- Brian Parks
Why I Am Here?
Why Am I Here? Coach Harvill, went to college and played back-up behind John Unitas for a few years. The Spirit was there! I was struck by the fact that successful athletes and coaches would read from the Bible, donate their time and share Jesus with me. Another “sign on the highway”. What made Coach choose me? Sign #3 JOHN LLOYD BRASINGTON SR Jack Brasington Sr was the greatest man that I had the ever met. After marrying one of his daughters, I had the privilege to call him “Dad”. Read Galatians 5:22-23 and you will know Dad. During my road trip when I thought (in my mind) that I was supposed to be a rock n’ roll star, Dad showed great love and patience. He walked everyday in the Spirit, and you could feel it. He taught me about Jesus by walking on the Lord’s narrow path. He was a gentle rock. His example also molded my 3 children. Jack taught me to pray for God’s direction in my life. A true Christlike man among men. I think of him daily. Thank you Father for putting him in my life. So why am I here? The Jewish Scriptures started with just 10 commandments from God. Because of the power elite, by the time Jesus was born in had inflated to around 650 laws. When asked by the power elite what is the most important commandment, our Lord made it simple: (Matt. 22:37-39) “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself.” That is why I am here! If I focus on my love, my relationship with the Heavenly Father, He will guide my path. If I listen and talk to God, AND LISTEN, He will give me direction. Hey, the closer I get to God the more I will love my neighbor. The more I learn about Jesus and what He did for sinful, wretched me the more I understand what selfless love is all about.
Why Am I Here? In closing, let me say this. Jesus said in Matt. 23:11 “The greatest among you must be a servant.” If I think that I am not worthy to be part of the cause, that I am to big a sinner to serve God, consider this: Saul of Tarsus (who became the Apostle Paul): A bounty hunter who captured, beat and persecuted followers of Christ. He gave false testimony at execution trials and participated in Christ followers being stoned to death. Samson was an angry drunk. David was a fornicator and a murderer. Solomon had 1000 wives and concubines. Moses killed a man. Contrary to popular opinion, God does not demand perfection, even Christ was tempted, He merely encourages progress. We just have to try to get better. We will never be perfect but as long as we continue to seek God’s will in our lives He can use us. Finally, here are some fantastic servants of the Lord that I know and love: Tim Tebow: Consistent, dedicated, Godly. Chris Farrington: A missionary in Nicaragua. I watched this boy grow into a man of God. God guided he and his wife’s path to a dangerous place. They serve without complaint. www.losfarringtons.com Noah Wilbanks: FCA leader in Miami. Noah has walked the walk and is now helping high school athletes grow in the Spirit and follow the Lord’s path. Anthony Fadelle: Wrestling coach at Palmetto High School, Miami. I remember when Ant would come to our house for Bible study. Anthony is a good man doing the Lord’s work.
Why Am I Here? The 2 Parks Boys: Thank you Jesus for the impact they had and still have on all lives they touch, including mine. Remember, the answer to “Why Am I Here?” starts with loving God with everything you got and to love everyone else (like Jesus loves us). If we all can move toward those goals, in the words of the gospel singer/songwriter Sam Cooke, “What A Wonderful World This Would Be.”