If we were all like me…

… would that be good?

What if we were all like you?

What if we were all like Jesus?

Most people I meet want to have an impact on those around them.

At least, we should desire to have an impact…
and hopefully a positive one.

The trouble is, we often attempt this our own way.
We do what we think is important, and in return seek recognition for the great job we did, or impact we had.

What we need to be doing instead is asking the Holy Spirit to leads into the life of impact that will matter in light of eternity, and that God will receive the glory for it.

Francis Chan, in his book Forgotten God, has some challenging words for us regarding this truth:

How would you be missed if you left [the place God has called you to]? What would change? Basically, what difference does your presence here make? … What would your church (and the world-wide Church) look like if everyone were as committed as you are? If everyone gave and served and prayed exactly like you, would the church be healthy and empowered? Or would it be weak and listless?

Tough words from our fiend Mr. Chan…

Much work to be done in my heart, and then lived out in my life.

Holy Spirit… HELP!


Tomorrow, It’s Only A Day Away: Part Two

Preparation H: Living in preparedness for tomorrow.

Failure to plan is planning to fail.

– Ancient Proverb, Author Unknown

It is important to plan.
Too many people fly by the seat of their pants and live crazy, chaotic lives. How do I know? That was me for a long time (and still reflects my life more often than I would like it to)! Don’t get me wrong, there are times for spontaneity – for sure! But we must realize that it is very difficult to live a life of excellence and effectiveness when time is not spent planning.

Do your planning and prepare your fields before building your house.

Proverbs 24:27

Imagine trying to build a house and not having properly planned it out before you broke ground?!

Of course, there is the other extreme. What happens is our desire to be in control raises it’s ugly head, and what began as a desire to effectively plan, becomes an excuse to be in control. This spills over into all different areas of our life. We LOVE to be in control! This is what gets others really ticked off with us… He is such a control freak!

Whether it is our of fear, or anxiety, or pride, or a combination of these (or even something that I didn’t mention), all of our reasons for improper planning (which is both failure to plan, and being a control freak) is rooted in one thing – selfishness. And you know what the root of selfishness is, right? Yeah, the S word… SIN!

God doesn’t want us worrying about anything (Matthew 6)! When we want control, it only shows that we don’t trust Him. Conversely, when we live in chaos, it only shows God that we don’t care enough to prepare ourselves, making our lives unavailable for His purposes.

I’m not saying “It’s all about balance.” What I am saying is this (yeah, the point of this blog):

We need to have hearts that are open and flexible to the leading of the Holy Spirit – with a willingness to simply following His lead with humble obedience. This requires a heart that is not so ridged, that at any sign of change, there is cause for a melt-down. When all we are is concerned about is our plans for tomorrow, then when God tells us today that He wants to change them, we have difficulty handling it. Our concerted efforts to plan out our time interferes with God’s plans (or in our mind, it’s His plans that interfere with ours), and then we get all messed up.
On the flip side, if we would make no plans for tomorrow, then it becomes difficult when God wants to use us to a great work that we have spent no time preparing our hearts and lives to do. Preparing for tomorrow may mean studying, learning, growing, stretching, strengthening, healing, reducing, cleaning, etc. All of these things can, and will, be used by God when they are done so with a heart of readiness and preparedness.

The president of my alma mater, Dr. Don Meyer, often says,

Time spent sharpening your tools is never time wasted.

Tomorrow will come. Plan for it, but be ready to make changes when God speaks! Live always with Preparation H – Prepared Hearts, ready to follow the Leader! (It will help keep away the hemorrhoids… and the frustration!)

Living prepared…