Someone Greater

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I used to think leadership and spiritual growth were all about becoming self sufficient.  The goal was to become the guy with all the answers, the guy who could get it done and inspire others to do the same.  I honestly saw being a husband and father the same way.  But the longer I walk as a husband, father and pastor, the more I realize my insufficiency.

I need someone to lead me – to point me in the right direction, tell me what to do and hold my hand from time to time.  I need someone to empower me when I do know the right thing to do but can’t seem to put one foot in front of the other to walk down the road of righteousness.  I need help doing the very things I most want to do – loving the people around me, delighting in God and living for His glory.

I need someone greater.

That might sound like weakness to you.  But it sounds like wisdom and experience to me. It also sounds like the soil in which faith grows.

The Bible unfolds the beautiful story of Someone greater.  Someone who speaks universes into existence but knows my name.  Someone who holds the stars in His hands and counts the hairs on my head.  Someone who is high and lifted up but dwells with the contrite and lowly.

Jesus.

If you’re feeling weak, tired, inadequate, afraid or overwhelmed, just know this: Jesus is for you.  You don’t have to have it all together.  You don’t have to be amazing.  You don’t have to have it all figured out.  He does.  And that’s more than enough for today.  He’ll lead you, empower you and help you.

I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.

Psalm 121:1-2

I’m okay with not having it all together.  In fact, I would rather depend on the One who created the heavens than try to get it right on my own.  He’s always going to do better than I am any way!

Need someone to lead you today?  Read the Bible and allow God to speak His Word into your soul.  Need someone to empower you?  That’s why God has placed His Spirit inside those of us who belong to Jesus.  Need someone to give you a whole new heart?  That’s why Jesus died on the cross – to pay for our mess and give us His righteousness.

Lift your eyes.  There is Someone Greater.  Everything changes the moment you realize He’s for you, not against you.

Life’s Great Juggling Act

jugglingA friend texted me the other day to ask how I was doing.  My response was a pretty accurate summary of how I feel most days, “You know – just trying to be a good husband, father and pastor all at the same time. Feel like I usually get two of the three right any given day. Would love to figure out how to do all three!”  God has entrusted me with three main responsibilities in life: being Laura’s husband, Jack and Aidan’s dad and the Pastor of Restoration City Church.  It’s a constant juggling act and, truth be told, I only have the ability to keep two balls in the air at any one time.

That’s always bad news for at least one ball.  Some weeks, I neglect the church for the sake of my wife and kids.  Other weeks, I neglect my wife for the sake of the church and kids.  Some weeks, it’s the kids who get put on the back burner.  Trust me, I would love to serve all three groups well at the same time.  I just can’t.

Maybe you feel the same way?

What I need to be reminded of on a daily basis is that real power in life is found just on the other side of “I can’t.”  When I stop at “I can’t”, life seems hopeless.  My response to my friend should have included one more line. “But God can.”  It’s pride and self reliance that makes us think the answer is found in improving our juggling skills.  I realize now, more than any other time in my life, that only God can give me the power to live the life I want.  I dream of being a great husband, dad and pastor.  But I’ll never get there in my own strength.  It’s only through the power of God in my life that it’s possible.

God knows we can’t live this life without Him.  That’s why He’s given us the Holy Spirit to be our Helper, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever.” (Jn.14:16)  God has placed the Helper we need deep inside our souls.

Stop trying to keep all the balls in the air by yourself.  You can’t.  Balls drop.  People get hurt.  You end up defeated, frustrated and depressed.

But there’s more power in you than you can image.  “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.” (Rm. 8:11)  There’s a life giving, resurrection Spirit inside of you.  He’s the hope and strength you and I need for today.

What are the primary responsibilities and relationships God has entrusted to you?  Are you carrying them all well?  Are you willing to allow God to supply you with the power you need?