Addiction to Performance

I am doing my best to get back into my blogging ministry.  Prayers are appreciated as I get used to life with a baby.  It has been a wonderful pass few weeks welcoming my son Jude Pierce Deeter into the world, but I'm still figuring out how to get back into the swing of things.  Starting today, I'll be picking back up my blogging ministry and will continue to post around three times a week.  As always thanks for reading! As the first post coming off of a paternity leave, I'd figure I'd share a video I found yesterday on Justin Taylor's Blog.  It is a powerful testimony of a pastor who got so caught up with the idolatry of performance that he nearly lost everything, including his marriage.  Since then, the Lord has restored him and has transformed his marriage and ministry.  As I watched this video I couldn't help but connect.  The idolatry of performance and people pleasing is a sin that lingers and so often deceives my heart.  Check out this video. Love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

httpv://vimeo.com/45947083

Comfort, Comfort My People

July has been an exceptionally busy month for me.  Over the past few weeks I've spent over 36 hours on the road driving and I have finished Greek 3 at SEBTS by reading four different books, memorizing 800+ vocabulary words, translating the book of Philippians, and writing a 15 page paper.  I've preached ten different sermons and planned ten different worship services.  At Forest Hills we have had Vacation Bible School and Youth Week one after the other. Needless to say, I have been wonderfully tired and exhausted.   Although I have found great joy in my labor, it has been nice to rest the past few days.  Since last Friday I have been able to spend some much needed time resting in the Lord and enjoying time with my wife Kaitlyn. Each of us have busy seasons in our lives in which it takes every ounce of energy and strength we have to persevere till the end.  During times of intense activity it is easy to begin to depend on our own strength and take comfort in our own ability rather than the strength of God.  This weekend as I was resting in the Lord, I read Isaiah 40 which is a wonderful passage of comfort and puts life into perspective.  Despite our busyness and thinking we can do everything on our own, Isaiah 40 serves as a gracious reminder of how great our God is compared to our feebleness.  Here are a few excerpts from Isaiah 40, I hope they provide you with comfort and rest:

The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows on it; surely the people are grass.  The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. (Isaiah 40:7-8, ESV)

Who has measure the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance? (Isaiah 40:12, ESV)

Behold the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are accounted as the dust on the scales (Isaiah 40:15, ESV)

   “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. ” (Isaiah 40:28–31, ESV)