Don’t Die In The Great Stampede!

Happy Friday!

Wow, look at the clock! It’s 11:45am and I am just now starting to write my blog! Who would believe I rose at 4am? Busiest morning of my year? Maybe, I think so! My fingers are moving so fast back and forth across this keyboard, I’m dehydrated, and I really have to go potty! Wait, I’m hungry too!

This week has given me a taste of what it may be like when my influence expands. How will I keep up with the people who matter so much to me? Just like everything else, I’m positive God gives grace for success… and when success comes to the right people at the pace, we are well able to adjust our way up.

I’ve already cut out tv (except an occasional episode of criminal minds), and other worthless activities like brushing my teeth and tying my own shoes! (joke, haha) But really, we have to consider that there are only 24 hours in every day… and it is possible for you and I to manifest so much GOD through our lives that we are no longer able to process all the requests for help. This is not a bad problem… it’s just something we should think about from time to time.

How far do you want to go? If you keep on living more and more like Jesus lived, then the time will come when people will stampede their way into your space just like they stampeded their way into His! And you will not be able to respond to every text message, facebook message, voice mail, and knock on the door. If you have a heart, it will break your heart! You will feel like you can save the whole world if you can just get to them all. And you will only be able to reach a few of them. Even if you dedicate your life to imparting your heart to other well able leaders… you will always suffer the agony of perishing people you are not fast enough to reach.

Your obvious reply to this will be, “Yeah, Chuck, but if we’re are pointing them to Jesus and not to us, then people won’t be putting so much attention on a mere human.” That is a beautiful theory and an admirable ambition, but the truth is that people flock to the person who represents God best. This is the way it has always been… and this generation is not going to change it, no matter how much we think we can.

The answer?

Make the very best use of each 24 hours! Identify the people who are most willing to change. Reach the ones you can reach and trust the others to Gods care. Wake up every day and tell yourself, “I am not God, and I will not last long if I pretend to be Him.” Deflect the praise! Stand in the grace of your calling! Give your heart to others who will help carry the load. Create balance, be aggressive about it… even when that means your time of rest will come at the expense of some other person you could be helping. Because, if you break down and die young, you will be no good to anyone.

Even Jesus rested…

Matthew 14:22-23 “Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people home. After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone.”

Your thoughts??

I just finished praying for you (with tremendous passion), hoping you really feel the difference. I wish you a most triumphant Friday wherever you are in the earth today.

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With much love…

Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make the Difference!

Chuck

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7 thoughts on “Don’t Die In The Great Stampede!

  1. Man, this has been on my mind for awhile now that we gotta share the burden and carry the load together, not just one person. That's why there were 12 disciples of Jesus, not one. I'm super excited about what's about to happen!

  2. I full well understand what you are talking about here. It is hard for me to say "no" to requests for my time and talent. But lately I have had to say "no" to quite a few things; not to hurt people or make them feel unimportant, but to prevent myself from burning out and from neglecting my own family.

    When my kids start saying, "Mom, you're no fun anymore. You don't play with us very much or do fun things with us", that's when I see the scope of the calling on my life. I know I am called to encourage, to edify and most of all to be a servant. But if I can't even be a light or a servant to my family, how can I bring light or servanthood to anyone else? So I pray that God will help me focus on the most important tasks that will lead people to Christ, but will foster the call of servanthood on all of our lives. If people see me running to and fro for "the cause of Christ", yet my kids and husband are being negelcted and others take notice of this, I have in effect ruined my testimony.

    As the kid of an Evangelist/Preacher/Pastor/Musician, I completely see how you, Chuck, have unrealistic expectations on your life from other people. That is why it is so important for the members of each church (the body of Christ) to be available to serve in some facet of ministry. And, yes, sometimes only the Preacher/Pastor's presence will suffice for certain situations. But God has called all Christians to be ministers of the Gospel, servants of one another and to prefer our brother/sister over ourselves. But in saying that, we must remember not to put our family or close friends on the back burner. And it is hard not to do that because of all the other people we desire to meet, reach and equip.

    I think we all need to sit down with our family members and close friends, no matter how old or young, and explain why we do what we do and how we can communicate amongst ourselves to prevent offenses from infiltrating our family circle and our inner circle. It's even harder when you are trying to establish relationships with new acquaintances, all the while more people are demanding your time.

    Pastor, just free yourself from any guilt or obligation to "perform" for people. Just give of your time as you feel God leading you. So many times people try to compartmentalize Pastors according to what they think a Pastor "should be doing", while in essence they have no idea what the Pastor is dealing with and how the schedule is already overbooked! It is impossible for you to be at every funeral, every wedding, every function and every book signing (and, yes, that is gonna be a fun time for you!).

    Just be Chuck! We love you for who you are and we will stand by you. I'm sure you've heard that before only to discover no one was there when they said they would be…but God was still there. And He has promised to equip you for the journey. You have great things awaiting your arrival and great people waiting to meet you. Chuck, you will be known throughout the land as a man after God's own heart! You are already a legend…..

  3. Wow… you don't know how badly I needed to read this! God's doing amazing things all around and for those of us who desperately want to be part of it–we can get burnt out real fast. Thanks for the reminder to rest. Been praying for you every day this week. Keep being God's willing vessel!

  4. hey its joel man chuck thats powerful ive really been searching my heart the last couple days really trying to live fully for god and ur rite we should reach the ppl who want to be reached and let god do the rest your a reel blessing in my life and i im praying fo you and i really want to search him out more so i cn reach more pll have a blessed day

    • Dear God, this blog is BLAZING right now! You guys are so on fire… every time I check in, I get shivers all over my body!

      Joel, keep on consuming the scriptures, and balance everything else as best you can. You should check out my 9 equities life management system at the top of this blog site. Keep growing as fast as you can… and God is GOING to use you more than it even seems right now! You were born to change the world, so build the biggest foundation! Love you

      Emily… thank you for praying for me, and thank you for loving this message. I pray that it will keep on speaking to you for days to come. You add so much value to my life with your happy spirit! : )

      Brandy… what can I say? You should write a book!!!! Really, reading your comments is like drinking red bulls!!

      joe… you are a lean mean blogging machine!! Keep it up dude!!

  5. You are so real Chuck. You speak and write what is on your heart and mind, no pretenses. I appreciate that God made you that way. This is a quality of character that we should all ask God for. Thank you for sharing your concern of not being able to meet everyone's expectations of you. You are human. I pray that God gives people a heart of understanding in regards to when you can and cannot meet their needs. I pray that you never develop a guilt complex when you do have to say no to people since you desire to be able to say yes to everyone everytime. I ask God to build people up so they do not become insecure when you are not able to return their phone call, text, tweet, email, and etc. I pray that you remain real and keep speaking and writing about what is on your heart and mind.

    Brandy…..you do need to write a book. You are so right when you say, "if people see me running to and fro for “the cause of Christ”, yet my kids and husband are being negelcted and others take notice of this, I have in effect ruined my testimony." Your insight and experiences you've learned from being a pastor's daughter are beneficial to the world.

    I enjoy reading everyone's comments on here so thank you for taking the time post them. You all bring light to different facets of each blog that I glean.

  6. Wow Nuala, actually I talk about that in chapters 15 and 16 in my book… about carrying our heart UP with us. True about Brandy… and everyone else's comments! Thanks for your kind words to me! 🙂