Thursday, January 31, 2008


The average person lives 40 million minutes. They spend 1.5 million minutes in the bathroom, roughly 1 million minutes on the phone, but just 300,000 minutes with God. How often do we convince ourselves that something can wait because, "I've got time"? Others of us wonder "if only I had more time." We spend more time figuring out what time it is or how to manage our time than we do trying to leverage the time we have. We have missed the true value of time. The value God places on our time. What would it look like to leverage our time in a way that would honor God? If need be, take the time and RE - PURPOSE the day.

Friday, January 25, 2008

The Great Gamble

MOST OF US WANT TO LIVE LIVES OF PURPOSE. We want to give ourselves to a worthy cause. But years of bombardment by the message of a self serving culture have confused us. Indulge Yourself. Fulfill Your Desires. Satiate Your Appetites. Pursue Plesure.
It's All About You. The thought that I have for the day is what would happen if we decided that we took 2008 and used it as a year to grab the servants cloth, drape it over our arms, and serve others with joy and gladness? Think about it, maybe risk it a little, and give it a shot.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Ridding The G.U.N.K.

Toilet Meets Basement Story – Last year we had a very interesting excursion at our home. It was a Saturday night and we were enjoying our weekend. The kids were running around the house laughing and giggling playing merrily, Annie was in the kitchen cooking and cleaning, and I was sitting on the couch. It was certainly the perfect weekend. We were all getting ready for bed and I thought that maybe I had smelled some very awkward smells, but really didn’t think to much about it because at our house there are always some smells that don’t get identified. So we went to bed. The next morning we woke up and that awkward smell was definitely a little stronger. But we needed to get ready for church and head out the door. So out the door we went.
When we arrived back home that smell was consuming our entire home. It literally made your nose nauseous. So I followed the smell. It led me to our crawl space, which is huge. There under the crawl space I saw something that to this day still haunts me. I saw a mound of toilet paper and poop floating in my basement because the toilet pipeline obviously had some buildup that accumulated over time and eventually ended up in my basement.
Our lives are like these pipes, if we are not careful, G.U.N.K (Godless, Unclean, Nasty, Klingons) will buildup in our lives and keep us from flowing freely. With this new year we have the opportunity to plunge these things that clog us up and flow freely. We may need to plunge a few times this year, but don't get discouraged, when you feel those Godless, Unclean, Nasty Klingons grab ahold of your heart, mind, and spirit, grab for the plunger and give em a couple plunges. James 1:21 says "So get rid of all that is wrong in your life both inside and outside and humbly be glad for the wonderful message we have received, for it is able to save our souls as it takes hold of our hearts."

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

The Potential To Make A Difference

Over the years I've heard alot of great servants of God describe themselves as
"just a volunteer." I want to make something very clear, the term "Just A Volunteer" should have no place in our vaocabulary. The Church would not exist without the thousands of hours given each month by fired up volunteers. There's not enough money in the world to pay for all the good deeds desperatly needing to be done in the name of God. Without the work hours of volunteers, countless wounds will not be tended, mouths will not be fed, grieving people will not be comforted, broken marriages will not be mended, lonely people will not be embraced, children will not be nurtured. Countless cups of cold water will never be offered in Jesus name, and countless spiritual seekers will never be befriended and coach toward Christ. Whether God has blessed you with forty hours a week of discretionary time, or whether you can barely snatch forty minutes a month from your overloaded schedule, you the potential to make a difference in your corner of the world. You have alot to offer.