What will you be known for in 2015?

2015 is now less than three weeks away…

Which means it’s not too early to start thinking about setting goals or making resolutions for the new year.

I admit I’ve never been all that good at making resolutions (let alone keeping them).

But, if you asked me this question, I think I could come up with a pretty good list of goals/resolutions for next year…

What will you be known for in 2015?

(Maybe another way to ask that question is, what will you be remembered for in the future?)

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There was a king who lived a long time ago whose name was David…I think you’ve heard of him.

He killed Goliath.

But, of all the things David did as king…all of the accomplishments and victories and prestige that went along with the title of king…do you know what David is most remembered for?

He’s most remembered for being called “a man after God’s own heart.”

Chances are if you’re reading this you’re not a king, but like David, you’re probably known for the same reasons David was known for when he was alive.

We all have titles.

We all have accomplishments.

We all have victories (things we celebrate).

Some of us may even have some prestige.

But, is that all you want to be known for?

David figured out that titles and accomplishments on this earth only get you so far.  He understood that all that stuff doesn’t last forever.

So, his life was less about his identity as a king and more about his identity as a Godly man.

Fast forward to present day, and you have a choice to make…

Will you be known more for your titles and accomplishments in 2015 (and beyond)?

Or, will you be known more for being a follower of Jesus?

The choice is up to you.

Start planning now…

We can make our own plans,
    but the Lord gives the right answer.

People may be pure in their own eyes,
    but the Lord examines their motives.

Commit your actions to the Lord,
    and your plans will succeed.  (Proverbs 16:1-3)

Do What You Wanna Do

“Do what you wanna do.  Amen.”

That’s it.

That’s the “prayer” of pop culture…at least according to YouTube and the United State of Pop 2014.

That’s the “prayer” over 6 million people have viewed in the last five days.

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People think that true freedom is being able to “do what you wanna do.”  And, that somehow this freedom will make you happy and make your life worth living.

And they’re right…

True freedom will do all that and more.

But not the way people think.

Ever since the devil disguised himself as a snake and convinced Adam & Eve that eating an apple would give them the kind of freedom God wouldn’t give them, we’ve bought into the lie that whatever this world has to offer is better than anything God has offered us.

And, the irony in that is that God offers us something that the world claims to offer but fails to give.

True freedom.

“Do what you wanna do.  Amen.” is the prayer of a broken world seeking peace, joy, hope, pleasure, happiness, meaning, and purpose only to find out that the prayer is a lie.

True freedom is only possible when you choose to believe in the One who can give you peace, joy, hope, pleasure, happiness, meaning, and purpose.

And, that One is Jesus Christ.

So, what about you?  What do you believe?

How’s the prayer of pop culture working out for you?

Do you want true freedom?

The choice is yours…believe the lie or believe in the One called “Truth.” 

“But the Scriptures declare that we are all prisoners of sin, so we receive God’s promise of freedom only by believing in Jesus Christ.”  (Galatians 3:22)

“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”  (Jesus)

Finding God on Black Friday

Black Friday.

Shopping…

Deals…

Crowds…

Lines…

Malls…

and God?

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On Black Friday, millions of people go shopping.

I know because I was one of them.

And, if any of the millions are like me, they went shopping looking for gifts.

Gifts to give to other people…

Like a friend.

Or a family member.

Or that special someone.

The point is we don’t give gifts to people we don’t care about.

We don’t pick out that perfect present for someone we don’t love.

Especially on Black Friday.

But, we’ll brave the crowds and the hype and the alarm clock to get up at the crack of dawn for someone we love.

We’ll scan the ads, find the best deals, make a list, and go get that perfect gift, because when we give that gift we’re telling our son/daughter/spouse/friend that we love them.

So, think about this…

If humans like us who are broken sinners at the core can go out and brave the crowds to find that perfect gift for the ones we love, how much more will a perfect, all-powerful God do for the ones He loves?

Jesus said it this way…

“You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? 10 Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! 11 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.  (Matthew 7:9-11)

If you’re like me, your list is not done.

So, the next time you’re out shopping for that perfect gift this holiday season, think about all that God has given you.

And then stop and thank Him for it.

Redeem the time…