My faith journey has not always been easy but I can see God’s faithfulness and love as I look back over the years.
After receiving God’s offer of salvation as child, I put limits on how much of my life I would give Him. But slowly, I’ve changed. Some people say one does difficult things if there is enough ‘motivation’ while other say motivation has nothing to with it – discipline is what is important. I’ve come to believe it’s desire – desire to do something you may not naturally want to do but you do it because it pleases the one you love.
As an inadequate example, I think of the things I do for my wife, Suzie. Recycling, making the bed, tidying up my office before the cleaning people come (I called it “paying to clean up before the cleaning people come”) – these are all things I do because I love her and I know Suzie would appreciate it. 8)
But God has done literally infinitely more than anyone can do for me. And the things that initially didn’t come naturally – reserving time for others, seeing all people as equal and loved by God, and ,yes, giving up my Friday nights to drive our kids to Youth Group (I don’t always go) – I do to please Him.
I do them not to earn His acceptance but out of thanksgiving and desiring what He desires. As others have said, to rejoice when He rejoices and to grieve at the things that grieve God.
I serve as the deacon overseeing administration which includes finance and media. I see my gifts in supporting the “behind the scenes” of our church so that we are good stewards of God’s resources as we serve those at Cross Life CC and those seeking to know God. I also oversee the development of our website, working with talented, faithful volunteers.
Besides, Suzie, God has richly blessed us with 4 beautiful children, 3 that are with us now – Hannah (ask me about her later – bring tissues), Annabelle, Zachary, and Joe.