This year, I feel like God has opened my eyes to clearly see the amazing Story He has for me.
Last night we continued with our series from John Eldredge‘s ‘Epic‘. For those readers who have not followed earlier posts, feel free to click this link to get the background on our youth group’s current series.
Through this video series by John Eldredge, blogs and books by Donald Miller and Jon Acuff, and a dozen core-Scriptures on enduring trial and embracing conflict; I feel more clarity as a Believer in Christ then I ever have.
Throughout this journey, my trust in God’s sovereignty has been so easy to grasp. It’s not that I haven’t experienced conflict and trial. The difference is that this concept of God’s great Story has drove me to prayer in ways that I don’t normally experience.
Don’t get me wrong. I feel like I’m struggling more than ever. Twice that I can think of in the past couple months, I have been brought to tears while praying with my wife, begging God for clarity, discernment and wisdom. This is not our typical prayer-life!
However, this kind of dependency on God’s plan for my life has led me to embrace each day as a unique scene of God’s Epic.
This morning, I read a passage from the Gospel of Mark that reminds me once again that this Christian-thing is a long, tough road to walk down! However, the Story is so worth the walk!
“Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”” (Mark 8:34-38)
What passage reminds you of God’s Story for your life?