Blessed

Life is crazy right now. I’m planning and writing and studying and working. If you would have told me that my second semester would have been this busy six months, I would’ve looked at you funny. But I’m not complaining. I’ve been so blessed lately. Here’s why I haven’t blogged for a while.

I’m helping plan Aquapalooza, a 15 band music festival for the 7th of April with all proceeds going towards wells in Uganda. I’m making a movie for the event, which means I get to interview awesome people with awesome stories. And I get to plan that with the best principal in the world Spence Evans and my good friend Ezgi. I get to talk with all sorts of sponsors and see people who are willing to donate for a cause they believe in which is both incredible and humbling.

I’m working on a commencement address for graduation which is creeping closer and closer. Trying to address a bunch of classmates that you might never see again is a challenging piece.

I’m playing tennis for the defending state champion Ames High Little Cyclones. Tennis is challenging and rewarding and I’m having an absolute blast hitting the ball and getting to know the guys. Playing doubles with my boy Felix is incredible. Tennis Bible study has always started up and it should be sweet to see God work through that.

On top of it all,  I get to celebrate the risen King with my bro and sister next weekend.

Nothing too deep or thought-provoking here.

I am blessed to be a witness.

The end

Here is the conclusion.

If we are going to live a big story, we need to always be focused on the most important scene, when we meet Jesus face to face when we die. That’s the biggest story there is. If you aren’t sure if you’ll hear the words, “Well done my good and faithful servant,” when you meet the Lord remember that Romans 10:9 says that if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Nothing is more important than spending eternity with or without God. This is the story that writes all other stories in our lives.

If you have already made that decision to follow Jesus, What is keeping you from living a bigger story? Fear? Selfishness? maybe even your friends? Hebrews 12:1 says Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. We serve too big of a God to let anything hold us back. Don’t put this off. Live bigger today.

Now if I was in the audience, I would be wondering if this guy is ever going to tell us what we specifically need to do to live a bigger story. And the answer is no, I’m not going to tell you because it’s different for everyone. Your gifts, your spheres of influence are unique. God is calling you to serve Him in different ways than He is calling me. In small group you are going to talk about what those ways might be. But in my own life, if I am seeking the Lord daily, there’s no shortage of opportunities to serve God. The bigger question is if I am going to take Him and the Gospel seriously and live a bigger story.

I believe that the gospel is the story that writes all other stories in our lives. He loves so we love. Let’s love big.