An overwhelming feeling of gratitude

 

Have you ever slowed down long enough to step back and see how blessed you are?  Have you ever been continuously left speechless with a feeling of gratitude and awe at the orchestration of God’s great love and provision in your life?  Have you ever been sitting or standing somewhere overwhelmed to the point where all you want to do is listen and not move or even blink because you’re afraid that you’re going to miss something?  God places passions in your heart that are unique as you are.  He also places those passions in others.  Then, He orchestrates paths and creates times where not only does He reveal His sovereignty but He allows you to watch Him knit together a beautiful tapestry of life, passion, creativity, innovation, and purpose.  I spent the last few weeks watching this unfold before my eyes.  Like a symphony blending and movement flowing, I listened to a story of God’s divine orchestration time and time again.  But, what struck me even more then supernatural guidance from the Lord was the humility with which it was communicated.  It was obvious that it wasn’t about them but all about Jesus.  I believe this is an important leadership quality that is frequently overlooked.  We may confuse someone who is forceful for someone who possesses good leadership qualities.  But, I believe the contrary is true.  By exercising humility in your interactions, you may learn more then you would have otherwise.

 

Sometimes, being quiet is the best way to soak something in.  There is a time to squeeze out what you have, but there are times to soak in what is going on, being discussed or communicated because you will have more to offer later.  If you’re constantly trying to squeeze something out to be a part of something, you may miss a chance to soak in and keep something you may wish you had.  For example, if you are surrounded by some of the best creative and innovators in your field, that’s the time to soak it in.  But, it can’t stop there, because you can’t keep it to yourself.  An analogy that really impacted me this week was this: fruit is not meant to be stored or kept.  It is only through continuous growth, harvest, and replanting that actual regeneration happens.  The only way to make a difference is to press forward and use what God has given us to develop His Kingdom.

 

God created the heavens, earth, and everything in it.  We were created in His image; in the image and likeness of the very definition of creativity.  And He said that it was good.  It’s truly amazing even as I cruise at 25,000 feet on my way back to DC.  As those who are following Christ with our whole hearts and lives, we should be the most creative and innovative people on the planet.  Yet, I think so many times we sell ourselves short of who could be and who we truly are in Christ Jesus.  We were given the gift of life, how can we use it and how will we make it count?  We must find innovative and creative ways to communicate the love of Christ to a lost and dying world.  We must continue to find new methods and ways to communicate the gospel.  The day we think we’ve arrived, we have died as a creative innovator.

 

I hope God will continue to open doors and give me opportunities to pursue my passion of audio, production, and technology in the church.  I’m amazed at where I am now and what He has literally dropped in my lap.  I cannot imagine the future and what He is going to do.  And honestly, it’s better that way.  I don’t think I could conceive it.

2 Responses to “An overwhelming feeling of gratitude”

  1. Jonathan Malm December 4, 2011 at 7:42 pm #

    Great post! 🙂

    • jasoncastellente December 4, 2011 at 9:08 pm #

      Thanks man…I appreciate it!

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