I have a pet named ‘Peavey’

20 07 2010

Okay, so maybe not a real pet, but I’ve noticed that my pet- we’ll call him Peavey” likes to wag his butt every now and then. I’m realizing that I am super particular about some things. I find it very difficult to use something, and not put it back as soon as I’m finished with it. I’ve started cooking a lot more, and my paranoia with having a mess actually causes me to take longer. I’ll use a utensil for an ingredient, but after using it, immediately try to wash it off and put it in the dishwasher before I move on to my next ingredient. I can’t stand to have things just on the counter. If I spill some shredded cheese on the counter when making nachos, most likely, I will try to wipe it up and clean the counter even before I put the nachos into the microwave. Everything has a place, and needs to be there. I like to use the kitchen and my house, but would prefer that it never appeared that way!

I remodeled a few homes with my dad in the past, and was consistently putting tools and supplies away before we were even finished with them. Every tool had a place, and it needed to appear that hadn’t used it. Plus, it’s always frustrating to try to find something when it isn’t where it’s “supposed” to be. Just like my phone, wallet or keys. It has a place. Order. I like it.

A few days ago I forced myself not to clean up until after preparing a meal. I am forcing myself to not worry about perfection. Now, that doesn’t mean that I’m going to just let everything go, but this pet of mine needs to be reminded that he is a pet. Not the owner.

I was going to relate this to my relationship with Jesus, because it totally applies, but to be honest, I’m sure you can draw from your own life experiences and realize how sometimes our lives seem so out of line with Jesus. It’s just refreshing sometimes to reflect on the nature of God, the person of Jesus and the consistent love of his Spirit. Do you have any pets like Peavey that keep you from enjoying life?

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NEW STUDY!! Coffee truly makes you slow down!

15 04 2010

Today I had the privilege, nay, the honor of having coffee with one of my close friends- Micah Cruger. It was a fabulous ‘heaven meets earth’ moment as the barista handed me my free Pike Place Drip (second for the day) in honor of my Revolution Mug. And then I found out they were giving out free coffee for anyone with travel mugs today, which sort of shattered my celebratory moment. As Micah and I sat conversing about life, love and mysteries that surround the world in which we live, I found myself feeling a bit absent minded- distracted from a normal mental thought pattern you might say. It could have been the fact that I have been cramming real estate classes, or the fact that I read Mark Batterson’s book “Primal” in a grand total of 2.5 hours yesterday, but regardless, my mind felt a little disconnected.

This had nothing to do with Micah, in fact, he probably helped me back into reality, but what I discovered is that maybe philosophizing, thinking, worrying and pondering about ecclesiological issues too much can cause discontent with the life and journey for which God has created us for. This isn’t to say that we stop asking questions about purpose, like “what were we created for? What does Jesus’ death truly mean for all of creation? How does the church live in such a way that the Spirit of God permeates everywhere the church is?” But maybe it’s time in my life, and perhaps yours, to turn off the philosophy for a moment. Just for a short while. Just long enough to look around, realize that what God created is good, and his will is going to be accomplished. That he is constantly revealing himself to mankind, and that above all he has a longing for a loving relationship with his creation. So maybe the church leadership that you are going to doesn’t seem to do things exactly like you want them to, if it’s not major doctrine issue, let it go and just move on! Most likely we are all in this with the heartbeat of God beating inside of us for others to experience the relationship we have. Worship environments are going to look different. Life choices may not be the same. Vocations won’t all be full time ministry. That’s okay!

So- for this post, and for today. I’m reminded to take a moment to relax. Press the pause button on my philosophical journey of ecclesia musings and just know that he is God. Above all – we are to love him with our heart, soul, mind and strength…and the second is just as important. Love our neighbors as ourselves. This pretty much wraps up what Jesus thought was important….Love God. Love People. Drink Starbucks. Make Disciples.





We suffer way too much from sh*t that never happens!

4 03 2010

I follow a select number of people through the phenomenon known as Twitter. Ranging from Pastors, Missional Teachers, Friends, Commentators, and one actor. That one actor I started to follow after watching an interview with Conan, and I’m not 100% sure why! It may have been because he is okay with being who he is. He’s okay with having a beard that looks like it may be a home for the twitter bird. Jim Carrey, often times hilarious, occasionally offensive and sporadically calm. His smile is recognizable, and while I’ve never met him, I think he would be crazy fun to hang out with.

A few days ago he posted a tweet that grabbed my attention. RT @jimcarrey: We suffer way too much from sh*t that never happens! ‘get ready to be ok’! ;^)

Maybe it was the shi*t that caught my attention, but it got me thinking!

Jesus says in Matthews record (chapter 6:25-27)“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life ?

When talking about people who come into contact with the Kingdom of God and truth, Jesus says in Luke 8, “The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.”

I’ve found that many times I suffer from my perceptions of what others possible perceptions of me. Stress seems to find an open door into my life through worrying too much about the future- allowing stress to affect me before it needs to. Sort of like Jesus warned his disciples in Luke 21:14.

So I’m trying to live my life without worry. Without overwhelming my mind and thoughts with “what if’s”. It’s hard to retrain myself, but I gotta know that I’m “gonna be ok.” Not really because Jim Carrey tells me so, but because I find Jesus speaking his peace into my life. It’s time to stop suffering “way too much from shit that never happens!”

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