“Not only is Jody an insanely gifted vocalist, he is also an incredibly anointed worship leader...”
— Lem LeRoy, Worship Pastor - Carmel Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC
“...by the end of the night, you felt like you were part of his family. In fact, our church has all but adopted him.”
— Mike Privette, Worship Pastor - North Central Baptist Church, Gainesville, FL
THOUGHTS AND OTHER STUFF...
So...heres the deal.
I don't make New Years Resolutions.
Mainly because I know I won't keep them.
However, this year is different. It's special.
2018 is the year that I give back for all that God has done for me!
It's just time.
I've heard so many people say recently, "2018 is going to be my year! I'm gonna make decisions for ME! Because God wants me to be happy, right?!"
Then they look at me and wait for me to agree with them.
Look, ultimately - yes...God loves us and doesn't want to see us sad, lonely, depressed, etc.
BUT THAT IS NOT HIS FIRST PRIORITY IN OUR LIVES!
We were all created for a purpose.
First and foremost, that purpose is to bring glory and honor to Him and to share His love with others.
If we are sincerely doing this and putting Him FIRST - before any other pursuits - then I believe that true happiness cannot help but be a bi-product of that!
I've wasted so much time in the past - pursuing things, ambitions and people that I thought would make me happy and all the while, being miserable in the process.
But, in the seasons when I've focus solely on Christ...
who He is...
who He has created me to be...
Contentment has ALWAYS had a way of finding me.
The difficult part was that being that focused did call for certain sacrifices in my life...something that, especially when I was younger, I just wasn't prepared to do.
(SELFISH: having or showing concern only for yourself and not for the needs or feelings of other people.)
...or maybe the bottom line was, I was more concerned about myself and my desires than the Father's.
So 2018 is a year of new opportunity for me.
I feel more called and purposed now than I ever have in my life...and I plan on making the most of that.
Making the most of who and what He's created me to be!
I'm going to go wherever the doors open for me...and if doors close, I'm going to do just as Jesus instructed the disciples to do and "shake off the dust and move on." Because I don't have time to worry about whether or not [this group of people] or [that influential person] likes me or not...
I've got a job to get done...
...and I plan on doing it until I breathe my final breath.
"...only one life will soon be past and ONLY WHATS DONE FOR CHRIST WILL LAST."
Happy 2018 everyone - anybody with me?