stuff i’m learning

On June 1, I started my E90 project to read through the Bible this Summer. One thing I did not not like about this is the fact that I had to put on hold my Bible reading plan that started back in January. Once E90 is finished, I will pick it back up, however.

Only six days in and and I am reading things that I do not remember reading before. I have read through the Bible several times in my life. I have heard it preached and taught my entire life. Today, two things jumped out at me as being fresh. I love when that happens. I would never presume to know nearly everything in the Bible but it is humbling and exciting to feel like you’re grasping a new concept in a new way.

One of the things I hadn’t seen before is that Moses sent his wife and children away for a while to spend time with her parents. This happened while Moses was leading the Israelites through the dessert. I didn’t remember that detail. The idea spoke to me about protecting and preserving our families from certain difficult ministry situations.

The other thing that was fresh to me was the following verses:
Exodus 24:9 Then Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel climbed up the mountain. 10 There they saw the God of Israel. Under his feet there seemed to be a surface of brilliant blue lapis lazuli, as clear as the sky itself. 11 And though these nobles of Israel gazed upon God, he did not destroy them. In fact, they ate a covenant meal, eating and drinking in his presence!

Pretty cool, huh?

The more I read, the more I want to read. told me today that I am about 5.7% complete with my project. That’s fine by me – I am in no rush.

I hope you’re joining in the E90 process.

things that scare me, things that don’t

I am afraid of getting on the roof, but not of flying.
I have stage fright but I preach 12 times a month on average.
I despise horror movies but I am planning an alligator hunt later this summer.
Doesn’t make a lot o
f sense does it?

Fear is a strange thing. it can be a huge motivator or it can paralyze you.

If we are afraid enough of failure, we will be motivated to work very hard. If we afraid of being unloved, we will respond with investments of ourselves in the lives of the people who will love us. Fear of eternity without God inspires us to a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Don’t allow your fears to control you but definitely let them push you into action. Take what nags you and utilize it for your good and the good of others.

Honestly, one of my greatest fears is of not taking enough risks. I’m afraid of playing it too safe, afraid of missing the adventure. Afraid of getting to the end of my life and having regrets that I blew my chance to do something significant. I am using this fear as a catapult. Hopefully it will propel me into a vision-filled, productive and eternally significant life.

What scares the heck out of you?
Deal with it, conquer it, use it to make the world a better place in which to live.

one word

Recently, I put out a simple request to facebook and Twitter friends, asking them to describe themselves in one word.

I got some great answers:

Caryn said “awed”
Lorie said “animated”
Jeff said “torn”
Jose said “hopeful”
Kathy said “prodigious”
Valerie said “smily”
Eddie said “meticulous”
and Rebecca said “pensive”.

I find these descriptions to be thought provoking and insightful. Knowing what a few of my friends are going through makes my understanding of their word make sense. Not knowing the backstory for others makes me curious. But thanks very much to everyone who responded.

One of the things that disturbs me about myself is how often my one word description of myself changes. My one word adjusts, depending on the day, the mood I’m in, how I am being treated and what’s happening in my world.

I would like to be more consistent, steady. In fact there are days that I would use one of those words as my “one word”. But the truth is, some days I am “fluid”. Then there are the “frustrated”, “impatient” and “worried” days. Since I am a pastor, I supposed “prayerful”, “faithful” or some other “ful” spiritual word would be best. Honestly, today, I think my word is “apprehensive”. I’ll have to work on that. Maybe tomorrow I will be “grateful” or “godly” or “righteous”. 🙂

Here’s a good one for us to ponder regarding one-word descriptions:
How about God: what one word best describes Him?
Let’s kick that around…

Because bottom line is, we all have a ton to learn from Him!