawaci (expatriate town west of Jakarta). I really enjoy just sitting at a café and watching people as they move about and go through life. It allows me to develop a greater burden for the people that we will be reaching here in Indonesia.

Then we went off with a realtor to look for housing, both for our family, as well as for the church plant team. I realized that this is truly not my passion! Thank God, Christina has the eye and the common sense to decide on a place that will be best for the whole team.

Due to the heat and humidity, it is easy to get a bit fatigue after all the moving around. So after our housing excursion, Christina and I decided to take a quick nap. We finished the evening with dinner and good conversation with one of the expatriate couples from the States who have been hosting us.

I am amazing how their time here has really shaped their perspective about the world and life. I am convinced that spending some time overseas for an extended period of time will transform the way we look at things. It will not only increase our heart for the nations, but it will help develop our perspective for God’s Kingdom.

Since Christina and I are staying at a guestroom at Universitas Pelita Harapan, it has been good meeting some of the students. This is the university where we want to reach out to the students. There are close to 9,000+ students who are from all the different islands in Indonesia. Since it is one of the top universities, it is drawing a lot of good people who will make a difference in the future, especially in the Teacher’s College. The harvest is truly plentiful!

Tomorrow we will meet up with the spiritual director of UPH and try to find ways where we can work together to reach the thousands of students in Karawaci. We are praying that there will be open doors and avenues to partner together.

We are also going to look at more housing and then head into Jakarta to spend some time with people who are interested in being part of this church plant. One conclusion that we are getting after some talk with people here is that there are many people who are longing for biblical community. There is also a desire for people to grow deeper in their relationship with God. We are praying that God will meet people where they are through this church plant. These are exciting times.
 
 
 
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Hanging out at a cafe in the early morning before some of our meetings
 
 
 
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Found a place where they have free wi-fi, but the highlight is the live music

Reconnecting with Alumni in Singapore 5.13.09

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Visits

 
Even though I was struggling a bit with jetlag, I was able to get a few hours of sleep. Christina and I started off the morning by reconnecting with some of the alumni here in Singapore. We went out for brunch and just ended up talking together.

We also checked out a retreat center in the afternoon. With our Jakarta church planting team first flying into Singapore in July, we want to make sure that we first take some time to acclimate to S.E. Asia. Singapore is a good middle ground to make the transition. This retreat center is going to be a perfect place for us to recover from jetlag and prepare ourselves to move into Jakarta.

Then later in the afternoon, since it was Christina’s first time in Singapore, we took a brief tour of the city. For me it was like the 5th time, but I always enjoy seeing people experience something for the first time. Then we headed back to our hotel to get some rest… well, Christina did, while I was working on some e-mail and other various things.

In the evening, we meet up with some of the other alumni for dinner. It was good catching up with everyone over a meal. Then we walked around the city soaking in the city life. Singapore is an amazing city. It would great if we can plant a church here one of these days. It is an awesome city to have a base to launch other works all throughout the S.E. Asia region.

Then Christina and I closed out the night by watching American Idol. Yup, we couldn’t resist. Even though it was one day behind, we were able to catch the last episode before the finals. It is going to be a tough call – all three guys did a great job.

Tomorrow, we will meet up with some more people for breakfast and then fly out to Jakarta where we will be welcomed by more alumni who are living in Jakarta. I am just amazed at the generosity and sacrificial hearts of our alumni. They have displayed for us what it really means to be a servant of God. Christina and I have been blessed by all the meals and the time that every single one of the alumni invested in us so far.

You guys are awesome!
 
 
 
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In front of the infamous water breathing lion – the pride and symbol of Singapore
 
 
 
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It is always a joy reconnecting with some of the alumni in Singapore
 
 
 
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It was cool seeing the Riady family donating money to help NUS Business School, one of the top universities in Singapore. This is the same family that started Karawaci, the city that we will be starting our church and UPH, the university we want to reach.

The Infamous Mask

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Visits

 
This whole Swine Flu has taken over all of Asia. It is incredible how “fear” can drive people to do anything. After we landed and taxied to the gate, we had to wait in the plane until the quarantine team came and checked everyone to see if anyone had the flu. We literally sat in the plane for one hour.

We thought we were going to miss our connecting flight… but our flight to Singapore was delayed, so it was a relief.

Now we are patiently waiting to board.
 
 
 
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Trip to S.E. Asia 5.11.09

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Visits

 
I am getting ready to leave for my trip with Christina to Singapore and Jakarta. We are leaving today. Christina is already packed and I have still yet to pack (what else is new). I don’t know why but for some reason I have never understood the philosophy of packing ahead of time, but Christina reminds me of the importance when I forget to pack something in my rush to catch the flight :-)

This trip has a threefold purpose. First, we are going to finalize all the logistics for our move to Indonesia – finding a place to live and taking care of various administrative things. Secondly, we will be meeting up with some people who are interested in starting the church with us in Jakarta. At this gathering, I will be casting the vision for the need of an international church plant. Lastly, we will be meeting up with alumni in Singapore and Indonesia and spending time with them to encourage them and just simply to reconnect.

The alumni have been such a blessing to us. They even contributed their own resources to purchase Christina’s flight. The principle? When something is important to you, it is demonstrated by the investment and sacrifice that is made.

My parents are here to watch the kids and we have a lot of people in our church who are going to help out with the kids’ rides and other things. It is in times like these that remind me that we are not planting this church in Jakarta alone. We are doing this together.

I will be updating via blog and Twitter (twitter.com/sethskim)
Please keep us in your prayers.

Returning to the Grid

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various

 
It has been about two weeks since I have written in my blog (and Twitter). In the first couple of days, I felt like an addict going through withdrawal symptoms and having a nervous breakdown (half-joking). But it has been good for my soul.

The last few months have been one of toughest periods of my life. There have been trials and testing before in my life, but this period has been especially difficult. It was a combination of several enormous things coming at me all at once. Things that competed for my attention and responsibility were pressing hard against me.

I guess we all have a different breaking point. But due to my stubbornness, God knew that He had to press me hard so that I will surrender and learn how to rely upon Him.

In this season, God is teaching me (once again) the importance of trust, faith, humility, and surrender. Sometimes we don’t realize that we have been trusting in circumstances and people until all those things are stripped away from us. Then we are left with a choice of either turning to ourselves or learning to trust in God.

It is easy to think that we have learned these lessons many years ago. It doesn’t help when you are a preacher and you have preached on this topic many times to your members. But the true test of the authenticity of a leader is his or her ability to lead people out of their own experiences – we cannot take people where we have not been before.

I know that the testing will not end. God is too passionate for us to allow us to just coast by in our journey, as a Christ-follower. But the hope is that we will become more like His Son with each passing day. We have to progress rather than regress.

I am learning to appreciate things more. Everything I have and everything that I am called to do is a gift from God. I have to steward it well or God will take it away from me and give it to someone else.

In the last several weeks the song, “For My Good” by Lashun Pace has ministered to me and has allowed me to gain the perspective that so many Christ-followers have gained over the years. The lyrics to the song goes like this:

Things I’ve gone through in life I thought was too hard for me to bear
The enemy tried some time to make me feel just like God did not care
But I remember reading in God’s Word
Where He wouldn’t put more on me than I could bear.
Yes, Jesus cares and all that I’ve endured was only for my good.

Now I know it was for good, but for His Glory
For my good, yes it was, but for His Glory
For my good, all that I’ve endured, but god gets the Glory.

For my good, yes it was, but for His Glory
For my good, but for His Glory
For my good, all that I’ve endured,
All the hurt
All the pain
All that I’ve endured
All the tears in the midnight hour
All that I’ve had to endure in my life
Everything you ever had to face in your life
All that you have endured
Is for your good, but for His glory,
All I have endured

BRIDGE
For my good (4xs)
Didn’t see it then, but
For my good (2xs)
All that I’ve endured
But God gets all the Glory.

You can listen to the song here.

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body.” (2 Cor 4:7-11)