Wednesday, July 7, 2010

fully convinced.

i'm so overwhelmed lately by His love. i think, maybe, that's what growing in Christ can be defined as... becoming increasing overwhelmed/shocked/awed year after year at the goodness of His grace, at the goodness of what He has done. that's growth. being overwhelmed in increasing measures each year.

i turn twenty in a few weeks. i know that i feel more loved by Him as an almost-twenty year old than i did as an almost-nineteen year old. this is not because i have done more to be loved by Him. this is not because i have become smarter or wiser. this is simply because He keeps revealing His love to me. through His word, through vacations and travels and sunrises and rainy days and dreams of the future, i'm learning to see Him everywhere. His hand is in it all. His hand is in this life. my life. your life.

i absolutely love the book of Romans. it gets me so pumped up. i've been listening to a lot of sermons by judah smith. i'm such a huge fan of his ministry. i love his preaching about the law & his preaching about the grace we've found as Christians through Jesus' death. i think it's hit me in a new way over the past year. this nineteenth year of my life. we are justified SOLELY by the death of Jesus. through His death, we have abundant joy, incomprehensible peace, life to the full, more blessings than we can imagine, family, great friends, thriving businesses, great marriages. through His death, we live. because of His death, we live.

i have permission to dream. i have permission to be anything BUT ordinary. i have permission to be successful in everything i put my hand to, because it is not I who works, but Christ who works in me for His purposes. i'm a firm believer that the most successful businesses, the most creative artists, the most effective teachers, the most talented musicians: should be Christians. every now and then it hits me. every ounce of creativity found on this Earth is created by HIS hands. we, being children of Him, have access to this creativity. doesn't that make you SO excited? makes me excited. makes me want to create.

No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. That is why his faith was "counted to him as righteousness." But the words "it was counted to him" were not written for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification. :: Romans 4:20-25