MESS IS INEVITABLE

MESS IS INEVITABLE

I love that the Bible does not flatter its heroes. Instead, it puts their dirty laundry on display; showing us their weaknesses and reminding us that we daily need God. At times, life can be extremely messy. In the mess, we can forget who we are and what we are doing in life. We begin to lose sight of Jesus and His relentless love for us. We become confused and begin to live out of a false reality. I have seen this in my own life and in the lives of countless other through my years of pastoring. If we see throughout the Bible that God is not scared to make heroes out of people who have extreme mess in their lives, then why are we so afraid of our own mess…or the mess of others? Ask yourself: do you believe your mess discredits you from being a hero in God? Do you believe you can only be used of God when you have things clean, tidy, and put together? I am here to tell you today that it is time to get over thinking you need to arrive at a certain standard, whatever that standard may be, before God can work through your life. Mess is a natural part of the process of growing in Christ. Once we accept our mess, we have an important decision to make in what we choose to do with it. The goal is never to pursue mess or live in mess but like a group of little kids eating out at Chipotle, mess is inevitable. Some people in life don’t have a...
LIFE IS UNPREDICTABLE

LIFE IS UNPREDICTABLE

This is a journal entry from an intern that is currently at Isla Vista Church. I felt his honesty, vulnerability, and insights were worth sharing. We can all learn and “grow from this.” “Faith does not grow in the house of certainty”- W.M. Paul Young When your life falls apart, it’s not an easy task to take an honest look at yourself. The majority of the time, your self evaluation becomes clouded with uncertainty and pain. Questions loom with undeniable weight to them. Who’s to blame for this? Could I have done a better job? Why didn’t I make the right decision? What did I do to deserve this? The fact of the matter is, while trying to point your finger at who’s to blame, you lose focus on the question that really matters. Let me tell you what I think that question is… “How can I grow from this?” I believe this question is key to any misfortune. The reality is, life is unpredictable. It doesn’t respect your age, weight, occupation, aspirations, hopes, and dreams. Life just happens. The only certainty we have, is a relationship with Jesus Christ. When we give up our power as judge and jury, and choose to say, “Okay God, I’m not happy about where I am at this moment, but I am trusting you to use this situation for the benefit of our relationship.” That is when amazing things are able to take place. That is when our perspectives become minuscule and God becomes magnified. Isn’t that what we strive for? You see, we serve a God who is capable of taking...
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