Wednesday, August 27, 2008
and spend time with Debbie, Denny & Noelle from South Highland
Presbyterian Church. They are going to host our LeadNow simulcast on
November 15th. They have a great spirit about them and I am excited
about the ways God is moving in young adult ministry in Birmingham.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.
May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain in to joy.
And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I learned an obvious lesson yesterday. Obvious because it was something I already knew. But a lesson because it’s still something that I don’t fully grasp.
I had to take my car into the shop over the weekend to get my catalytic converter fixed. I ended up going to a new mechanic that I had never met and I already have a distrust of mechanics. But this experience actually went well – I felt like I was treated fairly and was impressed with their speed and service. Until… I drove out of the shop and my car stared rocking and bouncing like a hip hop mobile. I stopped to see if I had a flat tire. Nope. Then I just drove home to see if it would stop (why would it stop?). I didn’t think about it again until Monday – when I drove 30 miles on the sidestreets of
My car was bouncing so bad that my coffee was jumping out of my cup, through the lid, and all over my bad self. I had no rap music blaring, but I can assure you that the words in my car were worthy of an explicit lyrics tag. I was furious. I was mad at the mechanic because I was sure he had ripped me off. I was mad at the situation because my back and neck were killing me. I was mad at the drivers in front of me because their cars weren’t bouncing. I was yelling – no seriously – I was yelling things out in the car – just because. I basically lost it.
When I finally arrived at work, with whiplash and coffee spilt all over me I came to the simple realization that I didn’t have to get so mad about this. I started praying and telling God I was sorry for my actions. I had a choice in the matter. I could have chosen to react differently to the situation – but I didn’t. And even knowing that I had been acting like a bonehead didn’t change my day. I didn’t fully repent. In fact, I was pretty much ticked off all day. The lingering neck pains kept reminding me of the mechanic. And oh yeah – I made a not so nice phone call to the dude – demanding he fix my car today! And he did by the way take a look at my car and offer to help me out. He was never the problem… I was!
So by now the day is almost over and I am taking Macy to her basketball practice and something amazing happened. The 10 minute drive with Macy melted away all of my anger. Her sweet spirit and presence literally transformed me. I began to pray to God thanking Him for Macy and in my prayer I came to learn an obvious lesson.
God’s kindness leads you towards repentance – Romans 2:4
I was acting a fool. God didn’t need to do anything to make me feel better. This was all my fault. But God… used Macy to show His kindness towards me. When I didn’t deserve anything good – He gave me something spectacular in Macy. And His kindness through Macy – led me to immediate and full repentance.
The obvious here is that God loves you and me and He desires the absolute best for our lives. The lesson is that the best for our lives doesn’t necessarily include our own desired results. But God has mercy on us… again and again… so that we will turn to Him and live our lives not for ourselves, but for His glory!