Joe was so robust in how he spoke and lived his life. He had an honest twinkle in his eyes, and a hardy laugh that was absolutely contagious. I especially liked how he was refreshingly blunt, yet still loving when he was speaking with you.
He said it with eagerness, and an amazing steadfastness that comes from a life lived following after Christ.
“Whatever you have for me Father God, I will take whatever you have.”
This can be a scary thing to say. Honestly I get some butterflies even just thinking it. You see God not only loves us where we are at and wants to bless us, but He also wants to grow us deeper and stronger in Him. He wants to refine us like a silver refiner purifies the dross or impurities away from the silver. God lovingly desires to remove these areas of sin, hurt, and anger, from our hearts. Areas in our lives that are holding us back.
Each time God brings me through this process it is always for my best. Even when it seems too rough of a road to travel down I always find peace, healing, and freedom at the other end of it.
James 1: 2-4
Did you catch that last part? The Lord is doing this so that I may be mature and complete, not lacking anything! Wow! I am definitely not there yet, but I love that the Lord’s end goal is for my best. I am so grateful that God loves me just where I am, but is not going to leave me there. In my past blogs I have mentioned again and again that following Christ is the greatest adventure you could choose to take. Will you put your complete trust in Him today? Awake each morning and say like Joe,
And then whatever comes my way I will strive to live like Jame's says, and this time I will make it personal…
I think it’s easier to do this when I remember who my God is, how much He loves me, and adores our time together. How amazingly powerful and wise He is and yet, how he cares about every detail in my life. Then it is much easier to say this with bold confidence putting my trust in the only one worthy of it. My Lord!
2 Cor 12:9-10
Dec. 5, 1925 - Jun. 15, 2012