Friday, July 21, 2017

My Watermelon Induced Rant

It is 0245 and I am eating watermelon.  Mind you, when I say rant, I do not mean a tantrum or a fit of rage.  It is quite the opposite.  But I will let you decide.


We all know that certain smells or sounds or even a place can trigger hidden, dormant or locked away events in a person's life.  As I sit here chowing down I am reminded of what is probably the first goal I set for myself.  "I want to help people."  My age at the time was about 10 or 11 years.  How I was going to accomplish this was vague.  Even vaguer was the profession by which I would be capable of doing so.  I had NO goals of being a doctor, lawyer, athlete or anything at that time. 


Fast forward several years and I am in high school.  My sophomore year another goal was set...to join the Few, the Proud, the Marines.  On Friday June 23, 1989 I graduated high school.   On Monday June 26, 1989 I was on my way to Marine Corps boot camp training in San Diego, California.  What a way to spend the summer.  California yes.  Getting yelled at by grown men in funny hats.  No.


Taking a break from eating I don't know if I should laugh or cry.  Looking back at it all from the days of my youth up until now, I have set very few goals in my life of things that I REALLY wanted to achieve.  Whether they be personal, professional or anything, I could count them on one hand.  Yes, you read that correctly. 


Another goal I had set myself as I got older was to go to bible school.  After a period in my life of wandering and being spiritually deficient and unsure of my salvation, I wanted to know more about the God of the bible my mother so enjoyed spending time with.  So in September of 2003, I enrolled in Maranatha Full Gospel Bible Institute.  Three plus years later I graduated.  To put it all together, I can say that from a young age God was leading me to a soul winner for the Kingdom of heaven.  Much like the Marines in which all who wear the uniform and no matter their job description as a cook, motor pool, administration, etc., they are all at the most basic level trained as infantry.  As with the church or body of Christ there are pastors, deacons, teachers, prophets, etc., but they are all at the most basic level evangelists.  We carry the gospel message of salvation.  The Good News.


What an amazing thing.  Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.
The will of God is than no man or woman spend eternity apart from Him.  As a believer I and you are tasked with fulfilling this/His purpose.  
So can you tell me was that a rant or a kind reminder of the greatness of our God?