3 things you need to do

•February 24, 2009 • 2 Comments

Are you intentional?

This past weekend I was helping with a winter retreat. Lots of fun, to many energy drinks, but more than that God was there.

I saw people make life changing decisions that will encourage me to keep doing the ministry.

At the end of the weekend I sat down with my group and the exercise was to talk about how we were going to be intentional. How were we going to build our relationship with God this week? How are we going love others? How are we going to change the world?

We got lots of great answers. Someone said they were going to read a chapter of the bible every day, another said they were going to show respect to their parents and not have the attitude they always do, and another said they were going to make a commitment to being generous once a day.

Ok the last one was me. it’s one of the things I’m trying to do this year.

My question for you is what are you doing to grow your relationship with God, share his love with others, and change the world?

make someone’s day

•February 19, 2009 • Leave a Comment

It can be really easy to make someone’s day.
Finding a great parking space, a kind word from a friend, or a surprise gesture.

My wife likes our house clean. I don’t see the dirt but she does and that’s all that matters. I know if I want to make her day one thing I can do is clean the house before she gets home. It helps to settle her and make her feel comfortable in our space.
It doesn’t take long at all but it makes a big impact on her day.
I have a good friend that randomly shows up with coffee to my house. I love coffee but more than that I love that he thinks about me and knows that I’ll really appreciate getting it. A long, hard, tiring day can be changed by a simple unexpected coffee.
Our faith is about changing lives and impacting people through relationships. You can make someone’s day without doing a lot. The cool thing is that it will do a lot towards building a better relationship with that person and allowing you to better show them love, grace and all that God has to offer through you.
So make someone’s day today and then tell me, ‘cause I’d love to hear how you did it.

my prayer for you

•February 13, 2009 • Leave a Comment

My prayer for you

‘may you meet God in a special way this long weekend.

My you experience His love in a real and tangible way.

May you share that love and experience the blessing that comes with sharing God’s love and grace.

And may you be assured in your work and your purpose.”

God Bless, grace and peace.

Valentines & God

•February 12, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Saturday is Valentines Day.

We look to those we love and show appreciation and give gifts, both material and in emotion and time.

This valentines try not to forget the author of love. Don’t forget your source, your grace, your hope, your first love.

Don’t miss God on a day devoted to one of his favourite things, love.

rest, again

•February 11, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Rest.

I write about rest a lot. I don’t know why maybe we all need more of it. Perhaps because it’s something I love to do and yet so many never seam to have the time. More to the point people don’t make the time.

I’m wondering more and more as to why? In not resting I think there is some arrogance. Jon Swanson touched on how we use our time and how we use other peoples time is a form of arrogance.

We are to important to not be at the meeting. Nothing will happen at work if I’m not there. God won’t move if I don’t step in and give Him a hand. The ministry won’t happen without me.

Strange isn’t’ it how God’s ministry becomes our ministry and then we become the important one not God.

Don’t take this the wrong way. You do a great job and God has empowered you to do the work your doing and you are following that call. But in that call, in the direction of God is rest.

Don’t be so arrogant to think that God can move if your not there and rest when He calls you to. Your no good to anyone if your burned out doing all the good you do.

lost time

•February 10, 2009 • 6 Comments

I lose a lot of time. I’m basically an expert. I can lose time anywhere. Hours seam to slip away no matter where I am and not enough is ever done.

I claim often if I only had more time I’d be a better Christian. That’s not true at all. If I had more time I’d waste more time.

What I’m not naturally gifted at is being efficient. When I want to I am but I’m not the type who hates to waste time and as such is always efficient.

I control my time and blaming my lack of interaction with God on my lack of time is silly. It’s my time and i use it how i see fit and that often doesn’t mean a lot of time for God.

I hope to lose a lot less time and instead find that time with God, what about you?

down again

•February 9, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I thought I was out of it.

I thought I was done.

I had meet with God and I felt I was on my way out of feeling dry. Literally the sun was shinning and I thought I was done.

But I’m not and I suspect I’m not the only one. I think I expect my walk to be to easy. I think it should be simple and fun and finding God should always be easy and natural and God should always be at my finger tips.

But then I push Him away. Then I forget to pray and study. Then I step back into what I know and blame Him for being here.

I’m in a dry place and some of it is my fault if not all of it. God tells me to read my bible and I say I will but I don’t. God tells me to pray and I say I will pray more but I don’t.

Sometimes we blame God and say it’s His fault that we don’t feel anything. But it’s not always the case. Sometimes he gives us a way out and we don’t take it.

So my question to you who are here with me ‘are you taking your way out?’ Or have you just settled in the comfortable dust and are hoping God will just pull you out?