Song Story and Tribute to My Father-in-Law, Elwood Johnson
In this article, I want to talk about three things. First the inspiration behind a song I just wrote called ”The Measure of a Man”. Second, the legacy of my wonderful father-in-law Elwood Johnson. And third, what is “the measure of a man”? What does it truly mean to live a legacy worth leaving?
I am constantly in a state of total dependence on God. This is my story, and this is my song. (Thank you, Fannie Crosby!)
I am counting on the Lord to lead and provide for the things I believe He has called me to do.
I have doubts and fears that seem massive and overwhelming at times.
But I also have faith, and all the faith that any of us really need is, well – minuscule. Jesus said that if we have just a tiny bit of authentic, trusting faith – the “size of a mustard seed” – then mountains will be moved. (Matthew 17:20).
So on October 31, 2018, by faith, I embarked on yet another improbable missions adventure. My first assignment was to lead worship in Greece for an international group of missionary leaders on a 6-day training intensive. The second leg of my trip was to minister in the nation of Ukraine in a variety of locations and contexts. I’ll tell all about that in a moment.
But first, I have to share one of my “ah ha” moments.
A few years back I started doing an exercise by Chris Brogan called “my three words”. The idea is to choose three words that will serve as a guiding theme for the coming year. You can read more about it in his blog post here.
Today as I write this update, it’s the first Monday after Easter Sunday. It will be 50 days until Pentecost. Drawing closer to the Lord during this season is the focus of my devotional book, Resurrection Power.
It also marks 20 days since we packed up and relocated from south Nashville to the north gate of Hendersonville, Tennessee. During that period we’ve been painting and trying to unpack while producing a musical cantata at the church for Palm Sunday, then a series of daily worship services during Holy Week, concluding with a pair of glorious Easter Sunday celebrations.
It has been a busy, intense, and exhausting couple of weeks – but we’re loving our new home and location!
It is a new season.
In the final book of the Holy Scriptures, Revelations foretells the coming tribulation the earth will endure. It will be a work of purification that will mark “the end of the world as we know it”. After which Jesus declares “Behold I am making ALL THINGS NEW. Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:5
Indeed, whether in seasons of joy or grief, every word of Jesus is trustworthy and true.
I pray the Lord will encourage, inspire and sustain you with His Resurrection Power in your next season of life.
To God be the glory. Amen.
RESURRECTION POWER: DAY ONE Audio/Video
Here’s a reprise of Chapter One from audio book from last year.