For Jerry, Jackie, and Josette Hwang

Acts 20:17-38 (English Standard Version)

Paul Speaks to the Ephesian Elders

Now from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the church to come to him. And when they came to him, he said to them:

   “You yourselves know how I lived among you the whole time from the first day that I set foot in Asia, serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews; how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house, testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me. But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again. Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all of you, for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish everyone with tears. And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel. You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me. In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”

And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all. And there was much weeping on the part of all; they embraced Paul and kissed him, being sorrowful most of all because of the word he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they accompanied him to the ship.

For the Sake of the Call

Nobody stood and applauded them
So they knew from the start
This road would not lead to fame
All they really knew for sure was Jesus had called to them
He said, “Come. Follow Me.”
And they came
With reckless abandon they came

Empty nets lying there at the water’s edge
Told a story that few could believe and none could explain
How some crazy fishermen agreed to go where Jesus led
With no thought for what they would gain
For Jesus had called them by name and they answered

We will abandon it all for the sake of the call
No other reason at all but the sake of the call
Wholly devoted to live and to die
For the sake of the call

Drawn like rivers are drawn to the sea
no turning back for the water cannot help but flow
Once we hear the Savior’s call we’ll follow wherever He leads
Because of the love He has shown
Because He has called us to go we will answer

We will abandon it all for the sake of the call
No other reason at all but the sake of the call
Wholly devoted to live and to die

Not for the sake of a creed or a cause
Not for a dream or a promise
Simply because it is Jesus who calls
And if we believe we’ll obey

We will abandon it all for the sake of the call
No other reason at all but the sake of the call
Wholly devoted to live and to die
For the sake of the call

written Steven Curtis Chapman c1990 Sparrow Song (a div. of The Sparrow Corp.)/Careers Music, Inc. (BMG)/Greg Nelson Music (admin. by Careers Music, Inc.) (BMG) (BMI)

Behind the Song:
(Matt 4:18-22; Jn 12:26)

I received a call from the service director at Sierra Acura this afternoon.  I told him I would like to join them and fill the position.  He has arranged for me to meet the Owner and President, Peter Hoffman on Tuesday, June 27, 2006 at 7:45 AM at Sierra Acura in Alhambra.

I never heard back again from Goodrich and all the other positions I applied for that I was really interested in I never heard a word.

Some of you may be thinking this is a very foolish thing for me to do.  I’ll just say you’re entitled to your own opinion.

I will say this though, my goal is not to climb the corporate ladder, make a name for myself, or achieve a comfortable lifestyle.

For those who may not know me too well, I still would much rather have a career that truly allows me to be used by God to explicitly make a significant difference in people’s lives for His glory.  Everything else I do before that are just a means for me to keep paying college loans and being a light wherever He takes me.  I still desire to serve Him explicitly in some capacity.  As to what exactly that is, that still is not crystal clear to me and He will reveal it in His time.

It is also good to keep in mind that the above is “my plan” and not necessarily “God’s plan” for me.  All I know is that I am to trust Him, rely on Him, and do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with Him.

Anyway, I won’t be seeing any more broken BMWs soon.  Instead, I’ll be seeing broken Acuras!  I  my Suby!

About USCTrojan4JC

God Follower, husband, father, USC Trojan alumnus, Mazda employee

6 responses to “”

  1. number7436 says :

    acuras>beemers anyday

  2. deadkau says :

    praying for God’s leading for you.

  3. brentlicious says :

    Last year we test drove a TSX from that dealership and had a nice salesperson. I guess they look for quality people 🙂

  4. hersheysquirtboy says :

    NICE! Now i know who to look up when I’m looking for another car. why don’t you work for suby?

  5. scaryhairyjerry says :

    very excited for you! funny how i became a former acura owner during the same week that you accepted an offer.thanks for the tribute and encouragement… God’s word is indeed living, powerful, and active.

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