Live With Enthusiasm!

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Happy Cinco de Mayo! I’m ready for some Mexican food tonight!

What stage of life are you in right now? What are you doing with your life today? How is your work related to your purpose in life?

These are good questions to ask yourself.

I am excited about where I am in life. God has been with me for a long time. I accepted Jesus into my heart and received the Holy Spirit into my life and body at a young age, 8 years old. Since then, God has been with me. I am now 39 years old, with a 16-year career at the same company, and looking forward to how I can join God in what He is already doing around me. I have immersed myself in learning about God and engaging with Him more than ever before. Realizing that my time on earth is likely less now than more, I feel the urgency of making Him known. I feel the urgency of making my life count, making my life matter. I want my life to matter. I want my life to matter not only in an earthly way but in a way that matters for the Kingdom of God.

I’ve recently been through WorkMatters Institute. I’m involved currently with a group called Men Sharpening Men. My wife and I have been in the same small group and same church for 15 years. We have young children to lead and raise up in the way that they should go. We are about to celebrate 15 years of marriage together. I’m about to start another group learning about discipleship. I continuing in my personal intimate relationship with Jesus by reading His Word and praying to Him and writing my prayers in a journal regularly. Intend to Live has been an encouragement to me personally to live on purpose. Stacy and I enjoy taking resources that God has given us and using them for His purposes by giving to our local church and other ministries including helping with orphans, the 10-40 window, local missionaries, and missionaries in other places. I pray that God uses what we give and multiplies its productivity to help His Kingdom in mighty ways.

Looking towards my birthday this year, celebrating my 40th year on earth, I hope that I can learn more than I’ve learned in the past about representing Jesus, about being an ambassador for Christ.

Here are some scriptures I’ve been hit with today:

“Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men,”

‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:23‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

Whatever you do! Your work, leadership of your marriage and your family, your health, your conversations, your prayers, your hobbies…what you eat and drink…do it enthusiastically for Him!

“For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.”

‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

God hasn’t given you a spirit of fear! Don’t be afraid like the Israelites staring at the promised land but refusing to enter in. Don’t be afraid of what man can do to you. Don’t be afraid to take a risk for God. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and see what people are thinking and feeling. Don’t be afraid to do more for God. I’m talking to myself here too. We all want to have a margin and we should. We all should have a to-don't list as well. But I think if you are going to do too much of anything, you should do too much for God. If you are going to immerse yourself in anything, it should be in God and for God.

“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, certain that God is appealing through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God.”

‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:20‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

This one is really grounding me lately. If I get another 40 years on earth, I want to make sure I am an ambassador for Christ more than I ever have been. I also want to do other things that relate to that. I want to love my wife more and better than ever before. I want to lead my children like never before. I want to use my resources like never before. I want to team up with like-minded like valued people like never before. But I really want to encompass this with being an ambassador, a representative, for Christ. I hope to learn more about how to do this well. I want to be a person who promotes Jesus and His activity, who takes His Words to others.

I cannot do this effectively on my own. I pray and ask God to help me. I look forward to what God is doing and will do. I look forward to what he will do in my life in the next 5 months! I’m praying for BIG THINGS. God is a BIG GOD. At the WorkMatters conference this past year, Donnie Smith used an illustration of a power drill with no battery connected to it to show how Christ-followers who aren’t connected to The Vine don’t have any power. God and His Word have power, are the power.

One way you can fulfill 2 Corinthians 5:20, or a step you can take in that direction is to wear Intend to Live shirts and the brand. I hope people will see the Intend to Live logo and ask themselves, “I’m I intending to live? What does it mean to intend to live? How can I intend to live? Don’t we all die in the end anyway?”

Plug into Jesus. Be fruitful. He’s coming on a white horse dressed in red! Watch for Him.

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