Category Archives: God

What The Motivational Speakers Just Don’t Get

Motivational speakers can be extremely helpful. They can inspire us, get us moving when we struggle to move. But there are some things secular speakers can’t wrap their minds around which are extremely important. They can’t because they aren’t coming at what they do as a Christian, from a Christian worldview.

The first is that the power for what we do in life has to come from without, not from within. We cannot make it on our own. We don’t have sufficient power to change the world on our own. We need God. We need other people. We are insufficient to the task left to lean on our own strength.

The second is that if they do believe in an external spiritual power or force, for them it is usually impersonal. The power we receive to do what we are called to do in our spiritual vocation is from the Holy Spirit and *HE* is a person, personal.

Once we understand this and lean into the power of God rather than the power of self then we can really accomplish something.

Last, this all points us to the third vital point. Once you understand the power isn’t yours but is God’s then what you do with the power you receive from God cannot be used to leverage your personal agenda, rather it is used to leverage God’s agenda.

So many people want to be their own boss. I get it. It isn’t a bad desire. But when it comes to your purpose in life, that comes from God and is empowered by God, it doesn’t work or look like that. If the power isn’t ours, neither is the control.

That won’t sell out tickets for a motivational talk but it really does work in real life – if you define the goals as God defines the goals.

Who is God Sending Today? How Do You Fit in?

God has always been a sending God. He sends people places for various reasons. He sent Abraham to a new land and later the Hebrew people to that same land. He sent his son Jesus to the earth. Jesus send his apostles out to minister. God’s sending doesn’t end with the last word of theContinue Reading

How God Sees You

I cannot begin to tell you how many times I wish my kids could see themselves as I see them. They are so loved. They are so cherished. They are so blessed. I can’t fathom loving them any more than I already do. But from their perspective it is impossible to see these things toContinue Reading

Hearing God

“In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions.” – 1 Samuel 3:1 In our day and age, it isn’t that God isn’t communicating with us, it is that we aren’t good listeners. I don’t think “the word of the Lord” is “rare” today. I think we have gottenContinue Reading

Love is the Inevitable Result of Purity

“Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.” – 1 Peter 1:22-23   1 PeterContinue Reading

Learning to Talk With God

Raising kids makes for some fun and challenging times. One of the things that we feel is essential to their growth and maturity is how to talk with adults. There are basic rules of civility that we want our kids to know and do when it comes to talking with adults, for example – lookContinue Reading

Filling the Emptiness

In order for anything to get filled it must have room to receive. If something is already full there is no room for anything new. When we make ourselves overly busy we have no room left to be filled. Ironically our busyness is often an indicator of our emptiness. When we fill our hearts withContinue Reading

Catching God in One of His Grocery Store Parenting Moments

If you are a parent you know the moment…it is that moment when you have had enough. Your kid has done something for the umpteenth time and they have been at it for several hours. You finally hit your limit and you let them know it in the strongest possible terms…in public. Store patrons areContinue Reading

Do the Next Right Thing

Somethings things get complicated. It gets hard to make what seems to be the best decision. If you do this, someone gets hurt. If you do something else, someone else might get upset. It can drive you crazy trying to figure out what to do. Missy and I have this saying that we will oftenContinue Reading

Pharaoh’s First Words

“Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the wilderness.’” Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know theContinue Reading

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