The Conflict With Comparing Yourself

I aspire to be Donald Miller, Carlos Whittaker, and Pete Wilson. If there was some insane way for these guys to collaboratively produce a child — I would want to be that strangely conceived offspring.

I read their tweets, look at their Instagram photos, and gobble-up everything on their blogs… and 3 things happen.

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I applaud the things in which are taking place that just seem so radical & revolutionary in their lives.

I dream about everything I hope will transpire in my life one day.

Then I begin to find myself depressed & defeated as I face the facts regarding elements of failure & folly in my life.
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Gay Marriage, Politics, and Social Media Soapboxes…

Opinions. All of us have ’em.

As soon as I open the Facebook app on my iPhone, it seems as though I’m bombarded with a variety of view points from all my “friends”. If you’re anything like me, you’re acquainted with a wide spectrum of folks ranging from progressive liberals to staunch fundamentalists. I repeatedly see content shared by my “friends” that exhorts those reading it [that would be me] that I better like or comment on the photo they’re sharing or I should just consider myself an inconsiderate jerk that hates unborn-babies, puppies, Jesus and/or the LGBT community if I scroll past their propaganda.

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I hardly ever ‘like’ any of those sorts of things — not because I pride myself on being a PETA-hating, gay-bashing, anti-Jesus bigot… on the contrary — I love kids, dogs, Jesus, and folks that identity themselves within the LGBT community. Continue reading “Gay Marriage, Politics, and Social Media Soapboxes…”

Questioning God

“…if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us?” — Gideon [Judges 6:13 ESV]

There have been times when I thought it was inappropriate to question God. I’m learning more and more that’s its better to question Him than just criticize Him, or assume something about God’s will that might not be entirely true.

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Last year when my wife & I filed our taxes, I had this preconceived notion that we were going to receive a huge return. We were mistaken. All of the toys & trinkets we thought we were going to acquire quickly escaped our imaginary grasp. We left our tax agent’s office defeated & a little dumbfounded. Continue reading “Questioning God”

I am NOT but I know I AM

Most of us in our culture today are searching for a glimmer of significance. If we want to discover our true identity in life, then it is imperative that we come to the realization of who we AREN’T and recognize who Jesus IS.

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In Louie Giglio’s book I am NOT but I know I AM, Louie gives us a roadmap for finding our place in this world… “we trade the starring role in the miserably small stories of us for supporting roles in the great Story of God.” Jesus came to this earth to usher us into an abundant life that revolves around God. He is the centrality of everything & we’re invited to be a part of His story.

The book, I am NOT but I know I AM, is sobering in the fact that Giglio makes it clear that our endeavors apart from God are microscopic in comparison to the ginormous narrative that God is producing. And it’s encouraging to realize that God has a purpose & a plan for us to participate in as we respond to the good news of the gospel. Our minuscule dreams are redeemed by the powerful work of Jesus & are in turn used to glorify, elevate, amplify, expand, emerge, exalt, and adore Christ as our Lord & Savior.

The point of the book isn’t to highlight how small we are, but to accentuate how BIG God is. The narrative of creation already has a Star — and its not you… but we shouldn’t lose hope just because life doesn’t revolve around us. On the contrary, this message gives us more hope than we can imagine. The buck doesn’t stop with us when the crud of life hits the fan. The weight of the world doesn’t have to remain on your shoulders — Jesus bears our burdens & paves a way for us to connect with our Creator amidst the expansive universe.

As you follow Jesus, you learn that God uses ordinary people to be implemented into His extraordinary story.

It amazes me at times to think about my past experiences in ministry & life, and realize that it’s not over. God has in store something more for each of us. If you’re still breathing, then God’s not done with you.

You can purchase a copy of Giglio’s book here.

*** Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Multnomah “Blogging for Books” book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”