I know that I’ve been,
Given more than beyond measure,
I come alive when,
I see beyond my fears
I know that I’ve been given more than earthly treasure,
I come alive when
I’ve broken down and given you control
This is the Chorus from Beyond Measure by Jeremy Camp.
This rings so true to me this past weekend, what a weekend! It started friday afternoon as I drove a 15 passenger van full of guys down to Belen, NM for a men’s conference. I felt a little odd heading up the trip as I was not only the youngest guy on the trip, but it was also my first men’s conference, I have always had to work or have been out-of-town in years past. I am so glad I didn’t miss this year. The crew ranged from me at 25 to a sweet Saint; Augie at 82 years old. The speakers were great, (Mike McIntosh, Pancho Juarez) the worship was stellar (Charlie Hall) but that doesn’t speak to the friendships that were cultivated and the lives that were blessed on this trip. God has placed a few men in my life recently that bless my life so much, one guy who has just really come to know the Lord. He was raised in a religious home walked away from the church when a pastor wouldn’t shake his hand because of the way he was dressed and the earring in his ear, his zeal for the Lord and passion for the Bible make me all giddy inside and remind me what I live for, and how good the God I serve truly is. Another guy recently came out of the Jehovah Witness church, his eyes have been truly opened for the for the first time, and he has been given freedom from all the chains and bondage that religion wraps people in. I am blessed beyond measure to have relationships with these guys, the fact that God would save me from my sin blows my mind, let alone let me by his grace; possibly even teach others, this is absolutely incredible. Mike McIntosh put it like this; “We should be in awe of the Lord and the fact that He would even talk to us let alone give us an assignment!” Romans 6:23 says, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” I so quickly forget that my life is truly blessed and the Lord has given me more than beyond measure. So whether life finds you on a mountain top or in the deepest darkest valley, remember to look at your life from the perspective; that everything in our lives other than death and hell is a blessing from above, the Lord has truly dealt mercifully with us!