Take Risks

“Obsessing over the future is not how God wants us to live, because showing us the future is not God’s way. His way is to speak to us in the Scriptures and transform us by the renewing of our minds. His way is not a crystal ball. His way is wisdom. We should stop looking for God to reveal the future to us and remove all risk from our lives. We should start looking to God – His character and His promises – and thereby have confidence to take risks for His name’s sake.” – Just Do Something; Kevin DeYoung

Staying hidden inside what is comfortable is so easy to do… Just sticking to what you know you’re good at, to the people you know will accept your quirks, to the jobs you know you can do, to the subjects you know you’ll ace. It’s so hard to be courageous.

“We don’t take risks for God because we are obsessed with safety, security, and most of all, with the future.” – Just Do Something; Kevin DeYoung

I’ve become so scared of something ‘bad’ happening that even when I pray “work Your will in my life at whatever cost” in my heart of heart’s I’ve tacked on the words: unless it is unsafe or will cause me pain.

This just won’t work for my God though. He is so much bigger and greater than my mind can comprehend, and I need to stop limiting Him in what He can do in my little world; to stop being so concerned with safety and security and the future, and start trusting God and taking risks.

Sunshine State

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This is my view as I catch up on a music lecture (and write this post…shhhh, don’t tell my professor!)

It is so beautiful down here! And I am so thankful for the opportunity to spend a week with my best friend having fun at the “happiest place on earth.”

I’ve been really aware of how quickly time passes… Only this moment, this second, is happening, and it is gone in the blink of an eye. All the past is just memories of what happened just a few moments ago. That is slightly terrifying. That life can pass so quickly… Yet God has given me this moment, this second, to enjoy; to enjoy the people He has placed in my life, to enjoy the beauty of His creation, and to enjoy just being in His presence.

So, even as this moment slips by, I treasure the memories I’m getting to make with my best friend, enjoying the beauty of Florida and sunshine, and resting in Him. He is so good to me.

Mere Christianity

But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him, everything else thrown in.

And with that sentence, one of the best books I’ve ever read came to a close.

A few years ago, I picked up Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis and tried to read it. But I just didn’t understand any of what it was saying. Maybe it was a matter of not trying hard enough, or maybe just a lack of maturity. Whatever it was, I thought I’d never be able to read and understand a book such as this.

However. After returning from Summit, I made a decision to use my free time wisely by reading books. And Mere Christianity was a book that had been sitting on my shelf collecting dust for the longest time. So, after much cringing inside and prayer for understanding, I picked it up and started reading.

Little did I know this book would so solidify my faith in Jesus Christ and my knowledge of what it truly means to be a Christ-follower.

C.S. Lewis successfully answered the major question about God that has plagued me my whole life: How can God give personal attention to my prayer, as if I am His only beloved, while their are billions of other people vying for His attention?? This seems a silly question, and slightly childish and simplistic, but I could not wrap my mind around it!  Lewis’s illustration answered my question.

“Suppose I am writing a novel. I write ‘Mary laid down her work; next moment came a knock at the door!’ For Mary who has to live in the imaginary time of my story there is no interval between putting down the work and hearing the knock. But I, who am Mary’s maker, do not live in that imaginary time at all. Between writing the first half of that sentence and the second, I might sit down for three hours and think steadily about Mary. I could think about Mary as if she were the only character in the book and for as long as I please, and the hours I spent in doing so would not appear in Mary’s time (the time inside the story) at all.”

God is not hurried along in the Time-stream of this universe any more than an author is hurried along in the imaginary time of his own novel. He has infinite attention to spare for each one of us… You are as much alone with Him as if you were the only being He had ever created.

And how INCREDIBLE is that?! Our God is above and beyond time.

I highly recommend you read this book if you want a better understanding of what Christianity is truly about and who our God really is.

Light Bulb Moment!

“Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.” – Aristotle

I just started teaching piano a week ago. Today is only the second time I’ve had lessons with my students.

To be honest, I used to say I never wanted to teach. When people would ask me why I’m majoring in music, they would always start with the question: “Oh, do you want to teach?” And I’d answer with disgust in my voice, “Absolutely not.”

But I get it now. I understand why some people love being teachers. I understand now why my piano teachers loved teaching!

It’s in that moment where the kid just lights up with understanding; where you can see the light bulb go off and he gets what you just said. It’s truly remarkable. That feeling of “I actually taught this kid something!” is wonderful!!

And now, I feel almost consumed with this desire to impart all the music knowledge I have on others. Getting to be a part of someone else’s growth in knowledge is positively extraordinary!

Image Distorted

C.S. Lewis said: “Badness is only spoiled goodness.”

With that said, this morning’s sermon was amazing. It’s possible that I took six pages of notes… Anywho! One point in particular really touched my heart and opened my eyes.

IMAGE.

Just that one word. But so much more than that.

Our society and culture is so image based. We are constantly chasing an image. We spend hours a day working on how we look physically, then more hours portraying ourselves in the best possible image on any social media. No image we chase will ever truly satisfy us. We have an image problem.

Why is this a problem? And see, I always thought that we were image obsessed people because of our fallen nature, and while that has something to do with it, that’s not all there is to our image obsession.

Here is what I noticed: we are made in the image of God. Which means that Christianity is ALL ABOUT image. But what we’ve missed is that this image we should be chasing is the One in whose image we are created in.

So, bottom line. Being concerned with image is not bad. It’s just that we have this distorted, this SPOILED, goodness that we’re dealing with.

God made us in His image. Let’s chase after His. 

FOOTBALL! – It’s Tradition

Football season is HERE.

And I am so excited about it! Football runs in my Texas veins. It’s tradition. I remember as a kid a football game was almost always playing in my grandparents house; whether or not our team is playing. (And this is still how it is at their house now.) The sounds of a football game bring back childhood memories. Those sounds bring comfort in a strange way.

With that said, I love when football season starts. And am always sad when it’s over. But for now:

GIG EM AGGIES! WHOOP!!

The Civil War Right Here

Christianity agrees with Dualism that this universe is at war. But it does not think this is a war between independent powers. It thinks it is a civil war, a rebellion, and that we are living in a part of the universe occupied by the rebel. 

Enemy-occupied territory – that is what this world is. Christianity is the story of how the rightful king has landed, you might say landed in disguise, and is calling us all to take part in a great campaign of sabotage.

-C. S. Lewis; Mere Christianity

 

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