Showing posts from July, 2009

Change & You

Sometimes to wind down at night I'll put in a favorite movie flick after the kids have gone to bed. Right now I'm working my way through the Lord of the Rings trilogy once again. Last night I finished up the Fellowship of the Ring. As I was watching the movie for the umpteenth time I caught a line that I had never heard before that sparked my interest.

"Even the smallest person can change the course of the future."

I love the idea that the future isn't set in stone. Biblically speaking, the beginning of time and the end of time are written, but I believe that the middle is left up to us to co-author with our Creator. I believe that the choices we make affect not only ourselves, but the world around us. For example, if you choose to recycle, I believe you choose a brighter future for our world. If you choose not to participate in recycling, you choose ignorance, but your choice is still affecting the future, this time it's only in a negative fashion.

There are ma…

Gotta Love Water

Today we took the kids to Elbow Falls...the place where I proposed to Bonny, asking her to be my wife and begin a family with me. Five years later and our family has doubled in size. It was pretty cool to share this spot with our kids, eventhough they probably won't remember it. Hopefully we'll be able to visit it again when they are older and share the story of how our family came to be.

I love Elbow Falls because of what it means to our family, but also because of what it means for my faith. When I have the chance to enjoy nature, specifically water (running rivers, falls, or the ocean), I find myself drawn to the heart of my Father. There is some sort of deep connection and heart's cry that I experience in these type of settings. I absolutely love it!!

I think each of us has these types of things that propel us forward and inward in our relationship with God. I'd love to hear what some of these things for each of you!!

Tradition vs. Jesus

I stumbled across this little interaction between Jesus and a group of Pharisees during my devotion time while leading a team on a short term humanitarian relief project in Mexico. A group of Pharisees approach Jesus and try to trap Him with a line of questioning regarding His disciples not adhering to the tradition of the Jewish law. The tradition they were referring to is the man-made interpretation of God's law handed down to the people of Israel by Moses. The verse that has rattled around in my heart and in my head since then is this: "Thus you nullify the word of God by the tradition you have handed down. And you do many things like that." (Mark 7:13).

I think sometimes that tradition, or routine, gets in God's way. Think about this for a second. You're sitting in church going through the regular run down of a service...there's some music, the offering, perhaps a prayer and the sermon of course. Maybe there is some sort of video response or other …

The Palm of God's Hand

Have you ever really thought about what life would be like if you were firmly entrenched in the palm of God's hand?? As followers of Jesus, I sometimes think we flirt with this idea, but implementing this type of strategy in our lives is easier said than done.

Living according to the freedom and movement of God's will demands a willingness and level of trust that go way beyond what we are capable in our own humanness. I know this to be true cause I've been living this way in my own life over the last couple of years. I am not perfect...far from it. There are times when I make decisions that really disappoint even myself. But what I am learning more and more is to be willing to move to the rhythm of God's grace on a daily basis. This journey has led me to walk away from the only ministry I've ever known, it's taken me to Florida to pick up my son, and it challenges me to think beyond myself and my own needs and desires.

Walking life according to God's rh…