Archive for the ‘Lament’ Category

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Why Greatness?

November 30, 2010

Why do I want to be great in some way? Is it a God given desire or a self-centered one? I think contentment is the core issue.

I am not content with who I am. I would like to be better at a lot of things, but especially great at one thing. In studying Paul Gilbert’s guitar techniques or reading about Steve Jobs marketing prowess that unlike them, I have come to realize I’ve accomplished nothing great, at least what I would consider great.

I suppose everyone can’t be great. But I still desire to be the best in something. Is it because I thought I was never good enough as a child? I am still trying to figure this out.

I need to find a biblical answer to this.

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Perception is Reality

January 3, 2008

I recently watched a video my buddy Hughbiquitous posted in his blog.  It’s a video of a great lecture given by Randy Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon University computer-science professor, terminally ill cancer patient, and pioneer in VR.  The one quote I wrote down was not from Randy himself, but from one of his mentors.  It’s regarding Randy’s arrogance at the time of the conversation:

“It’s such a shame people perceive you this way, because it will limit what you can accomplish in life.”

I believe everyone has a this.   I think I have a pretty good handle on mine, I mean knowing it (and that’s half the battle).  My this  gets smaller as time goes on, but only by the grace of God.   This is where good friends come into play.  God uses those close to you as encouragers and critics.  Who else will tell you when you are a bonehead and spur you on at the same time?  Friends have the earned privilege to give you the feedback you need to hear.  As a matter of fact, it is their responsibility.  I have a great example of this in real life.

In trying to get a sound system setup for a youth retreat, I was under a time constraint and some pressure (mostly self imposed) to get it working.  As you could guess, things weren’t going right and I started to lose my cool rapidly.  So here I am, standing in the front of the room yelling and getting visibly frustrated.  At that moment, my friend and mentor walked up behind me and whispered in my ear, “Do you think Jesus would handle the situation this way?”  It was like hitting the reset button on a video game.  I am grateful to this day for my friend taking the responsibility that comes with our privilege of our friendship to set me straight that day. 

May we see God’s face in the friends He blesses us with by His grace.  And maybe we will see ourselves clearer in the process.

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For a Friend

October 17, 2007

Though I’m walking through the valley
Of the darkest hour I’ve known
Lord don’t You leave me all alone
When I’m surrounded by the shadows
That seem to feed my fear
I will trust You
Though I may not feel You here

But I know that Your love is unfailing
O I know Your grace is so amazing
O I know even though my faith be shaken
O I still know that I’ll never be forsaken
‘Cause You’re always faithful
I know

When my bed has been floating
On the flood of all my tears
Seems as though my joy has disappeared
Still I will not put my hope
In what I see or feel
I will cling to You
And trust You’re holding me

But I know that Your love is unfailing
O I know Your grace is so amazing
O I know even though my faith be shaken
O I still know that I’ll never be forsaken
‘Cause You’re always faithful
I know

I worship You
I look to You
I trust You with my life
I worship You
I look to You
Come lift my head up high

Lord I don’t know where I’m walking
But I’ll take it day by day
And I’ll hold Your hand
And You will lead the way

But I know that Your love is unfailing
O I know Your grace is so amazing
O I know even though my faith be shaken
O I still know that I’ll never be forsaken
‘Cause You’re always faithful
I know

written by Lincoln Brewster and Darrell Evans

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The Benefits of Sin

May 8, 2007

                          

                   

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A Potential Reality

April 3, 2007

What happens when a 550 KT surface nuclear detonation takes place in Atlanta and other large US cities? 

Find out here.

HT: UGA, blog.worship.com

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Addiction and Ministry

January 29, 2007

On the blog at worship.com is an excerpt of an article by the ex-wife of a former pastor who is now a felon.  You can read the entire piece here.  The experienced opinion of this woman is quite valuable.

Folks, pray for your pastors and encourage them live out the gifts they have been given, not someone elses.

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Bait and Switch

January 2, 2007

I received a request for charity last month.  The request went something like this:

World Vision, the Christian relief and development
organization, has partnered with EMI Christian Music Group to
offer the Chris Tomlin release “See the Morning”AT NO ADDITIONAL
COST to anyone who gives a gift of $20 or more.

I thought to myself, “I will end up having to have this CD because invariably a song or two from it will make it into the modern worship music collective”.  So I followed the link, made a donation, and expected the CD in the mail.

A few weeks later, I received the CD in mail, along with a explanation of giving.  It turns out the CD is not free.  My gift to World Vision was actually diminished by the market value of the CD.  So the shipping was free.  I paid for the CD.  I think the paragraph above could be changed to be more clear.

I felt a little icky after thinking through this.  I had been “had” in a manner of speaking.  I guess I am bothered mostly that I paid for the Chris Tomlin CD.  😉