Common Sense REBORN Devotion

Hey Y’all! It has been over two weeks since I have been on here. I miss writing for you. It has been a busy month. Being on Active Duty Orders is exhausting with a newborn. I have a whole new respect for the millions in the military that have served over the last two decades while growing their families. What many of us do not understand is the time requirements our armed forces are dedicating each and every day to always be ready. Even when they are not deployed, during many training periods members of the armed services are working 12+ hours a day for an extended period of weeks. I pushed back against the month long orders I had mentioned in my last post. Instead, I am on just Day 9 of a 21-day extended Drill/Annual Training. Just nine days and I am drained. I even had two late starts over the weekend due to a funeral and a late call Sunday morning for recovery. I have been working 06:30 AM-5:00 PM everyday, and I have been blessed with the ability to go home and help keep Mrs. Z’s sanity as she is juggling a house of three children. But through it all, through the restless nights, the early mornings, and the late work evenings, I do realize how beyond blessed I am. I am blessed with the ability to serve my country and all the benefits that has presented to myself and my family over the years. I am blessed to have a superhero wife that is able to care for the house and do so much in my absence. I am blessed with three beautiful children to keep our lives full of love, laughter, and limitless entertainment. I do not want this post to come across as if I am complaining about these challenges, because I am very grateful for where they come from. I just want y’all to know why I have been so silent.

A lot has happened in the world over the last two weeks. President Gorbachev and Queen Elizabeth, two great world leaders who helped dissolve empires and allow many countries to regain their independence, have passed away. The United States, and much of the world, took pause on the 21st Anniversary of 9/11 to remember the 2,977 innocent lives taken in the most brazen terrorist attack of the 21st Century. Ukraine is pushing Russia back to the russki’s border with huge battlefield victories. American Football season started, if you are a fan. Gas prices are dropping across the US (it’s back under $3 where I am in GA). My favorite Sheriff in Florida had a huge catch in a sex-trafficking sting. And our local church just welcomed 244 souls reborn in Christ this past Sunday.

Of all those news stories, the most important is, of course, the last. The Holy Spirit is moving. There is Revival in this time. We are at a pivotal moment in humanity’s history, but, honestly, every generation had the opportunity to say the same, but this generation is much different. We are connected like never before, we are seeking truth and exposing lies with greater clarity, we are championing change on a global scale, and pushing back against injustice around the world. I feel like the story of man is quickly approaching the epic conclusion when the Son of Man returns to issue the end of this world. How will your story, the story of your life, fit in with God’s ultimate masterpiece? Our personal story, the one we control, seems to be an important focus of the Holy Spirit right now. Matthew West sings about how his story is God’s glory in an amazing new song that you can listen to here. Pastor Steven Furtick just preached a powerful message about who is telling your story, and how to “understand the power of the story you tell yourself.” Click here to be anointed by that special sermon. But perhaps my favorite whispering of the Holy Spirit to get our attention in this season, to wake us up to the lives we are living and the stories we are writing, is this new song from Matt Maher, entitled “The Stories I Tell Myself”. It is my new favorite song (click the image below to hear why) and the real reason I stayed up late to put this post together. Please do not let the limits of this world dictate how your story continues. Keep your faith in the Author who wrote the universe into existence and tell yourself the stories of old: stories of Abraham counting stars in the sky; Jacob fighting an angel for his life; Joseph walking around walls until they fall; and the greatest story of all, those stories of Jesus. Those lines come from the song below, a masterpiece by Mr. Maher and an anthem for our times. Tell yourself the stories of God stepping down and changing the course of humanity and look around. He’s walking with us right now. He’s changing hearts and saving lives. God wants us to live lives that glorify His name, that allow the way we are living to be the salt of the Earth and a light on top of the hill. Stitch your story into the fabric of God’s great design.

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