Saturday, July 28, 2012

Barriers and Deliverance

     "We found one particularly horrible jail in the bush [in Uganda] that had warehoused more than a dozen kids behind an old wooden door for years. A couple of amazing guys from Pepperdine Law School came over and prepared those cases for trial. Those cases were heard, and when the last kid was dropped off at home after their trial, I had that old wooden door ripped off of its hinges. It now stands in the corner of my office. It's a reminder to me that God searches for us, no matter what dark place we're in or what door we're behind. He hears our impossible, audacious prayers for ourselves and others. And He delights in forgiving us and then answering those prayers by letting us return home to Him. It reminds me that when we take Jesus up on His promises, He doesn't just stand in our lives knocking. He rips our small view of Him and what He can make possible right off the hinges."
                                      [Bob Goff, Love Does, 181-182]

Friday, July 27, 2012

Summer Grass

Summer grass aches and whispers.

It wants something; it calls and sings; it  
         pours out wishes to the overhead stars.
The rain hears; the rain answers; the rain is slow 
                  coming; the rain wets the face of the grass. 






[Carl Sandburg]

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Servant Leadership and Story

     I am just coming out of a week of hosting for a Lead 222 short-term ministry trip, a 'mission trip' experience, combined with leadership training. After a week of arriving at the church at 6:45am each morning, I was glad to sleep in til 10:20 this morning.
     The theme of the week (the same as every Lead 222 trip this summer) was "Live Differently". The students, from Jr. High through High School, were encouraged to live differently in a way that reflects the glory of Christ. On Friday, I had an interesting conversation with two of the students as we worked. We had a long conversation about video games, the real life things that they simulate, and whether they can be harmful. I came out of the conversation with a similar question that has risen in many of my thoughts lately: what if our lives were lived in such a way that we didn't need to simulate things like adventure, creativity, collaboration, creation, relationships, story? What if we didn't need video games to give us a sense of having created something, given us a sense of accomplishment without any actual work involved? What if we were so intentional about spending time with the people we care for (and the people we don't) that we didn't need facebook or texting for our conversations? What if we were so busy living a story that we didn't need to, or have time to spend hours in front of the computer or the television?

What if your life was a story so interesting that you didn't need to live vicariously through stories and adventures of video games, facebook, pinterest, or the television?

What if our lives were stories that magnified the glorious radiance of our King?

I don't know about you, but I want to live differently in that way.

Students worshipping at the evening session.

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