Archive for June, 2010

Fear

Posted: June 28, 2010 in Uncategorized

“The path to your greatest potential is often straight through your greatest fear.”

I couldn’t believe that these words were coming out of Pastor Ricky Grant’s mouth; especially after what I just went through.  Just a few minutes prior to hearing this, I faced a fear of mine head on. You see, I am a guitar player that can sing – not a singer that can play guitar.  In other words, I need to have a guitar as a security blanket.  The only time I have ever sung without wearing a guitar was at Disney Hollywood Studios doing the American Idol Experience attraction (which doesn’t really count).

Anyway, our praise team had just finished our first song and our church went into a time of greeting each other.  That’s when I realized that my guitar quit working.  I tried a new cable – no luck.  I grabbed the acoustic – the battery was dead.  “Guess I’m not playing guitar on the next few songs…”  I sat it down and grabbed my mic from the stand.

I could tell that people thought this was planned.  Not true.  I have to admit – this was very uncomfortable for me.  This was something that I NEVER thought I would do.  But you know what?  There was something freeing about not having that guitar on.  I didn’t have to think about what was going on.  I could let God use me in a different way.  And even though I was extremely uncomfortable, it was one of the most powerful times of worship our church has ever had.

Benaiah son of Jehoiada was a valiant fighter from Kabzeel, who performed great exploits. He struck down two of Moab’s best men. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion. 21 And he struck down a huge Egyptian. Although the Egyptian had a spear in his hand, Benaiah went against him with a club. He snatched the spear from the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with his own spear.
2 Samuel 23:20-21

Did you read that?  He went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion!  I’m sure there was some fear involved.  But, Benaiah was able to plow through that fear and take it up another level.

What do you fear today that is holding you back from what God wants for your life?

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Second Chances

Posted: June 14, 2010 in Uncategorized

In the summer of 2009, my church had a baptism/church cookout where about 8 people were being baptized.  I was in charge of the hot dogs so I made sure we had plenty of hot dogs and buns.  One huge problem – no condiments!  People starting asking for mustard and ketchup and I just wanted to die.  I couldn’t believe that I overlooked something so obvious!

A year later, we had another baptism event.  The food was all taken care of (pork barbeque, hot dogs, and hamburgers) and I wanted to redeem myself from the embarrassment of the previous year.  I wanted a second chance!   So, I signed up to bring all of the condiments.

The day of the event, I was up early slicing tomatoes and onions, leafing lettuce, and putting pickles, ketchup, mayo, mustard, and relish on ice.  I had it all!  I put all of it in a cooler and made my way out the door.  This was my second chance and I wanted to do a good job.  Through all of this, I was reminded about how exciting a second chance can be.  When we get a second chance, we try harder; we want to do better.  We start to feel good about what we’ve done and we want to share it with others!  I am so thankful that we serve a God of second chances and people are getting second chances at life every day.

Take time today to remember how exciting a second chance really is.

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