The Final Month: Day Five

Posted: July 6, 2012 in The Final Month

I actually had the audacity earlier today to think to myself, “God’s not blessed me today in a way I can brag about.” You don’t have to say it- I know. What a stupid, arrogant, senseless, selfish, and absurdly wrong thought. If it makes you feel better, I repented of the thought about as soon as I thought it. Doesn’t make me feel better, though. I’ve been thinking about it all day.

It’s sad, really, the blinders we sometimes wear. Let me explain what I mean. Since my last blog posting, about 26,000 kids under the age of eighteen have died from starvation and hunger-related diseases. Twenty-six thousand. Right now around the world there is an estimated 200 million orphans, kids who have no mom, no dad, no family. None. Studies show that many of them will up to become hardened criminals, prostitutes. Some will not grow up. As I write this, little children are being abused sexually, emotionally, and physically around the globe. This is a harsh, evil, wickedly fallen world…and yet God has spared me. If you’re reading this, He has spared you too.

I can say this, because to read this you have to have internet access. That means you’re in the 32% of the world with common accessibility of the ‘net. And did you know that more than half of the world survives on less than $2 a day? And there I was in my air-conditioned car (one of two in my household, I might add) with the gall to tell God that He hadn’t blessed me today. How much further could I be from the truth?

I could stay up until dawn writing about how God has blessed me. I really think I could. Here are a few off the top of my head: I’m an American. I was raised in a good home. I have a wonderful wife and amazing kids. I love my life. There’s a roof over my head. My fridge has food in it. I have reliable transportation to work. I’m healthy. I can afford the computer in my lap. I have plenty of clothes. I could keep going, but hopefully you get it. Everything in my life is a blessing. Everything.

The greatest blessing, though, is in the salvation that God has graciously given me. My sin has been put away from me; Jesus bore them in Himself on the Cross. I will never need to fear God’s judgment and subsequent wrath over my sin; God promises to never hold them against me. I will never have to live up to a set of rules to please God; His Spirit directs my steps and prompts my obedience. This fallen world is the closest to Hell that I will ever again be; I have an eternal relationship with the Son of God.

I have to think that the greatest blessing that God gave me today was the chance to really sit back and think hard about just how blessed I really am. When you think about it, my biggest concern in this transition to Crozet as a church planter is now whether or not I’ll have to work a second job to support my family. Really? It’s absurd to even stress over that, when over a billion adults worldwide can’t even read or write. So yeah. God has blessed me.  As Paul words it, I have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the Heavenly places.

Then to add to that, friends of ours paid for a pizza that was delivered to our house for supper. That is ridiculous.

There are a few continual pressing needs, but I don’t think there’s anything new to add to the plate. Do pray for us over the next 8 or 9 hours (if you read this in time) as we’re going to determine in the morning whether or not to sign the lease on the townhome in Crozet. There’s also much to be done to make Saturday’s yard sale possible, and I need to spend a good chunk of time drawing up the lease for this house to be rented. Days are flying by and nights are growing shorter.

Our ongoing prayer needs can be found here. As always, thanks for the read and for the prayers. If you feel compelled to support Life Journey Church financially, shoot me an e-mail at richard@lifejourneyva.com.

 

 

Soli Deo Gloria

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Comments
  1. Bonnie Boyce says:

    Such an eye opener to blessings. Thank you for opening my eyes more.

  2. […] forgot to mention yesterday (you know- amidst my woes over not being blessed) that my dryer was returned, fixed free of charge. […]

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