You know what doesn’t make sense? When you see how something works in the practical, physical world and ignore it in the spiritual world. For example, my wife Diane is an excellent baker. She is one of those women who make a delicious pie crust every time she bakes a pie. Over and over again the crust is excellent. Do you think the first time she set out to make pie crust she was perfect? Of course not. She worked on it. She practiced. My friend Gary Bradley is an artist. An oil painter, usually painting landscapes. Do you think Gary’s first painting turned out as beautifully as his last few? Of course not.
“God comes to us disguised as our life” – Paula D’Arcy
God plays hide and seek with us. His childlike heart smiles as he allows himself to be found. He doesn’t really hide himself from us fully because he’s always available to us but He gives Himself as an adventure of exploration that we might continually discover the joys of an eternal being of goodness, beauty and creativity.
In August my wife, two youngest daughters, and I took my oldest daughter to college to drop her off for her first year. At the Presidential Welcome they read the following quote:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.
I was 46 when I attended my first Wild at Heart Boot Camp in CO in 2003. I didn’t know what a mess I was…I had an inkling, but I thought I was ok, sort of. You know what I am talking about, right?
At the time I was a full time Young Life Area Director with over 20 years of youth ministry under my belt. Even though I had a raging anger, was critical of others, and I had a secret addiction to pornography and masturbation…I appeared on the outside to be a pretty normal Christian man. I attended church, read my Bible, had a pretty consistent QT (quiet time), and was passionate about leading kids to Jesus.
Goliath has struck fear into the entire Israelite Army for 6 weeks! Morning and evening the soldiers rally their spirits, get their gear on, and prepare for battle. As they run to the front line to face their enemy, Goliath steps forward and bellows his treats and the soldiers turn and run.
As I said in Killing Giants part 1, I love looking at the Old Testament stories with a fresh set of eyes. While most of us have read the story of David and Goliath, we tend to only focus on the young shepherd boy who defeats the giant Goliath with a slingshot and a smooth stone. Don’t get me wrong, I also love a story where the good guys win. Yet there is so much more for us to consider in the larger story.
I love the Old Testament stories, especially when I read them with a new set of eyes. Take for instance the story of David & Goliath. Most of us have read the story or have at least heard of the young shepherd boy who defeated the giant Goliath with just a slingshot and a smooth stone. It is easy to focus on the ending of that story…we all love to see the underdog win, at least I do. Yet there is so much more in the story that that is helpful to look at.
Merry Christmas everyone! True Pursuit hopes that you have wonderful, joyfilled time with family and friends as you celebrate Christmas. We are so aware that Christmas is an invasion, a brutal frontal attack, in which Jesus invaded earth with the sole mission to rescue you and set you free. In the first moments of Jesus’ life he was hunted, on the run, an outcast, and throughout his life suffered much more… all to pursue you. As you ponder Christ’s beautiful “True Pursuit” of your heart, allow this “This Resonates” post to speak to you.
Every year about this time I am reminded of how important it is to reflect on what God has done and how difficult it is to hang on to those memories.
God actually spends a lot of time in the Bible reminding us to remember…probably because we are so prone to forgetting. What do you use to remember? Today we tend to use Post-it notes, To-Do-lists, email, text reminders, etc.
To say the celebration of Christmas has become part of a secularized marketing juggernaut should not surprise anyone. From the middle of October through the end of the year, people are subjected to an increased and intense campaign to spend money. Our secular culture is an economic one, and consumer spending is the largest piece of the economic engine that drives it.