Coree’s Midnight Adventure: The Heart is Everything!

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Coree’s Midnight Adventure!

Last night, my son Coree had to work from 7-12… and he walked in the door a little late. As he’s walking by our bedroom door, Emily says, “Got off a little late huh?” (slightly sarcastic) He says, “I ran out of gas on the way home… and I walked the rest of the way.” Then he came into the room and told us the entire story… and I’m still laughing about it this morning!

I’ve told him a few times, to never let his car run out of gas… and so far, he never has. Actually, he parked it at a gas station and feels like there’s still enough fumes in the tank to get him to the gas pump.

Here’s what Coree had to tell us about the adventure!

“I didn’t want to call and wake you guys up, so I decided to walk. Well, since I work at Kohl’s and I’m still wearing my all black work cloths, people were driving by me like I was a dangerous creeper! It was pretty scary at times… and I didn’t want to get hit by a car, so I grabbed a reflector from somebody’s yard and made it visible every time I saw headlights! I can’t imagine what people were thinking… a 6’5 guy dressed in all black walking after midnight with a yard reflector! I called my friend Grace and talked to her for most of the journey… that way, people wouldn’t think I was all the way alone!”

I woke up this morning, saw the yard reflector lying on the kitchen table, and I remembered him telling us the story… it really gave me a good laugh!

The Heart is Everything!

I guess what I love the most about his midnight adventure, is that every detail is true! Coree always tells us the truth… one of the things I love so much about him! (It’s a very good thing, he didn’t try to call me… because my cell phone was dead! Wshhhewww!)

Psalm 15:1-3 “Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord? Who may enter your presence on your holy hill? Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts. Those who refuse to gossip or harm their neighbors or speak evil of their friends.”

Just like any parent, there are a few things I would love to change about my kids, just like there are quite a few things I’d love to change about myself. Most of it has to do with their outward actions… and of course, there are still a few heart and character issues we’re all working though.

It’s not easy raising good children these days… and sometimes it seems like we’re failing. Then, sometimes when Emily and I look deep into their hearts, we’re shocked at how beautiful they are turning out… and then we realize how we’ve been a little bit too hard on them some days!

For the past 19 years, we’ve taught Coree and Heaven to value the condition of their heart above everything else! They seem to understand, “THE HEART IS EVERYTHING!”

  • We’ve taught them to love God sincerely and not merely as an outward ritual to impress mom and dad, church people, or anyone else.
  • We’ve taught them to value others… and to have deep compassion for the hurting people in our world, no matter how uncool that may come off to their friends.
  • We’ve taught them to walk that fine line between confidence and humility. To be bold about their futures, to dream huge dreams, and aim very high… while always knowing in their heart, that everything they ever become is the result of Gods love for them.
  • We’ve taught them to walk the fine line between the freedom (unapologetic creativity) and judgment (perfection of character & personality).
  • We’ve modeled transparency for them… and we’ve taught them to be themselves at all times… to always speak the truth, in love!

They haven’t perfected any of this YET, but we’re really starting to see so much of these values showing up in their lives as they are becoming adults! There should be no greater joy for a parent! To me, this is far more valuable than where they are going to college or how proud they will ever make us with their many accomplishments. If they come out of these foundational years with a genuine love for God, and a HEART of truth… they will be able to survive whatever lies ahead, without a need for our daily guidance!

The heart really is everything! I feel like God values TRUTH more than the humans of this era realize it. That God wants us to live before HIM, just as Emily and I have taught our kids to live in front of us. Open and transparent… absolutely honest with God and all people. And this is a very hard thing to do… in a merciless world. Yet, this is the path to KNOWING GOD on the highest level!

Psalm 15:1-3 “Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord? Who may enter your presence on your holy hill? Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts. Those who refuse to gossip or harm their neighbors or speak evil of their friends.”

I hope todays blog inspires a new quest for truth in all of your lives. I pray that it softens every hardened place in our hearts. That it really helps us to locate areas of hypocrisy. That it creates a very strong desire for truth in the innermost regions of our heart! God bless you all… love you and praying for you…

Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make the Difference!

Chuck

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Who Really Enjoys Telling the Truth? :)

img_0753It’s Monday Everyone… Rise and Shine!

I hope you guys had a great weekend… we enjoyed the deep freeze AND the light snow on Sunday morning. If it’s going to be COLD, then LET IT SNOW! The weather prophets tell us that we may receive 1-2 inches today… we can only pray! :)

It’s 3:47am right now… I only slept about 2 hours last night before LILLY, the pig started going crazy in her piggy hut. So, after rolling over and over and over… I got up at 2:15am to write in my book, blog, read, and pray. This may have been a big mistake… my eyes are very heavy… (nodding off)

During the month of January every year, I spend a few weeks describing the future as I see it through prayer, evaluation, and biblical study. This year has been the most difficult prediction to ever announce… hands down! I would prefer to talk about ANYTHING else… even to the point of confessing every sin I ever committed in the microphone to the entire world!

Sadly, most Americans don’t really want to hear truth these days. There is so much pressure on the American preacher to avoid topics that make their audiences uncomfortable. And having to tell the truth is no fun at all!

According to Jesus in John 10:10, the only thing that will ever set us free is hearing the truth. Yeah, I’m just like everyone else… I hate it when someone shines a light on my flaws… I get irritated so many times having to deal with the hidden issues of my heart. But afterwards… after my pride gets finished temper tantruming, and I finally face the truth; it is then that I am afforded the only real shot at an authentic kind of freedom!

Please don’t misread me here… this blog is not written to defend all the gloom and doom, grouchy, judgmental, arrogant preachers of this land. There is no place for arrogant prophets in any era. Truth must always be presented in humility, with great mercy… and great hope! Standing up on a haughty platform and pointing a judgmental finger down the noses of a lost society will never effectively communicate truth.

I just wish to God that Americans would stop avoiding the truth of our current spiritual state. I wish that the people of this land would stop silencing the voice of truth from among us… stop making honest preachers have to live in the constant fear of offending every time they open their mouths. How have we become so hardened? How much more hardened will we become over the next few years? How much farther will America drift before she desires truth again? Are we bent on driving our truth bearers out of business… so unwilling to face truth that we go so far as shedding the blood of our prophets?

2 Chronicles 36:13b-16 NLT “Zedekiah was a hard and stubborn man, refusing to turn to the Lord, the God of Israel. Likewise, all the leaders of the priests and the people became more and more unfaithful. They followed all the pagan practices of the surrounding nations, desecrating the Temple of the Lord that had been consecrated in Jerusalem. The Lord, the God of their ancestors, repeatedly sent his prophets to warn them, for he had compassion on his people and his Temple. But the people mocked these messengers of God and DESPISED their words. They SCOFFED at the prophets until the Lord’s anger could no longer be restrained and nothing could be done.”

So my prayer today is that each of us would desire truth, seek for truth, and act upon the truth presented. That more Americans would have the courage to stay where it is uncomfortable and unpopular. That more of us would financially fuel the voices of truth in our land. Because dangerous is any society that silences their messengers of truth.

Hope you enjoy today’s blog… I love you guys, just finished praying for your week to be a great one! Chat with you later… :)