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18 June 2012

I LOVE THIS STUFF!!

A man excited about being involved in the many new things the Lord is doing made this statement, "I love this stuff!"  Then, as a passing comment, said something to the effect of, "If someone starts a new ministry they should call it, 'I Love This Stuff Ministries'".  Everyone laughed. For me, the phrase has stuck.  I LOVE THIS STUFF!!

It seems my life never lacks for new adventures.  In a couple of days I'm off again, to see new sights, meet new friends and do the work the Lord has prepared for me to do!  I have to admit it, I LOVE THIS STUFF!  I find myself looking around at my friends and family, those I hold so dear to my heart, and I am amazed that God allows me to have so many wonderful people in my life.

This adventure doesn't take me far from home, but it does give me opportunity to deeply appreciate the ones I love.  You know, those friends that you can sit around the table and talk with all day?  Or sit across the room saying nothing, and your very soul is laid bare?  Those friends that can't be replaced and you hope, somehow, they know how very special they are.

In this myriad of emotion there is a steady pace for the things of the Lord.  To go out with joy and be lead forth in peace is an emotion quieter.  There's a confidence in the goodness of the Lord, and I have experienced it many times.  Part of me feels almost guilty for the thrill in my heart, but, I was made for this.  I was created for His pleasure and He takes pleasure in me.  He has set me apart to do the 'stuff' that He created for me to do.  And, I love this 'stuff'!

Peter walked on the water toward the sound of the Lords' voice, then he preached on the day of Pentecost from the sound of His voice.  Three thousand were added to the church that day.  But could that day have come if Peter had not experienced the wind and the waves; and safety of the Saviors' hand on the open seas?  Peters' confidence that he had heard the Lord bid him, "Come" might not have comforted his friends as they watched him jump overboard during a storm, but it did assure Peter of his safety as he boldly stepped into his destiny.

Too often the called think they have been disqualified because the wind and the waves got their attention.  The truth is, they were simply learning the height and depth and length and width of love. Who would have preached on the day of Pentecost if the Lord had not grasp the Peters' hand the day He called him out into the deep?  Where would those three thousand have spent eternity?  Could someone else have done the stuff that Peter did?

The Lord is not haphazard in His workings.  (Rom 8:28-30) "... all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, for Him to be the First-born among many brothers. But whom He predestined, these He also called; and whom He called, those He also justified. And whom He justified, these He also glorified."  Peter was called according to the purpose of God.  He was justified by the same God Who called him and yes, glorified by Him as well.  And so it is with you and me.  We too have been called for His purpose.  Like Peter, it isn't about you having looked at the wind and the waves, it's about you having been taken up in the grip of Christ.  Those He called, He justified.  No one can un-justify you, not even you!

So, don't be concerned if you got wet walking on water.  You stepped out toward the sound of His voice.  Now it's time to step out from the sound of His voice!  Not with persuasive words of men, but in power!  There are thousands that need you to do the work that has been prepared for you.  Come on, you know you LOVE THIS STUFF!