God’s call on a life…

praising man 90I delivered this lesson on the first night of our 20s/30s group that Mike and I started.  The group is called “The Longing.”

September 27, 2007
The Longing Launch Night

You are witnessing the fulfillment of God’s will on a life.

We stand here tonight, humbled.

That the God of the universe would work
in the lives of two crazy kids
who spent years in parking lots
complaining (yes, actually complaining) that there was
nothing for us.

I have known Mike for just over eight years.
Through every one of those eight years,
he spoke of this night.
And God kept that flame alive in his heart.

And here we stand
as a result
of one man
the call of God
on his life.

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it’s (not) fine


photo by lars sundstrom

“it’s fine”
no it’s not

“it’s no big deal”
yes, yes it is.

in an effort
to make another person
feel okay,
you have denied the truth.

repeatedly telling yourself
“it will all be fine”
when you know down deep
something is seriously wrong,
is not fixing the problem,
it’s not even bandaging it.
it is simply knowing your arm has just been cut off
and looking the other way,
letting the very lifeblood
drain out of your body
because you don’t want
to inconvenience someone.

or rather,
you don’t want someone else to know
you’re hurting.

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not trust, but truth


photo by mateusz stachowski

God asks us to do things.
sometimes they are hard things
and sometimes we make them hard.

we make them hard
by thinking too much
acting too little
and delaying too long.

until what could have been simple
becomes complicated.
what could have been done quickly
now requires a whole to-do
and mybe even apologies.

we commit to too much
sometimes even knowing
that we will back out.

and yet other times
we simply
expect too little
from our Almighty God.

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uniquely covered…


photo by peter suneson

at the end of the day,
when the stress
and concerns
have worn you thin
and stolen your energy,
where do you hang your hat?

when joy abounds
and you run home to share the news,
where dost thou put thine topper?

when you walk in the door
at the end of the day,
what do you do with your hat?

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photo by jennie mahon

photo by jennie mahon

God, you know how afraid i am of taking control of those things you have given me to handle.

yet i grumble about those things i know are Yours to handle.

there is so much You ask of me
that I must be in great shape
mentally, physically, emotionally,
to handle it.

Your yoke is easy and Your burden is light.
the better shape i am in,
the more i can easily carry.
wimpiness means weakness.
if i remain wimpy in spirit, the loads i can carry are much smaller.

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