Monday, October 03, 2005

Am I Focused?

A quote from Floyd McClung, former director of Youth With a Mission, "If you live without a vision of the glory of God filling the whole earth, you are in danger of serving your own dreams of greatness, as you wait to do 'the next thing' God tells you. There are too many over-fed, under-motivated Christians hiding behind the excuse that God has not spoken to them. They are waiting to hear voices or see dreams - all the while living to make money, to provide for their future, to dress well and have fun."

I found this paragraph to be convicting. It is so easy for me to lose perspective of what is ultimately important and enjoyable. Pray I will not be "under-motivated."

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Jason said...

Now that is interesting. I must admit that I'm wondering about that right now. I have a part time job that doesn't quite provide all we think we need (living on gov assistance) but does provide much needed time for church work. I'm considering a full time job that pays way more plus benefits but is, well, a full time job.

Mark said...

Hey Jason, I don't think that that is anything you have to "admit." The Bible is clear that God calls us to provide for our families. Plus, it doesn't sound like you'll be doing it just to have more stuff and enjoy luxury. You would be doing it in order to live where God has called you to go. Remember how Paul said in Thessalonians that people should work for their food. And also remember how Paul said he himself worked night and day in order to provide for himself. Of course, its gotta be your call though. I'll pray for you bro.

Jason said...

Thanks Mark. I'm really wrestling with the whole "God vs. Money" thing.

I'm wondering if I simply don't have faith that God will provide (or that God is providing through Gov assistance and I don't see it as such). Also, this job will necessitate me getting new/nicer clothes, will allow me to get the new Apple laptop, will allow me to get the motorcycle next spring...see, all stuff i don't need but really want.

It will also bring in about $4500 to the church budget through our tithe, and I'll have a lot more discretionary spending money on fixing up the parsonage so that when we buy our own place we can really have a nice place to offer a new staff member.

Argh!

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to tell you that I was listening to N'SYNC's Christmas album today in the car and I got really excited for Christmas and for Christmas eve where we'll go to church and come home and eat tamales and wake up and eat cinnabons and you and steph will be there. I got so excited...I miss you two like crazy and can't wait to see you!
<3, Robin Dayle

Mark said...

Well, I must say that N'Sync has never been a part of my Christmas memories, but that sounds good to me. We are looking forward to Christmas. It will be a good time.