I have known Carmen Bekkatla for a couple of years. Over the years I have come to value her wisdom and insight (we’ve had many hallway conversations as she teaches at the school my kids attend!). She is a sister in Christ who has much to offer others.
One of the things I like to do at the end of every year is to reflect on where I have been, and where I am headed. Though she shared this message some time back in a longer version (she edited it for our sake!), I believe it is a timely message for us today. I hope that you will be encouraged and empowered in your walk with Christ.
The acronym (a word in which each letter stands for something) that I’m about to share with you is one I shared for the first time at a chapel at Trinity Western University. In my fourth year at TWU, I was asked to speak to the university on behalf of our senior class. I spent weeks praying and asking God what He would like me to say that would offer words of encouragement and advice to my fellow university students and this is what He gave me. (I‘ve found I’ve had to refer back to this acronym at various times in my life when I needed a reminder to get my life back on track with God.)
The definition of the word CLARITY is the state or quality of being clear, perceptive, and of having understanding. This is God’s desire for each of us – that we clearly and fully understand what it means to be in relationship with Him.
Seeking clarity and maintaining a relationship with God involves:
C = Confess your sins. (Isaiah 30:15, I John 1:9) Right relationship with God begins with confessing our sins.
L= Lose yourself to God. (John 8:32, John 14:6) Walking in God’s truth brings freedom in our lives.
A= Allow yourself to fail. (Philippians 4:13) We can do all things through Christ.
R= Refuse to give up. (James 1:2-4) God will refine our character (if we walk in obedience and allow Him to do so in our lives). If, as Boyd Hopkins notes, we are willing to engage in transformation and not just pain reduction God will develop our character according to His loving will.
I= Be Intent on godliness. (Galatians 5:22-23) This requires being filled with the Holy Spirit.
T= Testify and be a Testimony. (II Timothy 2:15) God desires that we be people of integrity.
Y= Remember, Yesterday’s gone. (Philippians 4:8) We are to continually move forward in our walk with God.
Take some time to reflect on how God is speaking to you personally about having a more meaningful relationship with Him. Take a pen and a Bible and thoughtfully consider what He is requiring of you. If we are to have a meaningful relationship with God, each of us is required to do our part to personally meet with Him.
God bless you,
The Reverend Carmen Kampman is a woman on the road of leadership. Ordained with the PAOC, she is a steward of God’s call to women in ministry, and the founder of LEAD Women, a ministry equipping Christian women for leadership. She is also VP of Advancement at Horizon College & Seminary, and a graduate student in the Masters of Leadership program at Briercrest Seminary. Through study, discipline, and passionate encouragement, Carmen cultivates the deep wells of God’s grace and invites others to journey with her, to discover for themselves who they are and how God is calling them to where they want to be.