One of my sons attends Oral Roberts University and this weekend they hosted an Empowered21 Conference. Drew told us weeks ago that someone had donated enough money for all students (and there are thousands of them) to be able to attend the conference free. How awesome is that!!! Anyway, the new school president, Mark Rutland, who is amazing and is helping transform that school back into what God intended for it to be, cancelled classes so the students could attend, not only, the big general sessions but also any breakout sessions they wanted. I was so excited for Drew to get to attend this conference. I will add that I was a bit jealous too, the price tag was kind of high for us to take the whole family. So we stayed home and looked forward to getting a play by play from Drew.
On Saturday he told us he received an email saying Saturday evenings general session was going to be open to the public, free of charge, Yippee!!! We all went and it was absolutely wonderful. There was a pastor there from every continent who spoke. Boy, was it ever exciting and JUST WHAT I NEEDED. They spoke on lots of things, but the main focus was on missions, winning the lost, you know the whole reason we are here, but one of the easiest to forget. I know I get way too caught up in my life sometimes when I need to be still and remember that this is not about me and what I have to do, it is about Jesus and what He already did.
One guy said “We should be like an upside down tree with our roots in heaven and our fruit falling on this earth.” That really made me think!!! Am I keeping my roots in heaven or letting them slip back down occasionally? What kind of fruit am I bearing? Am I good fruit or bad fruit? Is it falling on good ground? Am I diligently seeking those in need of Jesus? Am I saving it only for the ones “I” think need it or am I sharing it even with those less likely souls? Am I letting my life be the example Christ wants it to be? Or am I letting “me” get in the way of all that?
“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5
I know we all have a part to play in this world but I also know it is a choice. I pray that we can all stay focused on what He wants and not what we want!!
Counting it all Joy!!