It's a word I never expected to apply to my life. After all, who am I that HE could use me? (anyone else ever thought that?) But God had a MUCH different plan for my life, one that would take me 4 years into working for what I truly believe to be one of the greatest organizations in the entire world.
Maybe you think I'm biased (and maybe you are right), but I am one thing: I'm proud.
I am proud of the work FCA does, although "work" doesn't seem to be the right term. I am proud to be a part of an organization that feels like family no matter where I am in the state or country. I am proud of our athletes and coaches when they take a stand for Jesus, no matter how much their hands or voices are shaking.
Still, there are days when I lay down at night and say, “Okay, Jesus, what exactly is it that I accomplished today?” There are days when nothing seems to come together and everything seems to go wrong. There are days when I am sure the Devil is using so many things to distract me and those around me from staying focused on the vision God has laid before us.
But as I look back over the 2017, I stand amazed in His presence and His ability to do all He does through East Georgia FCA. But really, should I be amazed?
He IS God, after all. The One who walked on water, who calms the seas, who raised Jesus Christ from the dead. When I take the time to look, He shows me His goodness and might every day. Our God IS greater, our God IS stronger, and He is able do “above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us (Ephesians 3:20)”.
So many lives are touched by this ministry, and sometimes, He gives small glimpses as to the extent of the impact He is making through FCA…
A student who makes a decision to follow Christ at Fields of Faith…
A team of softball players who go from life to death at an FCA Team Camp…
A coach's wife who realizes she has community and is not alone in her calling...
And don't get me started on what it means to see a coach decide to follow Jesus.
These are the moments when I hear Him whisper, “It is good,” and I press forward, continuing in our calling, in our vision, in what the Lord has laid on my heart.
I pray your calling is as clear to you as mine is to me: to go and spread the GOOD NEWS of Jesus Christ to our local coaches and athletes. May God bless you and your family in 2018!
By the way, if you're reading this, I think it means you read this whole post, and I truly thank you for that!! :)
Posted on Wed, December 13, 2017
by Brad Lane