CHASING???

November 19, 2008

bull_runWhat are you chasing? Or more reality, what’s chasing you? Ever feel like the guy in this picture?  Running so fast from it all, you hope you just make it.  This is an annual event in Spain called the “Running of the Bulls.”  Seems fun? Seems stupid to me?    

Chasing after what?  Deadlines? Undone assignments? Bills? You name it, whatever?  “Life happens fast.” Instead of being lead by the Spirit, we are lead by the urgent or need to accomplish or please.  Our minds get racing and chasing. What matters most is chasing after the heart of the Father!

A while back, I was playing some game with my two of my little daughters.  At least three times, Rebekah had to say, “Dad, it is your turn.”  Finally, she got my upset, and said, “Hey, would you PAY ATTENTION.”  Ouch! Rebuked by a 6 year old.  I wish I could have blamed it on my A.D.D., if I had it (many say I do).  Needless to say, that moment woke me up to begin to consciously S-L-O-W down.  What’s the hurry?  So go ahead and take some time today and schedule what I call- “Making Difference Time.”  Go and have coffee with your spouse.  Take a walk.  Spend a day with your parents. Call an older, wiser, lonely friend.  Play a board game.  Oh, all of this is better, if you can turn off the cell phone and computer.

If I’m not careful to “BE” fully aware of my life and day, I can get so caught up chasing after whatever or the whatever is chasing after me, that I miss the significance of the new day that God has given to me. We can get so chasing after good stuff: doing for God, serving at the church/community, school stuff, etc.  However, I’m growing intentionally to enjoy just BEING in the moment wherever I am.  It is OK and legal just to “chill” from it all.  We live in this technologically advanced, cool world, but if we are not careful, we can get caught up in the “high tech and low touch” syndrome and miss moments from His presence and relationship.  STOP DOING AND JUST BE!   -Larry


BIG!!!

November 14, 2008

ngc602_hst_c7201GOD IS BIG! And yet, our Father God chooses to live IN YOU. This is an amazing picture taken from the Hubble Space Telescope. God made that, and that’s sweet. You and I are His # 1 creation and the # 1 desire of His heart.  What we deem is a “big” thing in our eyes is very minute in God’s eyes. 

Luke 12:7 says, “The very hairs on your head (and legs!!!) are ALL numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than…________________________ (just fill in the blank).”

How many times do you get so focused on the ______X_____? 

It is a matter of focus and what are we beholding.  Start beholding your Jesus.  God is big, yet He is concerned about every detail of your life.  It’s a huge start to believe the LOVE that God has for you.  The more you recognize that God is way bigger than your faults, fears, failures, and future; you can begin to enjoy the life God intends for you to live.  

Stop magnifying the situation or issue, and start magnifying God.  You may recall having a magnifying glass as a kid (i sure did kill alot of ants…), well now you have a “Magnifying Glass” that is called the WORD OF GOD.  Get your eyes in the Word and your head up on the “awesomeness” of God; and you will have a whole new perspective. (Psalm 34:3 “Come magnify the Lord with me.”)

Sure, you the thing you are going through is real, yet do not allow it to capture your faith and allow it the become bigger than God’s plan and purpose for your day.  GOD IS THE BIGGEST!!! -larry