Empty to be filled

January will always hold a time of reflection for me as in years past this has been a month of great growth and change for me, my wife and my family.  It was 22 years ago this month that a very young man and women started their first month of marriage far from home in the city of Tampa, Florida.  This is when God began to shape us and our walk, both as individuals and a couple.  This is the place where Heather met Christ, it is the place where we found Godly friends and mentors, and it is the place where we both recognized the value, obligation and opportunity of service to the kingdom. 

I will never forget my conversation with a young youth pastor one Sunday morning as I communicated my desire to work with young people, but also my reservation due to a lack of confidence and knowledge in God's word and in the role of teacher.  Scott made the following statement (or something similar), "if God is putting this on your heart, He will give you what is necessary to do the job".    And He did.  God blessed me in more ways than I can count with the wonderful experience of teaching young people in Tampa, Stillwater, Broken Arrow, Connecticut and Edmond, OK, and I am grateful.

Fast forward to 2011.  January is the anniversary of the time my wife found herself in the ICU in Edmond, OK, on a ventilator and sedated for two weeks due to a very complicated condition.  Our journey that year was not without its struggles, but also not without its rewards.  Through her fight I recognized the wonderful gifts God has afforded me through His saints as a reflection of my obedience in serving Him in and outside of His Church.  God's blessings where in full effect during my time of need, and I am humbled even today as I recall His goodness and power through His church.

Acts 2:42 says, "They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer."  It goes on to say, "Everyone felt a sense of awe...signs were taking place...with one mind.....with gladness and sincerity of heart.....praising God and having favor with all people...and the Lord was adding to their number..."  Great things happen to us and those around us when we are willing to empty ourselves to others through God's church and to be obedient only to then be filled.  To be empty is to be capable of being filled. 

God bless you and yours today.

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