Archive for January, 2013

Facing the Future

January 29, 2013

What is the lion that is blocking your path? Is it a broken relationship, a postponed dream, an avoided opportunity or a step you need to take? All of us face “tipping points” where we either embrace and face change or we cease to move forward and grow. And usually after that we start to lose ground, endure a slow death and feel that life is insignificant.

How can you face your lion in 2013?

*Trust rather than doubt. Skeptics never step out in faith. Only risk-takers experience victory, exhilaration and deep joy.

*Sacrifice rather than play it safe. Growth comes with pain and investment. Mountaintops are only reached after great effort and determination.

*Step up and serve rather than wait and see. Be a pacesetter. If you wait for the perfect time, you will never start and never attain your dreams and goals.

Jesus said he came to offer us abundant life. He does not offer stagnation, comfortable plateaus and safe harbors for those called to follow him. The journey is worth the highs and the lows. Explore! Dream! Discover!! This can be the favorable year of the Lord for you!! (Isaiah 61: 2)

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Back on the Blogosphere!

January 17, 2013

Yes, I know. I have been away from my blog for about four months. I have several good excuses but now its time to write and share my limited wisdom and rambles with the world once again. Here are a list of random gleanings I have recorded in my journal recently. There is a thread of unity I will share in the conclusion.

A chronic fault finder rarely sees the log in their own eye. The mote is a problem only for the person looking for it. The holy person is not a mote finder. The mote finder exalts herself or himself thus yielding to temptation to look for faults constantly in others. Jesus said not to judge lest you be judged.

Our neighbor is not limited to just our own kind. Jesus taught us that our neighbor can be someone far away or right next door. People basically fit into three basic groups:

*those who beat you up

*those who judge you up

*those who pick you up

Which are you?

Jesus called us to practice acts of kindness. The more excellent way is a life of unconditional love. Most people want to give as least as possible and get back as much as possible. I am so glad I know a good share of the latter.

I think the Holy Spirit spoke these words to me because my church is now defining and envisioning who we will be in the future. Our modern culture is seeking authenticity. There is so much fake living and image building all around us. We crave honesty and openness, servant hearts and humility.

I think this starts with leaders, which points back at me and my way of living and leading. I am thankful to have mentors and grace-filled folks to discover the future with. Most of all, Christ gives us his Spirit to guide us and the company of saints to learn from.

Life is good!