Chapter #4, Influence: Breathe In, Breathe Out

19 07 2007

chasing daylight

“This is the essence of influence, to win the heart and soul of another person through the strength of your own character and personhood. This is why influence is always more powerful than authority. Authority can shape what a person does, but influence shapes who a person is.” p. 109

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Greatest Band Ever?

18 07 2007

Last night Kathy and I enjoyed a great evening out with our neighbors at The Police concert. It took me back to being in middle school (tinted glasses, long hair, and not a clue what I was doing) hanging out in the basement singing “Message in the Bottle.”

I know this is dating me, but I had no idea how I remembered all the lyrics to “Wrapped Around Your Finger.” I haven’t heard that song in at least 10 years. I always wondered who Mephistopheles was, but thanks to Sting I knew how to pronounce his name. So who would rank on the top of your list as greatest band ever?





Chapter #3 Uncertainty: Know You Don’t Know

13 07 2007

chasing daylight

Jonathan was certain about somethings, and at the same time he was able and willing to operate in the realm of uncertainty. He called out to his armor-bearer and said “Come, let’s go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised fellows. Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf.” (1 Samuel 14:6) You gotta love that. This is what he was saying in plain English, “Let’s go and pick a fight. Maybe God will help.” p. 68

Often when God calls me on a journey, I find myself wanting…

  • certainty instead of risk
  • knowledge of all the details
  • guarantees of the outcome
  • personal success
  • an easy road

Jonathan gave not just his life to God, but he gave God the moment right in front of him. In the middle of uncertainty, he trusted the only One who is certain. It was two against thousands. Even if the outcome didn’t work in his favor, He was going to put his confidence in God. Live or die, Jonathan was going to give this moment for God’s purposes. If this was to be his last moment, it would be his greatest moment. We often want God to do the miraculous in our life, but we are unwilling to move into situations and moments where we have to put our complete trust and confidence in Him.

Following Christ means following Him into uncertainty. May we live with a “perhaps the Lord will act” faith. In reality, is there any other kind of faith?





New Series @ Epic: MIRACLES

13 07 2007

Miracles

He turned water to wine, calmed a storm, made a blind man see, a crippled man walk again. So why do we sometimes lack the faith to believe that God can calm the storms in our own lives? What would it take for you to believe that the impossible is possible? A miracle? Join us as we learn about five different ones and what they mean to us today.

July 15 Calming the Storm
July 22 Poolside Miracle
July 29 Raising a Dead Man
Aug. 5 Water into Wine
Aug. 12 Opening Blind Eyes





Chapter #2: Initiative, Just Do Something

5 07 2007

“We have put so much emphasis on avoiding evil that we have become virtually blind to the endless opportunities for doing good. We have defined holiness through what we separate ourselves from rather than what we give ourselves to. I am convinced the great tragedy is not the sins that we commit, but the life we fail to live.” p. 34, Chasing Daylight

chasing daylight

Christianity so often gets the message of Jesus all messed up. Growing up in the church, it was all about “right and wrong,” “knowing God” and “living a holy life.” For me, it was about rules, instead of relationship. It was all about intellectual knowledge of God, instead of action. The goal was to stop doing sinful things and start doing holy things like reading your bible and going to church a lot. The holy life was defined by an unspoken list of petty things to believe and do. As long as you did those things right, you could stay in “the club.” Maybe that’s a little oversimplified, but that’s they way it was.

One year all that changed for me. Enter Critical Event #4: Tim Meets a Girl.

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4th of July Ducks

3 07 2007

The 4th of July always brings up great memories for me. I grew up in the small town of Clawson which always threw a great party on the 4th…a small town parade, festival food (who doesn’t love an elephant ear?), a community fair with rides and games, a Fireman Dept. water battle (you always got wet) and best of all fireworks at night. As kids, we would hang out at the park all day, or at least until our money ran out.

ducks

One of the best memories was when my Aunt wanted to win my brother a prize, but she kept losing at every carnival game. When she arrived at the Ducky Game, she knew this was her moment to finally win the long awaited prize. So when the carny called off the winning number and his back turned to us, she lifted up all the ducks in front of her until she found the winning number. With sweet revenge to all the games where she lost money, she exclaimed “I’m a Winner.”

It guess it wasn’t right, but my brother went home that day with a great stuffed animal and we when home with a moment that would live on as legendary. On every July 4th, we would recall with a smile, “Remember the time when Aunt Janet…” Now that’s the stuff of childhood.

Whatever you’re doing this 4th with your family or friends, make a memory. Take a chance. Do something different. Really live. And may the legendary memory you make, be one that you will recall with fondness for years to come.