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July 13, 2017

This morning I woke up with another hymn playing in my head:

Far be it for me to not believe,

            even when my eyes can’t see.

This mountain that’s in front of me,

            will be thrown into the midst of the sea.

So, let go my soul and trust in him,

            the waves and wind know his name.

It is well…it is well with my soul….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNqo4Un2uZI

(It is Well, Kristene DiMarco)

            It is well when we realize that we can never come in second by putting Christ first. I know!   This does not make sense.

            But what if…what if, by putting Christ first, he brings out the very best that we have to offer the world; and, at the same time he gives us the best quality of life imaginable?

            How can we come in second if Christ has drawn the best out of us?

            It is well when we fully understand that Christ always sees more in us than we can see in ourselves. I am convinced that Christ gives everyone a special and unique talent that his kingdom needs; and, he will use it to his glory if we let go my soul and trust in him.

            I am convinced that when the heart is set upon serving the Master, those efforts will be anointed and we will rise like cream. I am convinced that it is never too late to begin serving Christ; and, I am convinced there is never any wasted effort for his kingdom.

            It is well when our hearts understand that we will never fulfill Christ’s purpose for our lives when we look outside of ourselves. When we avoid the sin of comparison and tend to our own knitting, we will never come up short.

            “…let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us (Hebrews 1:1b NIV).” Let us not run the race marked out for anyone else!

           Christ has not called us to be someone else’s imitation. Others will try to define us and mold us, all for good reason, even out of love at times!

 Even so, we will always remain unsettled and out of balance when we get pulled into running someone else’s race. A positive and grace-centered stance is to cheer for others as they run their race while at the same time we stay in our own lanes.

So, let go my soul and trust in him,

            the waves and wind know his name.

            I had a humorous thought. As a boy my dad would question me frequently, “If Old So and So stuck his head in a fire would you do it too?”

            The question is outrageous.  Who would stick their head in a fire?  Even so, the meaning was never lost on me. We only get burned when we try to be other people.

            At the end of the day what is required is faithfulness.

Far be it for me to not believe,

            even when my eyes can’t see.

            Faithfulness means holding on to Christ’s goodness in the midst of trials, temptations and tragedies that throw us off track.

            But, I want to add that faithfulness also means holding on to Christ in the midst of victories, celebrations and mountaintop experiences as well.

            We should never dance with anyone else other than the one who brought us.  (And, I add bought us!)

            “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing (John 15:5 NIV).”

Again I repeat that we will never come in second by putting Christ first.

This mountain that’s in front of me,

            will be thrown into the midst of the sea.

                “…he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6b NIV).”

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