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What’s On My Mind These Days

February 24, 2016 1 comment

When certain things show up in your life, you have to take notice, right?

Last week I mentioned that the word clarity is showing up in my life.  It’s everywhere.  It’s in a book I’m reading.  The word is in at least a podcast or two (or more) every week.  With my worldview I would be stupid to not think the Lord is trying to get me to focus on clarity, right?

Another word that keeps showing up is intentionality (is that a word?).  It’s easy to drift through life with no intention and then wake up one day near 50, 60 or even older wondering what happened.  Living an intentional life is necessary for those of us who follow Christ.

Finally, calling has been everywhere for the past few days.  It’s at church.  It’s in podcasts.  It’s in blogposts.  We are called, you and I, before knowing Christ, coming to Christ and all the days of our life.

So, forgive me if I focus on these subjects for a while.  I’m learning about them.  I intend to bring what I learn to you and together we can move along in our journeys.

 

Have You Found Your Calling?

March 17, 2015 2 comments

There’s been a lot of talk on these here Interwebs about finding your calling.  I definitely understand the desire to find out what you are “supposed” to do.  I’ve struggled with this very thing for much of my life.

Before I got married I had decided to split for seminary.  I knew that I was called to ministry.  How did I know this?  Because I was totally unhappy with my life and I was also searching for my relationship with God.  Where better to figure all that stuff out than while training for ministry, right?

Somewhere in there I changed my mind.  I knew that I needed to buckle down and get on with “real life.”  I worked and started a family.  Through it all, I struggled.

The thoughts of seminary kept coming back.  Finally, we moved to Louisville, Kentucky and spent a year in seminary.  It was the hardest year of my life and we returned home after a year.  However, somewhere in there, I realized that a calling doesn’t necessarily mean following what others believe that calling entails.

Since 20o2, I have preached at a campground on Sunday mornings.  I joke that I am not an itinerant preacher.  Instead, I’m a preacher with an itinerant congregation.  I’ve built a lot of great relationships over the years and been able to proclaim Jesus during that time as well.

My friend, Jeff Goins, describes our calling as an ache that only fulfilling that calling will satisfy.  I have to agree.  Jeff wrote his latest book, The Art of Work, to help people find their calling.  I received a digital copy, but I’m not going to read it until I get my actual hard copy.  I’m old school that way and how I roll and whatever other cliché’ you can think of .

Here is what I can tell you.  Get Jeff’s book.  I’ve read everything else that Jeff has written.  I know that this book will be another that I love.

Have you found your calling?  How do you know?

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I Just Don’t Know Anymore

November 14, 2014 12 comments

I just don’t know anymore.

I’ve been in my church for a couple of years now.  I enjoy worshiping the Lord more there than any local church that I’ve ever been part of.  I love being a part of it.

There’s just one problem.

I just don’t know anymore.

I don’t know what my part in the local church is that is.

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Last winter I became our church’s small group leader/pastor.  I got off to a start and slowly began to realize that I had made a mistake.  I found myself having no idea what to do or how to be the small group dude.  I floundered for a bit until I finally waved the white flag and gave it up.

I’ve also been leading our covenant class for the past year or so.  The last three times people have signed up but not shown up to the class.  I’m starting to get a complex and think it’s not them, but me.

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For the last twenty years I’ve been a teacher in church.  There’s nothing I like better than teaching a class.  Nothing like that has made itself available during our two years at the church.

So, I just don’t know anymore.  I don’t know what the Lord wants to do with me.  I don’t know what my role in church is.  I don’t know what I’m called to do.

And here’s the secret as I peel the onion back a little.  I’m scared.  I’m scared that He is done with me.  I’m scared that I won’t ever figure out what I’m supposed to do.  I’m scared that I won’t ever get the opportunity to do anything that please Him and makes me happy.

I just don’t know anymore.

What Is Your Passion?

February 25, 2014 10 comments

I’ve written before about my friend, Roscoe Morgan.  He’s a world-class mandolin player.  He was also my mandolin teacher for a time that I took lessons.

When he was young, Roscoe would play for hours upon hours, neglecting almost everything else.  He would often even forget to eat.

Looking back at my time playing the mandolin, I realize that I didn’t have what Roscoe had when it comes to the mandolin.  I’m not talking about talent, though that is certainly the case.

I didn’t have the same dream when it came to playing.  I didn’t have the same calling.  I didn’t have the passion.

No, I’m not distinguishing between those three.

Jeff Goins wrote about his friend, Shane, in his book, The In-Between.  Shane was a guitar player in the same band as Jeff at one time.  Jeff also played guitar?  What was the difference between them?  Shane practiced constantly, crawling in the back of the van and playing scales while they drove down the road.

What are guys like Shane and Roscoe willing to do to pursue their dream, their call, their passion?

They take so much delight in what they are doing that they are willing to give up other things and limit themselves in pursuit of the dream.

What they’ve realized, even if it’s subconsciously, is that they cannot be a jack of all trades, master of none.  They have decided to forego a lot of things in order to master their passion.

Jeff Goins decided he would be a writer.  He wouldn’t just say that he wrote things.

Rosco Morgan decided he would be a mandolin player.  He wouldn’t just play the mandolin.

Shane decided he would be a guitar player.  He wouldn’t just play the guitar.

These men decided that they would go all in  for what they were called to do.

What’s your dream?  What’s your call?  What’s your passion?

Have you sold out to it?  Are you pursuing it with everything?  Would you give up eating to spend a little extra time doing it?

I believe that we are all called to something that will grab our passion this way.  We may not have discovered it yet.  That doesn’t mean that it isn’t out there waiting for us.

It may take some time.  You may have to throw several things against the wall to see what will stick.  Keep throwing until you determine what it is.

Are you a jack of all trades, master of none?  Or have you figured out what your passion is?

 

What Are You Called To Do?

November 26, 2013 10 comments

I’ve shared a bit about my calling before.  For those you haven’t read it, I’ll bring you up to speed.

I announced a call to ministry in 1999.  I assumed that meant that I would be a pastor of a church.  Through much angst, I decided that my family and I would move to Louisville, KY so that I could attend seminary.  After a few of the hardest, if not the hardest, months of my life, we moved back home.  I thought that my calling to ministry was over.

Little did I know that it was just beginning.

Eleven years later, I’m just beginning to understand this.

My wife’s uncle told me once that my ministry would be unique.  It has simply taken me longer than I ever expected to find this place in my life.

For the first time in over a decade I’m excited to be in my local church.

The Lord has given me opportunities to preach and teach in my new church.

I’ve had a few other opportunities arise as well.

My friend Faye asked me not too long ago a question.  I may get the exact words wrong, but not the message of what she asked me.

“What’s next?”

That’s a loaded question, isn’t it?

So, let me tell you what I want to do.  When I say what I want to do, please don’t misunderstand.  I’ve prayed about it and asked the Lord.  The answer keeps coming back to this.

I want to do exactly what I’m doing.

I want to write.  I want to preach.  I want to teach.

Is that it?

Heavens no.  Those are just the primary ministries that He is calling me to right now.

I want to nourish myself on everything the Lord give me to fuel those things.  His word.  Mission.  Ministry.  Love.

I was in a small group just the other day.  I looked around at people who I am just getting to know.  I love them.  I listen to them, hear their stories and love them more.

What’s next?  I don’t fully know.  I just know that He will lead me day by day and I don’t have to spend too much time letting that question stress me like it once did.

What are you called to do?

Find Your Groovy Spot

November 7, 2013 3 comments

I’m not really sure now where this idea came from.  I may have read it.  Maybe I heard someone mention it.  Perhaps I even dreamed it up all by myself.  Whatever the case, today I want to talk about it.

Finding your groovy spot.

Say what?  What is a groovy spot?

It’s that place where life intersects with what you’re called to do.  With your dream.  With your gifts.

It’s like hitting the sweet spot when you played baseball as a kid.  Remember that feeling?  How you paused for just a split second because it felt so good.  It was rare when you hit the ball that perfect.  You relished that feeling for that moment.

It’s that feeling when your nail a golf ball in the sweet spot with a driver.  You hold your follow through as you watch the ball climb.  You have a feeling pulse through your body.  It takes your mind with it.  Time almost stands still.

You know the feeling if you’re a runner.  You hit a point where it doesn’t hurt.  It feels so good, so much better than it has ever felt before.  Everything is clicking.  Nothing can stop you.  You could run forever.

It happens in the Church with you as well.  It happens when your gifts, your role, your mission, your dream and your call all come together.  You can almost tangibly feel the Spirit in everything you are doing, thinking and saying.  It is almost indescribable.  In fact, many can’t understand it when you try to explain it.

You’ve found your groovy spot and you don’t want to ever let it go.

Have you ever found your groovy spot?