25
Aug
2014
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Starbucks Interrupted

As we were standing there in line all I could think about was how tired I felt.

I was physically drained, and honestly even more mentally drained. The weariness was pushing all the way up to my eyeballs and causing me to almost shut them while still standing there. I cannot remember a time recently where I have felt as tired as this morning. There is no real rhyme or reason to it, I was just tired.

It was one of those rare moments where I am ok with not talking with people. You know those times…the ones where you almost live in a bubble of blur as people move around you at a faster pace than your immediate space. It’s as if you see them all moving, but you are content with staying in your space. At just that moment, when I thought I could take a stand up nap, Jake interrupted the silence and says, “Hey…I think I know that guy.” Before I could ask what he was talking about he was already tapping the tall Heath Ledger, Jason Bourne looking dude in front of us on the shoulder.

As the man turned around, Jake was already recalling for him where they knew each other from. Earlier this year Jake had met the strapping young man at two of Ravi Zacharis’ speaking engagements. As soon as this man…whose name is Matt…jogged through his mental rolodex, he began to converse with Jake. They began talking about all sorts of things. Honestly my thought was this, “Sure is nice that Jake ran into a guy he knows. Maybe they will be done talking by the time we get our coffee and we can get moving.”

A few moments later we were invited to sit down at the table with our new old friend. As the liquid caffein spilled into my soul, I began to engage more. Matt began to ask some questions and started entering our stories. He did not name drop his famous theologian friend Ravi. He actually spoke more of him as a friend and confidant. In fact he was quite guarded in the best sense. Not to hide something about his friend, but to protect the sacred space that was their special relationship.

Once I began to come out of my slow motion fog, I was intrigued. He has spent time in an orphanage in Africa, a burn victim village in India, and has helped rescue girls from sex trade in various areas of the world. He is now on a new assignment that will take him to some of the toughest regions of the globe and was asking that we simply pray. I asked more about his story and he obliged to tell me.

It is amazing to me how much people will share about themselves if you simply offer them your ear and a genuine desire to know about them.

“People are willing to share their stories if we will simply offer them an ear and genuine desire to know about them.”

For the next half an hour we simply sat, enjoyed our caffeinated drugs of choice, shared our stories, exchanged emails and pleasantries, and then shook hands and went our separate ways. My last thought as I was walking out the door was, “I could have totally just missed that moment.” I was so consumed by not wanting to interact with anyone, that I could have missed one of the greatest stories I have heard in a while. I was honestly happy that I had been “Starbucks Interrupted.”

My reminder today is that there is a story behind every person that we see and have the opportunity to meet. Someone on twitter mentioned today that people are like icebergs…you only see a little above the surface, but there is a lot of depth beneath. May we not get so focused on ourselves that we miss the depth of the icebergs right in front of us.

How about you? What interruptions have you had in your world lately that you almost missed, but are glad you had? Leave your stories in the comment section and enter the story with us.

24
Aug
2014
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Sunday Morning Thoughts

“It’s not enough to attend church and pray every Sunday; you have to act.”

-Abbe Pierre-

 

“I hate how hard spiritual transformation is and how long it takes. I hate thinking about how many people have gone to church for decades and remain joyless or judgmental or bitter or superior.”

-John Ortberg-

 

“For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel.”

-Martin Luther-

 

22
Aug
2014
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Freeze-Frame Fridays

Todays installment of FFF comes to you by way of the great state of Texas. Many of you know Drew Sherman. He is the lead pastor of an incredible church in the DFW area called Compass Christian Church. I have a deep love for Drew, his staff, and this church. Partly because I served the better part of 10 years there, and two, because Drew is one of my best friends on the planet.

Not only is Drew a great friend, but he brings some of the greatest freeze frames to me each week as I watch him preach. I hope you enjoy. If you are wondering what this Friday fun is all about check out THIS POST. Have a great start to your weekend with this FFF!!!

 

 

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20
Aug
2014
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Barracks vs. Battle

For the past few weeks we have been feverishly doing research and writing messages for our upcoming series called, “I Am A Church Member.” It is a series that was spurred out of a book we read as a leadership team last year by the same title. As we have started working on week two of the series that talks about unity, I cannot help but think about what it looks like to be in battle with one another. Notice I said with and not against one another.

Really, the first thing that we have to understand is that we are in a daily battle. There is an enemy that is prowling around waiting to devour you and me. If you are wondering who that enemy is, it is Satan. He is looking for any way to destroy the hope of humanity. He is looking to seek, kill, and decimate your world. Honestly he very rarely will attack the fringes of your life—he comes right for the heart. Read More

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