Let It Be Jesus

If you wonder why you’re on this earth, let it be Jesus who shows you what you were made for.

If you feel like all hope is lost, let it be Jesus who shows you how to live again.

If you’re carrying the remains of your shattered dreams, let it be Jesus who speaks life into your dry bones.

If you’re riding the high of your success, let it be Jesus who keeps you anchored to who you are.

If you’re suffocating under the weight of anxiety and depression, let it be Jesus who brings you peace.

If you long to be seen and heard, let it be Jesus you turn to for attention and affection.

If you find yourself in crisis, let it be Jesus you cry out to for help.

If your confidence has taken a beaten, let it be Jesus who teaches you how to stand again.

If you question your worth, let it be Jesus who assures you just how much you matter.

If you’re longing for more in the midst of the mundane and the ordinary, let it be Jesus who shows you how thrilling normal can be.

If you’re burdened by grief over loss and tragedy, let it be Jesus who brings you comfort.

If you feel weak and powerless, let it be Jesus you lean on for strength.

If you’re wrestling with doubt and unbelief, let it be Jesus you seek answers from.

If you need direction, let it be Jesus who gives you wisdom on what to do.

If you’re struggling to let go, let it be Jesus who shows you the joy of surrender.

If you’re afraid of what the future holds, let it be Jesus who reminds you who’s the King of kings.

If you feel too small to make a difference, let it be Jesus who reveals His power at work within you.

If you’re full of rage, let it be Jesus who addresses the pain that lurks beneath your anger.

If you’re held captive by regret, let it be Jesus who introduces you to what could still be.

If you find death knocking on your door, let it be Jesus who calls you out of your tomb.

There is no condition or affliction in life that does not know the name of Jesus.

To know His name is to bow to His command.

So for every need in your life

For every desire in your spirit

For every longing in your soul

Let it be Jesus.

Let it be Jesus.

Let it be Jesus.

For in him [Jesus] all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Colossians 1:16-17 NIV

2019 In Review

Just like that, we’re at the tail end of another year. As is custom here, this will be the last post of the year as we go on break this month.

This year has had its fair share of ups and downs. It wouldn’t be life in the true sense if it didn’t have its mix of the sweet and the bitter. But God really does have a way of making all things beautiful in His time.

These are some of the gems I’m taking with me into 2020:

Don’t let what-ifs keep you from what-could-bes. It’s easy to get paralyzed into inaction by going down the what-if road. What if it doesn’t work? What if they don’t like it? What if they don’t like me? What if I fail? What if you don’t? The very thing you’re longing for could be on the other side of the fence on the what-could be road. Any time you find yourself trudging down the negative what-if road, hop over the fence and take a walk on what-could-be.

Not every lemon thrown your way is yours to bite on. Spiritual warfare is a reality for every believer even though a good number of us would rather bury our heads in the sand and pretend it doesn’t exist. When you’re in the heat of battle taking blows, it’s easy to forget that fights are won not just by dishing out hits, but by deflecting blows. Some of the worst discouragement you’ll ever deal with will often come just before or right after the breakthrough you’ve been contending for. Because if the enemy can’t keep you from victory, he’ll try and steal your joy of it. Don’t let him.

Little ordinary things are the building blocks of the extraordinary. Any masterpiece is the sum total of small, repetitive brush strokes. Any champion is the product of daily, regimented training. When you understand this, you’ll no longer need to chase the high of achieving the extraordinary. You’ll find joy just in doing the little ordinary things because you know that over time, something extraordinary will come from them.

Stand your ground. Boundaries of any kind always get tested.

The Church is a treasure. She truly is. Just because she’s sometimes covered in a bit of dirt, doesn’t make her any less so. I’ve been immensely blessed by individuals I know personally and those I only know of from a distance who are simply pursuing Christ the best way they know how. They encourage and inspire me to keep running my race. For that, I’m thankful.

Until next year.

Happy holidays to you and yours!

Be blessed.