Conversations in the Sky

Why is it that some of the best conversations happen at 30,000 ft.?  Some of the best conversations I have with strangers are on airplanes.

On the flight to San Antonio, I sat with someone who had just attended the inauguration.  The interesting thing about the conversation was something he said about being there.  He told me the best part of the event was hearing Rick Warren.

I sat there and was amazed by what he was saying.  He didn’t give me anything real specific about what Rick Warren said… he was just very impressed and that he was the best part.

My flight back I sat next to Ann.  She lives in Atlanta.  I was reading The Barbarian Wayby Erwin McManus.  (Yes there are going to be  a couple of more posts from this book).  This opened up a great conversation about purpose and seeking God. 

After I finished talking she asked me if I ever fasted.  She went on to tell me that she is reading a great book on fasting that is/was on the New York Times Best Seller list.  It’s called Fastingby Jentzen Franklin.  Some of the things she said to me reminded me of what Craig Groeschel had to say while at Catalyst.

To see Jentzen Franklin’s teaching on Fasting click here.

I wonder if the conversations are always so good at that altitude because so much prayer goes into each flight?

Post Catalyst Blues

Alright, so why does someone have the blues after attending such an incredible conference?  I don’t know… I guess I’m messed up.

There was so much covered during those two days.  I have been able to apply some of what I have gained to my life at work.  The 2 books I picked up are going to keep me moving forward on the “business” side of the conference. (Tribes by Seth Godin and Saving the World at Work by Tim Sanders)  Still there is this unresolved portion of what happened while there. 

I was reading Jayme’s blog this morning and she definitely hit on some of the nerve surrounding this that I feel.  I highly encourage you to read it!

There’s an “emptiness” to what I feel now… some unfinished business maybe. 

Joel read to us in our men’s group this morning Psalm 107.  It’s the “cried out to the LORD” verses that keep ringing in my head right now. 

I’m not sure I have really “cried out to the LORD” yet.  It is time to…

Heavenly Father’s Day

Passages I am reading these past few days.  John 14:12-14.  Take note of verse 13.

12I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. (NIV).

“So that the Son may bring glory to the Father.” 

The FOCUS of our lives is God… bringing glory to the Son – who in turn gives the glory to God.  How do we bring glory to the Son?  By obeying the teaching of Jesus.  See John 14:23-27.

23Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

 25“All this I have spoken while still with you. 26But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (NIV).

I learned something or noticed something a month or so ago while fasting.  Normally when I fast I spend my time thinking and praying about the situation or need I have.  This past time I FOCUSED on God and His Son.  Not on my specific need.  I didn’t really think about this at the time… but later it came to mind that this was how I spent that day.

So… why bring this up now?  Because this is what God is teaching me.  Our lives are to be spent giving ourselves to Him.  Our purpose for living.  We aren’t to seek the things of God but rather God.

God is supernatural.  He wants us to live life supernaturally.  In The Love of God, it states, “Has God been trying to bring into your life the fact that He is supernatural, and have you been asking Him what He is going to do?  He will never tell you.  God does not tell us what He is going to do; He reveals to us who He is.” (Oswald Chambers, 114).

God wants us to get close to Him.  On the eve of Father’s Day, draw near to your Heavenly Father… solely for the purpose of drawing near to Him… the benefit will be that He will draw near to you.  But don’t do it for the benefit do it for the Father.