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Everlasting, your light will shine when all else fades. Never ending, your glory goes beyond all fame. And the cry of my heart is to bring you praise. From the inside out Lord my soul cries out…
Oh how I love this song!!

Somehow, it just seems right to wrap up 2010 and look forward into 2011 with this song from Hillsong. I’ve been reflecting the last few weeks that the greatest joys in my life come when I’m bringing God glory.  I’ve known that for quite a while, but as I analyze all the changes to my life this year, the parts that really stick out in my mind aren’t the ones most people would expect.  It isn’t being on TV and radio every week, it isn’t the Chevy car, it isn’t even so much the things that my kids did or times with my husband.  All of those are good things and I enjoyed them, I treasure them.  But when I look back at 2010 and think of the things that set me afire, they all revolved around serving the Lord.  About doing amazing things with Him.  My mission trip to London, and the people I was able to serve.  A conference in December, where we went out and prayed for people on the streets, bringing God’s love to them.  The people I was able to disciple and pastor in praying for others.  The times I’ve been able to get up and give God’s kingdom away–that’s been the joyous times.

Fame is fickle and fleeting.  Can it be fun?  Sure.  But it also brings a ton of coldness, a lot of political rules you have to follow lest you offend someone, a constant need to be “on” as somone might see you not looking your best–and let me tell you, that can be exhausting.  There is so much backbiting, fighting and downright betrayal within the ‘fame’ business.  Thank goodness I’m not truly famous on a big scale–only on a minor one.  And even then, I’m only someone people sorta know who I am–nothing terribly famous.  Thank goodness!  I don’t think I could handle the pressure of constantly holding up a big-time image or career.  It would break me–and my family.

So if my most memorable, joyous times come from bringing God glory, then I need to go into 2011 focused on doing that more often.  What is it that God has built me to do that brings Him glory?  Where is it he wants me to be serving?  What skills and gifts has he given me?

Sure, I’m good at saving people money.  I don’t think that is going to change.  That is clearly an area where God has me working, to bring his kingdom principles and blessings to thousands of people every week–even if they don’t know that’s what they’re holding in their hands.  But that alone isn’t enough for me.  Being LittleMissKnowitAll can be exhausting. I seem to get refreshed and energized when I do other things as well to serve God and his kingdom.  Mentoring and teaching people seem to be the thing that invigorates me the most–passing on knowledge that has been given to me by older teachers; training up younger kingdom warriors, and mentoring them through the walking out into their own giftings and skills.

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