Incoming message 12:59am
This morning at 12:59am, I received a facebook message from an old friend! Just eleven years ago, this person was very instrumental in launching my family into full time ministry! He’s a great artist… one of his very special pencil drawings still hangs framed in my office, as a continual reminder of the day when I first answered Gods calling for my life.
The story is so much more than that, so let me explain…
Who is this mysterious sender?
Back in 1999, when I first felt like God was calling me out of the business arena… at the height of my career, when perfectly on track for 160 homes sold and an income of $400,000 that year… God came into my office one day with the wildest vision, and before we were willing to act on that vision, we needed to KNOW that I wasn’t just having some kind of mental breakdown.
So we prayed, “God, please give us some kind of external confirmation about this.” And the next morning, in comes this friend that I hadn’t seen in years… and he said, “I woke up this morning at 3am… and I grabbed my easel and drew this picture… and Chuck Balsamo was on my mind the entire time.” It was a pencil drawing of Jesus, dragging the cross… with a scripture verse about picking up my own cross to answer the call!
And here we are today 11 years later… what an epic moment that was for us!
The most poetic plea for help I’ve ever read
Now, today, this old friend is crying out for spiritual help. His facebook message to me has to be the most poetic plea for help I’ve ever read. Here it is…
Hey old friend, looks like life is treating u very kind. I’m not able to say the same right now. It seems that I’ve been running from myself for so long that I’ve lost who I am inside. When I separated from my wife some 6+yrs ago I felt somehow betrayed by God, because I was the man in charge of a Godly home, & how could He allow it to be broken. Since then, I’ve long known that He didn’t do it, He let us make our own decisions & we had reaped the sorrow in our lives because of the secret sins that we had sown into it. Our trees bear no fruit. I’ve recently had thoughts of returning back to take my place @ the feet of God but somehow cannot find the inner strength to do so. Is it pride that holds me back, or have I run so far from Him that the conviction just isn’t there anymore? Some of my happiest times were in the presence of God, & NEED to find my way home before its too late. If you have any words of wisdom for an old, broken down friend who’s blind from sin, I’m willing to listen. Thanks for taking the time to read this, may He continue to bless all that u do…
Todays blog tribe opportunity
Can you guys help me, help him? I know what you’re all capable of saying and doing… because I’ve seen you all in action before! This blog tribe is UNBELIEVABLE!
I realize this is a Saturday… and the comments may trickle in. But, please take a minute to say something, if you can.
Luke 15:3-7 So Jesus told them this story: “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders. When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’ In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!
Guess what tomorrow is!!!
Yup, you guessed it!! It’s Pastor Appreciation Sunday! I’ve been told to stay away from the office today… hmmmmmm, what can they be up to over there at Destiny Family Center??? I don’t know if I’ve ever been this excited before! Read yesterdays blog for more on that… (I’m Very Hyper! Wanna Know Why?) and I will see you all tomorrow! (I hope)
Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make the Difference!