Over the course of the last year we have been working to build RCV Web Service. RCV stands for Russell’s Creative Ventures. It is an umbrella company that houses our many passions, talents and gifts. We are blessed to be a family owned and operated business that seeks to build relationships to build businesses. Our desire is to have a larger goal other than making money. Money is important, we need it to keep our lights on, gas in the car, repair the roof and well for living. Mark and I know at the end of the day, money is not a big enough drive for us, it is too small of a goal.
Throughout the year we have been asked what our 90 day plan is, what is our 1 year goal, 5 year plan and what are we planning 10 years down the road. It is wise to have a plan, something to shoot for and know how high you need to jump. We have been in prayer and constant dialogue about what this looks like first for our family and then for our business.
It is an exciting time for RCV as we are able to get to know clients, community members and help become problem solvers. While it is an exciting time it can also feel overwhelming. Whenever you deal with humans on any level there is going to be rough waves that need to be prayed through to get through various issues and situations. The noise of the waves begins to drown out the voices of peace, truth and joy. Joy becomes something that only happens every once in a while. You cling to it for all it’s worth because it could be another few weeks before the calm, peaceful moment comes back.
We have begun to live intentionally everyday looking and running after that which brings us joy. Some days it is harder to run towards the joy than other days. Some days it is easier to let the waves wash over me and knock me down over and over again. These days I have learned to cry uncle and cry out to the Lord. These kind of days are usually the days I have forgotten to make Christ front and center. They are days I looked at the waves and said bring it, I’ve got this. Instead of looking at Christ and saying, you’ve got this, therefore you’ve got me, let’s go. Acknowledging Christ commands the waves and already has my day set before me, I only have to trust him throughout the day.
This has brought me to the question, what if the only thing I have to do from the time I wake up to the time I go to bed is to honor and glorify God. How would this change my mindset, my emotions and the game on feeling. What if in my mistake I had the heart cry, how do I honor and glorify you in this mistake. What if I asked in my moments of earthly success how do I honor and glorify you through it.
What if I did not measure a meeting, relationship or any earthly thing through anything other than through my worth in Jesus Christ. It changes everything! My end goal becomes the same as my beginning goal, to honor and glorify God. The awesome thing is when and it is a when, not an if, when I blow it and I come to God’s throne and restore my relationship with him because I am bought and paid for by Jesus Christ, I am forgiven.
When I remember, embrace and sit at the feet of God my Father the waves calm down. They may not physically calm down, the storm may still rage, but the waves of self doubt, guilt and shame calm down.
It seems funny to ask what if all I had to do was honor and glorify God, it seems too simple. That’s it, well that’s not much, except for the days when honoring and glorifying God is the last thing I want to do. When he has allowed life literally and figuratively to pour down one punch after another, it’s enough to make me swear at God. Yup, a big loud What The Hell, comes out of my mouth. A what appears to be an unholy tantrum erupts in my heart and I let God know of my dissatisfaction. I have usually figuratively punched those around me with my words, attitude and actions. It goes around in a circle and it always ends up that fear is rearing its ugly head.
Fear is keeping me from confidently honoring and glorifying my heavenly father. The grief process comes full circle and I am again able to say with joy, all I have to do today is honor and glorify God. It’s that simple. The only one I need to make happy today is God and honestly, it’s not my responsibility to make God happy. He is not affected by my unhappiness with him. He is not affected by my swearing at him. He is unchanging, constant and loving. He is truly the safe, loving father who deserves all of the honor and glory. He is a good, good father.