“Who Wants To Be A Celebrity…..Me, Me, Pick Me”!

NOT ME, don’t pick me, no way, I’m a true “christian”, a selfless, praise deferring, servant of Christ, deserving of nothing, a sinful, wretched complete failure with out Him.

……..read that sentence again!

…………………..one more time!!

Now tell me, in complete honesty that it makes you wanna stand up and shout aloud,

I SERVE THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE, THE ONE TRUE GOD, THE IMMORTAL, WHO GAVE HIS LIFE FOR ME, WHO GAVE HIS LIFE FOR YOU, WHO ROSE TO LIVE AGAIN AND IS LIVING INSIDE OF ME AND WANTS TO LIVE INSIDE OF YOU………….ETC. ETC. ETC.

Does it?

Truthfully??

NOT ME, nope, it makes me wanna crawl in a hole, cover my head and beg God not to be mad at me, not to see me for my disgusting fleshly desires, not to be disappointed in my feeble attempt at life, not to push me back down any time I look up at Him in an attempt to take joy in who “I could be in Him”.

I’m sitting here (oddly enough as I just stopped for a moment and realized what song was playing – “Sinking Deep” by Hillsong Young & Free) and as I write this I have a ridiculous amount of emotion going on. I’ll admit, a small part could be because at times I do feel like that wretched sinful failure, and I fight daily to overcome my daily habits and shortcomings, but more so because as I scan through social media platforms, listen to conversation, read blogs, articles, opinions, news reports, blah blah blah, and all I see is a society of us who though we claim to be selfless, only talk about ourselves, our horrible day, our problems, our issues and so on. And when we do talk about others, we “talk about others”, we find the ones we disagree with and highlight them, we find our adversaries and point ’em out as if we were building our own little armies and we were recruiting as many as we could. We stand on mountain tops claiming the “truth” which if we just took a moment to really think through it all might find that “our” “truth” might not come from the Source but might actually come from our own selfish, praise absorbing, desire to be validated and accepted among our peers or those we aim to please.

Or maybe that was just my way of letting off steam, maybe the strongest emotion inside right now is the one that asks, “is that the God that I serve”? Is he this giant tyrant in the sky that has His thumb on the back of my head making sure I don’t take more than I deserve, because He wants to constantly remind me that I’m just a tiny little worthless creation of His and the ONLY reason I get to live is because He sent His Son to die for me, and that was all because He is gracious and merciful…..and kind…..and loving…..

Wow……..does any of this make any sense to you??

Ya me neither…..

Wait I wasn’t talking about the writing above 🙂 I was talking about the culture we’ve created.

Whether it be our attack on the world and it’s sinful ways (which is definitely the best way to win them to Christ and show that He truly does represent love and mercy and grace….I’ll stop there)

Or our attack on other denominations, ideology, theology etc (oh sorry I mean our defending the truth with a Christlike “I flipped tables over” type of anger, and comments that surely would have come from His mouth if He were here today)

Or just our attack on the next door neighbor who should never have been given children (might wanna take that up with the real Pro Creator, or think the many mistakes we’ve made that just happened to luckily not have a consequence)

Or the coworker who is a loser

The family member who’s an idiot

The politician who should be just like me, cause I’d surely make ALL the right decisions

The Celebrity who should as well…….

Is there a solution to all this? Surely! Are there any fine lines within any of this context? Absolutely!

Well, what are they??

Well as far as the fine lines, you’ll have to interpret on your own and see where there was some sarcasm, and maybe some unnecessary editorial commenting and determine your own approach.

But a solution?

Love God. Love People.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres”. 1 Corinthains 13:4-7

Loving God, takes really knowing Him, finding who He truly is, trying a perspective that is not our own that would lead us to a place of understanding what’s behind the words He’s given us. AND, how He really feels about us.

Loving people, is a bit different, but, we can start by just doing our best to follow the scriptures interpretation…..that’d be something new.

Whether we are that Christian who is in the very first sentence on this page, a seeker of the knowledge of Christ and His Word and just desires the truth, or one of the “inbetweeners” who struggles with identity and surety like many of us, in the end, when all is said and done, we will all be judged the same, by the same judge, in the same way!

How bout instead of fighting a fight that has already been won, and defending the very One that needs no defender, why don’t we just represent the One who loves us more than our imagination, who desires to spend time with us, who actually “celebrates” us.

ce·leb·ri·ty

noun \sə-ˈle-brə-tē\

:  the state of being “celebrated”

Bb

“I Love The Osteens”!

VICTORIA OSTEEN AND FAMILY

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart……….AND love your neighbor as yourself”! – Luke 10:27

For sake of time, and too be honest, more so just trusting that we all know what the context of “neighbor” was, we’ll just assume that we all agree in fact that loving the Osteens as well as any one else we agree or disagree with is within our own interpretation of who God said to love, whether they be a brother or sister or, a “Samaritan”!

So, “loving” should push us towards patience, kindness and long-suffering, and, push us away from dishonoring others or keeping a record of “wrongs”, and, it might just hope and maybe, protect………just maybe!

UNLESS we believe our job to warn, reveal and point out is FAR greater than one of the TWO things that Jesus left us with……and left with the idea that ALL other things were subject to these two things. OR maybe we believe we don’t have enough people attacking christianity today???

Delete the 1st four paragraphs and just think on this:

What if by chance “the ones” we think are “diluting” the gospel are just doing what God has called THEM to do?

Not possible??

Maybe it is…..

Maybe it’s not…..

Maybe it’s what they’re saying…..

Maybe it’s what they’re not saying…..

Maybe it’s not what they’re saying but rather what they’re not saying…..

Maybe it doesn’t matter and they’re wrong, they’ve always been wrong and they’re still wrong…..

Maybe…..

However, if they’re NOT, that possible chance that they’re NOT wrong, just imagine standing before God and Him saying something like this:

“You attacked the ones who I told to go in MY name, you spoke against the works of MY hands, you called them cultic, you said that it was in NO WAY of Me or MY spirit and that it was the words of a fool”!!!!!

“Well done my good and faithful servant”!

Hmm…..

I may or may not agree with some of the things that have been said, but, I will not be that guy!!

I got enough in me to worry about…..

Bb

What do you value MORE than God?

This post is just a teaser of more to come……

(even though that sounded ridiculous, it’s true…..ridiculously true)

BUT, here are a few questions to ask ourselves in preparation…..

(if you trust that maybe something IS to come)

Do we have things in life that we value more than God?

Do we actually have to ask ourselves that question?

Do we spend our time on anything, ANYTHING, more than we spend it on God?

Do we spend our $$$$$ on anything, ANYTHING, more than we spend it on God?

Is there anything in our lives that are worth more to us than God?

Is there a way we can prove that there isn’t?

Is our everyday life filled with many more things than God?

Is our everyday life filled with any ONE thing more than God?

Might it be possible that those things, that thing, is what makes us who we are?

Might it be possible that, that very thing, those very things are the very reason God made us who we are?

Might it be possible that the things we value so much are the very reason we should value HIM?

Might it be possible that the time, $$$$$, efforts, etc. we spend on the many things (or one thing) other than God isn’t a bad thing but actually the bad thing is that we do it with out the realization that HE is why they even exist, making it the very reason we should value HIM in them, not necessarily extract them from our lives?????

Confused? Nah, just think on ’em for a bit if you would…..

This Generation is in need of something that changes their idea of what is and isn’t valuable, why the value exists, and how valuable that truth really is behind just that…..

Stay tuned…..

To Be Continued…..

Bb

Appreciating ALL different types of talent in less than 6 minutes

Gotye made this compilation video of fans doing his own song and it’s genius…….why I haven’t seen it till now, who cares, if you haven’t now’s your chance, the best thing about it is how it brings an appreciation to such wide variety!!

Enjoy

Bb

How to get the MOST out of your team!

If you read this title the way a majority would, you would see a side of those words that was never meant to be so…..

You probably read “How to use your team to it’s fullest”!

Which doesn’t SOUND all that bad but in our minds, the definition, would mean……”drain your team of all they have, that’s what they’re there for”!

I may be wrong, God knows I’m definitely wrong about you, cause you would never do that, I would never do that right???

No, we wouldn’t, or at least, we would never mean to…..

And the truth is, when we get a glimpse of our own actions going in that direction, we pray for an intervention, “God help me change this”!!!

The bigger truth is that, our culture seems to have built a system that uses people for everything they got, till they ain’t got no more…..

And if you look at it from a fulfillment point of view, most of us, WANT to use everything we have and go to the grave with nothing left to give right???

Absolutely, how many books, quote’s, messages, challenges have you heard lately that say just that…..

However, and a HUGE however, is, “is it our job as leaders, managers, directors, etc. etc. to make sure someone else does that”, OR is it our job to make sure we, ourselves, me, you, I the ONE and only someone that we are completely responsible for does?

See, because of what we’ve been trained to do and learn-ed to do, we expect the same from those around us, especially when we have an authority over them (how easy is that) EVEN in good intent, for their own good, we push and drive, and “encourage” to give 1000%, to go till you can’t go no more…..

All most ALL the time, with good intent…..

Well, 

To put into words and simply come up with a solution for this is not easy, I DON’T HAVE all the words or the solution at hand, BUT, I do know that I’ve been on both sides of this coin, and I HAVE failed in both cases, and I will say, I do my best to make it not so NOW, no matter what the climate or DNA of the organization that God has allowed me to be a part of, effective leadership comes from effective influence, and effective influence comes with a heart of pure intent, one that seeks God’s heart for all that’s intended…..

“How to get the most out of your team”?? You decide, make your choice on how to lead, shepherd, direct, encourage, but make sure to do it with an intent to “love on” and care for as a true shepherd needs to, and know, always know, that those that are appreciated, truly appreciated, will love to do what they do, for the one they report to, and will have a true understanding of the One we all “report to”!!

Bb

The world needs “The Image of The Creator”, the world needs YOU!!

The reason why we haven’t fixed many of the problems in our world is ’cause…..

We ignore them…..

OR, we talk about them…..

And talk about them….

AND, then talk about them some more…..

We throw ideas on the table…..

And, leave them there with our comment cards, and complaints…..

And, pointed fingers…..

And, our “I woulds” and “I wouldn’ts”…..

But, nothing changes…..

Nothing changes because change requires a commitment to act…..

Not just a commitment to talk…..

And…..

A commitment to act requires work to be done…..

Work that requires many minds, many hands, more ideas and more help…..

Many minds, hands, ideas and help that start with ONE thing…..

You. Me. Us.

And “The Image of The Creator” within us…..

The”Creator” who created ALL things, who is in YOU…..

And gave you the ability to create…..

To create change…..

Let’s get started…..

Bb

 

 

“Why don’t they sing with me”?

For the worship leader with a heart to see others engage, the most disheartening thing is when it seems you can’t get through!

There are far too many elements that factor into this “merry go round” of a subject but lets just look at one…..

YOU!

ok two…..

ME!

alright three…..

US!

and “our” ability to connect!

To connect with the congregation, the team, and most of all, GOD!!!

 

Here are my quick three:

 

1. Smile

– Not just because it looks good but because we truly enjoy when God is worshipped

– Not just when we feel like it but especially when we don’t feel like it

– Even when it doesn’t look cool

– Especially when it doesn’t look cool

– Because we love to do what we do, and it truly should show

 

2. Worship

– Not just because it’s a given, (because it does take work at times), either way, let’s let “OUR” worship be the gauge

– Even when it “seems” that no one else is

– Especially when it “seems” that no one else is

– Because our first calling is to Him, and it surely should show

– Because when someone is “just watching”, they ARE watching, watching to see if it’s real to US

 

3. Connect

– Look at someone in the eye, look at another in the eye, who knows, the spirit that is guiding might just show something behind the eye

– Know that whatever we went through this week, “they” are going through too, maybe not the same, or, maybe just the same

– Not just with the congregation but with the team standing beside you, if they follow, chances are, others will too

– Not just by telling a story, or maybe by telling a story, with out words…..there’s such thing as countenance

– Speaking of countenance, they might just be following, use discernment to see if “their” countenance shows

 

If you’re having a hard time “getting through or getting others to follow, these three things have helped me, hopefully they can help “us”!

 

Bb

“God can use Miley too”!

Genesis 50:20

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

While it may be true, many young people are seeing what our media is promoting and following in the foot steps of our pop culture examples, it is also true that through some of these situations (like the one we saw this past weekend and continue to see through many media sources) are being turned through other media sources (blogs, posts, comments, interviews, etc.) for mercy and a true heart of what it is to be a christian.

Are we saying that God intended this?

Maybe, maybe not, that’s a whole other discussion on pre-determination that we don’t need to get into here and now…..

But the fact that He knows what will and won’t happen and can and will use it for His glory is absolutely a sure thing!

Though the enemy is at work and doing his best to lie, kill and destroy, we serve the one who already holds the victory…..

Is God using Miley for His good…..you tell me?

Has there been an influx of media from christians that at first thought, disgusted and outraged, attacked, judged and voiced there opinion?

Yes!!!

Has there been a follow up of media from christians that have mercifully promoted prayer and a heart for not only her but the rest of our young people that are “acting out” from whatever the case may be and giving them the grace and mercy they should receive?

Yes!!! Yes!!! Yes!!!

Some of “us” who felt the former have found our hearts to join the latter…..

Is Miley and many others still affecting many in a negative way?

Yes!!!

Is our response as christians affecting many in a way that could shape how our generation is viewed to the world?

Yes!!! Yes!!! Yes!!!

Is God possibly using this, Miley, and more to rise up a culture that reflects Jesus and how he would respond?

I believe so…..

How bout you, what do you believe???

Bb

Here’s a friend of mines response that has caught the hearts of many:

http://jarridwilson.com/an-open-letter-to-miley-cyrus/

“Don’t be a fool just to be original”!

I am a one-hundred-and-fifty percent supporter of originality (even though it’s not possible to give more than 100%).

I will always try to create instead of imitate.

I thrive in an innovative environment.

I, I, I, am much better with a team (we will stop using the word “I” now since “I” am not a fan of it, unless in the right *context).

A team that sees the other sides of the object in the middle of the table (throw something between you and another person, ask em what it looks like from their view and you’ll see what that means).

A team that digs deep into themselves for creativity.

A team that knows that the Creator of the universe created each and every one of us in His image and likeness, and at one point said “the things I have done you shall do greater”.

BUT, lets not get ahead of ourselves, we are not gonna create the heavens and the earth, nor are we gonna RE-CREATE them (*context is very important).

*Context in every situation is vital…..

Sometimes the *context is knowing that what has been done before might be the best way to do it, making way for others, like us, to either continue to carry that torch or “let it be done already”!

If something is great, don’t be afraid to imitate, don’t be a fool just to be original…..BUT, make sure the *context is right!!!

 

*Context – the circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea, and in terms of which it can be fully understood and assessed.

 

Bb