If It Doesn’t Challenge You…

Someone once told me – Life sure would be a lot easier if I didn’t have all these challenges to overcome!  Of course I think we would all agree with that statement but the truth of the matter is, if there are no challenges then there are no changes.

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Challenge brings change – PERIOD!  There is no other way around it and though that often brings difficult and intense moments into our lives, it is necessary for growth.  I for one, do not want to be a person who refuses to grow and although I may not like the way growth comes into my life, it is extremely necessary!

In fact I have learned 3 things when it comes to facing a challenge:

  1. I can refuse to face it
  2. I can complain and gripe about it or….
  3. I can embrace it and welcome it knowing it is bringing about something good in my life.

The key is attitude!  If you know me, you know I am big on attitude.  Attitude determines direction and direction is more important than speed!  (TWEET THIS) It is all in your perception of the challenge that you are facing.  I have been privileged to speak to hundreds of thousands of young people in my short 46 years of life and I tell them each time I get the opportunity – I could let the challenge of having one hand stop me and keep me sidelined from life or I can embrace it and allow it to push me higher and make me stronger.

It all starts with the attitude you possess about the challenge you face.  See those challenges as opportunities instead of obstacles.  Embrace them like you would embrace an old friend.  Know that they are brought into your life to change you into what you were created to become.

That is all!  Have a good day….

~Darin

34,000 Feet In The Air

It is interesting that I am sitting in an airplane 34,000 feet above the ocean on our way to the city of Manila, Philippines and am able to be on wifi to post to my blog.  We left early out of LAX this morning and will eventually get to our final destination. LONG FLIGHT! But as I peer out the window it is amazing the perspective I get being up this high of an altitude. Perspective is something often needed to readjust our direction in life. Sometimes we adhere to the old adage – We can’t see the forest for the trees!  Life has the tendency to keep us pretty locked into our present surroundings and we often can’t see the bigger picture.

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My wife and I, along with our dear friends Jeff & Brenda Mallory are making our way across the ocean to speak at a minister’s conference in the city of Manila.  We are expecting great things and ask for your prayers as we spend a few days with some precious ministers and their wives who pastor churches all over the Manila metro area.  This will be an intense few days and we need the strength and wisdom of God to bring a fresh word to our dear brothers and sisters overseas.

On my Facebook page I posted a video Jeff put together of the children of Smokey Mountain.  You can view this video by going to my Facebook page or clicking on the link below.  We will be spending some time ministering to the people/children of this massively populated area of Manila.  I pray that God will use us to make a difference in lives we come in contact with this week.  I want to say a great big thank you to The Point church for making this trip a possibility for my wife and I.  I believe we will be forever changed by this experience and wish each of you could be with us.  Your prayers and financial support have made this possible and only eternity will reveal the impact you have made by doing so.

Here is the video that tells a bit about one of the areas of ministry this week.

God bless!

~DS

 

God’s Got This

How many of you have ever faced situations that seemed to be filled with obstacles and challenges?  Ok, you can put your hands down now!  I think everyone of us that are reading this post have at some time come up against obstacles and difficulties that seemed absolutely impossible to overcome or work our way through.

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The greatest temptation during times of struggle is to give in, throw in the towel and quit, but if truth be told, these moments provide the greatest opportunity to begin looking around for a miracle.  It is in the impossible that God often turns things around to the possible!

I read a book years ago titled, “God Works the Night Shift” and this morning in my time of devotion, I was reminded how we are not left alone to face our mountains and God continues to work when I can’t see it.  In moments we feel abandoned or up against insurmountable odds, God promises us that He will never leave us or forsake us no matter the size of the obstacle that may be in your path.  We are facing some personal challenges right now in our family and I can’t help but think – God’s got this!

I often think of Moses when facing challenges in my own personal life.  When Moses was preparing to go speak to Pharaoh I can’t help but think God continued to encourage him by reminding Moses – I got this!

But it is Pharaoh…. I got this!

But it is the entire nation of Egypt… I got this!

But it is Cancer… I got this!

But it is Failure… I got this!

But it is an incurable disease… I got this!

But I am struggling to overcome… I got this!

Every miracle Moses watched God perform was just a reminder – Moses, I got this!  Don’t worry – TRUST!

The reason Jesus went to the cross and conquered death, hell and the grave is to remind us – no matter what may come your way – trust ME – I GOT THIS!

Just a thought – Carry on and have a blessed day!

~Darin

She’s My World

I will never forget the day.  I was attending a conference in Salt Lake City and was standing outside of a restaurant waiting to get in.  I was with a group of friends waiting to get a table when I saw her for the first time.  In fact I couldn’t take my eyes off of her!  There she stood and I knew from that moment my life would never be the same.  Of course it took some convincing to get her to realize the same thing but I must have done a good job because we have been married now for close to 22 years.

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Today is my wife’s birthday and all I can say is she’s my world.  I don’t even want to think about life without her.  She is a wonderful mother, friend, wife, pastor’s wife and there is no way I could make it without her in my life.

Today we celebrate you babe!  I know this has been a busy season and it seems the summer has flown by with our crazy schedule but I just wanted you to know that you are my world and I love you to the moon and back!

I have often said that “life moves at the speed of relationships” and the life you and I get to share together has been a great journey of adventure and excitement.  I love you!

Happy Birthday Duwop!

~Darin

Seasons

Seasons!  What comes to your mind when you hear this word?  Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer?  I can remember as a child anticipating the changes in the seasons.  Now as I am a wee bit older (LOL) I think of seasons in a much different way.

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Seasons now represent periods of time in my life where I am learning something new or experiencing a different phase.  For many of us seasons no longer represent changes in the weather but rather moments in our lives where we are learning, growing, or changing as an individual.  Each season has unique lessons we can learn if we pay attention.

Currently, in the season we find ourselves in, we are experiencing some major changes.  The church I am privileged to pastor is moving forward into an exciting “season” of growth and change as we plan for the future.  Our family is also facing a new season.  The house we have been living in was sold by the owners, so we are having to move into a new place and though the challenges may be many it is very exciting to see what God is doing.

I have discovered that each season requires a new approach to how we view our position (where we are), our perspective (where we are going) and our potential (what we can do).

Sure, seasons may come and go but the lessons we learn along the way are the most important thing to consider.  You may be going through a difficult season but I guarantee you God has something in this time of life for you to learn that will make you a better leader, father, mother, student, husband, or wife.  It is all in how you view the season!

Stop worrying about the season that you have moved into and start focusing on your position, your perspective and your potential.  God would not have allowed you to step into this season if He didn’t have a plan for your life.

Believing for Great Seasons,

~DS

Only One Life?

We have all heard the saying – “Well, you only have one life to live!” Although that statement is true it demands an accompanying question – “If so, then what are you doing with the one life you have been given?”

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So much of the quality of our lives revolve around how we spend our time and what we do with the time we have been given on this earth. I have lived by a simple principle for most of my life that is simply this – YOU WILL NEVER MAKE AN IMPACT UNTIL YOU ARE COMMITTED TO THE COLLISION!!!

This has been my life’s motto and one that I am not ashamed to have as the guiding principle of my life. I refuse to get to the end of my life and wish I had done more to make a difference in someone else’s life. However, this always involves the risk of being misunderstood. To make an impact one must be willing to face whatever collision may come and that collision may be in the shape or form of those who refuse to do anything with the life they have been given. It may be a disability or painful moment of your past. Each of us have things that can hold us back if we so choose to allow it!

For those that are content to sit on the sidelines of life afraid to get out on the playing field because of whatever…. while mocking what others are doing to make a difference, I simply say “GET A LIFE!” To sit idly by with the gifts and the talents God has given to each of us is to waste a life. In fact I would go so far to say it is a SIN! God created us to MOVE forward and make an impact in whatever way we can. I know this hour in which we live is riddled with problems but what an hour to be the child of God and part of the church. This is the greatest hour to be alive and those that choose to stick their head in the sand are going to miss a great opportunity to turn their world upside down. It is not an hour to sit idly by, so afraid of everything going on around you, that you cant do something. God never created us to be a monument – He created us to be a movement.

This is why I choose to use my disadvantage as an advantage! This is why I choose to take steps forward to help make a difference in others. I am not trying to pick a fight with anyone or be rude in what I am saying, but there are so many things to do that only you can do! Quit being so afraid you will get trampled all over – you are a child of the King! You have the potential to change your world – GET OUT THERE AND MAKE AN IMPACT! The world is waiting to see what you will do with your one LIFE!