What have WE done?

I have two little girls.  Aside from my faith in Christ, my daughters and Kristy are the most important things in my life.

I will lay down my life for these girls if need be!

I will stop at nothing to protect them!

I often wonder how their lives will unfold before my eyes.  Have we made the right choices and decisions that we could?  Have we given them the opportunities that we could to the best of our ability?

It was early one morning while I was talking to God.  I asked him why I had not heard him as clearly as I once had.  Of course I knew the answer.  The reason was because I was not carving the time that I needed daily to spend with him in His word and in prayer.  Aside from my failure I heard him loud and clear that morning.  It was what some of you may say is a coincidence and others may just brush it off.  But, I have learned that God speaks to us.  If we don’t hear him it is often because of us…..perhaps that is a topic for later.  I walked into work, where they were showing pictures from a family event that weekend.  What I saw saddened me.  I saw a picture of a young girl wearing a shirt saying “perfect boys only exist in the movies”.  I do not know this person but I immediately thought of my girls.  Now I know what many of you are thinking….Chill out it’s just a shirt.  BUT…. We now live in a society where our daughters expectations are (but better not be) harvested in the media.  Ok Ok Ok …I get it its just a shirt.  I mean for real, I used to rock a shirt that said “pooter” and another that said “dingleberry”, but think for a minute about that statement…..

The fact is there are not perfect boys.  No perfect person except for Christ has ever walked this earth

So there are no perfect boys….EXCEPT IN THE MOVIES?  So there it is….There is our daughters goals and ambitions of their future husbands….movies….

Do we just accept that?  We don’t guide, teach, and point them in the right direction?

These are actual questions I am asking people…I am the furthest thing from an expert on these subjects.  Ask my wife, I am the best at opening my mouth and having the completely worst timed responses come out.

The point I am hoping to make is this….Are we raising a generation of children that know they are loved?  Are we raising a generation of children that know they are beautiful?  We better be!  If not then they will look for it in other places!

Lets pause for a minute and think about what is all around our girls.  Look at the media, what do you see?  Really, I am asking this question!  Because what I see is pure CRAP!  I see images of half naked lies!  I see lust wrapped in abandonment!  I see illusions of drink and drug induced fantasy.  What is worse….I see people fueling this fire of lies!  I see little girls that are buying into these lies and that is what they should be reaching for….these are our daughter’s goals in life….ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!

GUESS WHAT?  MEN…..IT. IS. OUR. FAULT!

It is far to past time to stand up men!  We have set idle by on the bleachers of life for far too long!  It is time to take back our families!  It is time to take back our communities!  It is time to take back this nation!  It is time to take back this sitcom called life!

Man…. I am not playin..I am not just trying to just make something sound like a good idea.  I am talking about an actual movement that needs to happen in this country!  The question is what are you going to do about it?

MEN are you the head of your house?  Do you show examples of what is right and wrong?  At work do you speak up to ill fouled jokes?  Do you turn your head when someone puts a picture of a half naked girl in your face?  Do you speak up when you know you need to speak up?

Dads…..Are you investing in your girls?  Are you letting your girls see you respect their mom and all other women?  Are you letting them see you stand up for what is right and wrong?

Proverbs 31:30-31(NLT)

30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last;
    but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
31 Reward her for all she has done.
    Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.

I make it a point to tell them everyday that I love them and that they are beautiful.  Actually right now I have to say Awesome in place of Beautiful.  I tell them they are Awesomely Beautiful!

If I could…or if you would…let me pray this…

Father God,  You are amazing!  No one could ever show as much love as you have for us!  You have written down instructions for how we should live not because you want to tie us down or hold us back, but because you love us and you know what ugly and hurtful things happen when we chose not to follow them.  Father I pray for this nation of young girls.  I pray that they will know they are beautiful and loved.  I pray they hear these words from a mom or dad that can show them the true meanings of love and beauty.  God, you know my heart and you know my passions.  I pray for a movement of difference makers in this nations.  I pray these things for one reason only and that is so that your kingdom will advance.  Start to pull and tug at the hearts that need to hear this.  Flood mens hearts who are in a position that can take a stand and listen to the changes that need to happen in this country.  Let us show love and mercy, let us be full of your grace, and let us be real and consistent.  God, you are awesome, I love you, and thank for loving me in the biggest way possible!  IN YOUR AWESOME SON’S NAME I PRAY THIS….AMEN!

 

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Disclaimer….Normally Kristy will make sure I have not said anything overboard….words like “pooter” and “dingleberry” might not have been approved.  Sorry.

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FREE CHARLES MANSON

EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US IS BORN WITH A HOLE IN THEIR HEART.  A hole that in fact will prevent you from being whole!  It is a scary freakin hole people.  I am not trying to woo you with play on words.  I am telling you about a real, physical, deep hole.  One that can and will in fact kill you and send you straight to HELL if what you put anything other than what is TRUE, PURE, and FULFILLING!  Ding Ding Ding you got it people….I am only speaking of JESUS.

Man….right now I am so pumped but I know I have to slow it down because I have just really lost the few people that clicked on this link wondering what kind of freak would say FREE CHARLES MANSON (be patient, I am getting there!).

Ok.  Over 2000 years ago my LORD and SAVIOR stood before Pilate being charged for “stirring up the people all over Judea by his teachings” (AMEN!).  Ahhh heck lets listen in so you can stand right there and put your self in the shoes of the masses….. or sandals….

Mark 15:1-15

Jesus’ Trial before Pilate

15 Very early in the morning the leading priests, the elders, and the teachers of religious law—the entire high council[a]—met to discuss their next step. They bound Jesus, led him away, and took him to Pilate, the Roman governor.

Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

Jesus replied, “You have said it.”

Then the leading priests kept accusing him of many crimes, and Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer them? What about all these charges they are bringing against you?” But Jesus said nothing, much to Pilate’s surprise.

Now it was the governor’s custom each year during the Passover celebration to release one prisoner—anyone the people requested. One of the prisoners at that time was Barabbas, a revolutionary who had committed murder in an uprising. The crowd went to Pilate and asked him to release a prisoner as usual.

“Would you like me to release to you this ‘King of the Jews’?” Pilate asked. 10 (For he realized by now that the leading priests had arrested Jesus out of envy.) 11 But at this point the leading priests stirred up the crowd to demand the release of Barabbas instead of Jesus. 12 Pilate asked them, “Then what should I do with this man you call the king of the Jews?”

13 They shouted back, “Crucify him!”

14 “Why?” Pilate demanded. “What crime has he committed?”

But the mob roared even louder, “Crucify him!”

15 So to pacify the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip, then turned him over to the Roman soldiers to be crucified.

Here is the point.  All throughout life we try and we try to fill this hole in our hearts with things of this world.  Let me spell it out in words that may be uncomfortable for you to hear but maybe GOD is using this to put it in your face again.  Drugs.  Sex.  Alcohol.  Pornography.  Lust.  Stealing.  Gambling.  Adultery. And a World Full of others!  Sin is sin is sin is sin people.  It is all an ugly cancer that will rot you from the inside (read Frank Peretti’s book The Oath).  Fact is for a season these things might actually seem to satisfy….but then that hole grows deeper and what happens?  More.  More.  Right?  The drugs just don’t feed the demon anymore.  So what do you do?  You look for stronger drugs or more of whatever it is…you fill in the blank.  We all look for something that will satisfy and the the fact is that only CHRIST can fill that hole so that you will be made whole.  There are those of you that know what I am talking about.  There are some of you that are on one side or another.  Some of you are still running and experimenting with crap that wont fix you and only makes you more broken.  Some of you have been through it and gave it all up because you experienced the awesomeness of our CHRIST.  I think about Jesus as a parent in these situations…Begging you to quit keep chasing your tail with these worldly things that will not make you happy.  I can hear him saying “Son/Daughter…you don’t need to experience the world, I did it for you and its ugly.  Come to me and I will fill you in a way that you will never want again!”

We were all there shouting to release Barabbas instead of Jesus.  Wait for it…You still can not wrap your head around what just happened can you?  Ok, let me make it a little more modern for you…..

You were not shouting for Jesus!  You, instead, were shouting for Charles Manson to be set free in place of Jesus!  You then demand that Jesus be crucified!  What relation does Charles Manson have to this point?

Sin may start out simple and seem innocent.  But what happens when it does not feed the appetite?  It grows.  The same thing is true about Charles Manson.  The sin kept growing and growing and consumed his entire body making him a killing almost nonhuman being.

Ted Bundy….Simply started out as a kid searching through trash cans in his neighborhood looking for naked pictures of women, to looking in windows, to overtime as that sin grew more and more to becoming a horrible serial killer!

Would you stand there screaming to free Charles Manson and crucify Christ?  We did people…thats what we did.  We gave into earthly reasoning.  2000 years ago the people before Pilate proclaimed that they had a Barabbas (Charles Manson) shaped hole in their heart!

People…Dont think you can control it or that we are exempt.  You can not!  Only Jesus Christ can!

I gladly proclaim that I do not have a Barabbas shape hole in my heart!  My heart is filled with with my Lord and Savior!

Give Me JESUS!  Nothing else compares!  The shape of the hole in my heart is that of Christ….oh yeah….and it is filled yo!

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