No other King

No other King would seek me,

When I was worthless and alone

No other King would meet me,

stepping down from on His throne 
No other King would give His life

to pay for what I’ve done

Or strive to give me freedom

From the mess that I’d become
No other King would bleed,

Suffering in pain

Just to heal my wounds

Just to see me saved
No other King could know me,

And love me all the same

No other King could grow me

Into a man who can “be” change
No other King is worthy

Of my worship and my praise

No matter what I give Him

He gave His life, to see me raised
Praise Jesus, our redeemer, our savior, no matter who you are or what you’ve done. Even though we as Christian’s often fall short of displaying His love, He never will.

Frazzled but free

 

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(My head exploding in a mushroom cloud)

So, I haven’t posted in a bit because I’ve been trying to do the NanoWrimo thing. It was a mammoth marathon of words and I think it might have taken all the words I have for the rest of the year.

Was it worth it?

Well, I wrote 50,000 words in 30 days. I wrote almost 9,000 words on the last day in a mad dash at the finish line. I don’t hate all the words I wrote, and they mostly make sense and are all in complete sentences. So, overall I would say that I am elated to have completed the challenge.

Does it prove that I’m a real writer? No.

Does it catapult me from anonymity to success? Probably not.

But it does help a writer, struggling with discipline and confidence, prove to himself that he is capable of sitting down and getting it done.

I enjoyed the journey, as exhausting as it was. And after a bit of a break, I will be diving back in to finish my story and see what comes out the other end.

 

20000 words and I’m still kicking…. myself for being 5000 words behind

I have written 20021 words in 15 days. Surprisingly I am not hating everything I write, but I do still have a long way to go. In 15 days time I intend to have 50000 words. I am ten chapters in right now and still getting to the meat of the story. The way this is shaping up I may have an actual novel on my hands. We will know for sure in the days ahead.

What it means to be a Christian, today and forever

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What does it mean to be a Christian today? How does that vary from what it used to mean? Has the definition changed?

I don’t believe the definition has changed, but I think that we have convinced ourselves it has.

I think we have over-complicated the definition and that we can often lose our Christianity in the confusion.

Being a Christian is not that complicated. It isn’t easy to do, but that isn’t the same thing as being complicated.

A Christian is a follower of Christ. That’s it. A Christian is not defined by denomination or by how many Jesus saves stickers they have on their car. A Christian is a follower of Christ.

So what does that mean, to follow Christ?

Now that question is where it gets muddy. A lot of Christian’s seem to believe that following Christ to church on Sunday  and then following him to Cracker Barrel afterwards is about all that is required.

I’m sorry to burst your bubble but that is actually not the case. It is not biblical and it is not healthy to believe that.

Christianity is not just a label. It requires effort. Being a Christian, following Jesus, means daily sacrifice. It means not always being able to do what you want. It means putting other people before yourself.

There are a few principles that we see in the Bible, among the followers of Jesus, that we can still, and should still, apply to our lives now.

The followers of Jesus listened to Him

The followers of Jesus changed for Him

The followers of Jesus talked about Him

This is not “the” exclusive list. Being a Christian is not about lists, it is about life change. But I do think that if we apply these three things to how we live our lives every day, then we can be closer to Christ and He will change our lives for the better.

His followers listened to Him. They were literally following Jesus and he would talk to them and teach them daily. We can listen, to His word, daily. We have a book that tells us what to do and how to apply His teachings to our lives. If we read it. If we pray to Him, and if we listen, then we can be followers of Jesus.

His followers changed for Jesus. It took time. It took failure and pain. But His followers changed their lives and hearts to serve Him. Some change appears to have been easier than others. They gave up their old lives as fishermen and tax collectors, to follow Jesus and learn from Him. We can give up our old lives. We can avoid things that lead us to make bad decisions. We can make decisions based on our desire for Jesus, rather than on the desires of the flesh. Which, incidentally is best for us anyway.

His followers talked about Jesus. After His crucifixion and resurrection His followers spread the good news. They talked about Jesus even when it led to arrest and beating. They talked about Jesus even when it led to death. We, in the west at least, are free to talk about our faith in public. Yes there are arenas where it gets messy to talk about Jesus, but for many of us that becomes an excuse. We need to get over making people uncomfortable and focus on getting people saved. I would rather someone dislike me for trying to share the gospel than withhold the truth from them just to be politically correct.

Being a Christian is not complicated. But it isn’t free either. It comes at a cost. That cost is more than many of us are comfortable paying. The cost is our lives. The reward  however, is is an eternity of love and peace. 

Is it worth it? I can only answer for my own imperfect life. I am still a work in progress. I am still in the process of giving myself up to God, in the big things and in the little. But from what I have see in my life and the lives of those around me, the answer will always be yes.