Blinded by influence
I recently got the privilege to be a part of creating a beautiful Advent Devotional with my church. There are a few extra days that we didn’t include in the guide that I thought I’d share. Grab some time each day this next week and process these things prayerfully with God and with your family and community!
Looking backward & looking forward.
In Deuteronomy 3, God encourages the people to “remember the days of old” and to “consider the years of many generations.” And in Proverbs 14:8 God tells us that a wise man looks ahead.
In late July I spent time with a friend of mine, (who we will call Joe Smith). ‘Joe’ can only characterized as strangely steady and joyful in all circumstances. He’s not Jesus. He’s not perfect, but he definitely has a unique undivided focus and obsession for the kingdom of God. He has an appetite for God that leaves me feeling inspired and convicted.
I walked away from our time together with a renewed passion to spend more of my life submerged in God’s word. But, as with most things, a lack discipline meant that when the first wave of distraction broke over me, that desire got washed away.
I recently did an interview for a girl who is considering going into ministry. One of the questions she asked me was what do you wish you’d known about working for a church? And the answer that came to mind was: I’d wish I’d known that coming on staff has a way of making some peoples’ grace dissolve.
I think back to the girl I was when I first started in full time ministry. Mid-20’s. Eager and arrogant. Absolutely oblivious to the ways that her personality, mistakes, weaknesses and sins were going to hurt people. Oblivious to the punches she was going to take because of her personality, mistakes, weaknesses and sins.
It’s been an exciting couple of weeks of recording podcasts, making videos, writing blogs and wrangling designers for a new project I’m a part of for the Verge Network.
- You can read a little bit about our heart here.
- We’ve been busy filming some coffee conversations and you can see two of them here!
- We’ve got a podcast that you can check out here!
- You can download these awesome Hebrews 6:11-12 printable designs at the bottom of this post on the site!
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