Monday, January 21, 2008

Have you intentionally chosen?

I still remember the words I read in a Scottish Cathedral when I was 9 or 10. "Today is the first day of the beginning of your life." The realization that Gods forgiveness expunges all past sin is incredible . . . and that he not only forgives but wants to transform us back into His image. A few years ago, after living most of my life looking pretty good on the outside but missing a daily connection with God, I overheard someone reading from the book Steps to Christ. This is what I heard, "Desires for goodness and holiness are right as far as they go; but if you stop here, they will avail nothing. Many will be lost while hoping and desiring to be Christians. They do not come to the point of yielding the will to God. They do not now choose to be Christians." I had to ask myself the question, was I intentionally choosing to follow Christ with every aspect of my life or was I drifting? It was a rhetorical question for I knew the answer. I was not seeking Him first. I had gone through Adventist schools, married a good Adventist girl, had a job working for the church, served as an elder in my local church, paid a regular tithe, donated to the poor . . . but did not depend fully on God or seek Him with my whole heart. Since that day I have chosen to be intentional in my relationship with God. I still fall, but by beholding we do become changed. I am so thankful for new starts. Today really can be the first day of the beginning of your life.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Speak up

I am a listener not a talker. I am a quiet, behind the scenes person who thinks silence is golden. I have come to the realization, however, that there is a time to speak out (although you do not have to speak to speak), and that living beyond your comfort zone can be a blessing if it leads you to depend on God.

Self gratification is rampant. Commitment to God is superficial. Most people seem blind to the approaching close of probation and Jesus imminent return. God is looking for people to put everything on the line for Him. He needs visual people with a passion for doing good, who are led by his Word and not actuated by the dollar or what their friends or culture think.

If you are one of those people you need to speak up. I want the visual art and design program at Andrews to be a place where students are trained for service. Where students are nurtured and mentored to live out of their comfort zone for God. If you fit this picture or you like the idea talk to me. Have a blessed Sabbath. r