It’s every persons responsibility and joy to respond to the Lord with worship for all He is. Thankfully, I have a Senior Pastor who takes that responsibility seriously, understands and lives out a life of worship and supports the use of the arts in our weekend worship gatherings. I receive daily insights from Pete and today’s describes his heart and understanding for worship. I loved this:
Worship is so encompassing because it’s an expression of our heart and decision of our will. It’s a conscious choice to realize that God is “the center” of our communities and our personal lives.
I’ve never been big on resolutions but I am big on remembering. Because it’s when I remember what God has done for me and who He says I am, I’m more resolved than ever to allow Him to live His life in and through me. Colossians 1:9-14 is a passage I love going to in remembrance:
We ask God to give you a complete understanding of what He wants to do in your lives, and we ask Him to make you wise with spiritual wisdom. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord and you will continually do good, kind things for others. All the while, you will learn to know God better and better. We also pray that you will be strengthened with His glorious power so that you will have all the patience and endurance you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father, who has enabled you to share the inheritance that belongs to God’s holy people, who live in the light. For He has rescued us from the one who rules in the kingdom of darkness and He has brought us into the Kingdom of His dear Son. God has purchased our freedom with His blood and has forgiven all our sins.
Colossians 1:9-14 (NLT)
Happy New Year to you and yours!
My wife, Lindsey, and I, along with our crazy-awesome 3 year old, Beckham, welcomed another baby boy to our family last Wednesday, October 24 at 4:59am. Jenner James Wilson – he’s a handsome chunk weighing 9lbs 4oz and 22inches long!
We’ve really had a great week adjusting to what it means to now be a family of four. Mom and baby are doing great and Beckham couldn’t be more proud.
No surprise, there have been some late nights and early mornings with our new little guy. It’s there in the quiet, I tell him:
Your God made you.
He knew you before your mom and I did.
He saw your unformed body and designed every detail perfectly.
You are His masterpiece.
He has incredible plans for you.
Incomprehensible as it is, your God loves you more than your mom and I ever could.
I pray for the day you’ll understand how great His love for you is.
Of course, being a dad is God’s gift of grace to me. As I pray these truths over my boys, I hear the Father praying them over me. This day, may you hear Him praying them over you as well.