Magnify Your Maker

If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. (I Peter 4:11)

Chronic pain has been my constant companion for over 8 years now; the intensity ebbs and flows - most days I manage things well, especially when I think back on the early days, but the mornings are always a struggle, especially when I just wake up. That’s when it feels like a giant with fists of hardened steel is crushing my lower back and legs, and it takes every ounce of motivation to swing my legs out over the side of the bed, sit upright, and get moving.

For many years the pain got the best of me, and I spent most of my days on the floor stretching or on the couch distracting myself with the Internet or TV. Then about two and a half years ago my life spun out of control and I faced the stark reality of losing everything that had any real meaning - my wife, my kids, my family and my job at the radio station. Through that immense struggle God opened my eyes to see that despite the pain my life had meaning and purpose, and each day was filled with gifts to enjoy and blessings to both give and receive.

My life is by no means perfect (whose is right?), and I recognize many areas where I have lots of work to do, but most of the time these days I have a smile on my face, if not on my heart. The gifts God has given me are no longer locked up at home, hidden away in a dark place filled with fear, anxiety, and foreboding. Every day I have the privilege of getting my kids ready for school in the morning, and then picking them up again at the end of the day. I get to love and bless my wife by taking care of a number of household duties,and here at the radio station I have the opportunity to bring hope to many people here in South Central Iowa and beyond - and that in turn brings God glory.

My life has purpose, and that has made all the difference. Your life has purpose as well; the gifts you’ve been given, no matter how seemingly insignificant, are all capable of bringing God glory. Max Lucado talks about this in his devotional titled “Magnify Your Maker;” he says, “When you magnify your Maker with your strengths, when your contribution enriches God’s reputation, your days grow suddenly sweet!”

Whatever you’re doing, do it for the glory of the Lord - it’ll put a smile on your face!