I consider myself a very blessed man. I have a wonderful family, great friends, a job that I love, a roof over my head, food on the table, and peace in my heart. So, what keeps me up at night? Simply put the Average American. You see the average American I know is struggling to find their way. The average American I know is looking for love in all the wrong places. The average American I know is stressed out to the max. The average American I know doesn’t have a clue when it comes to having a healthy life, marriage, or family. The average American I know is living quite frankly, average.
I’m going to use this window God has given me to communicate some things the average American needs to hear. Why, because I’m tired of seeing people take their lives, families torn apart, and people living average. I’m sharing these things out of sincere love, compassion, and knowing that Jesus didn’t die on a cross so that you could live an average life. In fact, Jesus said, “I have come so that you might have life to its fullest.” Here are some keys to you reaching you God given potential instead of living like just another average American.
1. WAKE UP. You’ve heard it said that “Knowing is half the battle.” You can’t change anyone around you, but you can allow God to change you. This begins with you realizing things need to change, your life isn’t on track, and you need God’s help. Most people I know, even professing Christians are sleep walking through life. We all need to wake up, quit letting the Devil have his way, and turn to a God we all desperately need. Ephesians 5:14 – “This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
2. MAKE THAT CHANGE. Often times the greatest difference between average and great is are you willing to do what is necessary for greatness. We’ve all been guilty of saying what we need to do, yet never doing it. One of my favorite sayings is “If you keep doing what you’ve been doing you’ll keep getting what you’ve been getting.” Recently, I was driving down the road and Michael Jackson’s song “Man in the Mirror” came on the radio. I found myself singing to the top of my lungs and being reminded in my heart that change starts with me. I have to decide to not live like everyone else unless I want my life to be like everyone else around me. Most around me following the world’s way are miserable, self-centered, and living foolishly. I don’t want to waste my short life on anything less than God’s best for my life. Every day I wake up and ask God, What needs to change in my life? James 1:22 – “Don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.”
3. GET IN CHURCH. Here is where most will quit reading, but hear me out on this one. We live in a culture that can’t stand accountability, thinks they are invincible, and fully believes church is not important. Here is why you need to do more than just watch a sermon on television.
*YOU NEED THE FELLOWSHIP. There is something powerful about being in a place where believers are seeking God’s face and God’s will. At that time, you are reminded that you are not alone in this battle called life and there are those around you that care. We all need Jesus with skin from time to time. Hebrews 10:25 (LB) “Let us not neglect our church meetings, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near.”
*YOU NEED THE ACCOUNTABILITY & SUPPORT. Any of us are capable of getting off track in this life. We all need people in our lives that love us enough to speak the truth. Trust me, if you don’t have the right support and accountability around you when the bottom falls in your life you will be sorry. The church is full of imperfect people seeking a perfect Savior. God’s word is clear we are always stronger together than we are apart. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 – “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.”
*YOU NEED WEEKLY DIRECTION & INSPIRATION. The church exists to guide people like you and me to God’s never changing truth. God’s word will give you the answers you are looking for, the encouragement you so desperately need and lead you to the above average life God has for you.
I want to personally invite you to join me at Refuge Church. Starting September 15th, 6p.m. at the Colleton Recreation Center as we start a weekly series of messages called “Finding Peace.” If this is what you are looking for in your heart, your marriage, your family, and your day to day life please join us. If you don’t visit www.RefugeChurch.org then get involved in some church, somewhere, soon!
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