THE DIFFERENCE MAKERS

Over twenty one years ago I began a journey in my life that left me speechless in the beginning.  I assumed a new role with absolutely no experience or practical knowledge.  It was a gift with no guarantees or return policies.  I just knew I wanted to be a dad.

It was a vulnerable moment with an array of emotions that left me feeling joy, pleasure, fear, and even panic!  “You can do this”, I assured myself.  My fatherhood experience was set into motion and there was no turning back.

Little did I know that being a dad would turn out to be the most fulfilling adventure I could possibly imagine.  Almost every day I would look at my two sons and say to myself,  “You are a difference maker in their lives”, and I really was!  I felt like the Apostle Paul who was a true father in the church world, exhorting the believers to “imitate me, just as I imitate Christ”  (I Cor 11:1).

The influence of a father with his children is enormous and compelling.  Every son and daughter is yearning for the irreplaceable affirmation and affection from their unsung hero called Dad.  They already know he’s imperfect and makes mistakes, but he’s a father who still has the ability to make a difference like no one else can.

Let me exhort all the fathers out there who have who are laden with an extra workload and trying to steal more time with your children. Make a difference today by just listening to the hearts of your kids and affirming them for who they are, not just what they do.  It will make a difference.  They will remember the intimate moments of heartfelt communication and affection far more than event-filled encounters that had no meaning.

In the sixties, there was a cultural revolution surrounded by rebellion against the supposition that the successful ingredients to a happy life were material in nature.  Fathers worked harder and longer to the demise of children looking for a difference maker who would address their innocent questions of “there must be more to life than this?”

During this turbulent era, famous singer and songwriter Jim Croce hit the top of the charts with his song entitled “Time in a Bottle”.  It was a hidden message that captured the attention of only those who really listened.  “If I could make days last forever, If words could make wishes come true, I’d save every day like a treasure and then, again, I would spend them with you.”

Fathers are the difference makers.  A listening ear, an affirming nod, a warm embrace, a simple prayer of faith.

I just knew I wanted to be a Dad, and I’m so glad I did!

MAXIM POTENTIAL

A maxim is a brief statement of a practical truth, especially one that serves as a rule of conduct or a precept.  The biblical sense of the word is a proverb.

Every successful organization highlights a code of ethics or conduct that provides a catalyst for its culture and ensures the organization’s ability to fulfill its purpose.

I would call this the “maxim statement.”  It should precede the mission and vision statement in importance.  The maxim statement is foundational; it’s the only foundation that provides stability and lasting fulfillment in the human experience.

Simply put, the maxim for our life is the truth of God’s word, absolute truth, not mixed with human concepts or opinions.  Many brilliant minds have proposed that absolute truth is nonexistent; I would counter with the question:  “Is that an absolute statement?”

Proverbs 23:23 presents a maxim code that is priceless: “Buy truth and never sell it…”  As we are surrounded by counter culture enthusiasts, we must be cautious not to sell out our biblical maxims for political and cultural acceptance.

HIS acceptance is all I need.  HIS truth will free my soul.

I would deem this “maxim” potential for everyone who desires real, absolute, and eternal truth.

A METAMORPHIC IDEA

“I felt like I was cornered with no way out, and then an explosion happened, like a butterfly being set free from a cocoon,” a famous chef explained.  He finally morphed into the food scene with brazen success, but the testimonial was only compelling because of the personal struggles he endured."

    Feeling cornered with no escape route or exit strategy has been the demise of many desperate souls who lost sight of the goal through repeated failures and ended the struggle with hopeless frustration.  

    Soaring success normally comes at a great price and it’s the struggle that causes you to develop your ability to explode onto the scene and experience incredible movement towards the prize you dream about.

    Jesus Christ was no exception.  His adversaries moved in for the kill to end His life and most importantly, His message. He was responsible for the spiritual revolution that threatened the old wineskins and upend the law.  It was a struggle as the Son of God was perpetually cornered with threats and demands.

    His burial tomb served as a cocoon and the final struggle over sin and death would become the greatest story ever told.  The resurrection was Jesus’ soaring moment in history that would accelerate the birth of the early church and devoted believers that continue to rapidly multiply today.

    Like butterflies, we are supposed to struggle.  In fact, a butterfly’s struggle to push its way through the tiny opening of the cocoon pushes the fluid out of its body and into its wings.  Without the struggle, the butterfly would never, ever fly.  

    There needs to be an explosion in our faith.  The struggle is simply the launching pad, not to be minimized, but to be utilized for a way out.  It only takes a very small opening.

    It’s a metamorphic idea. 

“This is why we work hard and continue to struggle, for our hope is in the living God, who is the Savior of all people and particularly of all believers.”

1 Timothy 4:10 NLT

IT TAKES FAITH

IT TAKES FAITH…tempered faith, tried and tested with the impossibilities of life.  Mountains are removed and cast aside and we give public testimony of God’s ability to move without reservation.

God is pleased with our faith and obedience in him alone.  It makes a “life statement’ that he is our source and power. We are people of faith.  We have what it takes.  We serve a mighty God. Blessings to the people of faith! Pastor Dana