Posts Categorized: Christian Living

Seeking Mission Wisdom

DSN9118-2-MI had a few minutes to kill and grabbed a book of the shelf and went outside to sit for a while and read. The book was a little devotional-type that I hadn’t looked at for a few years. I opened it, randomly found a chapter and began to read. It was the third time in recent weeks when I have been confronted about having personal mission and vision statements.

I came back inside and found the notebook where I’ve begun this endeavor several times over the past many years. I never get it quite done. Nothing ever sounds noble, wise, or sincere enough. I want to do it, but it just doesn’t happen. There are formulas to help, but that seems so artificial. Maybe it is a mental block, maybe mental problems… I don’t know. I just can’t seem to get it down.

What would be interesting would be to interview some of the people who know me best, who observe my life, who are active participants in my living; and ask them to write the mission and vision statements that I portray. Maybe it’s not as important what I think my mission is as it is what others would observe it to be.

In Acts 13:36 Paul observes about King David that he served the purposes of God in his generation. Peter says concerning Paul in 2 Peter 3:15 – 16 that, although his writings may be difficult, and he said it in many ways; the message of Paul was to count the patience of our Lord as salvation.

Maybe a good time of devotion would be to spend time with God asking Him, not what my mission is, but what is He observing; is what others observe pleasing.

Copyright 2014 LeadersBridge

Check with the Author First

DSN9118-2-MThings have been happening that I’m just not quite sure about. And some things don’t happen and I question that as well. Seems like life is just a series of steps from one situation or circumstance to the next. We make our plans, have our dreams, set our goals; then life happens.

I meet a lot of people who have more questions than answers. Of course there are the “why’s?”, and the “what next’s?” But a whole lot more questions. Has it always been this way? It seems life used to be simpler, and maybe with all the technology and immediacy of things life may be more complicated, or at least we’re more aware.

A few years ago there was a ‘V8” commercial that I loved. Decisions, decisions, then a smack on the head, “I could have had a V8!”

I try to reason out my circumstances. I try to figure out why I’m in these situations, I try to understand what’s going on and why. I search, I wonder, I ponder, I ask; then it hits me, I could have had a V8!

The Psalmist says it this way in 119:169, “Let my cry come before you, O Lord; give me understanding according to your word.”

For answers to life I need go to the author. His Word is the original thinking, not outside the box, but way beyond it. With creative and real solutions to all the illusions that would otherwise distract me or bury me in my own foolish thinking or wisdom of this world.

May the author of my life come to be always the first source and destination of my search.

Copyright 2014 LeadersBridge

 

A Sunny Destination

DSN9118-2-MI was returning from an event in eastern Illinois. It was late evening and I came up a hill on interstate 70. At the crest of the overpass I could see an amazing sight. There was quite a crowd going west with me, and quite a few cars going east. The road we were crossing was also busy with cars going north and south. From this vantage point I could see intersecting roads and it seemed like there were people going in every direction.

As I looked up I noticed all the vapor trails left by jets crisscrossing the sky. I wanted to count them, but trying to keep my eyes on the road while making the count proved too difficult. But suffice it to say, there were many.

I began to think of all the lives the cars and planes represented. I mused that this was an insignificantly small number compared to the rest of the world. All the people and all going somewhere. Planes, train, automobiles…

I was lost in thought considering all the destinations, the size of the world and the people. All lives dwarfed by the size of the world, but significant in the measure of their lives, families and influence. But my thoughts drifted back to where is everybody going, looking at cars and truck and wondering about each story. Then I began to wonder about my own story.

About that time I came around a slow curve and as the road straightened the sun was immediately in front of me. It looked as if the road ran straight into the sun. I had my answer. My story is heading for the Kingdom of God. There may be a lot to my story, just like each vehicle I encountered, but the final analysis; the final destination is brighter than the sun. Full speed ahead.

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Seed Power

DSN9118-2-MWe stopped by to see the grandchildren last night. Almost 10 years old, just turned 7 years old and 2 ½ years old. Amazing to see the differences, but also amazing to see the growth in each one. Each starting as little babies and the changes each time interval makes; whether it’s a few days, a month or a year, change happens readily; quickly, and without permission. I recognized, or realized that the changes are the product of potential and power.

Several times in the New Testament Jesus refers to faith like a mustard seed. I had always interpreted that to mean faith as small as a mustard seed, but I see it differently now. When Jesus refers to faith like a mustard seed he isn’t referring to size but to power. Although the mustard seed is small it will move soil and rocks and whatever is in its way to grow into a large seed bearing plant. The bush being much like a tree, able to provide shade for people and nesting for birds.

It is a wonderful thing to observe the growth of children. It is inspiring and brings joy and happiness. From such a tiny beginning comes great things, and so much potential and opportunity awaits them. When I think of my own children, starting as infants and now wonderful examples of growth, potential, productivity and social contributors and Christ followers. Something so small, but it wasn’t there size, it was their power to become; to make a difference.

It makes a lot more sense that to move mountains your faith needs to be as powerful as a mustard seed, not the size of one. When we look at a mustard seed we shouldn’t be amazed at its size, but rather in awe of it power. My prayer is that when people look at me they aren’t seeing the size of my faith, but are encourage, even challenged by the power.

Copyright 2014 LeadersBridge

 

Longing for the Day

DSN9118-2-MThere’s a scene in the movie “Evan Almighty” where the lead character is shown a panorama of the subdivision he lives in, but just after it had been created. Beautiful hills and valleys are displayed in their original form with a scenic beauty far beyond the present crowded landscape of houses, streets and concrete.

I stopped by the cemetery where my brother, mother and father are all buried. Rolling hills, plenty of trees, green grass disturbed only by rows of varying types of granite markers. I tried to picture it without the markers; as it was before it had been designated as a burial site.

Then I realized that one day it won’t be a cemetery. Trying to visualize the scene before the markers were added made me think – imagining it without the markers was looking into the future. Someday the graves will be empty, the old will be replaced with new. 2nd Peter says all this will melt away and God will replace it with something new.

I wonder if in that Kingdom I will walk among this place, with some who are currently buried there, and we’ll discuss the victory achieved. The granite obelisks with names and dates will be replaced with smiling faces and songs of praise.

I can’t wait.

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