I’ve made some terrible mistakes in my life. Some bad enough that people who don’t even know me would be angry at me for making them. In my misguided ways of trying to cope with depression, I’ve walked down roads I never thought I would walk. Basically, there was a time in my life where I considered myself a bad guy. Superman has been my hero since I was a little boy. He could do anything. But he chose to do the right thing.
Even from an early age, I realized that he could have ruled Earth, but instead, he serves Earth.
And even though Lex Luthor was his ultimate evil counterpart, his biggest enemy was something else entirely.
BY CIPRIANO MARTINEZ
At the beginning of this year, out of nowhere (so I thought) came the thought of stepping down as Ministry leader of the Celebrate Recovery at my home church. So the wrestling with God began. Many emotions came out of this decision that was placed at my feet. I have always felt that in ministry work that there will come a season that a person needs to step aside in order for others to lead in the same capacity so that they can grow. For me, the year 2016 is that time to step down. The life we live is determined by many choices that we make; we may feel confused or maybe unsure about decisions we have to make. In past years, there have been times I have worried that I was not in line with God’s will and fearful of making the wrong decisions.
But we shouldn’t be fearful and afraid to make decisions. As long as we reach out to the lost and share the Gospel, this will honor God. I am excited for the year of 2017 and this excitement is building up in a way that is filled with the Holy Spirit. So, my encouragement to you, dear reader, is to fly when you feel you need to fly, run when you feel you need to run, and dream when feel like dreaming. But in all this, share Jesus with everyone along your path and our God will light your way.
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. (2 Corinthians 4:6-10)
Cipriano Martinez is the ministry leader of Celebrate Recovery at Highland Baptist Church in Clovis, NM, as well as the CR State Representative of Eastern New Mexico and West Texas. He is blessed to be clean and sober for 9 years and counting. He is happily married and has 5 kids ranging from high school to diapers. He enjoys sharing his life with others, golf, and spending time with his family, and also feels a strong calling to vocational ministry. You can contact him via twitter @ciprianom79.