“Life” and “The weird things that happen when you’re real with God”

Holy smokes. Very, very exciting things going on around here. When I blogged that 2005 was going to be the best year ever, I really had no idea. I was just trying to speak it into existence. Well, it’s unfolding before my eyes. God’s just on the move–in my heart, in some friendships, in my family, in our small group, in our churches…just across the board. It’s awesome. Just being shown God’s love more and more. Desiring to know him more. Hungering and thirsting for righteousness.

(Note stark contrast of my demeanor just a week or two ago by checking out this post…)

Building a great friendship with a pastor at Westwinds. He’s really helping me work through stuff and is a great sounding board for ideas. Also, Westwinds had a great church meeting where a lot of walls were broken down and hurts mended, so it will be exciting to see what the Lord does with that. And Scooter and I have had some great talks lately. God has some big plans for Real Life in 2005 as well with some land they have and some new ministry ideas. Our small group is flourishing and God is teaching us all some new stuff there. He’s working in Andrea’s life and family in some big ways and Amy is entering the last tri-mester of her pregnancy.

Life I say. Life all over the place. The kingdom brings life to bear in everything. Are we ushering the kingdom with our lives? Does the kingdom expand with each step we take, just as Aslan brought Narnia into being in The Magician’s Nephew?

I urge you all–seek after your role in building the kingdom. What is your gift set? Are you laying it before the alter? Does God have access to the resources, talents and blessings he’s given you? Are there any bottlenecks to him reaching others through you?

Just some questions I’m asking myself; I’m working on having a kingdom-perspective in everything. Clark’s favorite verse is key: Matthew 6:33: But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

And read John 14-16 while you’re at it. If you let it, it will change your life.

Joel Maust

Joel Maust is a blogger, marketer and photographer living in the beautiful Flathead Valley of northwest Montana.

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