Busy?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on October 6, 2008 by Resonate Church

The weather is changing. It’s gotten a little dimmer and a little cooler. It’s not the kind of weather that forces you in doors because it’s miserable outside but it’s just perfect. We are deep into fall, the leaves are changing their colors and ending up on the sidewalks, the cool breeze pushes you into a light jacket but there is still so much comfort in it all. It makes it easier to slow down, grab coffee and enjoy relationships. This week I’ve been wrestling with my schedule and how it relates to my heart…
Recently, I’ve noticed how many times I’ve been asked the simple and sometimes sincere question of “How are you?” My response has been predictable and rarely past the surface. I love the question “How are you?” but I feel as though most times it isn’t honest, “you don’t really want to know how I am or at least the depth of how I am doing” it’s just the socially acceptable american greeting where an honest response is not expected or even really welcomed. At least in my negativity that is how I feel. So I offer up a quick answer hoping that I will appease the question asker with out loosing integrity in my response. So I typically say, “busy”. This is very true. You can look at my weekly schedule and realize there is a lot on my plate. I’m running a full-time ministry that requires me to travel all over the country and then the other half of my life is being on staff at a church in Washington State where I on average push out about 50 hours of work a week.
“Busy” is appropriate and “busy” is accurate, I believe.
So here is what I’m learning, no matter where we find ourselves in our journey, it seems that life is always busy. I am typically surrounded by college students, if you ask them how they are doing, 9 times out of 10 you will hear the word busy. Looking back at my college career, I remember that same feeling of busyness. There seems as though there is so much to do. I had class to do, ESPN to watch, sometime in the afternoon I HAD to take a nap and then I would finish up the evening with hanging out with friends over coffee or a board game and then maybe squeeze in a few moments of homework before crashing and then starting that same schedule over tomorrow. Busy? In those moments, I was. Looking back, I’m not so sure.
Fast forward four years, and here I am using the same adjective to describe my schedule. I’m at that point in life where most of my friends have found themselves doing the marriage thing. They all give me the same warning of once you get married, your time is no longer your own. Your schedule is now shared with another person. They all look back to the time when they were single and talk about how much free time they had and how relaxed life was before they said “I do”. Then I have a few friends that have kids and WOW, they say that it is a totally different story once little ones enter the scene. Now what little breath that you have left is poured into your children and the balance of your marriage and the word they use to describe it all is “busy”. They look back and say, “I remember when…”
Maybe busyness has very little to do with our schedule, I mean we all have seasons of hectic and craziness, but I think that busyness has way more to do with the condition of our heart then it does with time management principles.
We wear busyness like a badge of honor, as if when people ask us how we are, by saying busy we elevate ourselves to a status of importance. “Busy” means that a lot of people need me, I’ve got a lot things that hinge on my importance and I’m in high demand. RIght?
If we aren’t busy we feel lazy or unsuccessful. For our grandparents, busyness was more of a curse then a sign of valor. I return to the popular saying “Jesus is coming, look busy” God doesn’t need any more busy people trying to look important and worthy in His eyes, He desires people to be passionate about His name and glory and for us to pursue Him whole heartily. I think busy is the branch produced by the roots of pride and neglects grace and the fact that it has all been taken care of and that our identity is found in Christ and not all that we cram into our schedules. May this find you in a moment of rest and may your heart not be busy but rather still and knowing that He is God. Go outside and enjoy today!

Choosing to Love

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on October 1, 2008 by Resonate Church

Another Airplane, what else is new? I’m finally headed home after 3 months of life on the road. I haven’t slept in my own bed since May 18th and tonight that all changes. This week I was approached by a new friend and brother in Christ who extended an invitation to go to Africa with a group of people for 10 days, not even 5 days after my return from a 10 day trip to Tokyo, Japan. The sense of adventure is definitely there but is the calling. The target is southern Africa in an area that has the highest concentration of HIV victims in the world. Am I called to this? I open up the scriptures today and read of Jesus’ compassion toward those in need and in pain and even more specifically the lepers. Three out of the Four Gospels (Matt 8, Mark 1, Luke 5) tell the story of a leper, a man considered unclean and untouchable, Luke even says a man FULL of leprosy,  that took a bold chance by running up to Jesus and throwing himself at His feet saying, “Lord, If you are willing, you can make me clean.” He doesn’t ask or request just acknowledges that in this person named Jesus there is both healing and compassion. How does Jesus respond? With just that, compassion! Jesus does one of the most profound and interesting things, He touches the man. TOUCHES him! This man has not been touched by friends, family, loved ones for years because of the contagiousness of this disease and Jesus reaches toward him and touches him. What grace and compassion and love our Lord has for a man that has seen very little of either of these. Leprosy is not a relevant issue in our world today but I believe that it has been replaced by the aids virus, what else in our world today would deem someone so unloveable, untouchable and beyond grace like that of the biblical disease of leprosy. It rips apart families, destroys lives and is the leading cause of children being orphaned. Am I called to this? This summer I spent a week at a camp with a friend and talented worship leader, Justin Cofield. We spent the afternoons running and one day while on a jog Justin shared with me his and his wife’s passion to adopt a young child from overseas. He said, “You know Drew, no matter what the situation, it’s never wrong to choose to love someone.” Am I called to this, I don’t think so, I believe that this is a spiritual mandate and this is what I was redeemed and created for, to extend love to those the world may call unloveable. Where ever you find yourself today, remember, “It’s never wrong to choose to love someone”

philippians 2

Posted in Uncategorized on July 9, 2008 by Resonate Church

 1-4If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.

 

 5-8Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.

 

 9-11Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond anyone or anything, ever, so that all created beings in heaven and on earth—even those long ago dead and buried—will bow in worship before this Jesus Christ, and call out in praise that he is the Master of all, to the glorious honor of God the Father.