I played video games tonight with my best friend's little brother (basically my little brother). I watched a movie the other day. I check my twitter almost every day. I had to communicate with some people via facebook, and lingered for a while. I am failing at this whole give it up for lent thing. 
    Worse than the Lenten commitments, or lack thereof, I question myself all of the time if what I do on a daily basis is right. This past Sunday night I spoke to the teens about priorities. Oddly enough, the message hit me probably the hardest. I am committed to a few different things currently: my God, my wife, my job, and my future family. If I put my daily activities into a pie chart I would not like the results.
    I do my devotions, usually. I love and cherish my wife, most of the time. I work and love much. But is it enough? Am I focusing my energies in the right directions? All this I write because I know many feel the same pressure at times in their lives. So what do we do? How can I be more at ease, content even, with me? Is it too simple to say pray?

    "My God is not dead, no, He's surely alive and He's living on the inside, roaring like a lion."

That roar is what is bothering me. The Lion of Judah is roaring inside of me while outwardly I meow like a tiny kitten.

Let this be our prayer:
God give me the boldness to be humble, the confidence to serve, and the maps to guide me. May your roar come screaming out of us like the Israelites screamed on the seventh day at Jericho. You are mighty. You are Good. Amen.

So how are you doing on your lent commitments?

2/27/2013 12:54:05

Unfortunately my lent commitments are not doing as good as I planned.I was planning on not being so often on facebook and reducing my candy consume. But with the things that are going on at home, the not so good news I have learned during my stay in Germany and my husband being on a business trip it f seems like facebookin the combination with candy is one of the things that can distract me a little bit at the moment.

2/28/2013 00:55:31

Men often commit to things and fail. But through failure we learn. Repeated failure is not something we want to make a habit of, but in truth many men struggle to change in every way they want to.

The word of God in men is constant and always taking place. We learn through failure and we grow from it. We will never reach complete perfection in this life. Strive to grow, but expect to fail and learn from it. Embrace the failure and become a better man from it.

The work of Christ in you will continue until you leave this earth or he comes again. Do your best not to resist his work in you.

I have a favorite quote by Arch Bishop Oscar Romero it hangs on my wall at work. Here is one of my favorite parts of the quote:
"We cannot do everything and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for God's grace to enter and do the rest. We may never see the end results...we are prophets of a future not our own."

Keep growing brother. Failure is never final, quitting is!


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