On this, the occasion of my 35th spiritual birthday, I quote the sage wisdom of the famous country preacher, Vance Havner:
“Birthdays tell others how long we’ve been on the road, but they are no indication as to how far down that road we have traveled.”
Please indulge me a moment or two to tell a bit of my story: Although I grew up in an environment where, largely speaking, I believed ‘all of the right things, about all of the right things’ where God, the Bible & salvation were concerned, until 35 years ago today, I wasn’t living for the Lord – I was living in opposition to Him. I wasn’t walking with Him, I was living in rebellion against Him. Although I told others that Jesus was the Lord of my life, that was not true. I was the Lord of my life, the master of my destiny, the captain of my soul. But 35 years ago today – on a Saturday night at Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa – I stopped wrestling with the Lord and instead, I began clinging to Him… and by the amazing, sustaining grace of God, I have never looked back.
Today I celebrate what God has done for me, in me, with me & through me for the past 35 years. The years that I, as a pilgrim plodding along the road of life, have been making my way to Celestial City – telling my story (through word & deed) to as many others as possible along the way…and inviting them to join me. What an amazing journey it has been – and there is more to come.
Thank You, Lord, for everything. By Your grace and the unction of the Holy Spirit I am pressing on toward the mark of the high calling of God, my Father in heaven…desirous to lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus laid hold of me.
“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus, my Lord.” (Philippians 3:12-14)
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