Today begins a busy 4 days.
Will my days be long? Yes.
Will I be tired? Yes.
Will I not care about that? YES!
I have the privilege this week to once again teach a class at Pensacola Men’s Teen Challenge! This program is so awesome, and the leadership there are godly, passionate men and women of God that have such an incredible heart for helping men in need. (For those that don’t know about the Teen Challenge program, feel free to click the link a couple sentences back.)
The opportunity to teach the Word of God to these men is such an honor. The fact that what is taught can, and will have an eternal impact is beyond comprehension. For many of the men that will be sitting in that room this week, the lessons they learn will not only impact their lives, but will have an impact on the lives of many others that God allows them to share their testimonies with.
They all have testimonies of miraculous protection, or being delivered from deadly addictions, or abuse, or prison, or crime, or deep depression. They are walking miracles; and God will use them to speak of His wonders, of His grace, and of His ability to transform the life of someone that was destined to split hell wide open.
Their destinies have been rewritten by the Author of Life! …and then He will let me teach them?! Whoa.
- Do you know about Teen Challenge? How?
- Has God delivered you from any life-destroying substances or lifestyles?
- Do you share your testimony of God’s work in your life with others? Do you want to share it here?
Reggie: You Can’t Change Your Past, But You Can Change Your Future, by Reggie Dabbs (with John Driver), was not at all what I was expecting! Reggie takes you through his life with stories, flashbacks, and lessons he learned (which I did expect). The subtitle, You can’t change your past, but you can change your future, is the message that is driven home through this fascinating autobiography. What I was not expecting (but should have) was the emotional journey that Dabbs takes us on as he uses the experiences of his past to confront us with our past. He eloquently weaves a thread of confrontation and challenge, while offering hope and change.
Having seen Reggie Dabbs in person several times, I approached the book expecting a great autobiography through the art of storytelling; which would naturally read easy. What I didn’t anticipate was the moments I would be brought very near to tears, and the sense of hope that I would feel. I was forced to look at my life—past, present and future—and evaluate what I needed to change in order to be the man that God has called me to be. I found myself not wanting to put this book down! This was a great surprise, and would recommend it to anyone.
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There will never be another one of you – ever. Biologically, your DNA is a unique combination of information that has never existed before you, and will never be repeated after you. This unique, biological identity is tracked by your fingerprints. (I know what you’re thinking, but, no, this is not a biology book.) Author Mark Batterson, in his book Soulprint: Discovering Your Divine Destiny, shows us that in the same way that we are biologically unique, our souls are also unique. There will never be another you in all of eternity – God created you for the very length of time you are alive, to be in the place(s) where He has called you to, to do a work that no one else was called to do. That is your soulprint. Being created in the image of God goes deeper than our skin, or even our physical bodies for that matter – it goes all the way to the depths of our soul. We were created for the purpose of glorifying God. This is done through the life that we live; and that life is a destiny, written by God, before the foundations of the earth.
This book totally nailed me right where I’m at in my life and ministry! Once I hit Chapter 2, I was totally in the book! This read was one of the fastest reads I’ve had in a while. Batterson walks you through several life-changing events in the life of King David. They are all the stories you may know, but the perspective and insight into these course-altering moments brings new life to them; and leaves you hungering to leave your soulprint on eternity! Everyday, God is teaching us, preparing us, and guiding us. His plans are not our plans (thankfully)! So, let’s not get discouraged at where we may be in our lives; but instead recognize that God created you to do something that no one else in all eternity will do. Trust in Him, live in obedience to His Word, and watch how He will use you!