Thoughts

Let My Life Count

Oh, Lord, help me make my life count.

This week I have been in Phoenix as the representative for the City of Houston for the International Association of Civil Aviation Chaplains (www.iacac.ws), a group which I have been a member for twelve years.  The association is comprised of multi-denominations from around the world—largely Europe.  I met some wonderful people through the years from every Christian background imaginable and a few other faiths as well.  Annually we convene, confer and worship on a different continent and in a different style church.

Seeing these great folks again this week reminds me of the breadth of God.  It’s highly possible that we have 2×4 souls with 10×12 God.  We cannot comprehend all of God, so it is pride ad infinitum to think we know all that God is doing or with whom He is doing it in the earth.  Seeing others who find various entry points to God’s presence does not vaunt mine above theirs nor make one right and the other wrong.  Had I been born to parents who worshiped steeped in liturgical circles I would doubtless use that road as my entryway to God.  I happened to be born to a Pentecostal family, and I feel most comfortable approaching God in the manner in which I was raised, but familiarity does not equal Godly.  A read prayer is no less heartfelt and powerful than an impromptu prayer.  A recited prayer is no less Godly than singing a song you know from memory.  To be filled with pride and elitism due to ones birth is the height of ignorance.  Why should I be proud of something of which I had no part to play?

Yes, I am proud of my heritage, and yes, I am proud to be an American, and yes, I am proud to be Spirit-filled, but in all of these accounts I am thankful-proud, not pride-filled-proud.  My heritage is just that—MY heritage.  Others have their heritage and remain just as ebullient about theirs as I do about mine.

Oh, Lord, let me grow up to the full measure you desire me to be, and let my life count.

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  1. You said it just right, Pastor Brett. Praying for you for a safe return home. Thank you for your wonderful words.

  2. And people wonder why Grace Church is growing exponentially?? All they have to do is read something like this, and catch the spirit of Pastor Brett, and you will know!! Thanks, Pastor Brett, for your Godly example!!

  3. Another outstanding blog post! Congratulations! We are all ebullient to have you back in the pulpit.. You have been missed!

  4. Amen Pastor B. We thank God for you and thank you for being REAL. Your life counts, for our life has truly changed. (-: Always praying for you and with you. Safe travels.

  5. Amazing post! Beautiful words to inspire us all to be more tolerant and accepting of others, as well as more in tune with our own beliefs! Thank you for sharing!

  6. Amazing. That revelation of the breadth of God – as well as your application of it is what helped me regain my equilibrium.

  7. So,we being many, are one body in Christ (Rom 12:5) As the head of the body at Grace, I say thank you
    for pouring into the rest of the body.

  8. What a revelation! Wisdom. Thank you Pastor B for being so REAL! We are so blessed to be part of this amazing BIBLE teaching church. Pastor Thank you for the seeds planted in my families life. Continued prayers for you and your family.