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Archive for March, 2012

Driving a Forklift with a Master’s Degree

That’s right. I have a Master’s and I’m driving a forklift. Well at my part-time job that supplements my missions gig. But I absolutely put the suc in success, as Joel put it, at driving a forklift. Can missionaries say suc (suck)? I nearly knocked a whole rack of pallets down today.

I’ve known this for a while, but my job in the warehouse painfully seems to confirm it daily. I am fairly far below average when it comes to mechanical intelligence. I was always picked 1st or second on the playground when my buds from the neighborhood scrounged up a football game. But if we were to have some sort of competition involving driving forklifts or mechanical dealings, I’m sure I would be picked last.

My job has not been great for my personal pride. But the Lord works in mysterious ways. Maybe that’s His plan. Maybe I needed to be knocked down a notch or two. I mean I lead teams of Doctors and professionals to India and oversee church plants and pastors.

Positives: Whatever His plan, He’s provided a good and flexible job for me with decent pay. And I’ve picked up a few things here or there that I wouldn’t have otherwise. I admire the guys’ skills at work. I work with some great guys that aren’t just looking after themselves. I have a great boss in Mark Green and well, I think its good that I’ve been humbled a bit.

The Lord works in mysterious ways.


Seasons and God

Ahhh… Spring has arrived. The dead is gone and a new breath of life has come. Beautiful flowers… The buzzing of bees… The birds instinctually  play the nature dance in the air and light breezes caress your skin with its moderate pleasures. Ahhh… Spring.

Oh and don’t forget the migraines and the dizzying episode of sneezing 52 times in row. The aching sinuses. And the feeling that your whole body is going to explode because of the onslaught of that deadly yellow dust they call pollen. Arrghh… Spring has arrived.

Really its a mixed bag for me. But I actually cherish the beauty that blossoms for two weeks. It trumps my allergies by leaps and bounds. This is going to sound out of place, but it reminds of Autumn. Why? Because I actually suffer no allergic side effects during the Fall. I can enjoy the two week collage of oranges, yellows and reds without consequence .

But I have a question for God. Why only two weeks? These seasonal artistic strokes painted by our Savior and Creator usually only last for two weeks. That’s four weeks out of 52. Then its back to what seems to be a more monotonous tone of same colors… Greens in the Summer and brown and grays in the winter. Yeah, I know there’s beauty to be found even in the hum drum. But give me the bright and the extravagant.

I feel the same way about life. I cringe at the idea of working a clock-in-job at a warehouse (which is where I work at my part time job) or an office cubical (where many of you work 8-5). Give me the adventurous, the exciting and the rare (that’s why my primary job is taking teams to India).

But there’s something to be learned in comparing those inspirational seasons of brilliance to the more frequent and common seasons of  “same-ole-same-ole”. I’m sure we’ve all experienced both. But why does that incredible football game, incredible  opera performance or date with our dreamgirl/dreamguy only last four hours, then we have to drudge through a week of  the mundane?

If you’re thinking “its our perspective that determines how often we observe great things”, then you are indeed correct. We have the divinely given ability to find the good even in the darkest times if we choose to seek it. But I wanted to take it a different route.

Maybe the 4 weeks of the year that visually take our breaths away is something that God is whispering to us. Maybe this is what He’s saying, “Look at extravagance I want to bestow upon my creation! This wondrous Spring is only glimpse of what I have in store for you. But this earth is not your permanent home. It is broken. Your home is ultimately with Me, ‘The Great I AM’ ”

All things New

Read the scripture below…

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband; and I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away.” And he who sat upon the throne said, “Behold I make all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the fountain of the water of life without payment. He who conquers shall have this heritage, and I will be his God and he shall be my son. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the polluted, as for murderers, fornicators, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their lot shall be in the lake that burns with fire and sulphur, which is the second death.”

Revelation 21:1-8

Holy smokes! These are some very serious verses concerning the favor of God and His wrath. You’ve probably heard a couple of pastor’s or very uncouth Christians talking about how folks who don’t have God will fry like a sausage. And for the most part I believe that the church has moved away from the turn or burn mentality. But do these scriptures support such a philosophy.

Or some people take these verses to mean that all folks will be made new (they mean to include Atheists, Buddhists, pagans, etc…) So from their interpretation, taking Christ as their savior is not necessary because God “will make all things new”.

I know what I’ve learned and experienced. But what are your thoughts on this?

Or how about this, what has God made new in your life?

I will type a few of my own thoughts, if I can get some folks to respond.

Oh yeah, I haven’t added to this blog in over a year. I guess that you could say that this is practically a new blog. Or just view it as something that was old, obsolete and non-engaging to something that now breaths life, humor, passion and love again. God makes all things new. Including this blog. Glad to be blogging again. I’m going to try to post a thought or two every day.