Only You Jesus

These last few blog posts I've allowed myself to be a little…ok, a LOT more vulnerable than usual. :) For sometimes as leaders, whether that be at our local fellowship, a ministry, a business or with family and friends, we can come across as too perfect.
It is so easy to forget leaders are no different from any other human being.

We are weak and face the same struggles every other human being faces.


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For truly, there is only one Savior of mankind, only one worthy of our allegiance, Jesus.
Therefore, I earnestly desire to always be open and vulnerable about my struggles and brokenness. I never want people to start looking to me instead of Jesus. Honestly admitting my humanity and struggles is something I never want to stop doing.

In this world with all that it has to offer, there is something I have to constantly remind myself of,
Jesus is all I need. Nothing else satisfies, nothing else fulfills. Only in Him does my soul find true satisfaction. There are many broken and empty cisterns people drink from, yet they will never satisfy. Money, fame, power, stuff, relationships and the list goes on and on of all that we try as human beings to fill our empty souls.

We were created to worship God and enjoy a relationship with Him. Only in Him and His love for us, will we find the purpose, meaning, love and satisfaction for which our hearts long.

In my head I can assert this to be true, yet in the storms of life, I find out really quickly where my satisfaction really comes from. In my case, I've been learning Jesus isn't as dear to me as I write about or claim in my words. Yet, I truly desire Him to be my all in all.

The Lord brought to my mind today a song I heard a while ago and I desire to share the lyrics here. The song is called
"Only You" and is by a band called Hawk Nelson.

"I've traveled the world
Seen its diamonds and pearls
And it's not (it's not enough)
I've watched the night sky
Fill with glorious light
And it's not (it's not enough)
I could search down here
For the rest of my life
And this one thing is all that I'd find

That only You can fill my heart
The way You do
Only You can take what's worn
And make it new
So I'll take all these broken dreams
And petty things
Replace them with something that's true
I'll take them replace them with You

I've mapped every part
Of this wandering heart
And it's not (it's not enough)
I've fallen in love
Just to find out
It's never enough
So I'll set my eyes
On the one thing I know
Let this horizon
Lead me back home

Cause only You can fill my heart
The way You do
Only You can take what's worn
And make it new
So I'll take all these broken dreams
And petty things
Replace them with something that's true
I'll take them replace them with You"

It's true my dear friends, it is really true. I've seen the glamor of this world, tasted a bit of fame, power, possessions and prestige. Guess what? From my small taste, it is quickly evident if I am really honest with myself, it will never satisfy. I've been blessed with many friends, but guess what? It's not enough. I could go on and on of all the things I've seen in this world, the things I've been blessed to enjoy, yet, it is not enough.
For once again, only in the Savior do I find purpose, meaning and true, lasting joy.

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If the Lord wants me to lay down my film company or any dream of mine to honor Him, ok, by His grace I will do it.

He's enough.

I don't know what the future holds. I don't know what the Lord's doing with His chisel. I don't know what dreams are being restructured or the ones that are dying.
But right here, right now, I drive a stake in the ground and say I will be all right. For there is one thing that is never going to change and that is Jesus. And I believe, I know, and by His grace I will live and breathe, He is enough.

Forget my dreams, my plans, my desires, my wants, my ambitions and all that I hold dear, just give me Jesus.

Yes, give me Jesus. He's enough.

"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

"Oh taste and see that Yahweh is good. Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him." - Psalm 34:8

"For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world, and forfeit his life?" - Mark 8:36

"My God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4:19

"For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness." - Psalm 84:10

"For my soul was grieved. I was embittered in my heart. I was so senseless and ignorant. I was a brute beast before You. Nevertheless, I am continually with You. You have held my right hand. You will guide me with Your counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom do I have in heaven but You? There is no one on earth whom I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fails, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. For, behold, those who are far from You shall perish. You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to You. But it is good for me to come close to God. I have made the Lord Yahweh my refuge, that I may tell of all Your works." - Psalm 73:21-28