transform

Be Quick!

On Wednesday nights, our midweek church service, my family usually has frozen pizza for dinner because it’s a quick & easy meal. Pop the frozen disc in the oven & less than 10minutes later, voila we have dinner 🙂
Maybe Moses had the same mindset, initially, when he confronted Pharoah about letting the Israelites go & worship God. Maybe Moses thought this liberation experience would be fast & efficient. But alas, the liberation process was exactly that, a process. This process happened over the course of a few years & included massive destruction to the status quo, hardship, death, thirst, frogs, hail, Pharosh growing increasingly resistant, grasshoppers, drowning, plundering, . . . . And I haven’t even started to talk about the mental transformation that God cultivated in a nation of people entrenched in a slavery mindset. 

Let’s appreciate that God is growing us through not only the miraculous but also the process, which isn’t always lightning fast 🙂

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Comfy, Cozy & Upended

We all gravitate to what is comfortable to us, often at the expense of trusting & depending on God – pause & think about what that means in your life. 

For me, this means that I enjoy experiencing God in a sunrise, hearing the whispers of God’s voice in the Bible alluring me to come closer & losing my self in experiencing God on a snowboard or walking among prostitutes in a red light district in Asia. What isn’t comfortable for me is being intermingled with hyper extroverts, amped up on caffeine & red bull. It also stresses me out to have innumerable “weather conversations” without some deeper anchors & topics that get my feet in the dirt with substance & authenticity. 

Even though I like a conversation that’s earthy & grounded, often when I want to walk closer with Jesus, I have to leave the ground & boat, joining Jesus on the water – away from whats comfortable & cozy in my natural leaning. 
When we walk with Jesus, it’s not always where we are most comfy & cozy but rather upended & transformed. Let’s keep walking, even when it’s on the water, as long as it’s with Jesus 🙂
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New Year’s Revolution

Since we’re a week into January, it seems fitting to bring up the new year’s resolution topic.  It’s really common to hear about the various resolutions people make, at the beginning of a new year:  get out of debt, lose weight, get in shape, etc.  Most of the common resolutions are noble and worthy goals, but they frequently evaporate with time, pressure, distractions and / or crises.

Maybe what we need instead of resolutions is a revolution.  Maybe we are too content with a incremental change rather than fundamental transformations.  Perhaps our problem is that we want window dressing but not a domestic overhaul.  It seems to me that we often settle for shallow, frothy and superficial changes when God is waiting to entirely renovate, redeem and transform us.  Perhaps we should put away the notion of resolutions and fully embrace God’s holy revolution 🙂

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metamorphosis

When I was in college, I read a German book about metamorphosis – some guy turning into a giant insect.  It was a really creepy book & there’s a good possibility that I’ve had a few nightmares from this book.  It seems to me that without God’s involvement, human attempts to transform & change can result in nightmares and yucky results.

In contrast, whatever I ask God to be involved with in my life, there’s always an improvement.  For some food for thought, please consider Titus 3:5-6 🙂

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please fix this

When I was growing up, I remember that my dad really enjoyed fixing up antique furniture.  He would get something for cheap from a garage sale that looked like it should’ve been taken to the dump.  He would bring it home, whip out the ultra-toxic, highly noxious & uber deadly furniture stripper, don his invincible, thick, industrial grade rubber gloves and begin to turn the trash into a treasure.  After getting all of the garbage stripped off the wood, he’d sand down the furniture and get out some furniture glue to put together any broken pieces very gently with furniture clamps and then oil the treasure so that it was entirely transformed.  In some ways, my dad was a magician.  But in other ways, he was very incapable.  He couldn’t do cars, electrical lamps and plumbing to name a few.

Thankfully, our heavenly Father is in the all-around fix-it business.  He takes all of our brokenness, strips away the corrosive veneer we accumulate to cover the ugly, he sands down and smooths out the rough spots and more.  One of the things I love about our heavenly Father is that He is the ultimate Master Craftsman.  There’s nothing broken that He can’t fix, there’s nothing ugly that He can’t redeem and there’s no one so dysfunctional that He cannot transform.  Nothing is impossible with our Creator! 🙂

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heavy grace

Sometimes I have these amazing “aha moments” when I see God doing really cool things and I also have times when these “aha moments” seem to have been vaporized by the crazy demands of a day or because of some really heavy duty disappointments.  Regardless of what is happening, how we feel or the various experiences in which we find ourselves, we swim in heavy grace.

Swimming in heavy grace:

  • embracing our lives,
  • giving us the air to breath:   what we haven’t earned
  • protecting us from drowning in the consequences that we deserve
  • amphibious living:  transforming our shortcomings to something more glorious
  • flooding into the crevices, corners and quagmires for redemption and hope

Dear sweet family, we swim in heavy grace 🙂

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something WAY cool!!

Hola friends!

Now that we’ve finished Christmas, I’m starting to reflect back on this year and thinking of many of the totally great things that have happened in the last 12 months.  Watch this to see some really cool stuff:

 https://vimeo.com/55815063

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Changing & growing :)

I had an interesting conversation with someone yesterday that seemed to be really out of character for them. I found this interesting because I often believe that it’s impossible to change the spots on a leopard. The problem with this way of thinking is that I can get really rigid in my attitude toward various people & not allow them to change in my thinking.
This is a really big problem because this way of thinking entirely ignores the transforming power of Jesus’ redemption for us. People can & do change, so lets be full of gratitude that God isn’t only helping us to grow & change, but God is also working on other people with redemptive & transforming power. Lets give each other the gift of space & grace to grow & change 🙂

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to prepare for Valentines Day

The Love Holiday is just around the corner & it is most commonly celebrated in a romantic context.  But being the strange bird that I am, I think that limiting love to a romantic context is a catastrophic tragedy 🙂

So here are a few of my thoughts on genuine love

  • genuine love is the most transformational power known to humanity
  • genuine love starts with God & requires God to be expressed in human relationships
  • genuine love is more about the recipient than the giver
  • genuine love is unlimited by time or location
  • genuine love works in tandem with forgiveness

Thats the power of love!  😀

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