Hey Ya’ll –

Well it’s finally FRIDAY. I took my time getting ready this morning, and since I’d slept in a bit, I had my “quiet time” in one of my favorite places – our big ole’ tub!

I have been looking forward to a “let’s get some things wrapped up today prior to the holiday week” kind of day, and I hope it will still be like that.

Got up to the studio and there’s this message flashing … some person I’ve never heard of calling about some internet issues. It seems that this person is getting flooded with virus-infected spam from one of the many users of our hosting company. The caller goes on to say “it looks like somebody is using your server to send spam and viruses.

Haven’t even made my coffee yet, so needless to say – I let out a big, deep sigh and shake my head.

Then I say, out loud – “God, it seems every new day starts with some new challenge” .. and no sooner than I say that, I hear in my spirit (and say back) …. “and that’s why every new day must start with You”.

Simple, but true – as we used to say in the mid 80’s … “Hello!”

For the Kingdom,

My Dilemma

Hey Ya’ll –

So Joy and I were talking last night … we were sharing about the things God is speaking to us and areas of our lives he wants to make better. I began to dialog about some issues that I’ve been seeing in my own life and as I did, I realized something … I HAVE A DILEMMA!

Seriously, I do – but then again, I suppose we all have it. Now is the time to just “go deeper” with God and be more like Him. The dilemma is something like this:

How do I break free from “RELIGION” but remain “HOLY”?
How do I live as a “PECULIAR PEOPLE/PERSON” yet remain RELEVANT and approachable in my CULTURE?

You see, I’ve been enjoying a remarkable departure from some die-hard “religious” mindsets and actions. As a result, I’ve found so much freedom and my relationship with Christ as been more authentic. At the same time, I’ve found it to be very easy to go too far the other direction …

Example (hypothetical) – “self-imposed religion” may say “it’s a sin to go to a movie” … I get freedom from that, and know that I can enjoy a movie and be entertained w/o it being sinful … the dilemma – I begin to allow myself to go to movies that ARE SINFUL for me to watch, etc. It is not holy.

Holiness – there is the second dilemma. How can I be “holy” …. a “peculiar person” … a “chosen one” … but still be relevant in my culture and society. Still be “approachable”.

I’m sure we can seem “peculiar” easily – especially when we put on our religious garb and begin acting as if we are “set apart” from others and we shut them out. But that’s not relevant. If I am with a bunch of college buddies at a reunion who aren’t “born-again” … and they are all drinking and getting drunk … and listening to the most recent “cool band” (oh no – and maybe it’s not a “Passion CD”, HA!) … am I being “peculiar” by saying I have to leave … or would my peculiarity (is that a word?) be better in remaining there, relating to them, yet abstaining from doing anything that is sinful.

Oh well – I can tell by typing this that it ain’t hitting the mark – I’m not clearly saying what I want to say. It made so much more sense last night. All I know is this … I want to be holy. But I don’t want to be “religious”. I want to be peculiar and set apart – sanctified for God .. but I also want to be relevant.

Am I asking too much? I don’t think so …. I think Jesus is the model. Help me, Lord – become more like You.

What do you think? Look forward to your comments.

For the Kingdom,