Have you ever taken God for granted?

Have you ever taken God for granted?

Now for the kicker; is that a bad thing if, when, you have?

On one hand He is God. He is my Lord; my Father, and I honor and worship Him. I (strive to) serve Him and to do His will every day. When I take Him for granted I dishonor Him, diminish myself and fall short of my rightful role as a Covenant servant (and Covenant blessed) of God.

On the other hand God is my friend, my best friend, and my father. I walk with Him every day. He talks to me, guides me and is a very real presence in my day to day life. Not like “God” but more like my father; my friend. He is in my heart and in my head. He is conversational, not only in prayer, but actually “with me” as I go about my day.

So what happens when I “take Him for granted” because yes I have, do, and the evidence is I will again? Do I beat myself, repent, and throw myself on His mercy? Yes. It is painful and yet…

I also am thankful, oh so very thankful, for a God who is my friend, my father (family), my “confidant” Redeemer Who I can be close enough too take for granted.

When He and I talk about this does He agree it’s a good thing? He did yesterday and He did today; if I get a different answer tomorrow I will let you know. Interestingly, He also allows me to remind myself, chastise myself, that He is God and is to be revered. It is amazing how when I correct myself, He let’s me. Good lesson in parenthood.

What do you think; is it a bad thing when you take God for granted?

Relaxin with some empty space

I have some time to myself today, time to sit, to catch up with the world wide interweb, time to listen. For the third or fourth time of the day I am listening to Relaxin with the Miles Dave Quintet and I am facinated by the “empty space” allowed when, in 1956, you let 5 guys just play.

This has me thinking; when was the last time I allowed myself the time to relax and find my own “empty space?” It is so easy with work, family, church and life in general to “keep your head down, get ‘er done” and not allow God time to just work in my mind and heart. So often my God time is focused, to often on me, but even to often overly focused on Him. This sounds strange but if I am trying to focus and guide the conversation with God, I am eliminating His ability to fill the “empty space” with whatever He wishes.

Missions efficiency?

JD’s post has me thinking; what if we treated this as a great missions opportunity? Instead of, or better yet in addition too, spending the money to send missions to reach the lost in other cultures let’s instead find the future missionaries who have spent their money to come here.

How much impact could smart, mission minded people like Sarah have by partnering here at home with people from other cultures? Wouldn’t it be powerful if JD’s young Brazilian friend were to come to know Christ, develop a passion for the lost, and then with the help of an organization like One Green Bracelet, go back to reach the lost and train others?

I realize that there have been training centers in the US for just such a purpose where people from other cultures with a passion for Christ could come and train. But what about seeking out those who are already here and reaching them?

Not really my area of expertise but I wonder what people who have been on missions trips like PB & Shelley or Whitneylisle think of the idea?

Impact the world, today

How great is it to see that we can impact the world, today, from right here in Denver!

I particuarly like that “they see mom & i on daystar here” and was convicted to follow Judi’s advice and went online here to make sure that those called to go, can go and that TV and technology continues to help develop good soil for when they get there.

I feel somehow more connected with what is going on in Ethiopia on this trip than I have in the past when we would get an “after action report.” How about you?

Why this excites me

I may not feel any call to go on a missions trip, and I don’t, but One Green Bracelet has me very excited because:

1) I can be involved just by leaving a comment or posting in my blog about it even while I’m in Las Vegas for a meeting.
2) I can be involved by giving and yes you can do that online here.
3) I am involved because my church is involved, so yes Judi, a church can “be growing, thriving, and global too!”

Just wait

“I think it can be so hard for me to be patient and just wait. Not that I was thinking that God wouldn’t provide but I was getting worried. God just wanted me to trust him.”

As Elissa is learning; when strife, doubt or fear arise it is good to take time to “be patient and just wait.”

Live blogging Ethiopia

I am excited to read the posting from Ethiopia as World-Child takes it’s One Green Bracelet campaign overseas.

If you have not checked out One Green Bracelet yet, I encourage you to do so. The “reality” of the blogosphere meets the reality of spreading God’s word. Powerful stuff!

Confident peace

I think Sue echoes an important set of life lessons for every Christian that Pastor Reece brought out in his powerful message Sunday.

“To survive the wilderness, you must get your eyes off the circumstances and onto God.”

It is so easy to let distractions and very real life circumstances keep us from the real peace of God’s will. When we focus on what God would have us do, take time to hear God’s voice and accept His grace in our lives, we can have confident peace in the midst of every real, but temporary, challenge we may be facing.