Objective Reality

Resumé Review

Recently, after having to look at other people’s resumés, I thought it would be a good idea to review my own. Even though I am not actively seeking another pastorate, information does change from time to time. So, after a quick glance, I noticed some areas needed tweaking.

For example, I earned my Masters, so that needed to be added. Also, puppets are no longer considered valid references, so Mr. Monkey’s name had to be deleted.

However, one part of my resumé did not need changing. When I read the “Ministry Objectives” section, my heart was convicted. Were my objectives being met? What am I doing to reach them?

Ministry Objectives

Some people take a sentence or two, or even a paragraph, to describe their ministry objectives. I decided to divide mine into five points and put them right up front for everyone, including myself, to read.

My desire is…

I.    To bring glory to the name of Jesus Christ in all that I do (Ps 19:14) and go through (1Pet 1:7).

bibleII.   To “give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine” (1 Tim 4:13) and “to prayer, and to the ministry of the word” (Acts 6:4).

III. To be known as a humble and consistent husband and father whose household serves the Lord (Josh 24:15; 1 Cor 15:58); a forgiven sinner who understands grace (1 Tim 1:15); and a fearless soldier of the Cross (Mark 8:34) who never compromises the truth (1 Tim 4:16).

IV. To affect future generations yet to come as children are grounded, parents become responsible, singles are emboldened, and the aged get a second wind (Josh 4:21-24; Pro 22:6).

V.  To promote the preaching and teaching of the Gospel in every part of the world (Acts 1:8).

Dear Heavenly Father, make them more than objectives… make them reality.

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7 responses to “Objective Reality

  1. Why do you want everyone to believe what you believe? Do you have any objective reason to believe what you believe or is it just a feeling? If so, I hope you feel good.

    • Are you serious? I guess you are. I sense there’s a lot of emotion in your comment.

      David (I think that’s your name), it amazes me that you could ask a question like that. Am I to assume you believe nothing? Have you never been affected by anything? Have you never even wanted to tell others about a great movie you saw? Do you want me to believe nothing? Do you want me to change my beliefs?

      Thank you, sir, for stopping by, but we all believe something, and we all want others to believe something. Otherwise, why write?

      • Chris Jordan

        David,
        Like Anthony, I have a very good reason to believe what I believe about Jesus: He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today. He walks with me and He talks with me along life’s narrow way. He lives, He lives, salvation to impart. You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart! There is a God, and there are many good feelings – joy, peace and hope – that come along with knowing the one true living God! Do you know Him?

      • I concur!

        Anthony Psalm 57:2

        Sent from iPhone.

  2. You talk about choice but claim “objective reality” — this claim calls forth my objection: please provide your basis to say that what you experience is not only “reality” but objective, namely, experienced in only one way, the only truth, the only way. Now you have stepped off the end. To make a claim of reality (I’ll just assume you added objective for emphasis and not as a pleonasm) you must provide a basis. It is not a basis to say “don’t you want to believe in something? That is an escape. What is faith if it is not suffered for, but makes arm-chair claims of reality. This is a serious issue for me. Reality is something I will go 15 rounds on. So, let’s start, what do you mean when you say: “Reality”?>

    • I checked out your blog, so I am only going to assume that you are a lawyer? Is that correct? So, if that’s the case, you have the credentials to show you are an intelligent individual. I am obviously not conversing with a dummy. That being said, David, I really don’t know what your question has to do with the point of this post? Did you not notice that play on words? I was writing about my “ministry objectives” and the “reality” of how difficult it can be to live up to them. I never actually dealt with “objective reality” in the way that you are suggesting. I just don’t get why you have come here to attack me on that.

      Now, if you want to go “15 rounds” I would encourage you to get in the ring with someone else. I don’t think I have all the answers to your questions regarding reality. Is the chair in the room really there? Maybe not, but it holds me up when I sit on it.

      David, I never go to other people’s blogs or websites to stir up debate. If I do leave a comment, it is only to express my opinion on a matter others have expressed theirs. I never attempt to go 15 rounds over anything. The last time I ever went any amount of rounds on this blog was with my last self-proclaimed antagonist, but now he’s mad and promised never to come back. He was an atheist with a wounded, angry-at-faith heart. Is that what you are? Are you going to keep coming back to everything I post only to push buttons and see if you can make me angry? I hope not.

      David, please understand, I use this blog to write what is on my heart and mind. You don’t have to agree with me. You don’t have to like it. You certainly don’t have to read it. No one forced you to subscribe. If I can answer your questions in such a way that will help you, then I’ll do the best I can. If I don’t know, then I’ll admit it. What I won’t do, however, is go “15 rounds” with someone who is only out for a fight. If you’ve already made your mind up about “reality,” then what does it matter what I think?

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