...I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord... I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him... I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death.

- Philippians 3:8-10 (NIV)

I'm in a pretty big transition time in my life, and I just want to give you a glimpse into what God is doing in my heart right now.

I'm going from one full-time job in the corporate world and one part-time job at ThornCreek to a single full-time position at ThornCreek. It's very exciting, but in this time, it has also been easy to get caught up in all kinds of things--money and how to spend it, planning for my wife's new job (yet to be determined), planning for a new schedule, ministry growth and possibilities, hobby time (I get to have one!), house work, and the list goes on.

Over the last couple nights I went on a personal retreat with God. I was reminded that my frist thoughts, my first planning, my first love must be Jesus.

If I don't keep Jesus first, everything else will drain me. I will get lost or caught up in doing for God instead of being with Him. I will focus on performing for God, trying to earn His love, acceptance, and approval.

Jesus in me. Jesus before me. Jesus after me. Jesus is all in all. He loved me before I was born. He loved me enough to go to the depths of hell--separated fully from the Father. I can't earn His love.

I want to know Christ. I want to know the power of the resurrection. I want to share in the fellowship of His sufferings. I want to not be satisfied with what I know and how I know Christ today. He is infinitely bigger and greater than I can understand.

Jesus help me to put you first above everything--self, family, job, ministry