After working on a new vlog with my son, I realized something about myself that made me very self-conscious. Writing it out makes it seem somewhat simple and not important, but it was something that really caught me by surprise. One would imagine it to be something I had on or something I said, but it was neither of those. What I noticed about myself was that I smile–uncontrollably. Sounds silly, doesn’t it? Well it was a cause of concern for me. Each time I spoke a big smile emerged on my face. Some would wonder why I would see this as an issue. It’s just a smile, right? For me, it’s more than a smile; it’s an irregularity, an insecurity. It doesn’t seem “normal.”
As I watched myself on the camera I started to dislike the person I was looking at. I quickly turned it off, and I immediately felt a sense of disgust. Yes, I was disgusted at myself.
I’ve always dealt with several “irregularities” about myself that I felt were not “normal.” Honestly, the whole idea of being normal is overrated and superficial. In my sixth book, Suffering in Silence, I wrote an entire chapter about the pursuit of being “normal.” Here’s a little of what I wrote:
“I was chasing after an image that was not real or attainable mainly because it was a figment of my imagination. I formed my idea of what was normal from what I saw on television and the people around me.” “I was trying to chase after this perfect image while ignoring the perfection of how I was created. I was so dissatisfied with myself that I never looked in the mirror to accept who God created me to be.”
Those are beautiful words, but I must admit that I still struggle with the man I am today and the man God has called me to become. I still judge myself by my insecurities, and I sometimes doubt whether or not God chose the right vessel. Sounds silly, doesn’t it? It’s very silly. Who am I to challenge what God chooses to do on the basis of my insecurities? You should probably ask yourself that same question.
I ask that you join me in putting aside your insecurities once and for all for the sake of obedience. I wonder how many people have hesitated to obey God because of their insecurities. I don’t have to search very far to convict someone of that sin because I am a culprit. I have absolutely no rocks to throw at anyone else. Yes, I smile uncontrollably. I have many things about myself that separates me from the masses, but I’ve learned that value isn’t found when everything is similar. It’s found in the beauty of what’s different and unique. Embrace the unique qualities about you that are beyond your control. End your quest for being normal, and don’t allow your insecurities to cause you to hide the light that’s been lit inside of you by Christ. Let’s continue to discipline our bodies, renew our minds, humble ourselves, and receive discipline from the Holy God. Embrace the beauty of God’s creation, and let’s obey His word and promptings immediately.
Stay focused on the narrow path. Eternity is a heartbeat away.
RT @FSDallas: @thisiscornelius We cannot wait to have you and everyone else with us in less than a week. It's going to be a truly wonderful time!
Gatherers and guests, you will NOT want to miss tomorrow's sermon! I'm preaching a message entitled: "Get in Position." It's important to be where God desires us, and it's not optional! We need to know where we've been placed and why we've been placed there. I plan on teaching the offices and gifts of God, and encouraging everyone to get in position. See y'all in the morning. cc: @thegatheringoasischurch #getinposition
Psalm 10:14-18 🙌🏾
Take time today to put love in action. Encourage the encouragers--those you feel have surpassed the need to be encouraged because they encourage others. Encourage the weak to be strong. Encourage those who weep because of their tests and trials to praise God in the midst of them. Encourage the lazy to fulfill their ministry. Encourage the apathetic to engage in good works. Encourage the blind to find sight in Jesus Christ. Let's be intentional about encouraging others today. You never know what people are going through. Be the light today! #livingonpurposewithcl
Listen, please don't give in to the temptation! Please don't! It's not worth it. First, the thought comes. Then, it's considered as a possibility. Then, it gives birth to sin. And, sin leads to destruction, despair, depression, and death. You'll find yourself doing the same thing you said you would never do again. I know from experience. The temptation seems innocent and the action seems like something you can hide, but trust me when I tell you that IT WILL COME TO THE LIGHT! You have a way of escape; take it. Please.
You don't have to know why God asked you to do it. Just do it! Pay for that person's groceries. Buy the food for the person behind you. Tell that person what God told you to say. Give the person the car instead of trying to sell it. God has spoken to you already, but you're worried that He won't provide for you. Just be obedient. He's using you to bless someone else. That may not mean anything to you now, but it will mean a lot when you're the one in need. You will pray that the person God is pressing will obey Him so your needs can be met. Trust me when I say that OBEDIENCE IS NOT OPTIONAL. Just obey. #livingonpurposewithcl #reallifewithcl #whenGodshandisonyou
I HAVE to experience this live! Find your city, and support. If nothing else, go say hello to @preston_n_perry and @jackiehillperry! They're really amazing people. #thepiatour
I've come to this awesome revelation that a life lived without purpose is dreadful, depressing, and uneventful. I know because I've experienced it. No one desires to just exist; we desire to truly live! I was told by someone when I was a kid that I should become a doctor, but his reasoning was because he felt like doctors made a lot of money. If I would've taken his advice, I would've been miserable! Nothing about the profession interests me, but there are people in the world who are truly passionate about it! They live in underprivileged countries just to serve the less fortunate because it's not about money to them. They're living a life of purpose. I couldn't imagine doing anything other than what I'm privileged to do now--live a purposeful life glorifying my Lord as a preacher. All of the gifts He's given me are on full display the moment I've privileged to preach. It's in that place that I'm at "home." Unfortunately, I know people who live their lives chasing money and titles, and they're MISERABLE! They make great money, but they lack fulfillment. I don't know about you, but I refuse to stand before my Lord and tell Him that I chose a path because of money, prestige, pressure from family, or the like. I fully intend to pour everything out and fulfill the ministry He's given me. And, I'm determined to help others do the same thing! #livingonpurposewithcl #reallifewithcl
You were born at this time to impact this generation all for God's glory. Honor the influence He gives you. There's work to be done, and you're called to fulfill your ministry. #whenGodshandisonyou #livingonpurposewithcl #reallifewithcl
Our marriage retreat is 6 days away at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas! My wife and I are so excited to host a diverse group of married couples this year. We're passionate about this because we desire to see stronger marriages. Strong marriages build strong families; strong families build strong communities; strong communities build strong nations!
Our retreat kicks off next Wednesday at 8:30pm with a group merengue class! Yup, bring your dancing shoes because I'm bringing my camera! 😂😭🤣😩 We had a salsa class last year, and that was HILARIOUS! Oh yeah, we learned a lot about submission and leadership, too. 😂😩😁🕺🏽💃🏼
If you haven't registered, there's 1 couple that is willing to transfer their ticket, and there's only 1 room left at the resort under our room block. Sooooo......first come, first serve. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
I've arrived at a point in my life where I desire relationships with others who are truly about the Father's business. I'm at a point where I truly understand purpose, and I desire for each of my friendships to have purpose. If I'm not challenged to grow, being encouraged to fulfill my calling, and being sharpened by my brother, then I have to reevaluate the connection. What's amazing is that God has brought some really amazing fellas in my life, and this dude is one of them. If you don't know Daniel Brooker and his wife, Brittany, I encourage you to look them up and read their story. To hear his heart and optimism after experiencing so much is truly admirable! My wife and I are proud to serve our Lord Jesus alongside him and @brittanypricebrooker! And thanks to the semi rude lady who took our picture😂🤣😎.