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Shovel Faith or Dozer Faith?

    A few years ago I was blessed with the opportunity to work on heavy equipment. For me it was the best job in the world. There are not many places you can work where your boss says “go, move that pile of dirt.” This was great, while I was working there; we did tons of heavy lifting jobs (haha). Moving dirt, heavy lifting, and big machines what more could any man want?

    The world of moving dirt can be broken down into two main categories, man powered or machine powered. The man powered toll includes the ever famous shovel, the most simple and possibly longest lasting tool of all time. On the other hand is the modern day machine powered dirt movers. These can transform a landscape in mere hours. While one digs a hole to plant a tree, the other moves massive amount of earth in one pass.

    In the Christian life we make numerous choices. Most are based upon the amount of faith we have, faith is the foundation of Christianity. The Christian life is covered in mountains we must cross in order to increase our relationship with Christ. However, the question at hand is, what tool will we use?

    Our mountains in life can be moved by the amount of faith we display to God. However, we choose our own tool by the amount of faith we display, shovel faith or dozer faith. Most Christians are choosing the shovel faith, not knowingly. To move a mountain with a shovel it will take a toll on your life and Satan will remain a foothold in your life. With the shovel your relationship may deepen small amount over the years, but only in one area, as with digging a hole. However, with the dozer faith you can take a mountain and flatten it. With the dozer Satan will try to influence your decision but your faith will overcome the temptation.

    So which one do you display? Shovel faith, moving dirt and not increasing your walk with Christ. Or is it dozer faith, moving mountains, removing Satan’s impact on your decisions and growing closer to Christ each day. Which fits you? Will you ask God to deepen your faith today?

In Matthew 11:22-23 Jesus says, if we have faith in God, and really believe, then we can move a mountain.

 

Simply Encouraging,

Matt White

 

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You get what you put in:

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Whew, the sacrifices one must make to write a blog. It was so cold and windy outside this morning. However, in order to get this picture I had to brave the cold. This garden is my pride and joy, I have put hundreds of hours of work into this beautiful oasis. Numerous hours of back breaking work, the calloused hands, and sweaty forehead, this garden has required a lot of me. It’s as if I have committed my life to this garden. I have taken time away from friends and at times family just to work in this garden. There have been days that I didn’t feel like working on it, but I knew that I needed to, therefore out the backdoor I would go. (This garden and I started our relationship about five minutes ago when I downloaded this picture, it’s really not mine.) Even though our relationship has been relatively short I have learned a lot from this garden.

The post about neglect is when you will get to see my real garden. But for now we can imagine this one is mine. As most know a garden of this magnitude is a full time job. Basically with a garden you get what you put in. Here it’s evident that a lot has been put in. This garden is a vivid picture of commitment.

The same can be said for our Christian lives, you get what you put in. Have you ever wondered how to get closer to God? Have you ever wondered how to have a nice garden? The simple answer is the same, commitment. To increase our walk with God it’s going to take commitment. In any relationship you get what you put in, especially with God. God longs for you to spend time with Him, to be committed to Him. To have a nice garden it’s going to take commitment, to have a deep relationship with God it’s going to take commitment. Will you commit more to God?

Mark 4:24-25 Then he added, “Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given and you will receive even more. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them.”

Simply Encouraging,

Matt White

Simple:


 

    A simple ball can bring out the kid in anyone. Kids are more amazed by the box than the toy, something we have all heard. This Christmas season will be no different. The box will be the biggest hit of all. The simple stick that can transform from a sword to a wand and then miraculously into a spaceship with the flip of the imagination, will be at the top of each kids Santa list. There are so many things adults could learn from the simple imagination and mind of a child.

    Before starting college a few years ago I planned to right a letter to myself. This letter would include my passions and where God was leading me in my life. But most of this entire letter was going to remind me about the simple things in life. Higher education is great but it can easily distance you from reality. I knew this battle was coming and I wanted to be ready. I never wrote the letter. But, being aware has helped. God has laid on my heart a passion for keeping it simple. School has helped in some and hurt in others.

     So the question remains why has the ball lasted so long, as the greatest toy ever? It is simple. No other answer should suffice. The idea of something simple is appealing to a child or an adult. So why is it that the world and our way of thinking have become so complex? Everything we are surrounded with is deep and hard to comprehend, why? Our culture has the idea that we must impress everyone with our fancy words and deeds. But, Scripture has a different approach.

    I just heard that Santa Clause is coming to town. When this happens it also means that we celebrate the birth of the One that made Heaven a free gift to all. This person is Jesus. One of the Interesting parts about His life, was His birth. God should have really prepared better, there should have been room for Jesus, there should have been people there to help with the birth, the gifts should have been there before the birth, the first Gospel should have been presented to rich people (their better) instead of shepherds and Mary shouldn’t had to ride eighty miles on a donkey while she was pregnant. Why did God not prepare and make this event a little flashier? Why did He not choose a royal city? This was the King of Kings that was just born, why was it so simple?

    The complexity of our culture has covered the simplicity of Jesus. His birth was simple, His life was simple, His death was horrible but very clear. His message is simple, love God and Love others.

Try to make this Christmas simple. Slow down and think about what matters. Hug your kids, love your wife, and keep it simple it’s what matters the most and will last the longest.

 

Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus replied “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” All the Law and the prophets hand on these two commandments.”

 

In Christ,

Matt

My Life:

Growing up near the mountains of Tennessee, the outdoors has always played a major role in my life. From a young age I was hunting and fishing, and still am to this day. The outdoors has taught me to appreciate God’s wonderful creation even more each day. The values instilled in me by parents were mainly to keep God first in everything that you do. With this, I fought God for years until giving in and committing my life to Him. Now I am blessed with two great children and the best wife a man could ever ask for. With my love for God and love for the outdoors I view pictures like this one as way to grow closer to Christ.

    On the lake or near a river early in the morning with fishing rod in hand, the fog is like a blanket. When attempting to see through the fog while speeding down the lake on a cold winter morning it’s as if the fog is a wall that remains right in front of you the entire way. Fog mainly does one thing, it blocks our view. When setting in the woods early in the morning anxiously awaiting the sun to break over the horizon, one can be truly let down when it finally happens if the field your watching is covered with a sheet of fog. Now, the anxiousness increases as all you see is fog.

    Fog can easily relate to the sin in our life. Basically fog hinders our sight, and sin keeps us from seeing where God is leading. Throughout, my walk with God I have noticed that God will reveal a few sins to me at a time. Each time I give up trying on my own and allow God to remove that sin from my life it’s as if God is lifting a small amount of the fog away from the direction in which He wants me to go in life. See God has plans for our lives and it’s up to us to give our wants and desires over to Him in order for His plans to be seen. Just as with the fog, once the sun hits that blanket of fog that’s covering up the buck of a life time. In the same way our sin is covering up what blessings God has in store for us and the great plans He has for us. God has great plans for each of us, and it is our duty to relinquish control and allow God to remove the sins that are obstructing our view of the direction in which God wants us to go.

    I have heard numerous Christians say they are not sure where God is leading. But the truth is God is leading us all to be His witnesses (Acts 1:8). The difficulty is that we would rather see farther into the future than we really can. However, if there was no fog between us and God’s plans for our lives then there would be no need for faith. And faith is the foundation of Christianity. Because of the barrier of sin we must increase our faith daily in our walk with God, if not the fog will thicken. Imagine faith and repentance as the sun that burns the fog away a clears the view.

May God work in your life today, and guide you in lifting the fog away from your life.

Psalm 19:1 The Heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.

Dear God: Thank you for your beautiful creation. Thank you for the passion you have given to me for the outdoors. I pray that each person that may read these words will increase their relationship with you. May you lift the fog from life in order that I may see you more? Amen

 

In Christ,

Matt White

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