It’s funny to me how we tend to see everything in others almost entirely in relation to ourselves.
I was teasingly called a liberal on a particular occasion, but, given the circumstance in which it took place, I gladly owned that label. It was because I know that my perspectives would legitimately be seen as liberal in that context. However, anywhere else in the world, I would be seen only as the tiniest bit less conservative than those around me.
I have been spending some time meditating and reflecting upon Paul’s powerful testimony to the folks at Philippi as he stated so very powerfully that he counted everything else in his life as garbage in comparison to the one highest, greatest, over-arching purpose in his life – to know Jesus (Philippians 3).
That’s pretty radical to most of us.
As some friends and I are spending some focused time in prayer for direction in some important matters, I find myself torn with an argument I have had numerous times in my life. It is the matter of where our common sense plays into the process of seeking God. I have had a number of people (for whom I have utmost respect) tell me that God gave us common sense for a reason and so we seek God but listen to common sense. I get that.
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What do you need?
Oh, I know that, most of the time, most of us actually need very little. We have the absurd luxury to say that we need more bread when we get to the last two or three slices in the bag. I dare say we misuse the word “need” more than we use it correctly.
But I am a needy kind of person (and that is, perhaps, the most loaded statement I have ever typed). In this stage of my life, the one thing I find myself most often in genuine need of is direction. I need to know how to proceed – as a pastor trying to lead a congregation and as a father trying to lead a family.
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Sometimes I find myself unsure of how to proceed. And sometimes, when I find myself in such a spot, it seems I don’t even know what questions to ask.
Part of my problem is that I so often see a problem or a challenge or a situation and I spend a lot of energy, time, and thought trying to present a solution to God and ask His blessing upon it. And, in His grace and kindness, sometimes He even blesses that ridiculous notion – kind of like the little kid whose daddy lifted him high in the air thinks he really dunked the basketball.
But then there are times when it seems like every turn of the maze is a dead end.
Frustrated and exhausted and utterly discouraged, I finally stop and look up.
Some friends of mine and I are at one of those places. And, as God often does, it seems He has put a song in my heart and mind this morning. Would you take just a couple of minutes to consider this simple, beautiful, prayerful hymn?
How profoundly simple it seems, “Have Your way, Lord, have Your way.”
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