Archive for January, 2009

Church play?

Posted: January 8, 2009 in church
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Are you playing or being the church?

I am PLAYING church when I only care about what I get out of the Sunday morning experience.
I AM the church when I deliberately work to put as much as I can into making the Sunday morning experience a transformational event for everyone else.

I am PLAYING church when God nudges me to do the right thing by loving the people around me and I ignore the prompt.
I AM the church when I pray God would give me opportunities to serve those around me in ways that would lead others to feel his love and come to know him.

I am PLAYING church when I place more emphasis on task completion. I AM the church when I focus on people’s needs first, tasks second.

-Tom

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Waking up to thinking about various people I come in contact with daily. Many things happening at Crossroads already this year. As our Leadership Team is now working out the plans God is laying before us, I am asking all of us who attend “WHO ARE YOU”? Who are you in Christ Jesus? Who are you at your place of employment? Who are you when God needs you in service at your church? Who are you when your family has a crisis or a challenge? WHO ARE YOU when life is great and you don’t have a need?

WHO ARE YOU? Is Christ in your answer?

-tom

So, who’s driving anyway?

Posted: January 3, 2009 in Uncategorized

Been praying, waiting and reading about people and sources that I get my information from. Am I surrounding myself with the right influences? How easy it is not to go to the one person (God), place (quiet) and book (bible) to get answers? Yes, I suck at doing any and all of what I just stated…….. but wouldn’t it be cool if we all took the lead from the one who created us? I’ve been encouraged by my reading of 2 Chronicles 18 and how the prophets reacted to questions from the King of Israel. It’s important to know who you are getting your “driving” instructions from.

-tom

Pete Wilson is a talented writer/blogger and the Pastor of Cross Point church in Nashville, TN. He wrote this post prior to New Years Eve. I would not take any credit for any of the following except to say this: He could not have written something closer to where my heart is for 2009. No matter where God may lead me this year, I know that I must have a focus that is different than any other year that I’ve spent on this planet. I hope you are challenged by this post like I am…………thanks Pete!

-tom

I know some people are “anti” New Years resolutions.  However, I think this is an exciting time of year to set goals and establish new perspectives. As a matter of fact this blog is a result of one of my New Year’s resolutions from last year.

There are two resolutions I’m making this year.

The first resolution consists of  three commitments  I’m making to my church, Cross Point, for 2009. I’m going to be sharing those this Sunday, so I’ll wait to post them next week.

The second resolution is more of a broad perspective I want to establish throughout my life in this new year. It’s inspired by the following passage in Psalm 39.

4 “Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.
Remind me that my days are numbered—
how fleeting my life is.
5 You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand.
My entire lifetime is just a moment to you;
at best, each of us is but a breath.”
Show me, God, my life’s end. Show me the number of my days. Show me how fleeting my life is.

I want to live in 2009 with the awareness of LIFE GOES BY FAST and MY DAYS ARE NUMBERED.

Like everyone else I can get caught up in trying to rush through life acquiring things, trying to attain security, and achieving meaningless goals our culture has deemed worthy.  But so many of the things I focus on and worry about are simply futile.

I waste time regretting things from the past I can’t change. I settle for mediocrity trying to avoid difficult decisions and conversations. I get consumed with trying to be loved instead of loving others. I squander precious moments trying to control things I can’t control.

I don’t want that to be my life. I don’t want that to be my vision… because that vision cannot sustain God’s design for something as splendid as a human life. That is a vision born out of thinking I have an endless amount of time on this earth to make the impact God has designed me to make and this, my friends, is nothing more than an illusion.

So in 2009 I’m making a resolution, a commitment, a promise to view my life (my marriage, my job, my friendships, my purpose) through the understanding that LIFE GOES BY FAST and MY DAYS ARE NUMBERED.

I pray it will help me love deeper, pray harder, focus intently, and seek to make the greatest impact with my one and only life that I possibly can.

So what’s your New Year’s resolution for 2009?