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Remember

I was thinking today about purpose. As a Christian, I do my best to get up each day and focus on the things I feel God has led me to. I try to focus on God’s purpose, not my own.

Sometimes, that doesn’t work. I worry too much about other things, selfish things.

Remember.

There really is nothing better for refocusing than to remember why we do the things we do. What is it that inspired you? What changed you? What was the spark that changed the rest of your life?

I wonder if Paul ever had to remember. I wonder if in the midst of his ministry if he felt discouraged. Did he remember the moment Jesus spoke to him? Do you think the memories encouraged him? Did it give him the power to keep moving forward? Did it help him stay focused in the midst of distractions and persecution?

Sometimes, I forget to remember.

I want to remember….. God told me one day that he had bigger plans for me. A plan that is better than all my getting, doing and being. He told me he loved me. He gave me grace, mercy and purpose. I want to be so consumed by the memories of His goodness that purpose isn’t something I strive to achieve but it is the way I live.

Round Table

A few days ago I was at a local coffee shop sitting around a table with some amazing people. Just a few tables over were some more amazing people. I call them amazing because at 7:30 on a Monday night, all of them were making plans for ways to serve God’s people. They are the Body of Christ.

Do you know the stories of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table? In brief, King Arthur would hold meetings with his most noble advisors, Knights, and warriors to make plans for their kingdom. The table was round to signify that no one person was the head, all were considered equal in standing.

This makes me think of Monday night and the many round table opportunities I have had over the last few months. I have sat around tables in restaurants, coffee shops and homes. I have sat on patio furniture, lounge chairs and leather couches. In every place, was an intentional time and place and people I was meant to know, love and share in grace with. God had a plan for us to be together. A plan to discuss Kingdom business.

I don’t know when I stopped believing in coincidences. I have heard and shared in too many conversations to believe that our time together as believers is an accident. And when I am with you I know God has brought you, brought me, to this place at this time for a purpose. For His purpose. He amazes me with the people He brings into my life. How creative He has been in transforming, freeing so many. The testimonies we all share of how a life that never should have been around that table are there discussing His beauty.

So, it’s time to be intentional, my friends. We are His warriors, His knights, His children, coming together around tables discussing Kingdom business. We are a mighty people. We are amazing.

I’m Fine

I’m going to lie to you today. Not because I want to hurt you but because I don’t want to burden you and I don’t really want to talk about it.

If you see me and ask “How are you?”, and I will tell you “I’m fine, I’m good”. I might give you a hug and tell you it is good to see you, and I will be telling the truth. I will ask how you are and hope you would tell me the truth.

But, I am not fine today. My heart aches and I feel like I can’t help and I can’t fix it and it weighs heavy on me. I am going to lose someone I love very much to cancer. I know, I shouldn’t grieve her before she is gone and I need to trust God’s will for her. I do believe God is perfect in all things but it doesn’t make it hurt any less today. And I know you think it is crazy when I say I don’t want to burden you, because I think the same thing when you want to keep things inside. Sometimes, the lie is just easier than the truth.

Please, forgive me for the lie I will tell today, I am not fine.
How are you, today? Really?

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