After reading Blue Like Jazz probably…a year ago (or more :P), a couple of months ago I picked up Don Millers next book, Searching for God Knows What. And by “picked up,” I actually mean I took it off my brother’s shelf. He’s built up a nice small collection (sort of) of Christian books that I like to help myself to when he’s not around hahaha. Anyway, after reading it, I thought I’d share some thoughts about it: Continue reading →
It’s a little early. But I wanted to say this to myself before I do it this year.
The 2 things I’m planning on lenting this year are:
(1) the internet (outside of work)
(2) gaming (console, handheld and mobile)
On an off-topic note, the book Red Letter Revolution came up today in my small group fellowship, and while sifting through my old blog posts, I found I had posted a this link (that Starfield tweeted LOLL):
When the music fades And all is stripped away And I simply come Longing just to bring Something that’s of worth That will bless your heart
I’ll bring You more than a song For a song in itself Is not what You have required You search much deeper within Through the ways things appear You’re looking into my heart
I’m coming back to the heart of worship And it’s all about You All about You, Jesus I’m sorry Lord for the thing I’ve made it When it’s all about You It’s all about You Jesus
King of endless worth No one could express How much You deserve Though I’m weak and poor All I have is Yours Every single breath
-Heart of worship by Matt Redman
A little while back over the summer, a few of us from my youth fellowship who were also part of the worship team (or were interested in the topic of worship) got together and started doing devo’s/discussion together. We started talking about what it meant to be a part of worship, what it means to lead worship in the worship team etc. And it made me think about this song (above).
Whether we are part of the worship team, leading the worship team, leading a group into worship, I feel like, you are first a worshipper of God. And worship is for God, it’s not a performance for people (though no lies, it does feel like it sometimes), it’s not about us singing, or not singing or being able to sing well or if we sing terribly, or if we play perfectly or if we make mistakes etc. it’s not about us, it’s about God. And….one of the things I think I love about the worship part of any message or Sunday sermon is that you can toss aside all the crap you might’ve been dealing with at the time, day, week etc. and just focus on God. Just enjoy being there in his presence. And sometimes, a least for me, this means I’m just meditating on words and lyrics, reading them like a prayer (or praise) in my head.
So what’s worship all about? It be about God, and how you worship is between you a God. Ain’t that nice?
You said, ask and you will receive whatever you need
You said, pray and I’ll hear from heaven and I’ll heal your land
You said, your glory will fill the earth like water, the sea
You said, lift up your eyes the harvest is near, the kingdom is here,
You said, ask and I’ll give the nations to you Oh Lord, that’s the cry of my heart Distant shores and the islands will see Your light, as it rises on us
–”You Said” Hillsongs
“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Because of this, we may have peace in Him for…
“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
This is a sort of prayer I thought of and composed as an encouragement (hopefully) to a family friend/believer/brother/sister from my church congregation. It’s also a summary of how I think God’s been speaking to me in these past 2 weeks (-ish). Kinda interesting because about 2 years ago, while I was interning at Ambassadors for Christ in Canada, I found myself looking and learning (a lot yet also not A LOT) about prayer. Different kinds of prayer. What does it mean to pray TO God? What is prayer?
I can’t say I have definite answers. But rather, I’m still learning. And I’m o.k. with that.
In about an hour, I’ll be starting my Lent this year:
Living without the internet in all applications outside of work/office hours for the next 40 days (including weekends). From Ash Wednesday (February 22) until Palm Sunday (April 1st). This would include internet on my desktop, laptop, iPod and Twitter on my phone.
Last year I couldn’t think of what to lent, this year. Internet was the first thing I thought about to lent. That next to social media (but then I realized I still need it at work, for work) and coffee (mostly Starbucks, though Roll-up-the-Rim is back at Tims so I’ll be there more now :P).
Aside from wanting to finish video games and picking up the countless personal design projects I had wanted/planned to work on after grad, my biggest resolution this year was to grow even more in my walk with God. That said, Lent is a huge opportunity for that. And a challenge for sure, but I absolutely know it’s possible, after all I’m one of the lucky ones that were still born/lived in the decade where we had no high speed (ah…I remember having to ask my parents to go online when we had dial-up when I was 12 *reminisce*).
I wanted to somehow document my 40 days on this blog, but seeing how I can only blog at work (and I’m quite busy at work), I’ll be documenting my thoughts on paper and sharing highlights when I can and have time to write at work, and after Lent.
To the rest of the world lenting for the next 40 days (whatever and however you do so), I pray that you may come to grow closer to God in the next 40 days.
-Optimist lives in ignorance of the truth
-Pessimist lives blind of the light/joy that is in front of them
Being one or the other does a Christian no good, for our Lord is the God of truth and light. And should we desire both truth and light, then we must strive to be like Him. Knowing the truth and light He has blessed us with.