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God Is Up To Something

Posted in life with tags , , , , , , on January 20, 2010 by David

Have you ever had one of those seasons of life where you just can’t help but know that God is up to something? Events fit  together, people are in the right place at the right time a fire has been lit within you and you are excited to see how God is going to fan that little fire into a blazing inferno.

A little over four years ago when hurricane Katrina struck the gulf coast this happened to me. I was captivated by the event. It consumed my thoughts and  my life was changed through opportunities to be a part of the relief efforts. In fact it was that event that truly launched me into ministry.

As I watch the coverage of the devastation in Haiti I can’t help but feel many of the same  emotions I felt four years ago. The weird juxtaposition of wealth and poverty does something to your spirit.

It makes you feel blessed and guilty all at the same time.

It leaves you grateful and heartbroken.

And I think it’s those mixed emotions that create what Bill Hybel’s refers to as a person’s “holy discontent.” It’s that thing that keeps you up at night. The topic that consumes your mental capacity, despite your best efforts to disconnect it from your train of thoughts.

It’s the thing that leaves you feeling icky.

The thing that you want to avoid so desperately and yet the thing you know you need to push into the hardest.

I find that it’s in those times that God is up to something in my life. He’s challenging me to step up to the plate. It’s no longer time to take practice cuts in the on deck circle.  I need to dig in my cleats and take a big fatty swing at the pitch He’s throwing me.

I don’t want to strike out, but if I don’t get in the game, I will never hit the ball over the fence and that’s what I want to do.

I want to take the passion that is coursing through my veins like adrenaline and channel it towards whatever pitch God is winding up to throw me.

God is up to something and I’m ready to swing away.

What Is Causing You To Anguish?!

Posted in life, Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 18, 2010 by David

Do you just go through the motions…?

Does anything truly break your heart…?

Are you allowing yourself to be used by God…?

…………………………………Do you anguish…………………………………..?

The Blindside And Related 20/20 Special

Posted in life with tags , , , , , on December 30, 2009 by David

Monika and I went and saw the movie The Blindside with Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw this evening. Now I have to say that I’m typically not a huge fan of inspirational sports movies. I love sports and I love inspiration, but for some reason when the two get put together in film form I often find it to be cheesy.

However, I really enjoyed The Blindside and was able to follow the movie up with the 20/20 television special on Michael Oher. WOW, what a story!

It’s a thought provoking story and one that truly puts into perspective what really matters in life. But, If I am completely honest, I wonder if my heart is soft enough to take that sort of huge step.

Would I invite a stranger in need to come live with me?

It’s one thing to buy someone a meal or give a couple bucks, but to invite a person into your home is truly significant.

I’d like to think that I’d be able to do that, but I’m not sure.

What about you? Would you be able to invite someone you don’t really know to come live in your home?

Time To Think…

Posted in life with tags , , , , , , on October 9, 2009 by David

It’s been over a month since my last post…

Vacation…work…laziness…life in general kind of crept in there and prevented me from posting.

I’ve also been processing a lot of thoughts that I’ve wanted to blog about but haven’t quite found the way to express them. Thoughts on work, passion and vision, the most painful relationship I’ve ever had, etc.

But I wanted to dive back in here if for no other reason that to let you know I haven’t vanished. In fact, there is a fairly substantial pool of posts that I want to get up in the next couple weeks . I just need to finish thinking through them all.

What I can tell you at this point, as I sit in my favorite coffee shop staring out at the fiery autumn leaves is that life is good, God is great and the journey has just begun.

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I feel poised for an exciting season of life. What that will look like I don’t know yet, but I’m excited for it to unfold and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you.

Taking Care Of Grandma

Posted in life with tags , , on August 21, 2009 by David

So I’m sitting at Forza (downtown Puyallup) my favorite coffee shop, when this guy approaches me and nearly bursts my personal bubble. He was kinda all in my grill if you know what I mean. Anyway, he looks over towards the cash register and asks if I could open the door for the elderly woman waiting in line, when she’s ready to leave.

Instantly two thoughts cross my mind.

1. “That’s really sweet, of course I can do that.”

2. “Who does this guy think he is? If he wants the door opened for her he can stay up in the front of the store and open it for her instead of sitting down in the back.”

Let me just stop here and say that I think I learn more about life and myself at Forza than any other place.

Well, when the elderly woman is done getting her drink, I go ahead and open the door for her and she appreciatively walks out of the store to go about the rest of her day.

A little while later I’m talking to my friend Bryan who runs the shop and he tells me that he had asked that same guy to open the door for that same woman (affectionately called, “Grandma”) the other day.

“He’s ‘taking care of grandma,'” Bryan said.

Ouch!

Now, I probably would have opened the door for her anyway because as I said I recognized it as a sweet thing to do, and Grandma probably wouldn’t have been able to open it for herself,  but why was I put off by someone asking me to lend a hand?

I really hate moments like that. Moments that point out my flaws and weaknesses. The areas where Satan has infiltrated my heart.

At the same time, I’m also very grateful for them because it allows me the opportunity to change. The opportunity to grow and be shaped into a better person. A more loving person.

Someone who is willing to without a second thought, take care of grandma.

What has humbled you lately?

The Woman Across The Street

Posted in life with tags , , , , , on April 3, 2009 by David

I often find myself  down at a coffee shop in Puyallup on Friday to write, think, blog, etc. It’s kind of my my little get away. There are plenty of coffee shops closer to home, but a friend of mine runs this shop and it’s in a great location downtown so I like to make the trip down there.

On several occasions I have seen a homeless woman sitting across the street tucked up again an old mini-mart and I have felt compelled to buy her a sandwich or a cup of coffee, but fear consumed me and I never took action. Well, today I saw her again and I felt the same epic battle of  compassion and fear raging inside of me. I wanted so badly to help and yet there was this fearful paralysis that was trying to keep me seated comfortably at my bistro table.

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However today there was victory over fear! I bought her a salad and a bottle of water and walked across the street to bless her with a healthful meal.

I’m posting this not to pat myself of the back because I almost didn’t win the fight and on other occasions I have been completely defeated. I’m posting this because I think we all need a reminder of how badly we need to kick fear’s @$$ (if the poorly encoded profanity bothers you I’m sorry, but that’s how serious I believe we need to get when it comes to overcoming fear).

We need to man up and woman up and buy salads and bottles of water. We need to give with cheerful hearts. We need put some action to the faith that we profess to have.

“Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.” – James 2:26

What steps are you going to take this week to kick fear out of your life so that you can buy salads and water?

2009 Goals

Posted in life with tags , , , , , , on March 30, 2009 by David

Last year I posted goals for 2008 and I was approached the other day and asked if I was planning on posting goals for this year. I don’t know if at the time I was planning on it, but the more I thought about the more I wanted to. I liked the accountability that comes a long with making your goals known, I like the documentation of the goals and I like that people are willing to help you achieve those goals. So, without further adieu, let me introduce you to the 2009 Top Ten Goals (in no particular order).

1. Get my first children’s book published with the brilliant illustrations of Mike Corley

2. Ride at least one cycling ride/race (Tour De Whatcom?)

3. Pay off at least 85% of our remaining student loans.

4. Buy an iphone.

5. Run a 5k and a 10k.

6. Learn guitar (once again making the list).

7. Read at least 24 books (12 ministry related, 6 fiction, 6 nonfiction).

8. Travel to Europe.

9. Speak at a couple venues outside of New Life Church (has be come a little more challenging since the switch out of Children’s Minsitry)

10. Add 10 lbs. to my lean mean preaching machine frame.

11. (Bonus Goal) Start or get involved in a business endeavor part time outside of my regular ministry at New Life (coaching, consulting, who knows).

Nothing too outrageous on there, but I think a great place to start. Let’s see what happens…

What are your goals for 2009?