I heard a saying from one of my friends the other day,
“Every business trip can be a mission trip.”
I travel a moderate amount. I suppose I do spread “good cheer” wherever I go, but I have to admit when it comes to my travels I don’t think you would call them mission trips. I have spoken with people on planes about Christ. I have shared the Gospel with a stranger here and there. I have even asked non-believers to pray with me only to find out they weren’t actually non-believers. They had only walked away from God for a while. All of that sound like a pretty good mission trip… right?
The truth is, none of those things happened while traveling for work? So why not? Many times I am focussed on the work at hand, but often it’s out of forgetfulness. When you travel for work, as some of you know, you do end up with a fair amount of free-time. Like breakfast or between meetings. Or when you are running to a local CVS to get something you forgot like shaving cream. And yes… like on those packed airplanes.
I often realize I missed an opportunity to share Christ’s message with someone after the moment is gone. Like the lady on my extremely delayed flight yesterday that was all “chatty-Kathy” about her daughter’s bike race. When I look back at it God provided a person to share the Gospel with and PLENTY of time to do it. What did I do? Doodle around on my phone.
Evangelism may not be your gift. It probably isn’t mine either, but I feel I should have spoken to that lady yesterday about God. I pray I don’t miss the opportunity to share Jesus today.
Dear God, please grant me your Grace, healing, and discernment to know when someone is ready to hear Your message today. Help me to have Your words to say and bring forth Your Kingdom for Your Good. I thank You for Your Love and Favor and Trust. In Jesus Name, AMEN.
Life is precious. Very precious. That’s why we get “put off” when someone we are waiting in is late. We get mad when thinks don’t happen according to schedule. Yes, we even get angry when our flight is delayed… For THREE hours.
That’s what happened to me today. As I sit here in hour three of my delay I find myself looking around. I imagine that the man with the headphones over there is really rocking to the Ghost busters Theme Song. I’m sure he isn’t, but it kinda looks like it. He could care less who sees him jamming. And how about the lady hiring someone while on the phone next to me. She has lost all inhibitions about HIPPA rights and human resources privacy. And then there’s me. Sitting here and realizing that just because I’m late doesn’t mean I’m not on time. I’m on God’s time and He’s still on control. I am learning to be content in all situations like Paul did.
Finally, I realize that with God’s protective hand on me that surely I am delayed for a good reason. I mean.. The question crosses my mind…”What is God helping me avoid? A plane issue? A car accident at my destination?” Doesn’t matter. What I can’t see or help is in God’s hands. What I can see is in mine AND His. Right now… I see my plane.
Adios for now. Remember, all is on God’s hands and He has plans to prosper us and not to harm us. We must be on our guard though. For the devil lurks around like a hungry lion ready to steal kill and destroy.
If you find yourself “pushing time” just think about all God is helping you avoid. At least that’s what helps me.
Be BLESSED and be a BLESSING.
I tend to get wrapped up in things that I really believe in….. My faith experience is probably the one thing that I wish I could pass on to others and my biggest hope is that my experience would stick to them like glue! Think of it like this….. Imagine all the photos you’ve taken over the years, or even the photos that have been taken of you. I’m not talking about the #selfies or the #tbt, but the ones that you’re really proud of, the ones that captured that moment like nothing else imaginable. You know that feeling you get, just wanting other people to feel the same way that you do about those photos. You just want others to feel what you feel! My faith experience is like that; I just want everyone in my life to experience God the way that I have. It’s unique to me, I know that, but I just wish the people in my life that I love the most could feel what I feel.
A few days ago I started reading a book that was recommended to me and it’s power hit me from the word go. It hit me in such a way that this morning (writing this on 10/26) around 4 AM I woke up, went right to the book, read a chapter, prayed until I was brought to tears, and then went right back to bed. For me, and for the way I read a book that was amazing enough! Over the next several weeks I want to try and paint a picture of what I’m reading, what it means to me and what I hope it will mean to you. For now I don’t plan on revealing the title of the book or the author, in fear that if someone ever reads these Sunday blogs you’ll go out and read what I haven’t yet. Ain’t no one gonna steal my ideas! LOL…..
The author writes about something in chapter 1 that grabs my attention. His instructions are simple and his idea is too. Imagine that you are on the beach, maybe all alone, early in the morning. Take a stick and write out the word G-O-D in front of you. How are you feeling right now? Are you in complete awe in that moment? I put my self in that setting and at that place I was in complete awe, chill bumps, lump in my throat, deep breath, etc.
I look forward to sharing my thoughts next week……
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Staying connected with God takes work. That’s probably why most people (he-hem… certainly not us… right?) fall away from that connection. Something awful may happen to us, we cling to God, find our rescue in Him then move on our merry way with a “thanks, God!” thrown in for good measure. I admit that I struggle with this. Admit because I am not proud of it, but that doesn’t make it untrue. It also does not change the fact that I can choose to reconnect at any moment. The truth is, when I feel disconnected from God is when I get too busy to do a few key things.
The first place I seem to lose connection is my daily reading of the Word. Yes… it’s true. I am human and I do miss a day or two here and there of daily reading. I usually catch up, but it’s not the same. Listening or reading the scriptures daily for the last 11 years had become like taking a shower to me. It helps me to “get ready” for the day. It helps me to cleans my mind and connect with God by learning His story. It helps by giving me things that are applicable to my life BEFORE they happen which grants me discernment that I am otherwise un-equipped with. Yes, daily immersion in the Word of God is definitely a key to being connected with Him.
This is where I usually lose a few folks. “This guy talks with God and thinks he hears from Him too?” is the look I get. That’s ok. What people say or do doesn’t change the fact that God speaks. I believe He is speaking all the time to us. Often we are too busy or consumed with our own agendas to hear Him though. Whether you have a conversational intimacy with God or not you can relate to this one scenario. Ever had someone tell you that they already told you something that you simply don’t remember? Yep… you weren’t listening… We do the same thing with God.
The way I see it, we are able to talk with God because of Jesus’ work here on Earth. Especially, on the cross and the few days following. Talking with God may feel awkward to the beginner. So does walking to a new-born horse, but that doesn’t stop those little colts from standing on all four legs and walking just moments after arriving in this world. We MUST be intentional about beginning a conversation with God. I’m not knocking the monologue prayer by any means, but we have a God that wants to talk with us… not just listen. He created us for fellowship not just to listen to us. Having a conversational intimacy with God is one of the major turning points in my life. Listening to God speak into my heart led me to Colorado. In Colorado, Jesus healed me and gave me a new name. Had I not spoken with God and listened I would have missed that.
Praying is a lot like that conversational intimacy I spoke about above but it’s slightly different. I feel disconnected when I don’t pray often, out loud, and with others. Maybe it’s just me, but it makes me feel connected with God more. Like I’m doing His will and somehow that connects us. It is a form of communion for me with my Maker. Doesn’t mean that I walk down the street shouting from the top of my lungs prayers like a madman… doesn’t mean my lips aren’t moving sometimes when I’m cutting my grass though. Yes… prayer is definitely a key to connection with God.
When I say retreat, I do not mean running away from a situation. I mean an intentional escape from the day to day in order to be with, talk with, and walk with God. People have issues being still. Poster Child… right here. It takes an intentional escape or retreat to get still, hear God speak, and rebalance my life sometimes. I shoot for 3-4 times year, but lately it had been fewer than that. It is important to take the time for you and God to connect. Think about it. You wouldn’t begin dating someone, never listen to them, never do anything with them, or even learn about them and expect things to go very far. Why do we do this with God? Guilty as charged I’m afraid. Yep… Retreat for time with God is definitely a core necessity for me.
Whether you believe that there is evil plotting and fighting against God’s people or not will not change the fact that it exists. It doesn’t take much to find evil in our world. God speaks about this in His Word. We are born into a world at war. Our Lord is a Warrior, The Lord is His Name. Exodus 15:3. Read through Revelations and understand that not all of what’s in there is about the future. It is also about the past. Especially read about the war in Heaven and how satan was cast down with his followers. They lost that war and they are making war on God’s people for a time. It takes a daily armoring of God’s Armor to be equipped to fight the good fight.
The first step to winning spiritual battles is to know the Truth about God. The second step is to know the Truth about who you are in Christ. Often, people new to this concept of spiritual battle focus on “the moves”. The equivalent of the “spiritual round-house kick” is “How do I send these demons packing. What do I say?” Not that it isn’t helpful to know the tactical things about warfare, but as the Seven Sons of Sceva learned, it’s about who God is and who you are in Christ that wins the battle… not what punch you throw. Use the daily prayer to learn who God is, who you are in Christ, how to battle, and stay connected. You can find it here.
Worship is not just how you sing at church. Worship is about how you live. Are you a living prayer? Is the work, play, and love you practice worthy of honoring God? Sadly, I fall short in this too and it takes effort to be intentional about worshiping God in everything.
Sounds like I have a lot to think and pray about. I wonder if I can work a fishing trip into this….
Good Post Coming Tomorrow…
Today… read your Word!