Letter from Earnest – February 2015

Earnest AlexanderMy New Year’s resolution – Philippians 3:7 – “but whatever gain I had, I count it as loss for the sake of Christ.”

As I start the year of 2015 and I thank God for the many successes in 2014, my ambitions for my life personally and this organization called Youth Horizons, are changing. I don’t know that I can ever say that any of my dreams have ever been bad, but so many of my noble goals have not seen fit to become reality and I am confident that it has more to do with the sovereign will of God and what is on His heart, than what I personally want to do for Him.  With that in mind, I quote you the lyrics of a simple but profound song by Graham Kendrick:

All I once held dear, built my life upon
All this world reveres, and wars to own
All I once thought gain I have counted loss
Spent and worthless now, compared to this

Now my heart’s desire is to know you more
To be found in you and known as yours
To possess by faith what I could not earn
All-surpassing gift of righteousness

Oh, to know the power of your risen life
And to know you in your sufferings
To become like you in your death, my Lord
So with you to live and never die

Knowing you, Jesus
Knowing you, there is no greater thing
You’re my all, you’re the best
You’re my joy, my righteousness
And I love you, Lord

 My noble dreams and goals have a lot to do with the way I’ve lived, choices I’ve made and things I’ve built my life upon. However noble they may be, they are no more than rubbish if they are not consistent with God’s will. I never had a hunger to be famous and I’ve always been content with little materially, but there is no greater ambition or goal – now or ever – or more possible to achieve, than knowing Jesus. The possibilities are limitless. Let’s spend this year of 2015 seeking to know and love God and make His love known.

Your Brother,

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Earnest

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