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Christians and Ambition: The Struggle

Audacious: Bold; Daring; Marked by originality & verve

I don’t think I struggle with fear near as much as I do laziness.  I came to this realization about myself this morning so the weight of it is still sinking in.

There is an advantage to hiding behind fear…people excuse you because they can relate and now you have something in common to talk about.  Giving fear too much credit however, is a slippery slope.  The problem, of course, is that when you blame Fear for your lack, you’ve just given it tremendous power.

This morning I dropped my fears to the side and wrote down some Audacious goals in my journal.  I mean just downright silly stuff!  It was fun and freeing.

As a Christian I’ve always struggled with Ambition & Success.  Read the rest of this entry

What a Man Needs Most

whatamanneedsmost.jpgLadies, do you know what your man needs more than anything?  Oh, I’m certain I know what he says he WANTS more than anything.  But do you know what his deepest need is?

I’m going to keep this blog simple and to the point.

Your man needs to know that he is enough. That he has what it takes. That you believe in his ability to accomplish the mission.

Years ago, I discovered a profound truth in John Eldrege’s book, Wild at Heart. It said,

“In the heart of every man is a desperate desire for a battle to fight, an adventure to live, and a beauty to rescue,”

This truth has rattled in my brain now for nearly a decade and only recently have I fully realized it’s power.  This revelation has actually impacted what I used to hold dear as my favorite scenes from some classic films.

When I was in my teens and twenties I recall absolutely being inspired by the final scene of a good guy movie.  Rocky (just pick one) and Cinderella Man were 2 of my all-time favorites. I used to literally fast forward to that final scene where our hero comes through and takes down the antagonist. That one glorious moment would always inspire me to persevere & fight whatever Goliath I was currently facing in my life. These days however, it’s the scene right before the big scene that I find myself craving & savoring.  You know the one….when our hero has the doubts. When his head is hung low. When he’s recalling all the times he’s failed.

This is the moment when we’re introduced to the TRUE antagonist in the story. That small yet deafening whisper of fear & doubt.

My favorite scene in a movie now rests in that holy moment when the beauty he’s been fighting for goes to battle on her man’s behalf.  Strong belief, measured words and a promise to celebrate this victory on the other side are her weapons of choice.  And they are all he needs.

I’m convinced that men today are still searching for a battle to fight, an adventure to live and a beauty to rescue even if they don’t realize it yet.

Ladies, fight for your man. It’s what he needs the most.

Check out these two posts on this subject from some ladies who I really have a bunch of respect for:

-You MUST meet Genevieve West, and read her post called, Men, Be a Woman But With a Penis

-Shanna Delap shares a very personal & transparent post on her blog. Click HERE to take a look!

A Letter to Aiden, My Beloved Son, On the Day of His Baptism

ImageSon,

I’m writing this to you in the quietness of morning as you sleep. You’ve made the decision to be baptized, and today is the big day!

From the time you were old enough to speak I trained you to respond to me in a certain way whenever I said a specific phrase to you. I know you’ll recognize this:

Daddy: “Aiden, you are my beloved son.”

Aiden’s Reply: “with whom you are well pleased.”

While I know you probably always chalked this up as just another quirky thing about your daddy I want you to know why I did that and why this day is so significant to me.

Since before you were born I dreamed about who you’d become. Every parent does. I knew that the Lord wanted to use you in a big way to Worship Him and make His name famous! Oh, how we rejoiced the day you accepted Christ as your personal Lord and savior in Mrs. Henry’s kindergarten class. That was the day you said “YES” to God…Your only perfect father. This was an act of faith.

Jesus’ first act of obedience to his Father before beginning his ministry was to be baptized. He immediately told His followers that they too should do the same. He knew that our Faith in Him is strengthened in obedience.

The other day I asked you why you wanted to get baptized and it thrilled my soul when you simply answered, “Because Jesus told me to.”

I marveled at your faith.

You don’t have to get baptized to be saved, but you must get baptized to be obedient.

“And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 2:16-17

While God will have to work out the whole descending dove thing today, I wanted to be sure you realized what a joy it is to watch you walking in obedience to our Lord Jesus more and more every day!!!

Aiden, you are my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased! I am so proud of you!

Love,

Daddy