Roadrunner Mode

The Good News: You can be deeply connected to God and others.

The Bad News: You have to make time to do this.

To one degree or another most of us live in a state of manic busyness. Some of us feel a secret surge of pride as we recount our “crazy schedule” to whoever will listen…it is as though in some sick sort of way we equate busyness with importance. Others of us feel as trapped as the proverbial hamster on a treadmill with no off ramp in site. See rodent run…see rodent tire…run rodent run!

It is the inescapable pace of life we say: 50 hour work weeks; kids and all the school and extracurricular stuff associated with being a great parent; 4X a week workouts; household duties and chores; CNN-ESPN-HBO; stay connected with face book-twitter-texts-email-cell phones; multitask-multitask-multitask!!!

Hey, can I remind you that there is nothing you can buy, achieve or rent that can fill up that hunger inside you. It is only found in being deeply connected to God and others…and you have to make time to do this.

It means saying no to something on a to-do list in order to say yes to someone like God or a life-giving friend. It means you give a stiff-arm to the urgent in order to embrace the important. It means we stop being who we really aren’t in order to become who God made us to be.

Multitasking is highly overrated and can sedate you into a wasted life. It is hard for the soft settling of faith, hope, love, joy and peace to soak into your spirit when you are in roadrunner mode. What will you give up in trade for the equivalent time to connect with God and others? It is not easy but it is precious and worth fighting for. So fight tooth and nail if you must, but make it happen. This week I officiated at the funeral of a man almost my age…and I was reminded…none of us are guaranteed tomorrow…all we have is this day, this hour, this moment. Now go out and start your stop doing list.

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Feb
24
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Hide and Seek

Here is how the drill works. I walk in the front door of my home after the Sunday services at Cypress have been all shut down and put away, and I enter into the weekly family gathering of all our kids and grandkids. On occasion I will hear the whispers of my two granddaughters, Adrianne and Lillian, saying “hide…hide” as they scamper off to find a nook, blanket or closet to hide in. That is my cue to begin the search. So I dutifully but joyfully walk around asking “has any one seen the girls?”, ”I wonder where they could be, under the bed…no, in the shower…no” (and so on). Until they pop out with the big reveal of “Here we are!” and they giggle as I swallow them up with a hug.

Now here is my question, “Have you ever felt like God was playing Hide and Seek with you?

Ever felt like you were seeking God’s plan, God’s guidance or leading for dating, marriage, ministry, career, family, health (and so on)…but it felt like God was hiding it from you? I mean it’s not because you are not praying. And it’s not because you don’t want to know His will. Add to this, I don’t think God is up in heaven hoping you never find His plans for you. So why can it sometimes be so hard to know what God wants you to do?

Maybe it is because God wants you to know someone more than He wants you to know something. Him more than His plan. Maybe God is more than the plan to your best life…maybe He is your best life. Maybe the scariest possibility isn’t missing out on God’s will…but missing out on really knowing God.

Feb
17
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Dancing with a limp

It is Thursday night, my wife and youngest daughter Bethany are at a movie, my son Michael is sitting in a classroom, my son Jonathan is somewhere with his girlfriend and I am sitting alone on the back patio reminiscing…it was three years ago at this very moment that I stood at the bedside of a friend as the doctor pronounced her dead and then marked the time.

Many are the thoughts going through my head and mixed the emotions going through my heart.

She was a beloved wife and mother. A leader in our church and a friend to me. I would have scripted things differently but it was not my story to write. More than once today these words have come to mind:

“You will lose someone you can’t live without, and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly—that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp.”  Anne Lamott

Cheryl was not the first person I have loved to precede me into the presence of the Heavenly Father and should the Lord tarry she will not be the last. Thank God for the hope we have…death does not have the last word…not in our Father’s universe! One glorious day we will be reunited at the Father’s table and live forever in the joy of perfect love and community.

Until then I dance but with a limp…and don’t we all.

Feb
03
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Make Room

Room-to-Grow-logo-jpgWhat options do we have when our schedule is packed but we want to take a course that will increase our knowledge or develop our skills ?

What choices do we have when our finances are spoken for to the penny but there is some non-budgeted item we think we must have?

What alternatives do we have when our space if full but there is still more to fit in?

 

Jacque and I have been wrestling with this very issue this week as we are addressing the closet in the master bedroom. (Yee Haw!)

 

Well the answer is easy…the implementation can be a little more difficult.

 

We can: A) Make something(s) go away. B) Make a better arrangement of what is already there. C) Make more room. Or D) A combination of “A”, “B”, or “C”.

The key is to do something, or things get static then begin to stagnate and then begin to deteriorate.

Jacque and I chose a combination of “A” and “B”. Some things went to the Goodwill and we are assembling a new closet organizer for the rest. (Oh the fun.)

Jan
11
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Make Room

Room-to-Grow-logo-jpgWhat options do we have when our schedule is packed but we want to take a course that will increase our knowledge or develop our skills ?

What choices do we have when our finances are spoken for to the penny but there is some non-budgeted item we think we must have?

What alternatives do we have when our space if full but there is still more to fit in?

 

Jacque and I have been wrestling with this very issue this week as we are addressing the closet in the master bedroom. (Yee Haw!)

 

Well the answer is easy…the implementation can be a little more difficult.

 

We can: A) Make something(s) go away. B) Make a better arrangement of what is already there. C) Make more room. Or D) A combination of “A”, “B”, or “C”.

The key is to do something, or things get static then begin to stagnate and then begin to deteriorate.

Jacque and I chose a combination of “A” and “B”. Some things went to the Goodwill and we are assembling a new closet organizer for the rest. (Oh the fun.)

Jan
11
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