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ROFL at God

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Have you ever laughed at God?  Be honest.  Has he ever asked you to do something so ridiculous or promised you something unimaginable that you literally laughed out loud at God?

I have.

There was a time years ago when God was calling me into full-time ministry.  I had all the excuses in the world…and good ones.  I had a shady past.  I was a licensed EMT and had a secure, good-paying job at a hospital.  I had not gone to seminary (and didn’t plan to, either).  I wasn’t perfect, we all know that pastors are perfect (insert sarcasm).

You name it, I had every reason in the book to not do what God was asking of me…and laugh in his face in the process.

Well, thankfully I’m not the only person who’s ever done this.  There’s a relatively small character in the Bible.  You might have heard of him.  Abraham  (more sarcasm)?  God had a specific plan for mankind in this piece of history, and he was going to use Abraham and his wife, Sarah, to do it.  They screwed it up the first time by taking things into their own hands.  So this was round two.  God (again) tells Abraham that he and Sarah will have a son.   Abraham was 100 years old at the time, and Sarah was 90 when this passage comes into the picture…

Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed and said to himself, “Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?”   Gen. 17:17

See, ROFL  (rolling on floor laughing) was started by Abraham even before Twitter.

So, has God made you a seemingly ridiculous promise lately?  Is he asking you to do something for him that is way beyond your own capabilities and imagination?  If so, I’ll pray for you.  I’m in that season myself.  Recently, God has been calling me to transition into a Campus Pastor roll as our church begins moving toward a multi-site church model.  Intimidating?  Yes.  Beyond my own capabilities?  Oh, yeah.  But…

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.   2 Cor. 9:8

God will come through when you and I are in his will.  He is able.  Do you believe it?

May you have the courage and faith to say ‘YES’ to his call on your life today.

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Oblivious to the work of Jesus?

TGIFstarsI took this picture while on a lunch date with my amazing wife today at TGI Fridays.  While we were eating I noticed two parents walk in with their little boy.  He looked to be about 3 years old.  The parents were conversing with the waiter and apparently oblivious to what was grabbing their son’s attention.  Do you see the three stars in this picture?  Well, he did!  With exhileration, he would point up and say, “There’s a star!”  Almost immediately, he would point across and say, “There’s another…and another!”

This child was totally immersed in noticing these exciting, new objects around him.  The adults, however, did not take note of his discoveries.  For them, these stars had simply blended in to the rest of their surrounding environment.

This 15 second event really caused me to think.  How often do I do this with the work of Jesus?  If I seriously take the time to closely examine the things going on around me, how much of Jesus’ activity do I gloss over because I’ve  allowed it to become camouflaged in the midst of a forest of ‘blah?’

If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.   Jer. 29:13

Are you letting Jesus-stuff blend in…..becoming just blah?  How do you plan to remedy this?  How will you strive to see Him in the unseen today?

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What’s your spiritual point of view?

Philippians 4:8b reads:

“Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”

Think about this. When we get to sleep in, its sunny and clear out, and our finances are in order its pretty easy to view life as a bed of roses. On the other hand, its not quite the same when we can’t fix the car, in-laws are breathing down your neck, and you have absolutely no energy to deal with any of it.
In the above text, Paul is encouraging us to take charge over our thoughts. Not only that, but focusing on things that are ‘worthy of praise’ is simply recognizing God’s blessings in our lives…His actual involvement! Whether things are going great or really rough, intensionally locate God’s hand in the middle of it. This is what keeps us grounded and attentive to His will for us.
Today, may you feel His hand on your circumstance. And may you also allow God and His ways to take priority in your life.

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