Week 20 - #Prepare - “Yearn"
Are You Yearning on Empty?
Romans 1:11 For I long to see you so that I may share with you some spiritual gift, to strengthen and establish you;
1 Thessalonians 2:8 Thus, yearning over you, we had found our delight in having imparted to you not only the glad tidings of God, but our own lives also, because ye had become beloved of us.
James 4:5 Or do you think the scripture means nothing when it says, "The spirit that God caused to live within us has an envious yearning?”
One definition of yearn is “to long persistently.”
What do you yearn for? What are those things if absent from your life, even for a short period of time you miss?
Do you yearn to make a difference? Yearn to share life with others? Or maybe to create something never imagined before?
What is it that gets you out of bed in the morning when the “opportunity” clock goes off and your feet hit the ground?
Is there a persistent longing in your life "powering your purpose" and “launching" you into your mission?
Wow. I know. Many Questions. Probably too many!
DADs, the yearning in your life is the spark moving you towards action. But to fuel this yearning, you will need to prepare because like Jackson Browne’s 1977 tune, you don’t want to find yourself “Running on Empty.”
"Gotta do what you can just to keep your love alive. Trying not to confuse it, with what you do to survive '69, I was 21 and I called the road my own I don't know when that road turned into the road I'm on"
"Running on empty Running blind Running into the sun But I'm running behind"
Ever feel that way? Wondering how you got down this road you are on and running behind? Your yearning must be fueled and it must also have direction.
In Romans 1:11, Paul had a yearning to be in person with the Christians in Rome. He wrote: "For I long to see you so that I may share with you some spiritual gift, to strengthen and establish you.”
Paul knew he had the ability to build up the Christians in Rome and he longed to fuel their spirit and to strengthen them. Like many of the gifts God instills within us, Paul’s yearning was a gift to be shared with others.
DADs it is essential to have passion and yearning in our lives. It’s what gives us each purpose, fueling our direction. But our yearning must be grounded in truth and Kingdom like.
Where we turn to and whom we place our trust in will determine the road we find ourselves on.
The yearning that truly makes us smile and most importantly makes God smile, is the yearning we have prepared for, never running blind or finding ourselves running on empty!
To God be the glory!
DADs“get in the game”…Today is game day…and so is every day…God gives you! So…C’mon Men Suit Up!
**Today we prepared for our “yearning.” Next week we will consider how to discern and prepare for those things we need to “Acknowledge”**
Note:*For this new year of 2021, the combination of my age (understanding my own fragile mortality), this current and ongoing global pandemic, and most recently the personal loss I’ve experienced of one of my students, has amplified the need to land on one word...#Prepare.
In this "pursuit to prepare" I am determined to dedicate the 52 weeks of 2021 blogging every Week about one aspect of preparation God lays on my heart.
As mentioned in week 1, the word “prepare” means “to establish, fix, or apply.” It conveys the idea of deliberate effort over a prolonged period of time.