Thursday, April 26, 2012

I Want What She Has

She is in such good shape. I wish I looked like that. Her hair looks so nice. I wish my hair would hold that style. She looks so young. I wish my skin were as smooth as hers.
This morning I attended the Fort Worth Christian Prayer Breakfast along with approximately 1,800 other people. Major Jeff Struecker, a decorated member of the US Army’s elite fighting corp which was prominently featured in Black Hawk Down, was the speaker. What influenced me the most in listening to him speak was that during a crisis, others saw something different in him and wanted what he had. It really struck me that I want to live my life so that others want what I have, which is Jesus Christ at the center of my life. So first question is: Am I living with Christ at the center?
I don’t desire for others to want to look like me or have material things that I have. Instead I want to live so that others want what I have in my life that matters -- so that they want Jesus Christ in their life by seeing mine.
I want others to say, “I want what she has.”

Sunday, April 8, 2012

I Don't Want To

We’ve all heard children say, “I don’t want to.” We usually hear this when we’re trying to get them to do something they need to do like get dressed, eat vegetables, stop playing, put away their toys, or go to bed. I have to respect the honesty of children. They don’t naturally make excuses. They learn that from us. They just tell us the truth, “I don’t want to.”

As adults we tend to say, “I really want to, BUT . . .”
“. . . I don’t have time.”
“. . . I am too tired.”
“. . . it is too hard.”

The truth is that we do what we want to do. There are things we know are good for us, but we do them only if we want to.  I say, “I want to lose weight and be physically fit.”  But do I? This involves eating right and exercise. I say, “I want a closer relationship with Christ.” But do I? This involves spending time with Him. What do we really want from life?

I challenge you to take time before this next week begins to look back at last week and look at your schedule for this next week. Is this really what you want? If not, then do what you really want.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). What do you want?

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

TV versus Books

Earlier this week I heard a coworker ask another coworker if they had seen a certain reality show the night before.  She wanted to know what the other person’s opinion was of who was voted off the show. She was very animated and excited about it. I had been reading during lunch, and for some reason it strongly hit me, “Why aren’t we that excited about the books we read?” I had just finished a great part of a book I’m reading, Quit Going to Church, by Bob Hostetler. It made me want to say, “Hey, what did you think of the analogy Bob used about being nice?”  But, of course, I don’t know anyone else reading this book.

I read a lot of non-fiction and would love to discuss some of the things I’m reading in the same way others discuss TV shows they are watching. I thought maybe I should start a book club, but I don’t want to be on everyone else’s schedule for reading. Then I realized that instead of asking, “What did you think of that book,” we should really be saying, “Hey, I read this passage in God’s Word last night that really touched me. What have you been reading lately, and how has God spoken to you?”  But, of course, others would become uncomfortable, including our Christian coworkers. They might feel we were putting them on the spot about their reading of the Bible.

So now my challenge is to feel free to share with others how God is speaking to me in what I’m reading, either without making them feel uncomfortable or not worrying about it.  As Bob Hostetler says in Chapter 7, “Quit Being Nice.” You need to read the book.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Instant Communication

I have just stepped into the future. Today I traded my Flip Phone for a Droid. I now have instant access to my email and Facebook and the internet and who knows what else. I didn’t think I cared, but five minutes after setting it up, I’m hooked. I was inspired by my four year old grandson that could pick up his mom’s phone and just start swiping his finger up, down, and sideways across a phone to take a picture, show me a picture, or play one of many games. My husband and I mused about where things will be when he is our age. I’m sure we can’t even begin to imagine.

We are addicted to instant communication. When I was a kid, I talked on the phone in my parent’s room lying on the floor next to the bed, because the phone was attached to a cord in the wall. I took pictures with a camera with a flash cube on top that rotated with every snap and then had to be replaced after four pictures. I might get 24 pictures at once and then have to ask my parents to drive me to the store to turn in the film to be developed and picked up several days later. Now I can take a picture with my phone (of all things) and press a button to transfer that picture instantly to someone across the country.

Instant communication. I can instantly talk to, text, or even see those that I love even if I’m sitting in my car stuck in the middle of a highway in a rush hour traffic jam. It all seems so amazing, but there is one aspect of instant communication that we tend to forget. I’m reminded that I have instant communication with God. It’s even easier than my new phone. I don’t have to turn on a screen or touch or drag an icon. The battery never runs out. I can just start talking, and He instantly hears me. It is the most instantaneous communication there will ever be. In fact, I don’t even have to speak out loud. He can hear my thoughts. What’s amazing is that this instant communication with God has been around since before I was my grandson’s age. It’s nothing new, but how much do I use it? Am I addicted to communication with God like I am with the world?

Oh that we might use our instant communication with God more than our instant communication with the world.