This week my brother Casey sent me an amazing article about Ryan Leaf and his life experiences. What was so amazing about the article is that it was Ryan Leaf writing a letter to his younger self. If you want to read it just click here you won’t be disappointed. But it made me think about what if I were to write a letter to my younger self and what would be the things that I would want to share. Here are just a few of the highlights that I would share with my younger self:
- Don’t let what people say about you or to you determine what you see in yourself.
- Just because they are people that go to church doesn’t mean that they represent Jesus.
- Know that when you experience heart break that it is leading you to the woman that you will spend the rest of your life with.
- Just because there is a job that you want doesn’t necessarily mean that is that job that you need. God’s vision for you is bigger then your vision for you.
- Enjoy the process and don’t always look for the next step.
- Remember that your accomplishments are not in what you do but who you do them with in life. There are three kids in your life that will change you and grow you more then you will ever know.
This is just a little of what I think that I would write to a younger Scott Bloyer. What are some things that you would write down and tell your younger self if you could? Looking back is always a good thing, just remember to not stay there. (Share one of your bullet points here.)
So yesterday at Elevation we had a baptism celebration at Elevation. It is one of the things that we do that amazes me that I get to be a part of. As a church family and team over the last four and a half years we have celebrated 194 people getting baptized. The baptisms are amazing as we see husbands, wives, moms, dads, brothers, sisters, and friends baptize the people that they know have taken the step of saying yes to a relationship with Jesus. There is nothing more amazing then watching a little boys face as he looks up at his dad after he comes out of the water. I get emotional when I see a spouse that is getting the chance to baptize the person that they are staying with for the rest of their life and eternity.
But then you get to hear the stories of how and why they said yes to a relationship with Jesus. You get to hear about the struggle, the mess, and many times the hurt that lead them to realize their need for Jesus. But then you also get to hear the stories of how families lead in the area of faith, about how students knew that it was what the knew they needed to do, and amazing stories of a life of faith and growth. No story is ever the same and no baptism is every the same because of what is happening in that persons life.
What I am excited to think about though is the stories that I have yet to hear. I am excited about the faces, the families, and the friends that we get to take pictures of baptizing those that are making their life with Jesus public. Who knows maybe you are one of the stories that we are going to get to share.
We met Nick Vuijic several years ago in Arizona and what a meeting it was. He came and spoke to the students at the church that we were working with at the time. He shared the amazing story of what God has done in his life and how he had given a great chance to share with people about who Jesus is in his life. Take a look at this short video of an amazing man.
Here is the special story of a special guy at Central Christian Church in Las Vegas. I pray that there are more and more Sherman’s in our churches.
I have been really walking through the book of Acts and there is one story that time and time again just rocks my world. It is in Acts 10 that there is a Collision of Faith for two men. Each man in the story is challenged in area of faith. Cornelius is a man that is meeting a savior and Peter is a man that is being challenged about his traditional faith.
One of the greatest ways that you can let people know about your life is to tell your story. We all have grown up around at least one family member that is a great story teller, they have a great way of capturing our attention and sharing with us what has gone on in their life. Well each one of us has an amazing story to tell. You can be the story that God uses in another persons life to make them think about who Jesus is and what he can do in their life. Check out one of those stories:
Who are you telling your story too today?