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Unwavering Commitment (Psalm 119:87)

They almost destroyed me on earth, but as for me, I did not forsake Your precepts. Psalm 119:87
  For the believer, our suffering can only last for the duration of this life. For the unbeliever, life on this earth is the closest to heaven they will get. Their suffering will last for eternity.   The psalmist was able to see his life in relation to eternity. While the wicked may seem to prevail, they can only cause harm as long as we are alive. And should they kill us, we will immediately enter into the presence of the Lord, never to face wickedness again.   The psalmist was able to maintain his perspective because of his commitment to God’s word. The truth that God provides us orients our hearts and minds in the midst of the circumstances of life.   In the New Testament, the apostle Paul describes the tremendous challenges he was facing and reminds us to see this life in relation to eternity.  
Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
  Dear Christian, don’t lose sight of the fact that this life will hardly seem like a moment in time when we are in the presence of our Lord. When we are in the midst of difficult circumstances, this life may seem like it will last forever. Take heart, we will soon be in the presence of the Lord!  
“Behold, You have made my days as handbreadths, and my lifetime as nothing in Your sight; surely every man at his best is a mere breath.” Selah. Psalm 39:5

Rocky Wyatt

Rocky Wyatt came to know the Lord as a young teenager and began working in youth ministry when in college. After serving in churches in Utah, California and Colorado, Rocky moved to Texas to serve as Youth Pastor at Countryside Bible Church. He served there for 26 years where he eventually moved from youth ministry to serve as an Associate Pastor.

Over the course of his ministry, Rocky has always had a desire to train men for pastoral ministry in the context of the local church. In 1992 he started XL Ministries, an organization that is committed to helping churches establish intensive internships for pastoral training. In 2020 he left his position at Countryside Bible Church to become the Executive Director of XL Ministries and now works full time assisting churches in training men for ministry.

He is co-author of The Youth Ministry Training Manual, a textbook for training youth pastors, and has also written multiple other resources for use in various local church ministries. He is currently working on a book to encourage churches to take the primary responsibility to train pastors.

Rocky is married to Pamela, has two sons and daughters-in-law, and ten grandchildren. 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.1 Corinthians 15:58