Jurassic World is a summer hit. Chris Pratt fills the big screen with Indiana Jones-like heroism. Thirty minutes into the film, the audience watches Pratt’s character, Owen, discover a genetically engineered dinosaur cooked-up by the Jurassic World scientists. He is not happy. They’ve created a super-predator, trusting a tall and thick fence to keep it confined. Owen lets them know they are idiots. [Spoiler Alert] The monster gets out, and the rest of the film deals with the destructive results.
That fence reminds me of the sins we try to keep as pets; never putting them to death, trusting they will remain small, secret, and under control. Like the scientists, sometimes we are idiots.
If taking notes on sermons is not part of your routine, I hope to convince you to give it a try.
I love the feel and smell and aura of a nice leather journal. They are perfect for capturing personal prayers and reflections. They are also good for taking notes on Sundays. As much as I love the pen and paper experience, in this post I want to recommend that you find a digital method for taking notes. Here are eight reasons why you should head to church this weekend with a fully charged phone, tablet, or laptop.
- It keeps you from distraction. Note-taking locks you in to what is happening as the people of God gather to hear the Word of God. If you are busy taking notes, you are less likely to check social media feeds and less likely to people-watch. It even counteracts the tendency to fall asleep. Your mind will focus and your heart will follow.
Waiting on God is one of the most difficult challenges on a disciple’s journey. If you are currently assigned to this draining task—if you are waiting for God to move or act, I hope this will encourage your soul and buoy your faith. There is a way to honor God as you endure. If you are not in a season where what’s next is still unnamed, I ask that you digest the heart of this post and bookmark this link…for your turn to wait will eventually come.
Beach-goers of all ages love to stand in the ocean surf, bobbing between the waves. Normally, mild waves lift the swimmer gently up and down again. At other times, large breakers crash as violent tests of strength and courage. Victory is measured by taking the hit and somehow keeping your feet.
Waiting on God is a similar test. There are good days when you barely notice the paused plans. But there are other days when waiting assaults the heart and mind like one of those unexpected big waves; swirling, pushing, attempting to pull you from upright to under.
Loneliness is an aching awareness of the absence of people who care about you because they know you. It’s easy to feel lonely standing in a big crowd. It’s easy to feel lonely while others around you laugh and have a good time. Loneliness is an emptiness that others may have no idea you endure.
If you feel lonely right now, I’m very sorry. You deserve someone who gets you, cares about stuff you care about, and listens to you. This is not the way life should work. Loneliness is a consequence of humanity’s fall. Continue reading