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The Life of the Party

The Word gave life to everything that was created, and His life brought light to everyone.  John 1:4

Have you ever met someone who was the “life of the party?” You know, that person whose personality is so big that her mere presence fills the room. It’s the guy who transforms a boring gathering into a fun and memorable time by telling stories that somehow motivates everyone else to tell a story. Before you know it, hours have passed and it’s time to go home. But not before you feel energized, renewed, uplifted. And why? All because of the words, the stories, of him or her who shared from the heart and ignited your heart.

Such is the story of creation. John paints a picture of Jesus being the “Life of the party” on earth. There was nothing but chaos on this earth. In Genesis 1 we read the earth was without form and was void. There was no life. There was no heart. And then Jesus showed up. He came into a chaotic, lifeless, meaningless space and became the “Life of the party.” If Jesus is there, there is a gathering of life, meaning, purpose, healing, and love. He will turn your gathering into a party. He will transform your chaos into beauty. He will mold your doubt into faith. He will lift you from the pit of despair to the mountaintop of grace. And He does all of this through the power of His WORD!

When the principles of quantum physics are applied in leadership and organizations, we see the power of leadership and the energy of an organization are proportional to the truth of the information and the extent to which it is shared with every person in that organization. Our words matter. Why? Because they reflect our thoughts and beliefs. Jesus is THE Word. He embodies truth and hope and love. The fact that John describes Him as the Word reveals a deep truth about Jesus — He is more than the sum of truth, hope, and love because He is the Word imparting the power of the eternal truth, the everlasting hope, and the unconditional love of His Father to transform, regenerate, and recreate our lives today.

So when you take time to talk with Jesus, try giving the Word time to transmit His message of truth, hope, and love to you. Take time to listen, absorb, appreciate, and understand the Word. In my experience, this is time well spent. After all, the Word spoke the world into existence. Imagine what the Word can do in your life and mine today. He wants to bring life to your party!

Are You a Watchman?

Someone from Edom keeps calling to me, “Watchman, how much longer until morning?
When will the night be over?” The watchman replies, “Morning is coming, but night will soon return. If you wish to ask again, then come back and ask.”  Isaiah 21:11-12

When I had recurrent chest pain less than two years after my coronary bypass surgery in February 2012, the night was dark. I found myself asking the question, “How much longer till morning?” There are times we feel alone. There are times when we feel sorry for ourselves. There are times we feel like giving up. There are times we ask, “When will this darkness pass? When will the night be over?”

I like what the watchman says in Isaiah 21:12. Morning is coming! And yet this watchman will not lie just to make you feel better. He explains that there will be darkness again. Life has troubles and temptations and problems and discouragements. But he encourages you to keep coming back to him whenever you need a word from God. I appreciate the friends in my life who are true watchmen. These are people who know God, know His Word, and are willing to tell me the truth. So when one of those friends (watchmen) told me to accept my condition and know that the morning is coming, I began to have hope. 

Accept my condition? I didn’t want to accept it. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized the wisdom in this advice. I recalled that Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3)  If I am going to seize the opportunity of my heart condition, I must first accept that I have this condition just as I must accept that I am a sinner before I will reach out for God’s saving grace. Before I accepted the fact of my recurrent heart disease, I found myself feeling hopeless and simply resigned to letting the disease win. But once I accepted my condition for the darkness it is, I could hear the hope in the my friend’s words that the morning is near.

And so I have embarked on a quest to seek God’s guidance and to be fully in His will. I see the connection between my spiritual growth and the possibility of physical healing. And so today, the morning has come! Thanks to the watchmen in my life, I have hope. When we have hope, we can then face any fear, conquer any foe, and rejoice in any trial. Because of the watchmen in my life, I am ready to be a watchman too. I am ready to hear God’s voice, see the darkness for what it is and prepare for the morning. I am ready to live by faith, which is “the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” (Hebrews 11:1)

Have you accepted your condition? Are you living by faith with hope? Can you see the morning light? When you can answer each of these questions affirmatively, you will be a watchman.

 

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