Monday, May 26, 2014

You've Been Scheduled

A little head's up for my blog over the next few months:

Nearly everything has been pre-written and scheduled to post.  This means a few of things: 
First of all, I won't be keeping up with current events.  Not that I do too much blogging about that anyway, but if it seems like my blog isn't acknowledging something significant, now you know why.
Second, I think some of my scheduled posts might be bolder than usual.  I think I might have a little more courage to click "Publish" when I know that it won't be seen for a few weeks or months.  You've been warned.
Third, I was hoping to have blogs scheduled for twice each week, but with COCUSA ramping up and moving houses, you're going to have to live with Monday only posts for the summer.

Lastly, I should still be able to check comments and replies, so I hope to hear from you (especially if I go overboard in the boldness category.)

Thursday, May 22, 2014

It's not my dirt...

Another house related post...

“And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye." Matthew 7:3-5

A great illustration of these verses happens when you're moving in or out of a house.

I can guarantee you that the new owners of my previous house scrubbed and clean numerous places that I thought were totally fine.  After all, it was my dirt.

And similarly, as my family has moved into a new place, we have scrubbed and cleaned numerous places that the previous owners probably considered just fine.  We scrubbed and cleaned because it wasn't our dirt.

Maybe that should be a reminder to me when I want to judge someone's behavior.  Check for my own dirt first.

Monday, May 19, 2014

May 18th

In January of this year my wife and I found out we were expecting our 5th child.  We had been house-hunting before then, but after receiving this good news I started to specifically pray: "God, please provide a house we can be fully moved into by May 18th."

May 18th was yesterday.  And we're (mostly) fully moved in.  Wow.

Here's thing thing.  I prayed that for months without believing a word of it.  In March I often added "and help my unbelief!"

But God's crazy like that, and he worked it out.  The week that got an accepted offer on our house was what I had in mind as the last possible week for something to happen if we were going to be moved by May 18th.

On April 13th we had no clue where we were going to move.

But here we are.  I hope I remember God's faithfulness and impeccable timing next go around, whatever the situation.  But I'm prone to forget.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

At Last!

Then the lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man.  “At last!” the man exclaimed. “This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called ‘woman,’ because she was taken from ‘man.’”   Genesis 2:22-23

I think more people quote the end of Genesis 2:23 than the beginning.  But those two words at the beginning are golden: At last!

Adam had just gone through the circumstance (trial?) of naming every other animal and realizing that none of them were for him.  When he was finally shown the being that was a perfect match for him...

At last!

I've thought the same thing about my lovely wife.  And I hope if you're married you've thought that about your spouse.

One more thought:  "At last!" means the search is over.  He or she has been found and is the one for you.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Facing Task Paralysis

You've heard of decision paralysis?

It's the idea that if you give someone too many choices they won't end up choosing anything.  The sheer number of options keeps them from choosing.

Sometimes you get to a busy season in life where there is task paralysis.  You have so many tasks to do that you can't choose one.  You just keep reviewing the list of things you need to do, but the sheer number of things that need done keeps you from selecting one and getting started.

A really simple solution to either of these is: Roll the dice!  If you really can't choose for yourself, it's better to randomly pick something and start working on it than to continue to wait and do nothing.  And once you knock one task out, it may be easier to do another, and another...

Ready, set, roll.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

A Guide to Eating

Too often I'm guilty of eating without thinking.  Grabbing something that's next to me and chowing down without any regard to what the food is, how it's going to make me feel, or if it's good for me in the long run.

Jonathan Edwards actually took the time and energy to keep track of what how different foods made him feel.*  (And this was before smart-phone apps!) His goal?  Eating food that didn't slow him down and helped him feel better would allow him to serve God more effectively.

It's not too often you read about gastrointestinal spirituality, but maybe hearing about it every once in a while is a good thing.

Some questions to ponder:
What are you eating?
How does it make you feel?
Are you being intentional with your food choices? (about 3/4ths through the article)

Monday, May 5, 2014

The Bible on kids...

Kids are awesome.  But don't just take my word for it...

Psalm 127:3-5  Children are a gift from the lord; they are a reward from him.  Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands.  How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them! He will not be put to shame when he confronts his accusers at the city gates.

Matthew 18:5 "And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me."

Matthew 19:14 But Jesus said, "Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children."

Aren't kids great?

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Switching Churches

Not me!

But people do. And I'm not here to judge them but I have noticed a trend in the church-switch that I thought I would blog about.  It seems that oftentimes the people who switch churches are ones who are very involved in their church.


I know that doesn't happen all the time, as plenty of people who never do more than sit for an hour during Sunday mornings switch churches too.  But I'm surprised at how often it is the involved and engaged person or family.  What's going on here?

I wish I knew.

I tried to write an ending to this post more than few times and never really could.  We'll leave it as is for now, and I welcome any thoughts.