Friday, June 8, 2012

Live Like You Were Dying

This is one of my favorite songs that Tim McGraw sings.  There was a time in my life when I had to play that song over and over again.  I needed to remember that each day is a gift from the Lord and we are not guaranteed tomorrows.

Funny thing is that the guest pastor spoke to this last Sunday.  Not the song, but the reality of each day being a gift and not knowing if we will be here tomorrow or if the Lord will take us home.

He also mentioned about us having a ministry, a journey, a path.  Well, he didn't say all those words, but that is what I heard as I listened.  Isn't it just like God to bring messages and verses to you while you are searching for Him?! 

After listening to the sermon and praying throughout the week, I heard something from God that I hadn't really heard before.  The word Restoration.  That is it - well, the beginning of it - the beginning of my journey!!  I want to be able to offer Restoration to others.  Being restored to God, to someone else,or  from something.  Helping others to see how great God is and how much He loves us.  That we are created with a purpose and He is just waiting to use us for that purpose.

So knowing that I might not have a tomorrow and I need to act in the "now", I have put that into action at the Center.  Like, talking with my CPS clients or even yesterday when I ran a pregnancy test for a client.  I was bolder in how I spoke about God and Jesus.  The CPS client is a believer and wants to be restored and hurts healed from her past; we were able to talk about God and His grace and mercies which are new every morning.  Having the client that needed a pregnancy test, I was able to ask her if she had ever received Christ as her Savior.  She thought about that and said that she thought that she had, but she wasn't ready to rededicate her life just quite yet.  Which was fine with me, I am not going to push God on anyone. She did allow me to give her a Bible and I know that the Word of God does not return void, so I was excited that she allowed me to share what I did with her.

Not knowing where God is going to take me on this journey has been interesting, frustrating and long, BUT knowing now that He wants to use me to bring restoration into others lives - well, that has become a new breathe of fresh air for me - or something like that - lol!  Let's just say - I am excited!

I do want to live every day to the fullest and be able to tell others about God and how He can change hearts and lives.

It is so easy to become frustrated with what we see going on in the world.  How people act towards one another, what moms and dads do to their children, or just how selfish people truly are.  It is hard to see that and yet I know if they would just realize how much God truly loves them, how He created them for His glory and His purpose and how special they are - their lives would change in a moment and generational cruses would be broken and hearts restored!

I have to look at life that way - that the glass is half full!  That people can change and lives can be restored!  That is me and that is my heart!

So today I choose to live my life as if I were dying - moment by moment - making a difference for His kingdom.  The only thing we can take with us to heaven is another person that we introduced to God!

What an amazing 6 months it has been, curious to know what the next 6 will bring about!  I just know that it will involve horses!!!  :)

Thank you for joining me on my journey!!!!  Stacy