Showing posts from December, 2008

A Glimpse

There are many times where I will be reading scripture when all of a sudden the realization hits me of how little I actually see of the kingdom. My dear brother Ethan explains our view of what God is doing as focusing on the corner of a great painting. We see this little bitty piece of the corner and think, “wow, what a masterpiece.” Then we run around trying to show everybody what we have found. That in and of itself is good, when we see a new piece we tell others. The problem arises when we start to believe and live like that corner is the whole of the painting. The problem is when we start to believe and live like all that we see is the totality of everything. When we think that we have it all figured out , we tend to stop searching and seeking. When we stop seeking, we become like someone who has bought a plane or train ticket and then just sit in the waiting area, even if they bought the tickets months in advance. How foolish would that be? To buy a ticket to fly somewhe


Have you ever been speechless? The point not where you could not speak, but where you dared not? This morning in listening to a teaching CD titled "The Hope of Prayer," a question entered into my mind... What is the answer God is giving us when HE is silent? The answer I feel right now is to stay in prayer before HIM, but be still and silent... to listen, to draw nearer to the throne. It is not that I cannot speak (those of you who know me know that.) It is more that I just need to listen now and not speak. Habakkuk 2:20 "But the LORD is in HIS holy temple; let all the earth be silent before HIM." shhh!

Lessons that you only learn by doing.

There are some lessons that you learn that are so stupid, you can only learn by doing them... Here are some of mine. (Idea blatantly stolen from Never try to unplug a record player with your teeth. Never try to pull two broken ends of an electric fence together without checking to see if the charger is disconnected. (I believe this is how they discovered the transporter beam in Star Trek). Never try to capture a cow by hiding in the hay loft, and placing a loop on the ground for the cow to step in. (Could also be titled little boys cannot fly...) Never try to stand in the upstairs window of your parents roller skating rink and moon people. Never try to jump your bicycle of off the edge of the pool into the water. No matter how much time you think you have before the bus arrives, do not "go behind the tree." Never tell your mother, "Well bless your little heart," in the same sarcastic tone she uses with you when you are whining about something. Never

Lessons that you only learn by doing.


I probably watch too much TV. Okay, not probably. However, that is not the topic of this writing. The topic is a show that I catch occasionally called "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew." I caught a few episodes last season, and thought that it was a strange reality show. I also thought that probably one of the celebrities biggest addiction is fame. Even to the point of going to rehab on TV. We have all seen the headlines of "Star A" or "Star B" getting in trouble and heading to rehab. I have scoffed and joked at the brokenness that celebrities go through. This season though has been different. There is still the same sensational garbage that is going to go on, but there is also more. I am seeing the picture of real broken people. Brokenness that money and fame cannot hold at bay. These are real people! These are people who have something missing somewhere in their lives and have tried to replace it with dark, dangerous things. They are no different than m