I wonder how clear it must look from there to here
No obstruction, this selfish corruption
All in this atmosphere
No fear, less tears, only time to catch my breath
I fail to inhale
Your love constricts my chest
Confusion blinded me, mental and physically
And it’s because of you that now I can see
So now I can run. I follow the Son and ride on to Zion
And dance this last song of freedom
But only time will tell, if it’s truly for real
Can’t change your mind, all I know this is what I feel
Whether I’m wrong or right, please keep my life in sight
And never take you eyes off me
As I look up to the sky today
Well I can see you looking down on me
It brings a smile to my face again
It’s truly one of a kind, like star shine, beyond night time, are you there
My eyes stare to find, just what’s behind this blind notion of mine, is it
Cause sometimes, it plays tricks with my mind, some call it asinine
But it’s like love or hate, now is that real or fake?
Cause it’s a real thin line, but that’s your choice to make
The question at hand, help me understand, is this your plan?
I think I can, can I think, then I think I can
Because I won’t break (nah), and I won’t shake (nah)
With lifted hands to this Man (Jah), I’ll stand in faith
I’ll make it through, my trust in you
Close my eyes, make a wish, kiss the sky
Hey thereâ€¦I see you
Sometimes I make being a Christian so difficult. I think of all the greatness that God would have me do and overlook the what he really wants of me. Then I see something like this: my youngest, Lillee, helping with the dishes.
It melts my heart.
~ God, help me to see it’s the everyday little ways I follow you that touch your heart.
“What I’m seeing is that the problem isn’t just what’s happening in the church, the problem is what isn’t happening in Christian homes.” ~ “Divided the Movie”
I heard this a week ago, and it really hit me that I need to change the way some things are done at home. This quote is pretty much the only thing I gleaned from “Divided the Movie,” an exposé on how the modern youth group is not biblical. I agree with the quote I posted, not with the thesis of this film.
Sometimes, you want to help feed the homeless, but you really don’t have the financial means to do so. Comedian Tom Mabe offers his way of helping to feed the homeless. While effective, I think it may be a misdemeanor.
A few weeks ago, Tom Allen was ordained as our assistant pastor, and something that was said has challenged me. Pastor Kirk briefly mentioned that the church does not promote someone, or nominate them for a position so that they can do a “work.” They promote or nominate people who are already doing the “work” into the appropriate position.
Basically, they do not ask someone to be a deacon simply because he desires to be one, but because his is already doing the work of a deacon, and so the position is appropriate for him.
Sounds logical enough, right?
So I had to ask myself, “Self, if you were to be nominated for a position in our church (real or not), which would it be?”
Well the cards are in, and it’s a mixed bag.
- I could teach a parenting class as I have five children who I think are turning out well
- I could help with kids ministry for the same reason
- I have some experience with youth ministry, so I could help there
- I could be the church book reviewer, as I love to read and I write reviews for Thomas Nelson, Bethany House, and Tyndale Publishers
Here’s where it gets dicey:
- I could be asked to be the church critic. I have a lot of opinions about what is being done right, and what I think is being done incorrect or needs improvement
- I could be the church mooch as I am quick to take advantage of the various ministries in the church, but rarely give money to the church or volunteer
- I could be the church gossip, as I sometimes share my opinions of others with friends instead of keeping them to myself
We’ve all heard “There’s no such thing as a ‘perfect church,’” often in reference to someone or something we don’t like, but it’s time to see that we’re the reason it’s not. The change has to start with me. Revival starts with me. Raising Godly children is my responsibility, not the churches.
So I encourage you to ask the question as well, “If you were to be nominated for a position in your church (real or not), which would it be?” Then ask God to help make the necessary changes in your own life.