Lazarus, Come Out!

Lazarus, Come Out! ~ December 30, 2018 ~ John 11:40-44

Lazarus’ story is really neat because it’s Jesus’ friend. Some Theologians even think he was a best friend of His, someone He could count on, pray with, even talk to. It wasn’t just some regular person He met on the street, it was someone who was important to Him. And Mary and Martha were also His friends as well.

So, as I was reading the story, I realized something about the story that just clicked to me. Jesus was speaking, but people weren’t really listening. It was very strange to think about that Jesus’ friend is sick. I don’t know about you, but if your friend is sick, what do you usually do? You go visit them, right? You go to the hospital, you go to wherever they might be, and you want to be with them, you want to pray over them, you want to make sure they’re ok. That’s a logical move. When you go and you read in Scripture, we discover that Jesus didn’t automatically go there. In fact, He decides that we’re going to wait a couple extra days here where we’re at, and everybody’s like, I don’t get that, that doesn’t make sense. Why aren’t you rushing to your friend’s side? I mean, Mary and Martha even send Him a messenger saying, “Hey, your friend is really sick, he could die.” And He still said, “Don’t worry. What’s going to happen, it’s going to happen for the glory of God. It’s going to happen in regard to who I am, the Savior that’s here.” And it just didn’t make sense because the idea was all they saw was the problem. So, when you read John 11:4 and 7:

But when Jesus heard about it he said, “Lazarus’ sickness will not end in death. No, it happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God will receive glory from this.” So although Jesus loved Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, he stayed where he was for the next two days.
(John 11:4-6)

Now, remember that. Those two days are vital to understanding what’s going to happen.

Finally, he said to his disciples, “Let’s go back to Judea.”
(John 11:7)

Now, they didn’t want to go back, the disciples, because the last time He was there, people threatened to stone Him, or kill Him basically. So, they didn’t want to go back; but His friend’s sick, so He’s going to go, ok?

So, one thing that I thought about when I thought about people that are sick, people that are hurting, or going through struggles is that we kind of get lost in what we see with our human eyes. when you hear Jesus speaking, He’s saying “Lazarus’ sickness will not end in death. No, it happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God will receive glory from this.” You can probably see in their eyes that they’re like, I don’t get what He’s meaning. And I started thinking about Yoda from Star Wars. Every time he would speak someone would come ask him for advice, he would always talk backwards, forwards, up and down, you just never knew what he was talking about. That’s what it kind of just clicked, to the disciples that’s what it sounded like, like I don’t know what you mean, are you going to heal him, are you not going to heal him, are you going to do anything, what’s going to happen. They couldn’t understand because they weren’t really listening to Him.

So, a lot of times when we go through life, we battle these battles, we have struggles, hardships, people die, things happen to us, right? It’s a normal part of the sin nature that’s here on earth. We have to battle through that. The thing is that faith, through that, is the hardest challenge you’ll ever have. Because faith is believing in something you can’t see, knowing that it is going to happen because God has promised that He will do that. That’s hard to think about, because human nature is we don’t see it, that means it’s not happening, it’s not going to happen. That person is going to die, there’s no way any healing can come from that. That’s a natural human response to that situation. Faith is actually saying, even though they have cancer, they’re at the fourth term, they are going to die. There’s no way they’re going to live. But then God heals them.

But then the question goes, heal someone else? Why didn’t He heal my mom? Why didn’t He heal my dad? Why didn’t He heal my brother, my sister, when they were sick? How come He healed someone else’s brother or sister? And what came to my mind is that God doesn’t have a set formula to the reason why He does the things He does and why things happen on this earth. He just knows, and there’s a bigger plan. There’s a bigger picture. And sometimes we forget that the whole point of death is that we get to go to heaven with Jesus, because in our current state, we can’t stand before Him. We’re not holy. I’m not holy. If we were to stand before God, like if we were to go back to Moses standing before God and actually see Him, you would just die instantaneous, because you are a sinner, and no sin can stand before God. That’s why Moses, when he went up and bowed down at the tree, he couldn’t look at God, he had to look away when he was talking, and when he came down he glowed. That was being in the presence of God. That’s why in the temple, the high priest would tie something around his foot when he went into the holy of holies, because if he wasn’t purified when he stood before God, he would die instantaneous. That’s why the Ark of the Covenant could not be touched by anybody but the Levites, they were the only ones who knew how to handle it properly. So, David had two of his sons go and move the ark over, the ark hit a bump of the cart because the cart started falling over. His son touched it, died instantaneous, because the picture is holiness, perfection, that is the only way you can enter heaven. Which is why it’s so hard in today’s culture that we battle the idea of, “well, I do good things, I’m a good person, how could bad things happen to me? I’m a good person, how come I can’t just make it to heaven because I don’t do bad things?” That’s not how God works. He’s not a set formula, there’s not a right answer other than His Son. That’s the right answer.

So, the image too, when we think about the story of Lazarus, right off the bat is the picture of the gospel. Lazarus is alive, he dies and rises four days later. Who else did that? Jesus is going to do that – or did do that. That’s the image of the gospel. Jesus lived the life, He died on our behalf, and He rose on the third day. That’s the picture of that. Well, God really showed me something different about this that made me start thinking in a different perspective about faith and the story. One thing we’ve got to understand is that we have these storms in front of us. God’s doing stuff around us. Even though we may not see it all the time, sometimes it may feel like He’s not even near us; but if you’re actually being faithful to Him and you’re following Him, He’s there. It’s just sometimes He’s not doing something directly to show you that He’s doing something because He’s doing something around you. Because I know I have battled that mindset because when I was waiting for a job for six years, I felt like nothing was happening, and I was getting really frustrated, and more frustrated, to the point where I was like, I don’t get it. I don’t understand. And He was like, “Well, do you trust me?” and I said, “Yes, but you’re not doing anything!” and He was like, “Well, I am. Just not yet.” And I remember when I went to this Youth Conference, the phrase that got stuck with me is that when it seems like God is doing nothing, He is doing something. You just can’t see it. And I kept that in my heart all the time, so that even though things weren’t going the way I wanted (because remember, we always have our plans and our perspective of how we want things to work), when it wasn’t going my way, God was still doing His own thing. The thing was I was so focused on me, that I wasn’t paying attention to Him.

So, when we get to verses 12 and 13:

He disciples said, “Lord, if he is sleeping, he will soon get better!”

They heard the word sleeping, and when we think of sleeping we think resting.

They thought Jesus meant Lazarus was simply sleeping, but Jesus meant Lazarus had died. So he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. And for your sakes, I’m glad I wasn’t there, for now you will really believe. Come, let’s go see him.”
(John 11:12-15)

Now, that sounds kind of odd, like I’m glad it happened. It’s like, what? You mean you’re happy that your friend died? That kind of stuck to me. It’s because God’s will is never what we expect it will be. I don’t know about you, but if you’ve ever tried to take the pen from Him and write your own story and how it works out, bad things usually come right after or something fails and you’re like why? It worked in my head! And God’s like, because you didn’t ask me. You just did your own little plan.

So, when we get to verse 17:

When Jesus arrived at Bethany, he was told that Lazarus had already been in his grave for four days.
(John 11:17)

 in Jewish culture, you aren’t really dead unless you’re dead for two days or three, basically three days. It had to be the third day, then you were truly dead. So, in this case, Lazarus was really really dead, because it was the fourth day. So, there’s an image already right there. That’s why it was so important for Jesus to raise on the third day, because if He had rose before that, the question would have been, well, He never was truly dead. All the disciples faked it, Jesus faked it, so He was never really dead. In the 1800s and even before then, if you died, they would actually tie a bell to your finger and put the bell on top and bury you if they thought you were dead, to make sure if you weren’t dead, you could ring the bell so they could come get you, because you would suffocate and die if they didn’t. so, that was the idea, they didn’t wait three or four days to make sure if you were dead, in some cases they just buried you because they didn’t have the technology we have now. Because sometimes people go into a coma. You know, you’re pushed and you can’t feel anything, they’re like oh, he’s just dead. So they would bury them. So, this idea that Lazarus was dead for four days was vital for His miracle, because Lazarus needed to be really, really dead. So, when you look at verse 24:

“Yes,” Martha said, “he will rise when everyone else rises, at the last day.”
John 11:24

So, the problem that was going on in this situation was that the people were so focused on sadness, sorrow, mourning, hoping for that day when they would all rise again after they die, that they missed out on when Jesus actually said, “Hey, you know, Lazarus’ story is not done yet, his death is not the end.” And they weren’t listening to his ears, so their faith was in what they were seeing, their faith was not in God’s promise, what they heard. And I thought to myself, how many times have we done that? God has given us plenty of promises in Scripture, and we’ve read it over and over again and we believe it, we pray it, we even do the Lord’s prayer. There’s blessings in there if you think about it. How many times do we say things and we believe it but we actually don’t really believe it. We don’t really believe in that faith that God’s going to provide when the car breaks down, there’s no way I’m going to afford it. How am I going to afford it? That’s why we have a community. Something happens and no one tells anybody, how are we supposed to help you? How are we supposed to pray for you? How are we supposed to encourage you? If someone dies and you don’t share it with anybody and you’re moping around at home and you’re sad, and we’re all like where have you been and you don’t say anything to anybody, how are we supposed to help you? That’s the idea of community. If someone’s going hungry, how are we supposed to feed you if no one talks? That’s what the idea is that they were just seeing what they saw in front of them, but not believing in the faith that God had. That God was going to provide and take care of the situation what was going on right now.

As you read in verse 25 and 26, Jesus responds to her.

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?”
John 11:25-26

So, now replace your name where Martha’s at. Do you really believe that? Do you really truly believe that? Because that’s the question you’ve got to ask yourself. Faith is about something you don’t know how it’s going to be like, because technically if you think about it, we don’t know what’s going to happen after death other than what God has promised in the Scriptures in the human mindset. Think like a human. We don’t know. That’s why people struggle with such a simple message like Jesus. It has to be more complex, there has to be more work, there has to be something I have to do to get to heaven. It can’t be that all I have to do is believe in this person, a carpenter, this Son of God. How can this be that easy! Why do you think all these other religions have all these different rituals, and things they have to go through, this process, to make it somewhere to be what they would consider holy. Reincarnation in Hinduism – you’re trying to make it to the top, it’s a race. And it’s funny because Paul tells us that we’re running in a race too, because every time we wake up we’re still running in the race until you die, you’re running a race.

So, one of the things that Jesus made quite clear is that Lazarus’ story was not over. Guys, your story is not over. Your story is not over. You’re part of God’s story. There’s a purpose. Often times we see only what is in front of us, we don’t see Jesus, just like those who walked with Him. I mean, think about it guys, these disciples walked with Jesus and they still did not see what He was truly saying. They did not see what He was truly saying. He spoke, but they were so focused on their reality that they missed it completely. And we’ve got to battle that. That’s an all-time thing that we deal with all the time. When things get hard, all we focus on is the problem. Let’s not focus on the problem, let’s focus on what God has promised us already to deliver us through the problem. That doesn’t mean it’s going to go away. I mean, how many times have we wished when we know something bad’s going to happen that it’s just going to be fixed just before it happens? That’s what we want. But the best part about going through struggles is that God can make you even stronger and more powerful for His purpose and for His will. Because He needs you to be in that state, in that point in your life where He can use you. I mean, the thought I always gave people – if we got saved and everything was going to be good, what’s the point of having faith and trusting in God? Because we never would have to battle everything, everything would be ok all the time. Can you imagine how many people would be rushing to Christ? It sounds so perfect. But guess what? When you die, that’s how it’s going to be. There isn’t going to be any more problems, there’s no more sadness, no more struggle, no more hurt. But we’re still living the battle here, because we’re fighting for other people’s souls so that they don’t fall into hell, they don’t fall into the trap of the world. So that they can see the light. Just like when we talked about Jesus’ birth. He came to be the light, and we’re supposed to pass it along. I went to Crossroads for a Christmas Eve event and they had everybody get a candle, and one thing the pastor said, he goes, “Now go and be a light and pass it along to someone else.” So imagine all those people who don’t know Christ, you’re giving them a hope, a light. Because in darkness they can’t see anything. They’re stumbling. I mean, there’s a verse in the same chapter that we’re in where he talks about how it’s easy for each of us to see what’s going on around us when the light’s there. It’s not easy when the darkness is there and we stumble around. Well, guess what? Who is your light? Jesus. God. He is your light. So, if you’re not focusing on Him, and if you’re not serving Him, you’re not honoring Him, you’re not loving Him, you’re not following Him, respecting His word and believing this and having faith, how are you supposed to see? Because all you’re going to see is the darkness that you’re stumbling through.

A couple weeks ago I watched this video on Facebook, it was a Christian man versus a Godly man. It was like, “A Christian man treats a woman like blah blah blah, a Godly man treats a woman like this, blah blah blah.” And at first my friend and I said, “Well that makes no sense, because aren’t those the same thing? And so I thought about it for a while, and I came to the conclusion, no it’s not. Because I’ve met plenty of people who are probably saved and follow the standards so well, but they still fall consistently because they’ve never actually understood that just having salvation – that’s not enough. Just following the Scriptures on your own merit is not enough. Listening to what people tell you is right and wrong and not doing what’s wrong, just what’s right, that’s not enough. Those are standards. That’s why some churches created human standards to try and keep you from sinning. The problem is you’re still going to sin, even if you hold onto the standards. It doesn’t make you purified. What it does is it keeps you accountable. That’s what standards are for. But if you don’t have a strong relationship with Christ, how are you going to discern what is right and wrong? You can’t, because it’s not just reading. Because even the demons can read the Scriptures and know it. They can probably quote the whole book to you. That doesn’t mean they’re a Christian. That doesn’t mean they know who Christ is. Technically there are non-believers, atheists who know the Scriptures. They will go and debate you with Scripture, and say, oh, this makes no sense. You know why? They can’t see the Scriptures like us because we have the Holy Spirit. That’s the biggest difference. So all they see is words. We see God speaking. That’s why the Holy Spirit is the only person that can move an unsaved person. Not us. We’re just examples, we’re lights, so they can find where they’re supposed to be coming to. They can see Christ in us, they see our fruit. So, after I thought about it, a Godly man is someone who’s truly walking the walk. A Christian man is someone who thinks they’re walking the walk because they’re trying to do good things on their own merit.

A quote from the article stated that “A man of God is a description given to a man that follows God in every way…” (By the way, this is for women too, not just the men.) “… in every way; who obeys His commands with joy, who does not live for the things of this life, but for the things of eternity; who willingly serves his God in giving freely of all his resources, yet gladly suffers as a consequence of his faith. Micah 6:8 sums up the man of God in one neat verse: He has shown you, o man, what is good, and what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.

So, guys, it’s a really interesting picture that you guys have to think about for yourself. Am I that type of a person? Do I actually truly follow God? Do I actually believe everything I’m reading, and do I live it? Because the big thing is obedience. How many times have we read something that we’re not supposed to be doing but we do it anyway? That’s disobedience. That’s disobeying God. Do you think God’s going to bless you if you continually go into disobedience? Do you think He’s going to be able to use you? Because you’re keeping something in your life that’s just corrupting you. I mean, think about it. If you had a disease and you keep sticking your hand in the jar to keep getting you sick over and over again, is that healthy? It’s not. It’s the same concept. If you keeping continuing doing the same sin over and over again, don’t expect it to just go away because you just decide not to do it. You’ve got to have Christ be part of your life. That’s the relational part. It’s basically like human relations. What do you do when you first start dating? You try to be the most perfect person you could ever be with that person, right? Because you want the first impression to be a good one. Sometimes it doesn’t work out that way. In my case, I had a chicken thrown at me when I dated Brit for the first time. She went to cut it and it flung over onto my plate. But things like that happen. But the thing is, guys, we should always want the good impression of Christ coming out of us all the time. It shouldn’t be just on Sundays we look good, and then the rest of the week we can act however we want. That’s not walking in Christ. That’s a Christian who’s holding on to standards, because if I can come into church, praise God, I’ll feel good, that’s enough for the week. That’s not how it works.

When Jesus saw her weeping and saw the other people wailing with her, a deep anger welled up within him, and he was deeply troubled.
(John 11:33)

This verse was very interesting. Pastor and I talked about it a little bit, but the word that stood out to me a little bit was deep anger. I thought to myself, why would Jesus be angry at the people for crying? Why would He be upset? The answer is, He already told them what was going to happen, and they were still doing what they were doing. How many times have we had that happen in our life, when God’s telling you everything’s going to be ok, but you still wallow in that anger, frustration, sadness, whatever it may be and you don’t listen? Because even after Christ does weep, because He is sad that His friend’s dead, but He’s angry because “I told you his story isn’t over, why are you upset?” and they didn’t listen.

So, my mindset started going into the perspective of this story. Instead of being just the gospel message, the story came to me as Lazarus was a disciple of Christ. And then he died and he rose again. How many of you have actually said, “Lord, I want you to have my whole life and use me in any way possible. I give everything to you.” Because that’s the image. We can walk the walk by following standards and showing up to church and being nice to people, but if you don’t have the true relationship with Christ, then you don’t have a true relationship with Him. And it’s not salvation, ok? Clarifying, it’s not salvation. It’s the relationship part. Because there should be fruit coming from you. When people see you and talk to you, they should be saying there is something different about you. What is it? I don’t understand it? How can you be happy all the time? How can you be happy when things are going bad? How can you have faith? I mean, come on, it makes no sense. You think that God’s going to care about your problems? But we know the truth, because He said, I will take all your burdnes away. He will be there with us through the hard times. He will take us through the hard times to grow us. He has promised us these things here, and we’ve got to believe it. We’ve got ot hold onto it.

So, if we’re looking at Lazarus’ story again, he’s risen again because he gave everything, his whole life literally, was given to Christ. And then God said, “Come out, Lazarus!” and he’s a new man. Because you’ve got to think about it, he had to look at life with a different perspective. He’s dead, right? If you died and then came back to life again, wouldn’t you look at life differently? I think I would too. He got to look at it totally different. I’m sure like he loved people better, he saw people in a different outlook. He saw the souls that were there, that he wanted them to know who Christ was and what He did for him. Because now he has a cool testimony. I mean, how many of you can say that, “You know, I was dead and God raised me from the dead. Isn’t that cool!” I don’t have the testimony, I’m sure some of you don’t either. That’s a powerful testimony.

So, the first image that came to my mind was in WWII, people had foxholes. You’d dig a hole, hide in it, and you could shoot people from there. The problem is people will stay hiding in there. You have other people that will come in the foxhole with you, and they say come on, get out, move forward, and they go and where are you? Still in the foxhole. I remember being in the foxhole a lot. I mean, guys, it’s scary to go up to someone and say, “Hey, do you know Jesus?” That’s a scary thing. Like I said, Kyle’s the only person I’ve ever met in my life that he seems like he has no fear of doing it, and I love it! And it’s inspired me. If Kyle can do that, why can’t I just tell someone else all straightforward at a restaurant or a store and say, “Hey, do you know Jesus? Do you go to church?” Because it’s just awsesome! But that’s the foxhole mentality. I’ll stay inside my foxhole because it’s safe. I won’t get shot, I won’t get hurt. Nothing will happen.

So, you have that mindset going. Even in the Civil War and the Revolutionary War – guns back then, you didn’t have a clip. So you had to put the bullet in, put the gunpowder in, you had to stick it all down in, you had to fit the – I forgot what it was called – in there. And you had to put the flinch in there so that when it fires it sparks it and shoots the bullet out. There was time when people – men – would stuff it with six, seven, eight bullets and they’d just keep pulling but they never put the flint in. So they were just firing and nothing would happen because they were so focused on what was in front of them that they missed out on what was right in front of them. They just saw the war, they saw the death, they saw what was outside on the outskirts. And the idea that I thought of was like, God’s like the light right in front of you, you know? In Scripture it says He lights my path, okay? That doesn’t mean He lights the world in front you. He lights the path in front of you. So, as you take a step, you see what He wants to reveal to you. And these guys were not shooting these bullets because they were more fearful of that. The ones who were not fearful were the ones who were focused on the goal. In our case, being with Christ, serving others, saving people. We have these goals that are around us, and some of these people were so afraid, so scared, all they saw was I’m going to die. And unfortunately, a lot of people in our culture, in this world are going to die, and they’re not going to know Christ. That’s why it’s so important for us to be stepping forward instead of hiding in the foxhole.

The other picture that I got was that about 13 years ago, Francis Chan, Pastor Francis Chan spoke at a youth conference and I think he was in his early forties. He put on the stage a balance beam. He got on one end, he started talking to them about what is the Christian life supposed to be like for us? And he mentioned how some Christians have gotten very comfortable with being safe. As long as I don’t push myself too far, I go to church, I go to work, I take care of my kids, I provide, I’m good. So he started walking very carefully, moving very slow because he didn’t want to fall, didn’t want anything to happen. About halfway he got down and started hugging the balance beam really tight. And he just laid there for a few minutes, and he’s still talking, and he shares that he bubble wrapped all his kids to keep them from getting hurt, he kept them inside the house so that nothing would happen to them, I made sure the dog never went outside to go to the bathroom because I didn’t want anything to happen to him, I made sure that I got to work and back, I got the best car I could get. I’ve got all the money I could possibly have, I saved everything, I did everything possible to keep myself, my family, and everybody safe, but that was the only perspective that he had. That was the focus. Now he got off and he stood there and he goes God, I did it! I made it! And God’s going to be like, you sat on your talent the whole time. Why didn’t you use it? Why didn’t you go and tell your neighbor about Christ? Now he’s in hell. Do you think God’s going to sit there and say, great job for holding on to the balance beam really tight and living it good, being safe. Then he says God didn’t call us to that. God called us to be risky. Now, he’s not saying go jumping off cliffs, and seeing if you have the power of Christ. That’s not what he’s asking you to do. He’s saying be risky, meaning stepping out of your comfort zone. Not sitting inside your foxhole. Doing a little bit more, serving more, being around each other, not just coming on church day. Sunday shouldn’t be the only day that we see each other. There should be other days that we see each other. We should be praying for one another. We should be talking to one another, encouraging one another daily. The New Testament concept was having dinner every night together. They spent a lot of time with each other.

So, what he did on the balance beam, he got up, he kind of did a spin on it around in a circle, he like went further, he went on one foot. But then he fell off, and he goes, but sometimes we fall. Sometimes we don’t make it to that point and we fall and we have a problem. But the best part is, we get back on our feet again. We get back on the balance beam, and God lifts us up again, and he walks with us. He goes, I’m 43 years old, I may be able to do this, but we’ll see. So, he does a cartwheel off of it and he lands on his feet. And he goes, tada! And everybody claps and was all excited, and he goes, that’s what God wants to see in you. He wants to see that you really do trust him and have faith in him because you took the risk. You were willing to put yourself out there to let God use you. So when you read at the end, the story with Lazarus, you get the simply Jesus calls him out and says, “Lazarus, come out!” and he gets up from sleep. Walks out, he’s in his bandages, he rips it off, people take em off and he’s alive. He’s breathing. He’s a new man. That’s what God’s wanting to call you out for. And that’s my challenge for you for 2019. God’s calling you out. Replace your name, where God says Lazarus, replace your name there. Are you willing to be the person that gets out of the foxhole and goes across the field to fight on behalf of other people? Because the cool part is we’re not fighting this alone. You’re not the only person in the foxhole that needs to get out. But you’re also not the only one – because you may be the person who isn’t hiding in the foxhole – you may be the crazy guy in most video games who runs in and gets shot up most of the time and doesn’t really care, but that’s the thing is you gotta start thinking, “Hey, my faith is in Christ, there’s nothing that I could not do that Christ would give me strength and understanding to do it, I just gotta believe it. And I gotta follow His Scriptures, I gotta walk the walk. I gotta make that relationship with Him,” because it can never get strong if you’re just spending all this time learning about God here at church and then go home you don’t even spend one moment talking with anybody about Christ, or talking about God with your family, or leading your family in prayer. How many people have you seen pray at lunchtime when you go out to eat? Have you ever seen that? Doesn’t that kind of make you look, make an impact in your eyes? the thing is, guys, people that are willing to step out of the foxhole, God’s going to make you do amazing things. And he can truly use you to do more than what you’re doing right now. So, don’t be afraid. It is scary, guys, I’m sorry, but even those army guys who got out of the foxhole and moved forward, they weren’t doing it because they were brave and courageous naturally. They do it because they saw the bigger picture. And we have a bigger picture. Satan’s already lost. He has absolutely no power over us. We just allow him to have it. Christ has already won. Salvation is yours. Take it. Build a relationship with Christ. The only one keeping you from having it is yourself. There’s nobody else that’s holding you back. It’s the choices you make. So take the challenge, 2019, come out of your foxhole. Get on the balance beam and do something crazy. And just honor Him. Let’s pray.