‘Nothin to Die For


I am sending this out on 9-11.  I originally did not write this post with 9-11 in mind, but it certainly is appropriate.  I hope it speaks to you.

My life is busy right now.  I am thankful to have work and the ability to be productive.  I have prayed for God to provide me with work and he has answered my prayer in a wonderful and gracious way.  Thank you God! 

Have you ever had God answer a prayer exactly the way you asked for and later find yourself complaining about it?  Am I the only one who has done this?  Am I the only one who is that short sighted?

I caught myself doing that just the other day.  I was looking at my calendar for the upcoming week and caught myself saying “Man I am busy this week.  I wish I could have some time to myself.  Who is in charge of setting my calendar?  This schedule is insane!  God please give me some time to myself.”

I had to catch myself and say “Really Alan?  Really?  You are blessed with wonderful churches and wonderful people to work with this fall and you are having opportunities to talk to other churches about future work.  You are getting to coach a baseball team this fall with great kids and parents.  Your kids are active in learning and your wife is active in the church and with her friends along with teaching your kids.  You have great friends and wonderful opportunities to fellowship with them.  You have a great small group that meets every Friday morning.  Are you really complaining?”  I then have to apologize to God and ask for forgiveness for being so selfish and self centered.

Please tell me I am not the only one who has had this conversation with God?  I don’t think I am as I have had too many similar conversations with others.  On the plane this morning I heard a song by Tim McGraw “’Nothin to Die For.”  If you are not familiar with the song I would encourage you to read http://bit.ly/b09wZq.

The gist of the song is how we spend so much time in our daily lives on things that don’t really matter and we neglect many things that do.  The song talks about a guy who drinks too much; drives; puts his and many others’ lives in jeopardy.  Is that really worth dying for the song asks?  “You’d give your last breath to you wife, take a bullet for your kids, lay your life down for you country, for your Jesus, for your friends.”

The song goes on to say “Graveyards are full of people who didn’t have time to die.”  People who are chasing the dollar often times do not take care of their bodies and find themselves very sick and wondering how did this happen.  “That ain’t ‘Nothin to die for?”

The song spoke to me this morning and reminded me of how precious life truly is.  My job is important to me.  I love what I do and I feel like I am where God needs me to be in this ministry.  Making an income is obviously important as I have financial obligations like everyone else.  My family is depending on me to provide financially.  I take pride in my job and how I help churches.  I want to make God proud of me as I work and counsel others.  I want to be a good steward of the gifts he has given me.

However, my job can’t run my life.  What I do for a living is not my identity.  I am a son of God, a husband and father, an active member in my church, a friend and then a generosity coach for GENERIS.  Thank you God for reminding me of this order this morning.

As I tried to figure out how to close this post the song Lifesong from Casting Crowns http://bit.ly/9kvEOG came on XM Radio provided on Airtran.  The chorus sums up my feelings this day.  “So may the words I say and the things I do make my life song sing bring a smile to You.”   Does your lifesong bring a smile to God’s face?  I am working on mine each day. 

Let me hear from you.

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