Today is a little nerve-wracking for me because tomorrow is the day I’ll be singing in front of way more people than I’ve ever sung in front of or probably will ever sing in front of again – approximately 15,000 people! Yikes. Help, LORD!
It’s also the day I get a chance to share a little, for about 45 seconds, in front of a camera. This little clip will be played right before I sing tomorrow. I feel like I’ve narrowed in on what I want to say, and I hope it doesn’t come off as self-righteous. God is the One Who gets all credit for any good realities in our lives, right? So, I’m not ashamed to share about the grace of God in my life in front of friends, fellow company agents.
Here is what I have scripted:
“My name is Torrey Moe, and my wife Carrie and I and our adorable son Jackson live right in the middle of beautiful California.
“Together we enjoy a life of love for God, each other, our son, our family, our friends, and our community.
“I chose the song A Kiss to Build a Dream On in honor of my wife, our marriage, and our first kiss.
“We have the old-fashioned story of having given each other each of our very first kiss ever.
“On a more serious note, we believe the strength of a marriage is realized when promises are kept.
“I believe the same is true for State Farm and each of our agencies.
“So, here is to my wife Carrie, our first kiss, and the the truth that good dreams will more often become realities as promises are kept.”
As much as this could potentially make some uncomfortable, there is a certain charm to our story that I don’t want to be ashamed of, and I’m seeking to point out a deeper reality that is true no matter anyone’s past. Going forward, we can all place our hope in Christ and experience the joy of knowing that God keeps His promises and is the perfect One and Only God, the One Who seeks us and saves us and makes no mistakes.
Not sure about you, but I’m the one that drafted this, and I’m the one planning to share it, and I can’t help being a little embarrassed as a believer… This sorrows my heart when I think of Romans 1-12, especially 1:16-17, and the whole of chapter 12.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of GOd for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, ‘The righteous shall live by faith.'” – Rom 1:16-17
Let’s not shrink back, church! We are not promoting our own good deeds or our own ability to keep promises so much as the value of promises kept, first and foremost by our God and Savior! If we were boasting our abilities, we’d be in a constant cycle of performance and failure, success and defeat. Instead, we learn to lean on the Savior and His sent Holy Spirit to live in the center of His promise of eternal life. As we walk out each day, keeping our gaze on His promised eternal celebration of Christ’s work on the cross, we learn to follow as His joyful disciples. Life is no longer about performance as our object but rather joyful response to the Savior’s death with a life of gratitude. We are the happiest people alive, followers of Christ!
Thanks again for your prayers. Pray for humility and a child-like enjoyment of this experience, and that I’d learn a lot and get the more energized to do what I’m called to through my business for the glory of God in the years to come!
*Photo by Thomas Atkins – Thanks, Tom!