Crossroads

Are you familiar with the ending to the movie “Cast Away”?  Tom Hanks is standing there in the middle of this intersection in the middle of Nowhere, TX.  As far as he can see in all directions is nothing – yet he has been given the gift of life to be lived another day.  How would you chose to decide where to go?  I would have followed the truck with the wings. 

We all find ourselves at places in life where we are at an intersection and we aren’t sure which way to go.  In the movie, he isn’t sure where he is going to go.  He pauses and gets out of the Jeep with his map and ponders for a moment or two.  During this moment of contemplation is when the person he was looking for drives up.  

I wonder how many times in life we come to crossroads and ignore it and just keep driving our lives right on through.  Or – how often do we get there – and recognize it… and then we get stuck there afraid to move at all.  Maybe there has been a bad decision in the past and fearful of getting burned again.  

No matter the reason or how you respond to the situation it is still a decision that must be faced and made.  How do you make the decision?  What steps do you take?  Do you get the Road Map out?  In my life, the Map has become God’s Word found in the Bible.  No, it doesn’t tell me to turn right or left and any specifics like that at all.  I can say the Holy Spirit gives insight I can’t explain.  Which is often followed by a peace I can’t explain. 

Jesus tells us in John 14:25-27,

I’m telling you these things while I’m still living with you. The Friend, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send at my request, will make everything plain to you. He will remind you of all the things I have told you. I’m leaving you well and whole. That’s my parting gift to you. Peace. I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left—feeling abandoned, bereft. So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught. (The Message).

I’ve personally been at a crossroad for a long time now.  I have ventured in a couple of directions already to find that the peace and fulfillment were not in any direction I have tried thus far.  I keep going back to the Cross and asking for direction.  I am asking for wisdom… wisdom to be used for His glory and for the leadership of my family.

The Holy Spirit will teach us all things.  He will give all that we have need of.  He cares intimately about the details of our lives.  He will not leave us lonely in the dark.  Jesus instructed his disciples: 

“This is what I want you to do: Ask the Father for whatever is in keeping with the things I’ve revealed to you. Ask in my name, according to my will, and he’ll most certainly give it to you. Your joy will be a river overflowing its banks! (John 16:23-24).

One of the decisions I have made for the year to come is to follow a plan to read the Bible through in a year.  I have done this in the past and grew a lot from reading it completely during the year.  I have already begun the reading plan I am going to follow.  I want to be on track when the New Year begins and get off to a GREAT start.  I’m hoping to find in 2009 where and how God intends to use me.

I know He uses me through my job… even though I can’t directly communicate His Word… I live it.  I’m thankful for the opportunity I have to influence others in all aspects of my life.  I want to continue to do so full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom.

The Little Drummer Boy

One of my favorite Christmas cartoons is “The Little Drummer Boy.”  It is also one of my favorite Christmas songs… my favorite version is by Whiteheart.  I hope you enjoy it as well.

What is your favorite Christmas movie or cartoon?  I know it will be hard to narrow it down to just one… so give me your top 3. 

“Do you think they can pause the movie?”

We went to the movies today.  Lori and Jacqueline watched Twilight.  I went with Valerie and Walker to see Bolt in 3D.  We were about 3/4 of the way through the movie when Walker asked, “Do you think they can pause the movie while I go to the bathroom?”  Another priceless moment of Walker’s long list of quotables.  He’s such a funny guy!

I really enjoyed watching this movie with the kids.  They are for sure what makes my life smile.  They each mean more to me than I could ever express in words.  The theatre here has stadiuim seating and the arms raise up so you can sit real close.  Valerie snuggled right under my arm.  It was wonderful and I treasure the memory of our time at the movies.

I bet God treasures the moments we sit close with Him.  When was the last time you took in the scenery with Him?  The Fall is my favorite time of year.  The leaves turning colors are so pretty.  Next time you have a minute alone somewhere and you can take in the changing of the season… snuggle in the Lord and thank him for the sight.

I’m convinced of “one thing”

What are you convinced of?  Does life make sense to you?  Do you know what the secret to life is all about? 

My life has been a journey of discovering that “one thing”.  But it seems that the “one thing” always seems to allude my grasp.  As soon as I think I have discovered what the “one thing” is – I realize that isn’t “it.”  Today, I am slowly coming to a realization that it has nothing to do with what I thought it was.  At least my focus has been in the wrong direction. 

Before you turn off this post and go to see what someone else has to say – here me out.  Life is not about what you can gain, obtain, save, or promote into.  It’s not about building churches, growing ministries, or even having a feeling of fulfillment.  Life is not about any of that.  It is about “one thing” living.  (The video clip is PG13)

City Slickers is one of my all time favorite movies.  I was there in the theatre when it was first released in 1991.  Ever since then I have thought about that “one thing” in life.  All of this time I have been missing it.  I may even miss it tomorrow.  But for now I am getting a grasp of it.

You see – we miss the meaning of everything about life all of the time.  For example, one may say the most powerful force on earth is prayer.  I’ve come to believe that prayer is not the most powerful force but rather God is.  You see – we try to think this act or that thing we do is what it’s all about  – but it’s not.  It has always been about God.  I know that’s hard to grasp… after following God and trying to get to know him for almost 25 years I still miss that “one thing”. 

Oswald Chambers puts it this way,

The purpose of prayer is that we get ahold of God, not the answer.  (My Utmost for His Highest, February 7).

We get it wrong.  We seek and search for the “one thing” in life and miss the mark because we never get ahold of God.  The keeper and giver of that “one thing”.  We are so selfish at times in our praying that we want to consume all of our prayers on ourselves.  God wants us to get a hold of Him.  He wants our praying, seeking, and focus to be consumed on Him.

I believe everyone has the opportunity to get things right.  The ultimate “do-over” in life only comes through Jesus Christ.  This life in Christ is a great one!  It doesn’t mean that you will not have problems or struggles in life anymore.  It does mean you will have power to deal with and overcome the difficulties in life.  It does mean strength in times of trying to discover what life is all about.

Once you discover what the “one thing” in life is – go after “it” like your life depends on it… like the life of your family depends on it.  Because your family does depend on it. 

Psalm 27:4  sums it up like this,

One thing I ask of the LORD,
       this is what I seek:
       that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
       all the days of my life,
       to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
       and to seek him in his temple.

Let Go Let God

Last night we watched Facing the Giants.  Tonya told us we needed to watch it.  Early in the movie I sent her a txt, “So, you think I’m a loser.”  (I was just kidding).  This was an extremely inspiring movie.  Scene after scene I just laughed because I could see so much of my life in it.  Why did I laugh?  I guess I’m warped.  I did shed a tear or two as well.

About two weeks ago we had someone in our church portray the life of David… specifically the portion of David’s life when he faced Goliath.  I sat there that morning and I thought about the giants in my life.  I thought it’s time to stand up and face them. 

The movie last night reinforced the thought that it’s time to stand up to the giant.

While reading, praying, and journaling this morning the phrase came to mind, “Let go let God.”  I wrote it down in my journal and began to think about what that really means.

I read Isaiah 56 and 1 Peter 1.  My thoughts are about faith, hope, and trust.

A song came to mind by David and the Giants.  I couldn’t find the one I was looking for on YouTube but I did find the song “Let Go Let God” by David and the Giants. 

Chronicles of Narnia 2

I’m on vacation this week with the family… we are not really doing all that much – like going to the beach or anything.  I camped out in the back yard with Walker last night.  Some friends gave us their above ground swimming pool and I have been working on getting it up… I’m very sore right now.  Randy was a tremendous help – getting the sand!!

Today, we all went to the movies at Carmike in Cartersville.  My experience there was not pleasant.  I had to ask them 3 times to fix the movie.  We had sound but no video.  The third time I asked to speak to the manager… that was 20 minutes later.  No apologies… did I mention I paid for 3 adult tickets and 3 child tickets?  I guess that doesn’t matter… after all it’s not about customer service it’s all about making a buck!!

Outside of my experience with the theatre – Narnia was an incredible movie.  Go see the movie.  Despite my problems I had today… go see it here in Cartersville and save the gas money. 

I would love to hear your reaction(s) to the movie.

It’s amazing how many times “we” get impatient with God and go out on our own to “do His will.”  And have to learn things the hard way.  It’s all about keeping our eyes on Him even when He is silent.  I’m learning each day to get to know God for who He is – not for the things I need or want – Get to know Him and stay close.