Bug Guts for Jesus

“Yuck! BUG GUTS!”

As my wife and I were heading home on the road we encountered something interesting….

“Boom!” A quick flash across our windshield as a lightening bug hits our glass. April and I both looked at the windshield, “Woah! Bug guts. Yuck.” Bug guts smeared a small part of the window. Then just a few milliseconds there emerged a highly visible green streak on the window and it looked cool in the dark I have to admit, but soon that green neon flare dried out. Eventually, it along with the bug guts were no longer visible and we continued on our way. The lightening bug which caught our attention in the moment soon became a distant memory.

The point of this post is not to give you an entomology lesson, but to encourage you with a lesson God gave me through it.

You know we didn’t see the flare of the lightening bug, until we after we saw the guts of the bug. Pardon the pun, but it takes Guts to follow Jesus. It takes guts to do our part in the Kingdom of God. Perhaps you have been serving God faithfully whether through your church or community. It takes guts; it takes courage to faithfully serve God. Perhaps you have been taking time to disciple someone or show up early on Sundays to teach Sunday School. Or maybe you have been serving your church or local ministry in a different way. All these things require effort and sacrifice, they require guts of courage. However, I am reminded that through the labor, sacrifices, and energy, that through the impact of the guts, there will soon emerge a flare from it just like the lightening bug. God is going to use what you are doing to draw others to Him.

People may not always see the hard work you do behind the scenes or the time you spend on your knees in prayer, but they will eventually see the flare the comes from it through your faith. God knows everything you do. He knows all the details and knows the heart behind it. God sees the inroads to your labor and is preparing your life as a testimony to Him.

One question that I often ask people is, “How do you want to be remembered?”

Because one day we are going to hit the windshield in life and this short time will be remembered by what we did. I don’t know about you, but if there is anything I want to be remembered by in this life for it would be my relationship with Jesus. I would to do everything I can to leave a big enough flair that points people to the majesty of God. Something that catches their attention, even if for a moment, I pray that the impact of our lives reveal the reason we lived and more importantly, who we lived for. This post may seem silly, but I pray it is for someone. We are all like the bug, we each have guts to do what it takes to honor God. So may this post about bug guts serve as a reminder to us all that Jesus is worthy of all we have, do, and contribute. So let’s give Him our guts, after all, as believers, He already has our hearts. #BugGuts #GutsForJesus #Blog

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” -Galatians 6:9 (NKJV)

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Brandon Baumgarten

Brandon Baumgarten grew up in the small town of Oilton, Oklahoma and was elected to serve the Oklahoma FFA Association as State Secretary, State President, and as a National Officer Candidate representing nearly 25,000 students on the local, state, and national levels from 2011-2013. Afterwards, Brandon launched his speaking career and authored the highly sought after leadership book, Caught Up & Called Out, hoping to help others see the impact they can make on this world. He is a professional speaker, speaking at over 100 different events each year, and a graduate from Oklahoma State University in Agricultural Leadership, and was even named a top 10 student. He is a Zig Ziglar Legacy & Youth Certified Presenter and his message is always to engage, encourage, and empower you to do something big in your life! No matter if you are a student, teacher, parent, or business executive, Brandon's presentations are certain to make you laugh, think, and realize your impact is about to begin!

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