Again, this post is simply some honest thoughts about church planting, Detroit life, urban missions, leadership, family, etc … mostly what’s written is raw & unrehearsed. Not meant to anger or confuse. Just being vulnerable.
1] Sometimes I get harassed because I talk about coffee so much. No, I’m not an addict. Seriously, I drink about 1-2 cups ALL day. However, I manage Courage Coffee — it’s a way that we serve our community on a daily basis and raise money to support our outreach. So, I use some of my social media outlets to promote our products — which, in my opinion, are the BEST in Detroit!
2] Excellence honors God and reflects His purpose.
3] Ok, I get it… you’re glad NOT to be in our church or on my team any more. Why go to such extremes to tweet, instagram or facebook your FREEDOM? What are you trying to prove and who are you trying to prove it to? Seriously. IF you’re SO alive and happy, GOOD! Stop trying to make a point and BE a disciple of Christ! By the way, when a child throws a fit and finally gets it’s way, everyone (including the child) ultimately suffers… just saying. Do more, BE MORE or be quiet.
4] Are we like the ‘Citizens of Nazareth’ (from my journal today): “And because of their unbelief, he couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them. And he was amazed at their unbelief. Then Jesus went from village to village, teaching the people.” (Mark 6:5, 6 NLT) — did you catch that? Jesus was “amazed at their unbelief!” Is this what amazes Jesus with our culture? Is this what amazes Him about YOU?
5] Hockey is BACK! Yes, it’s a shortened season. Millionaire players & Billonaire owners are done fighting about how rich they get off us fans! I know, I know, I should be jaded! But, I love the Redwings! I love living in “Hockeytown, USA”! And, it’s always so exciting in the city during the playoffs (which we have made for 21 straight years)! I probably won’t make a game LIVE but I’m still glad to see Zetterberg, Datysuk, Kronwall, Helm & Howard back on the ice!
6] Momentum is a funny thing. Right when you sense it, you begin to wonder where it went. It’s hard to find the BIG WAVE or ride the little ones! I really feel like we’re in a good place and things are really good. Yet, I haven’t found that rush that says THIS IS IT! So, I keep paddling, riding whatever little wave I feel and waiting for the lift of God’s tsunami! (Sorry for the surfter analogy – hopefully it makes sense?)
7] I was reading C.S. Lewis today and was profoundly challenged by this thought… “The smallest good act today is the capture of a strategic point from which, a few months later, you may be able to go on to victories you never dreamed of.” Stay alert, my friends, God is working NOW in order to blow your mind LATER … so, wherever you are – BE ALL THERE! Serve, love, sacrifice, obey, pray, listen, give and die to self… a life-altering miracle has already begun – be sure you’re ready & courageous when it is ready to shout!
IF you want to comment about any of the points, please reference the number(s) in front of the point, so that we know what you’re referring to. Stay tuned for “Confessions of an Urban Missionary – 3″ next week.