finding my #1 thing

In this day and age, there are so many experiences that one can have.  But which should we choose?  Over the past few months, I have been reminded of all that I am good at and of all that I would love to pursue.

Yet I don’t think God is calling me to pursue it all.  He is calling me to pursue a very few limited things.  Those things are still being worked out in my mind, but I know that music is probably the most prominent one for me.

You see, I have been playing music since 6th grade, when I started playing trumpet.  I have played almost every day of my life since then and I am continually trying to do more.  Yet I have lost the discipline of practicing.  Of furthering myself each day to be better and to do more.  I have become complacent and don’t spend as much time on music as I should.

So I have made getting back into the swing of things musically my #1 goal for 2011.  Writing.  Rehearsing.  Learning new instruments.  Jamming with others.  Discovering new music and artists.  And I am so excited about it.

You see, I can’t do many things well.  And that’s okay.  I can play music.  So I will start there.

Where should you start?  What is obviously your best gifting?


Gasoline and Jesus

Great quotes and thoughts can provoke a thousand words.  This one sparks me once again as I rereading Ben Arment’s book, Church in the Making.

“Have you ever seen a movie where the villain thinks he’s safe from a fire he started . . . until he notices the trial of gasoline leading to his own feet?  Jesus essentially lit his followers on fire so they’d run like mad for the outlying areas.  And when they did, they carried the gospel with them.”

– Ben Arment, Church in the Making, 77.

I truly want to watch myself burn for the glory of God.