August 24-28, 2016 is the date of our 7th Christian Communicators Conference, and that’s not counting the two ADVANCED conferences we’ve held with CCC grads. This year Carolyn and I will be co-leading the conference with the addition of our three new co-directors who will eventually take over the leadership of Christian Communicators this fall. My goodness, how time has flown! It seems like just a couple of years ago that God began whispering His will to my heart.
I often wonder how different my life might be if I had continued fighting with God, never submitting to His plan for a new, unique speaker’s training conference. I’m thankful He stuck with me and orchestrated Carolyn’s move to SC in order to provide the perfect partner. It’s been an exciting, scary, life-changing journey for me and many others.
But the more I consider what God has done, the more I realize what a small part I am of it. I have nothing to offer but my flawed, sinful self. If there is any gifting or talent, it came from Him. If there is any good in me, it is Him. On my own, I’m weak and empty-handed. I have nothing to offer. But praise Him, He loves me and can use me anyway.
As usually happens, the months leading up to the conference have been–and will continue to be–crazy. Last year was no different. Simply too much to do and not enough time to do it. I have to admit that when I walked into last year’s Sunday morning service, my mind wasn’t ready. Instead of calming my spirit and going straight to that place of worship, my heart and mind continued to work on my mental and written To-Do list.
But within minutes, the truth of the words on the screen cut through my fog of too much stuff and spoke to my fretful heart.
Soon my mind was quieted, my heart was at peace, and I was moved to real worship, acknowledging how great He is and how small I am. I may be empty-handed, but in His hand, I’m alive.
Are you like me? Aware of how great He is and how small we are? Feeling too sinful, too fickle, too weak, too busy to be used for the Kingdom by our Almighty Father? Welcome to the crowd.
Majesty (Here I Am), a song written by Martin Smith and Stuart Garrard, says it all. It ministered to me again today. I’m sorry, but I was unable to get the video to upload, so please click on the black Majesty and worship with me:
Praise the Lord, my soul. Lord my God, you are very great;
you are clothed with splendor and majesty.
Grace and peace be yours in abundance,