Monthly Archives: January 2014

Uncomfortable

Uncomfortable

adjective

1. causing or feeling slight pain or physical discomfort.

2. causing or feeling unease or awkwardness.

Bringing up the discussion of certain things causes people to be uncomfortable.  You know, things like hungry people in their hometown.  Things like abortion.  And things like millions of orphaned children around the world.  It makes us uneasy…maybe even hurt a little or a little sick to our stomach.  

And it should.  It’s heart wrenching if you think about it.  And so we look away, cruise right past it, and carry on.  The social media of today is a telling example.  A penguin riding a skateboard gets four million hits.  A post on the plight of AIDS orphans in Africa gets two.  Because people don’t like to be uncomfortable.

But our lives weren’t meant to be comfortable.  They were meant to be full of life, but life is hard sometimes.  Jesus said it in John 16:33, “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.”  Life isn’t all sunshine and skateboarding penguins.  But here’s the deal.  You want joy.  Real joy?  It’s not in the 30 seconds of laughter on Youtube.  It’s in diving headfirst into the things that make us uncomfortable.  The rest of John 16:33 says, “But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”  So, us being uncomfortable is temporary.  And it matters.  It matters in an eternal way, and it matters in a here-and-now way.

So, yes, laugh at the penguin.  But let your heart break now and then too.  And let that broken heart stir you to action.  And I promise you, you’ll find joy you never knew existed.

What the future holds…

There’s an old churchy cliche, “I don’t know what the future holds, but I know Who holds the future.”  Yeah, it’s trite, maybe even a bit hokey in the today’s world.  It’s true, of course, but it’s old and tired…like singing “Amazing Grace” or something.

But here’s the thing…I don’t know what my future holds.  But I do know Who holds my future.  Oh, crap…I tried to get all serious and went cliche.  Let me try again.

I’m tired of trying to control my future.  Heck, I’m tired of trying to control my present…the now is too much for me, and yet I still try to control tomorrow.  So I’m giving up…I’m giving in…I’m letting go…whatever way you want to word it (more cliche’s, I know).

Over the past few years, what started as a small fire of passion has been fanned and fed.  Over the last year, instead of sticks and logs being put on it, it feels like gasoline has been dumped on it.  And in the past three months, it seemed like a few hundred pounds of dynamite were thrown into the fire, resulting in a volcanic explosion.

In the midst of that explosion, God opened my eyes to something that He was calling me to do.  A vision.  A calling.  A plan.  A whatever.  And it was big.  Like crazy big.  Like change the world big.  Like, afraid to even talk to my wife about it because she would think I’m crazy big.  For a couple of months, I chose to do my best Moses impersonation, “No, God, you want someone else…I’m not that good at talking to people…you want someone more holy than me.”  Just when I felt like I had my last chance to relent to God’s call, I finally came to my senses.  I don’t know what my future holds, but I know Who…oh, you know.  If I was going to obey, I had to obey then.  So, I fell on my face and said, “Ok, Father…but I don’t know what I’m doing so you lead.”  And He is…quickly.

So, here we go.  I believe that God is about to do something amazing.  Not because of me, not even with me, but in spite of me.  If God can do something amazing with this plan in spite of the mess that I am, then it will be obvious to everyone around that HE did it.

Over the course of the next few weeks, we will be unveiling a new movement and a non-profit organization called The Great Need.  The vision of The Great Need is to END the global orphan crisis (200+ million children).  To change the human race’s way of “doing business” when it comes orphaned and abandoned children.  To change attitudes and cultures on a world wide scale.  To change government policies in every country around the world.  To work until every single child has a forever family.  Every. Single. Child.

I told you it was big.  And I’m freaked out.  But I’ve never felt more at home than now.  And I’ve never felt more comfortable with Who holds my future than I do right now.

Please join us in prayer as we pray for God’s movement through us and as we pray for all the amazing organizations in the world that are boldly fighting for the same victory…that amazing day when all orphanages are out of business.

 

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