Temporary Satisfaction

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Article by Clayton Isham

February 19, 2019

“From as early as I can remember I’ve always been a sold-out type of person. I’ve jumped from sport to hobby, being completely mesmerized with the in’s and out’s of whatever season I was in. Everything about what I was invested in had my full attention. For example, in one season I had become so fixed on getting a track scholarship that I had every detail planned out to the utmost perfection.

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Looking back it sounds silly, but I wanted it so bad, that it became the only thing I could think, or act on. God quickly got my attention when I had surgery on my legs, going into my junior season of high school. All of a sudden my fixation on a sport had been snatched from my idea of what I wanted the most. What I didn’t realize is that within all of my sport’s, hobbies, or even school, they were only a temporary opportunity for satisfaction.

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The summer of 2018 I had the opportunity to go on the student mission trip to Kenya. To be completely honest I didn’t really know why I had decided to go on the mission trip, but I knew that If I did not go, I would regret it.

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Going to Nakuru was so much fun, but God definitely showed me more than what I had initially thought. The students we met, had so much passion and love for the Lord while having minimal tangible things. Their value and satisfaction was found in Jesus, and Jesus alone. This was only the start of what God was going to show me.

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Next, I went to our annual church camp at Falls Creek with our student ministry. I went in with the mindset of “my issues are too big for God” or “I have been to this camp every year, and nothing about me has changed.” My mindset had quickly been interrupted, as the sermons that Drew gave to us began to make sense of why I react the way I do, why I talk the way I do or even the way I had been treating everyone around me. As the week went along, God began to do everything in his power to get me to give all my guilt, anger, and sin over to him.

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The second to last night at camp the Holy Spirit moved all of my fear into a response of surrender to Him. I grabbed a good friend in the back of the room and began to tell her that all I wanted was to accept the gift that God had been putting in front of me for years. At that moment she said “there’s no special thing you have to say or do… you have it, Clayton.”

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It felt like everything I had been carrying fell off of my mind and was set at the feet of Jesus. The craziest thing is that I thought God had only been working in my life for just a few months during that summer but, he had been setting up my journey long before I had realized it. God has taught me a ton over the past eight months, but a few things have stuck out to me the most.

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First, God wants you to be vulnerable to him, and to the people around you. This one was the toughest for me, but because of the courage God had given me that night in our cabin to get up out of my chair and go ask for help, I know my life will forever be changed.

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Secondly, embrace the hard times. Looking back, God had shown me numerous times how the situation I was going through before I was saved, would now help me to speak about how God’s taken me out of bad situations and turned it into a part of my testimony.

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Lastly, that community (Galatians 6:2) is vital in your relationship with the Lord. Before I was saved, I wanted to do everything on my own with no help at all. This made life not only lonely but very hard to walk through. If it weren’t for the willingness of some people at FBC Jenks that night, I would most definitely not be where I am today. I went from being involved in nothing, to being in Youth Worship, new Bible studies, and a body of believers. God can use your ALL of you, if you allow him to.

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No matter what your past looks like, no matter what situation you’re in, God is always going to look for ways to bring it to His glory. There are so many things that God is continuing to show me every day, but the best thing about who I am now, and who I was, is that I’m still a sold-out type of person, only now it’s for Jesus. ”

 

 

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