one last thing before 2007!

first of all…i am sorry if you missed tonight. 

for me…our gathering time was very moving and powerful.  and it is definitely something that i cannot capture in words on a screen.  so here is the best i can do…go to the blog that i wrote last week called, “just push pause…for a second“…print it out…and take it with you…away from everything…and spend 30-60 minutes reading the questions, praying, listening, contemplating…

we took about 40 minutes tonight…individually…in solitude…to do just that.

if you are like me…you quickly realize all the things that you can suppress (even repress) and justify in your life…and not come to terms with.  your actions…your behavior…your priorities.  unless you are intentional about facing these things…they go unresolved.  tonight we took the time…and it was necessary.  and hopefully…all of us can walk away and see the importance of cutting this time out on our own…from here out.

here are some things that i walked away with tonight:

1.  my relationship with God is not my top priority…and i need to be more intentional and disciplined in my daily prayer time.  i also need accountability with this…ok rob.

2.  as much as i want to justify…or compartmentalize…relationships that are broken in my life…i have to be the initiator at reconciliation and be passionate about loving everyone…even people i don’t think deserve it.

3.  i need to let people know how much i appreciate them…both family and friends.

what are some things that you walked away with?  please leave comments below.

I Corinthians 9:26 says, “so i do not run like someone who doesn’t run toward the finish line. i do not fight like a boxer who hits nothing but air.”  as a church…we have to be intentional.  not just people shadow boxing…just punching the air…but people with a plan…people with goals…people that train… and then celebrate the victories with others around us. 

what is your plan for 2007?  what is your focus and priority?  who are you training with?  who do you have accountability with?

have a happy new year…27 minutes to go!

brandon 

One thought on “one last thing before 2007!

  1. so last nite at small group we were discussing the evaluation time we were able to enjoy on sunday nite. we began discussing the BIG picture of why asking these questions were so important for us to ask ourselves. we agreed that people all around us are constantly watching us and seeing how we, as christians, handle
    situations….how we talk to others, how we treat others, etc.

    this morning i had really been struggling with being patient with
    novah. lately she has constantly been under my feet, wanting me to hold her, pretty much just wanting me 24/7. she was throwing her tantrums, so i decided that she needed to lay down and take a
    nap….well, that solved that. so, i figured that now was the time to take advantage of the 20-45 minutes [that i usually spend on the computer or taking a shower] and dedicate some of this time to spendalone with God. [since i never do this] i was saying last nite in small group how i struggle with finding a good place to start in the bible, so today….since i have been on edge and losing my patience with novah, i decided to look up patience in the back of my bible…..to see if there was a verse or two that would help me. so, i flipped to 2 Corinthians 6

    from the message
    “companions as we are in this work with you, we beg you, please don’t squander one bit of this marvelous life God has given us. God reminds us,
    i heard your call in the nick of time,
    the day you needed me, i was there to help.

    well, now is the right time to listen, the day to be helped. don’t put it off, don’t frustrate God’s work by showing up late, throwing a question mark over everything we’re doing. our work as God’s servants gets validated – or not – in the details. people are watching us as we stay at our post, alertly, unswervingly…in hard times, tough times, bad times; when we’re beaten up, jailed, and mobbed, working hard, working late, working without eating; with pure heart, clear head, steady hand; in gentleness, holiness, and honest love; when we’re telling the truth, and when God’s showing his power; when we’re
    doing our best setting things right; when we’re praised, and when
    we’re blamed; slandered, and honored; true to our word, though
    distrusted; ignored by the world, but recognized by God; terrifically, alive, though rumored to be dead; beaten within an inch of our lives, but refusing to die; immersed in tears, yet always filled with deep joy; living on hand-outs, yet enriching many; having nothing, having it all.
    dear, dear Corinthians, i can’t tell you how much i love for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life. we didn’t fence you in. the smallness you feel comes from within you. your lives aren’t small, but you’re living them in a small way. i’m speaking as plainly as i can and with great affliction. open up your lives. live openly and expansively!”

    it’s amazing to me how God works.

    here we were last nite at small group, just discussing pretty much this entire passage[without knowing]……and today, i open up my bible looking for a passage on being patient and BAM! God just smacks me in the face with this.

    i don’t know about you guys, but for 2007….i want to get things
    right. whenever i’m around people, whether it be my co-workers,
    family, friends…..i don’t want them to see another hypocritical
    christian. a christian that believes in loving everyone, but then
    holding grudges against them…..a christian that believes in God’s word, but doesn’t take the time to read it…..a christian that believes in the power of prayer, but doesn’t pray…..a christian that believes in being patient and kind, but losing control when i’m frustrated or at my witts end. the list goes on and on.

    i have alot of excitement within me for what is going to happen this year for the[living]room. i absolutely love in this passage where it says, “your lives aren’t small, but you’re living them in a small way. i’m speaking as plainly as i can and with great affliction. open up your lives. live openly and expansively!”

    i hope and pray that we will do this as the[living]room. that we, the people, will open up our lives and live openly and expansively! if we did this, can you even imagine the possibilities? how many lives could we really reach out to if we started living this way? what would our own personal lives look like?

    anyways, i’m off on a tangent and i don’t even know if any of this mmakes any sense……just thought i would post and let you know what i was thinking about.

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