We all want to be first. We want to be king of something. And for some people, unfortunately, that’s ALL that MATTERS.
What’s incredible with that is it is never enough no matter the quantity or even the visibility of power that one may become.
We see it if we reference the life of Solomon in the Bible. It becomes very clear what ended up being THE IMPORTANT summary of his life (See Ecclesiastes 12:13).
Question: What are you pouring your life into right now? What is your PASSION — right now? Are you making a difference? Are you leaving a legacy?
How are your kids, wife, other relationships doing?
And where does God fit in?
These questions matter. And please remember that God has a wonderful plan and purpose for your life. He loves you and made you to know Him.
Oh, another scripture? Jeremiah 29:11 … it’s one of my favorites!
“And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the Lord sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. 1 Chronicles 28:9 (NLT)
Solomon was challenged by his father, David, to seek God and find God.
After much searching and “tasting” in life, he came full circle to appreciate the RIGHT THING and the truth. He learned the hard way, explored everything and was not happy. But in the end, Solomon left incredible words that have lived on long after his life was over. Check out the end of verse 13!
“That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty. 14 God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad.” Ecclesiastes 12:13 (NLT)
I grew up about 90 miles from Chicago, Illinois. At about midnight, Friday, May 16, 2008 we fly out of San Francisco on a 10-day trip back home. Some pretty exciting things are coming together that you could sure pray about for our trip there.
1. Ginger and I will be guest speakers at my mom’s church on Sunday morning. I am bringing a powerful message from the “Lost” series we did at Central Assembly last year. Remember it? It had the video of me talking about “The Taste Test” and filling all those cups up and talking about Solomon? Ginger is planning on ministering the song she wrote called, “Let it Rain” as well.
2. I am going to visit a tree I planted at my elementary school — Maple School. When I think of me being a 3rd grader and 8 years-old — well it makes ME FEEL pretty old indeed. But there was a legacy left there for now two generations!
3. We plan on visiting my Grandpa and Grandma Hohm’s grave in Sycamore, Illinois. I remember every Memorial Day we would go there until I was probably 14 or 15 years old. One time this 1-hour trip took like 6 hours because our Toyota Crown Station Wagon’s carborator’s needle-valve kept sticking open and flooding the engine with gas. That gas back then? Probably 45 cents per gallon. NOW I AM REALLY FEELING OLD!
More to come … just bookmark this page or check in to http://chicago.revtim.com at any time for updates!