You’re In The Way

Sometimes you’re biggest obstacle to achieving opportunities is yourself!

As I was talking to a friend the other day about life and what I believed the Lord had in store for myself and my family, I was telling him how I felt about a couple things. During this conversation, he just looked at me and said “you’re in the way.”

That phrase has stuck in my head for some time now and I have realized how much truth was in the statement.

You see, he made that statement in reference to why I believe I’m not in God’s perfect will for my life. I’m in the way of being where I should be, doing what I should do.

“Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬

As I was thinking about the phrase “you’re in the way, I thought about the verse above, Galatians 5:7. Paul is asking the church of Galatia who hindered them from obeying the truth. Paul was asking who slowed you down? Who held you back? Who made it difficult for you to obey the truth?

When I read this verse, I think of many different things, many different people who have slowed myself and others down in the Christian life? So much work for Christ has been left undone and unfinished because Christians have been hindered from obeying the truth and following after Christ.

When I read that word “who” in Galatians 5:7, almost always, the first “who” I think about is myself. The person who hinders me from obeying the truth and doing what I should and need to be doing is myself! I’m in my own way!!

When I start to think of how I hinder myself, I think of three things. These three things, I think are a common problem among many Christians. If we are all honest with ourselves, we can all probably say that we hinder ourselves in some way.

The first thing that I get in my own way is my lack of trust in Christ. Yes, I trusted Christ as my Saviour and I trust that I’m always saved through Him. Yes, I trust Him with different aspects in life…but that’s the problem, I need to trust Him in ALL things! When I try to figure out life and do it my own way, I’m just proving that I lack trust in Christ to lead me and guide me where I should go.

The second way I see how I get in my own way is through the time that I waste on a regular basis. When I think of all the time I waste doing things that have no impact on eternity makes me sick! Playing games, sleeping, watching tv, just generally being lazy has put me in a spot where it’s time to kick it in to high gear if I’m ever going to accomplish anything for Christ!

Lastly, one of the main areas I see where I hinder myself, is that of living in the past. I always think about what I used to do for Christ and the success and blessings I’ve seen. I also think about the times where I have failed my Heavenly Father and have let Him down. If I’m always focused on the past, I’ll never be able to see what the Lord has for me in the future!

Here are a few verses I have been using to encourage myself in each one of these areas.

Trust in the Lord

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:5-6‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Redeeming the time

“Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians‬ ‭5:16‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭4:5‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Looking ahead to the future

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭3:13-14‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Although I wrote this from a spiritual aspect in fulfilling God’s will for your life. You can take these points and use them in your life to achieve whatever goals and dreams you have.

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Veterans Who Have Made A Difference In My Life

Today, on Veteran’s Day, I am thankful for all those who have served and are serving in our Armed Forces. I pray, I never take for granted the blessings and opportunities that I have by living in this great country of the United States of America.

As I think about the meaning of this day, I always think about veterans who have made a difference in my life. I grew up in Colorado Springs and the city was surrounded by five military bases. You couldn’t go anywhere without seeing someone in a military uniform. I am grateful that my parents taught me to treat the military with gratitude and respect. I had the opportunity to be on a bus route that went to one of the military bases, Fort Carson, and during this time, I was able to see how much of sacrifice military members made to serve our country.

This weekend, I have been reflecting on a few veterans who have made a difference in my life and have helped me throughout life in making decisions and pointing me in the right direction.

I would have to first thank my parents, Doug and Doris Hutton. My Dad served in the Air Force and my Mom served in the Army. It was through our church’s military ministry that they met, ended up getting married and then had me…biggest blessing of their life! They both instilled into me a work ethic, a schedule, how to have honour and respect. I know they raised me and my siblings in a Christian home but I know some of the military ways were instilled and grounded into us as we were growing up. There is so much that I can thank my parents for, but today I want to say thank you for your service.

Next person that played a huge part in my life is my first boss, Willie McCall. He served in the Army and he was a tank sergeant if I remember correctly. Mr. Willie wasn’t a church member where I went to church, but he probably did more to keep me in church than most people I went to church with. During this time, I had an attitude, I had a rebellious spirit, I was critical but Mr. Willie was always there to remind me that my life was far better than his or all my co-workers at the time. I wasn’t in trouble with the law, I didn’t have messed up relationships, he would always point me back to church telling me not to quit and if I did, I would end up like them. Mr. Willie was my second father it seemed during this time, always reprimanding me when I needed it and encouraging me when I felt like giving up! Thank you Mr. Willie for the impact you had on my life.

The last person who played a huge part in my life was Mike Chantigian. He served in both the Marines and the Army. Bro. Chantigian was my bus captain most of my high school life. We were Bus 15 and we went to Fort Carson every week to reach those military families. He showed me that it was alright to never take no for an answer when out visiting for church. He made serving God fun, he made spending all day on the bus route worth it. During my teen years when I was most impressionable, he made a huge impression on my life by showing me it was best to serve God no matter what!

To these and all who have and are serving, I say thank you.

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Lessons From LEGO

“According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭3:10-15

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In these verses, we see the importance of how we build our life. Paul is telling the people of Corinth to take heed or pay attention to what is built on the foundation of their life.

The first thing about building anything, you have to have a foundation or a starting point. The foundation for the Christian life is Jesus Christ. There is no other foundation but Christ. You have to have Him as your Saviour if you want to have a successful life. You can do all the things the Bible tells us to do but with Christ as your Saviour, you have no foundation and a weak life.

Whenever people say the word ‘build,’ I think of LEGO. Yes, I think of the building blocks. I love building LEGO sets! I love exploring the creativity of my mind when it comes to LEGO.

As I was reading the above verses, I thought about my experience with LEGO and some lessons that can be learned from them to use in our life.

Lesson 1: There is a process to reach the final product. What do I mean by this? To get the final product, you have to follow the instructions. You do not just open a box of LEGO and the model comes out completed already, you have to follow the process. The Christian life is a life where we are always following the process to get to the final product, to be like Christ. This is a lifelong process for the Christian! This leads right into the next lesson.

Lesson 2: Without the instructions, you will not reach the final product. Maybe on a little set you can get close and figure out how to put all the pieces together, but on a bigger set, you will have so many pieces and there may be some that you don’t even think go to the set! Without our instruction manual, the Bible, the Christian wouldn’t know what is needed to be done to become like Christ, to be holy like Him. We would be out here guessing and trying to do whatever we thought was best, it is a good thing that we have the King James Bible to instruct us in life.

Lesson 3: There is a specific order to the instructions. The instructions given in the LEGO set start at number 1. Then it ascends from there. When you are building the LEGO set, you have to build it in order of the instructions, if you go out of order, you will mess up and you will forget to add pieces. In the Christian life, there is a specific order that God has given us. It starts with salvation, then baptism, and then from there you have a walk with God, church attendance, tithing, spreading the Gospel and more. But if you don’t get the order correct, you will end up with a messed up life. It amazes me that many people, many Christians, know the order that God has given for different things in life, yet we do it our own way and then blame God for the mess we are in. Remember this, you can start over on a LEGO set if you mess up, but you cannot start over in life if you mess up!

Lesson 4: There are specific pieces to the LEGO model. How crazy would it be if LEGO just threw in a bunch of random pieces into the set. You would probably wonder where they go and if you were missing instructions for them. It would be confusing for the builder. Satan is out here, trying to throw extra pieces into our life as we build. He is trying to confuse us and distract us from reaching the finished product that God has for us.

There are many lessons that we can learn from a simple building toy like LEGO. If we follow the instructions and use the correct pieces, we will end up with the final, finished product.

In the Christian life, if we begin with the correct foundation and build upon that with materials of gold, silver and precious stones, then we will end up with a product that is pleasing to the Lord. Too many Christians choose to build upon their foundation with wood, hay and stubble and the Lord is disappointed with their life because it was a selfish life.

One day, we will stand before Christ and we will answer for what we did here on earth. Our life will be on display for everyone. What will your finished life look like? Will it be a mess with wrong pieces, missing pieces? Or will it be a life that is finished and brings honour and glory to God? It is your choice what you build upon the foundation of Christ. Whether you follow instructions or not, the pieces you use, it is your choice!

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