Horse Shoes and Hand Grenades: Why Wanting to Be Close to God is Good Enough

horseshoesThere’s an old saying that goes, “Close only counts in horse shoes and hand grenades.”

Your boss may have said that to you when you missed a quota. Or maybe your spouse said it when you were a day late for a birthday or anniversary. Whatever the reason, when anyone says this, you’ve messed up. But is there ever a time when “close” is good enough? YES.

Close is good enough when you decide to get close to God.

I could never be good enough to get close to God,” you’re probably thinking. Well, that’s the BEST thing you could think right now, because being close to God has nothing to do with precision or with hitting a goal of any kind. That’s where the horse shoes and hand grenades come in. God Himself has freed us from all the pressure of needing to earn His love. He hit all the marks for us!

James says it this way, “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and make your hearts pure, you who are half-hearted towards God (Jas. 4:8).” The formula for being close to God is simple: want to. Simply wanting to be close to God is the quantum leap that makes it happen. You just glance at Him with a desiring heart and He’s all over it like cows on a salt lick.

You don’t have to wait until you feel righteous or holy. You probably never will. You don’t have to live a sinless life before being accepted by God. You can’t. You don’t have to achieve some superhuman spirituality, find Nirvana, or commit the ultimate selfless act of giving all you have to the poor before God will love you. All of those things are our own attempts to earn His love. It simply can’t be done. He already loves you.

So put the horse shoes and hand grenades away. Start wanting to be close to God and watch how fast He shows up and brings all sorts of good things into your life. He’s done all the work for you, so rest in it. Close is good enough for now.

ChizBESTJohn Chisum is an internationally appreciated worship leader, songwriter, mentor, and clinician. Click here for information on The Worship Leader’s One-on-One Coaching with John Chisum. For information about booking John for a worship seminar, worship concert, or special event, contact him directly at john@johnchisum.org, or call 251-533-5960.

Love God. Do art. Lead well.

Meredith Andrews of Vertical Music at re:Create 2015

Meredith Andrews of Vertical Music at re:Create 2015

“The more you’re like yourself, the less you’re like anyone else, which makes you unique.” Walt Disney

I’ve just spent the week with some of the most creative people I’ve ever met. It was a room filled with songwriters, authors, poets, and ideation experts. The atmosphere was buzzing every day with innovation, ideas, and that intangible “X” factor we call creativity. I was home.

Our theme for the re:Create2015 Conference, hosted by uber-creative Randy Elrod, was about having the courage to be who you are, not what you do. This theme wasn’t wasted on me. At a time in my own life in which I’m rediscovering who I am in fresh ways, each session seemed tailor-made to help me remember the nearly 40 years of creativity I’ve been part of in songwriting, publishing, ministry, and especially in helping others find their own creative voices.

I realize afresh today that leadership isn’t about me or us as leaders. It’s really about helping others find their value and their creative spark to be unique and make a difference. We make a difference by bringing out the best in others. For me, the big takeaway from the week is what I’m adopting as my new mantra: “Love God. Do art. Lead well.”

Thank you, Randy, and all the other great presenters at re:Create2015!

ChizBESTJohn Chisum is an internationally appreciated worship leader, songwriter, mentor, and clinician. Click here for information on The Worship Leader’s One-on-One Coaching with John Chisum. For information about booking John for a worship seminar, worship concert, or special event, contact him directly at john@johnchisum.org, or call 251-533-5960.