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Moments Like This

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It’s moments like this that reveal the truth that often, instead of giving ourselves to people, we give things to people.

This was the reaction of author Will Davis, Jr when being interviewed on the news the afternoon of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting a week ago.

I’ve been waiting to post this blog.

I didn’t want my reaction to be knee-jerk, or unsympathetic, or drowned out by the over-saturated media on this tragedy.

I’ve been thinking a lot about this quote.

It’s moments like this…

Here it is, the weekend before Christmas. The first thing on most people’s minds is me, me, me… parties, presents, pageants, punch… Hoping we get what we wanted, hoping they will be impressed by what we got them, and hoping we don’t gain too much weight from all the gorging that will take place… and hoping the credit card bill isn’t more than we can handle.

There are families that have abruptly had their focus changed (and that is not reserved only for those in Newtown, CT).

It’s moments like this…

There are gifts under the tree that won’t be opened early on December 25th by excited little children.

What saddens me is the reality that we think about the unopened gifts, and there are now mom’s and dad’s that could care less about those gifts.

All they want is one more hug, one more smile, one more, “I love you.”

It’s moments like this…

The stuff doesn’t matter.
The time spent working overtime, not to pay the bills, but just to get more stuff.

The relationships do matter.
The time spent sitting in the Lazyboy while our children are starved for attention. (I’m just as guilty as anyone.)

How much of ourselves to we give to others, versus how much stuff we give to others?
Do the gifts attempt to make up for the lack of relationship?

As I ran around outside with my 3-year-old daughter today, I had this overwhelming sense of investment. One thousand Christmas gifts could not touch the investment into her little heart today. Stuff can be replaced, repurchased, and re-gifted… but a life? Never.

It’s moments like this…

The ultimate gift? Jesus Christ.
Sent from a heavenly Father that loves us, and wants to invest in us.

Does He give us things? Yes.
But His ultimate, and overwhelmingly significant gift for us? Relationship.
Eternity with Him because of what His Gift, Jesus, did while on earth.

It’s moments like this that reveal the truth that often, instead of giving ourselves to people, we give things to people.

This holiday season let’s change that.

Steve

Back in Black… or Red…

Over the last week or so I have slowly slipped back into the Social Media Universe. Yeah, I was gone for close to a month. Did you miss me? (Probably not.) I almost blogged/Tweeted/status-updated the fact that I was going silent for some time; but then I thought about the fact that I would be drawing attention to myself and the fast (which we shouldn’t do). So, I just unplugged.

This was difficult, considering that my full-time job is a Social Media Manager. It’s like fasting food while a waiter at a restaurant, or fasting caffeine while a barista… done both. So, the rule was no personal social media. No Facebook. No Twitter. No FourSquare. No Instagram. No Path. You get the point. (Note: During this time I did break the fast for two tweets. They were on consecutive Sundays. The first was when Tim Tebow beat the Steelers in overtime. The second was when the New England Patriots beat Tim Tebow the following week.)

During this time a lot has happened personally. I am no longer am a barista at The Drowsy Poet Coffee Company, I now work a full 40 hours a week at Creation Today, our launch team for our new church plant is into the double digits with a young family it he mix, and my wife is pregnant. Okay, that last part is not true.

It’s amazing how sensitive you become to the Holy Spirit when you begin to remove distractions from your life. I have noticed how much I “connect” myself to others via all these different platforms, yet in the process, tend to wane in the one “connection” that I truly can’t live without. My desire and longing for the Holy Spirit, and His ever-growing power in my life, has increased beyond any level than it has ever been before. I say that like there is a meter, or measuring stick that measures the depth of yearning. You can’t quantify it with any measuring tool, but it is something that is clearly either more or less; and interestingly enough, you only really notice when it is more. In English… The more we set time aside for communication with God, the more sensitive we become to the Holy Spirit; and the more sensitive we become to the Holy Spirit, the more we realize that we lived so long less sensitive to Him.

Not really sure why I just wrote that. This was not planned. Maybe that was for you? (I think that was a demonstration of what I was talking about… I honestly didn’t plan on blogging about this today…)

When a fire is burning in your belly, you know it. That fire has been fanned and I want more or God. That’s really what it comes down to, and not really sure where that is going to lead; but I’m excited to see what happens next.

Living in anticipation

Steve

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