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Remember we are Children

God is a lot of things.  He is Love, he is eternal, wise, powerful, holy, just, good, etc.

God has a lot of attributes and I fear that sometimes we forget some of his most important.

For example God is love but he is also just.  When there is rebellion and disobedience the only fair thing to do, the only loving thing to do, is allow justice.

We forget that relationship between attributes and sometimes we see justice as hatred.  We forget he is fair and wise and begin to think he is evil for not giving us what we want.

We forget he is eternal and truly knows what is best for us.  Who are we to pass judgments on the decisions of God? 

If God won’t heal the sick, if he won’t bring peace in a situation, if he doesn’t provide, we must remember his attributes.  That he is good, that he is love, that he knows best. 

Why doesn’t God do what we think he should?  Sounds like a silly question but we really do ask that.

The answer is just as simple.  Because he knows best. 

Why do people withhold things from their children?  Because parents know best.  You cannot expect a child to understand the decisions of a parent, but as a parent you understand why decisions are made.

We cannot as children of God understand his decisions.  But you better believe that as his children we can trust him with those decisions.

If we forget that God is holy and his attributes do not include the evil of sin we can begin to blame him for the evil that we see.  We become children judging our parents decisions.  We see God as the enemy, the withholder, the unloving.  When all along he does nothing but give to his undeserving children.

The reality is that most of the time we are the problem.  We let ourselves and our sinful minds blind us from the truth of God.  We see his decisions as evil because we think we know better.  We are only deceiving ourselves if we say we know better than God.

So where are we doing this in our lives?  Where do you think you know better than God?  Where do you blame him for something that you need to be trusting him with? 

These are big questions and I pray that we can begin to answer them and have a better picture of who God is. 

A better picture of how much he loves us and how good his decisions for our lives are.

Road Trip

I love going to new places, seeing new things, and just having a good old adventure.  Heidi and I both have wanted to go on a big adventure to see the grand canyon.  You just hear too many great things about it not to go.  So, we decided that seeing the canyon was exactly what we were going to do.  To do so we decided to save like crazy and save we did. 

June this year we headed out and boy did we have an adventure. 15 states, 69 hours, 4,500 miles. I could tell you more about it or you could just watch this video that sums up our 10 day trip in 15 minutes.  Enjoy.

1 Year

It’s been almost two years since I have written.  I can’t believe how fast time can go by.  This is something I know I will continue to think that the rest of my life. 

Now when it comes to me writing blogs I always tend to do it for a few months and then stop for a long period of time and then start up again.  I usually just get bored or busy but I can most definitely tell you why I stopped writing last time… a girl.  (what else?)

I stopped writing November of 2013 and at this point I had already met the most amazing girl and just one month after that last post we would begin dating.  We were together for 3 months before I proposed, which sounds fast but we became quick friends in the months before we began to date.  Also once you know you know and this girl is amazing (and might I add really attractive) and I wasn’t going to let her go.

One year ago Sunday on August 23rd 2014 she became my beautiful bride.  Pretty great day if I do say so… and I do. 

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That is also something I can’t believe.  We have been married for a year! A year!  I remember so many years looking for her, waiting for her, trusting God for her.  A funny story we like to tell, or she likes to tell.  Is when I began working at Look Up Lodge in 2006 I was a young immature 19 year old and I wanted to find my wife at camp.  Little did I know the girl who would become my wife was 2 minutes from my parents house and 14 years old…gross.

Still, I do love our story and just how evident it is that God has brought us together and how well we fit.  You hear so many stories about marriages and see so many examples.  You even get this picture of the marriage you want for yourself but marriage is with two people so you don’t always get what you want.  Thankfully we can both say that we got exactly what we both wanted.  I have this list of about 15 attributes I wrote over 10 years ago, things I wanted in a wife.  Its pretty crazy that Heidi fits every desire on that list, and they were detailed desires.

Marriage still isn’t perfect, mainly it shows me how selfish and grumpy I am.  You spend all your life being single and a pretty nice guy and you begin to believe that about yourself.  Then you get married and realize your an old grumpy man. It’s humbling and actually really humorous. 

Now I can look forward to all the adventure this next year holds.  Lots of changes coming and I plan to, hopefully, begin writing again but lets just see what happens.

Until next time.

God’s Will

What is God’s will for my life?

That’s a big question, 6 years ago I wrote a little something about it.  I’m getting old… Feel free to read it: GOD’S WILL
I can’t say I still agree with everything, especially the perfection bit, but I still think there is a lot of truth as a whole.

I think the biggest truth I see from those old thoughts are the fact that God’s will is clearly, in a lot of places in scripture, evident.

1 Thessalonians 4:3-8 is great:

For this is the will of God, your sanctification:that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives His Holy Spirit to you.

How much clearer do you want it to be?  If you are seeking God’s will these are some great places to start, especially for Men, (women too).  Does sexual purity define you?  Is this characteristic of God’s will truly evident inside and out of you?

1 Thessalonians 5:11-18:

Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing. But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another. We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone. See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people. Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

There God’s will is clearly defined once again, in a lot of ways.  Do you see your life reflected here?

John 6:38-40:

For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. “And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. “For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him, may have eternal life; and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.”

Ephesians 1: 5-12:

He destined us in love to be His sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will, to the praise of his glorious grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, which He lavished upon us. For He has made known to us in all wisdom and insight the mystery of His will, according to His purpose which He set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in Him, things in heaven and things on earth. In Him, according to the purpose of Him who accomplishes all things according to the counsel of His will, we who first hoped in Christ have been destined and appointed to live for the praise of His glory.

This is powerful.  Not only does it say He has made known the mystery of His will, We can clearly see that God’s will includes our salvation and us being reunited with Him.  That excites me, that’s good news!

Now I know there are still questions in life about God’s will that are not answered here.  Still, if we are seeking wisdom and guidance about circumstances in our lives lets make sure that with our lives we are seeking the will that is clearly evident.  If we are only seeking God’s will for answers to our life problems and our issues, then our eyes are in the wrong place.  Maybe if our lives followed the will of God clearly seen in scripture we wouldn’t have to ask the questions about God’s will that we do.

When I see scripture I don’t see a guidebook to myself but I see a story about the Glory of one, and the fulfillment of one will.  His.  Does this lead to guidance for our lives? Absolutely! But it’s still not about us, it’s all about Him.

Psalm 37:4

Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart

Ultimately I hope to always delight myself in the Lord because when we are truly delighting in the Lord our desires will be His desires.  When our desires are His desires He will give us the desires of our heart.  In this I believe He will make clear His will for our lives.

Romans 12:2:

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.

A huge decision God does not want us to make is the decision to sin or resist His will. God wants us to make choices that are in agreement with His will, decisions that come from a transformed mind.

The will of God is clear from cover to cover in Scripture. From beginning to end, God wills to be worshiped, for all people to hear, receive, embrace and respond to the gospel of His grace for the sake of His glory all over the globe.

I love a few things David Platt says,

“We have no need to ask God to reveal His will for our lives; instead, we each ask God to align our lives with the will He has already revealed.”

“God’s will for us as disciples of Jesus is to make disciples of Jesus in all nations.”

“Therefore, the question every disciple asks is, “How can I best make disciples of all nations?” And once we ask this question, we realize that God wants us to experience His will so much that he actually lives in us to accomplish it.”

May our wills truly be aligned with the will of the Father, may we be true disciple makers, may we be people that see God’s will hanging right in front of our faces, and may we be a people that act on the truth that is sitting right in front of us.

Growing Up

I figured it’s been a while since I simply wrote about life happenings.  There has definitely been a lot going on, a lot of learning, a lot of growing, and lots of new adventures.

Still I don’t think Ill go and share all of that.  My blog is not the place to share ALL of the happenings of Chris Hunt, just some.

I think something that has been on my mind lately as I am dealing with life’s happenings is change.  I truly am a person who likes change, and if things change I usually get excited because it just means something new and exciting.

While change can be good I think a part of maturing and becoming a real adult is learning that things don’t change all the time, and you can’t always go around seeking change.

Now there are ways I hope to be constantly changing.  I hope every year I can look back on myself and see a different person.  I hope that every year I have allowed the Lord to work in me enough that I am different, that I am changed.

But spiritual change and change in maturity is not really the change I am talking about.  I am speaking more of environmental changes, where you live, who you are around, what you do.

That kind of change has truly been my life thus far.  All through grade school things always changed, going to different schools (elementary,middle,high), summer breaks, different grades, and different classes.  Then there was college.  New place, new people, new subjects.  Then in the summers I would escape to work at summer camp all summer.  Everything kept changing.  Then I graduated, worked as an intern, moved to Vermont, moved back from Vermont.  Always moving always changing.

That brings us to the current happenings.  I have been at Graystone for over a year and for the first time I don’t see myself going anywhere.  No grand plans for a lot of change.  It seems I will be here for a while and I am just not used to that.  I think it will take some time to get used to the idea that I am settling into where God has me for a long period of time.  But I am ok with that, I am ready to be in one place, as long as that place is where God has me.

While being in one place for some time sometimes sounds boring to me, It really has not been.  While it seems like things are not really changing all that fast, they are still changing.  Graystone is growing, God is blessing this community and the change from that is so exciting!  There are new people in my life, new community, and new opportunities to grow and see others grow.  I love that

Then honestly there are always the big changes I can look forward too down the road.  Changes like marriage and children, but I do believe that those changes will happen here in the place it looks like ill be for a while.  A place where change is just a little slower then I am used to, but that’s a good thing.

For the Lord

I know there are a lot of times when we read scripture and only take to heart the parts we like.  Then we completely overlook the other parts that we are not too fond of.  I know I am guilty of this so I wanted to start looking for the places we find ourselves skipping over.

One of those places is James 1:27.

“Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”

I love this verse and I love getting a glimpse of what true religion is.  I am also thankful that I hear this taught and used as a guide for many churches today.  It definitely seems like followers of Jesus are striving to care for the widows and orphans.

But then there is the second part…. “and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”

We forget the second part, and I think it’s almost the harder part.  Scripture is clear that what the world offers us is contrary to what the Father has for us.

1 John 2:17

“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Fatheris not in them.  For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.  The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”

The hard thing is that it is so easy to love the world.  There are so many passing pleasures that simply fulfill the longing of the flesh, or enable our pride.  We are constantly being stained by the world.

I think as a part of my growth I am slowly seeing what this truly means.  As God continues to work in me I continue to see thing after thing, that I have thought nothing of, now seem worldly.

Just for example there might be a movie I used to love but now as I watch it I feel more conviction then enjoyment because what I’m watching is something that simply glorifies the things Jesus died for.  Why would I, as a believer, use sin as my entertainment?

Now this may sound very legalistic but this is my conviction and in no way am I trying to shove my convictions down your throat.  I would ask you, however, to consider prayerfully all you do. 

I like what Romans 14 says.

“One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.”

I just ask that whatever we do we truly do it for the Lord, because we don’t live for ourselves but for Him who died for us.  So in all we do from entertainment to the simplest actions in our lives, let us do it for the Lord and in that may we keep ourselves unstained by the world.

Truth and Lies

Do you ever have that moment where you realize a truth that completely changes the way you have been thinking?  I have, a lot of times.  It is an incredibly freeing feeling to finally see the truth, to finally not be in bondage to the lie that we once believed.

“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

This verse makes so much more sense when you have experienced the freedom that truth brings. 

It is a crazy thought to understand that we are actually in bondage to the lies we believe.

How many of us believe lies that hold us in bondage?  For example, the simple but powerful lie that you are not good enough or you will not amount to anything.  I see this in people all the time.

Why else would people have self-confidence issues?  Why else do people seek other things, people, or situations to give them identity and meaning?

We all desire to have meaning and we all desire to believe we are good enough.  Still, no matter how much we do or what we seek meaning still eludes us.  Sometimes we may even think we have found it for a time but then it simply disappears again.

It is bondage. 

What kind of life is it when we have a lie that leads us in a vein search for hope and meaning.

Solomon in all his wisdom searched for meaning and found that everything under the sun was all vanity, who are we to do any better in our search?

Amazingly and thankfully we don’t have to continue this search.  We have a father who has provided us with all that we search for.

We have a savior who has given us a truth that breaks the lie in our life that we are meaningless. 

Instead of believing the lie of:

“Look what you have done, you will never be good enough”

We can now believe the truth and hear Jesus telling us:

“Look what I have done, I am good enough.”

And because He is good enough we are accepted, we have meaning, we have hope.  That is a truth that I can believe, and that is a truth that frees.