Confessions of an Urban Missionary – 3

Chilly —  January 24, 2013 — 13 Comments

Another segment of me unwrapping some straight-forward, unfiltered thoughts from my head & my heart. I don’t claim to be ‘right’ about everything, I’m simply choosing to be vulnerable and open in order to give a glimpse into my life & ministry. So, drop those stones and enjoy!

1]  It’s very easy to choose misunderstanding when you don’t want to understand. Rather than embracing the truth, people put a spiritual spin on deception and embrace it like it came from God. Ultimately this leads to misery (wrapped in false glee and prideful indifference)… and, being naive only works so long.

2]  Having unity with everyone is unrealistic and a never-ending frustration. Face it, we’re not all meant to be buddy-buddy — this doesn’t mean that you can’t love and respect each other. Can you imagine IF Peter and Paul would have been forced to travel together?? There would have been a serious scrap (or worse)! They were both key leaders but worked best with others… more thoughts on this are found in my article: The Church Unity Myth.

3]  Just finished reading, Why is God So Mad at Me? Dispelling the lies many people believe by Pat Schatzline. It’s a great read and such an encouragement! Pat is an evangelist – we have many mutual friends but have never met – some day, soon, we’ll grab a coffee…

without $$4]  Money sucks! Why do we need it, love it, abuse it, obsess about it, hoard it, mis-manage it and work so hard to get it? It’s power ruins friendships, splits churches and fuels crime. Yet, we have to have it to survive. So the task: use money but don’t let money use you. 

5]  Advice: Always give people the benefit of the doubt (especially those you love). Choose to err on the side of grace. Then, even if you’re wrong, it will be your kindness & love that brings conviction and, hopefully, restoration. Thinking the worse only makes it worse. So, fight to see and be the best!

6]  I’m not a natural winner, I’m an over-achiever. You can do almost anything when you eliminate the option of quitting or failing.

7]  I’ve been having crazy, miraculous, dreams… I’m often awakened during the night by my own prayers – I know that sounds weird, but it’s true, before I’m even consciously all there I hear myself interceding… cool, right?  More than seeing buildings and streets, I’m seeing faces – unknown faces – and, I’m seeing them go from dim to light! Seeing and praying for people that will be saved before I ever meet them is so exciting.  THAT IS WHY WE PLANT CHURCHES!

*Thanks for reading! IF you want to comment on one (or more points), please refer to it by number! Looking forward to the conversation!

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13 responses to Confessions of an Urban Missionary – 3

  1. Excellent advice!
    “Always give people the benefit of the doubt (especially those you love). Choose to err on the side of grace. Then, even if you’re wrong, it will be your kindness & love that brings conviction and, hopefully, restoration. Thinking the worse only makes it worse. So, fight to see and be the best!”

  2. Great stuff!
    Praying with you and for you!

  3. Great post. I’ve enjoyed the series to this point!

  4. Good stuff!! 7 is powerful, spirit led & spirit fed. 4, true. We’re so quick to judge & form opinions. I love 5, love & grace. It’s not about me but Him.

  5. I am enjoying reading and re-reading this series! I appreciate the insight and the blunt honest truth that you share. I have paused on point 2 today. I am asking God to make this point real to me. We aren’t called to “be best friends with everyone” but Jesus did command us to love everyone. I totally enjoyed hearing you speak last weekend in Portland ME. I am sure you have heard it before — your words and thoughts inspire us to want more of God and to serve Him with all we have. Keep throwing this stuff out there… It’s sticking!!!!

  6. the further along j & i get into our journey into ministry, the more i realize #2 is inherently true. i think accepting this fact brings such freedom. freedom to be US. freedom from offense. and bitterness. and the competitive spirit that so EASILY arises.

    thank you.
    VERY timely.

  7. Man, “Benefit of the doubt” is such a weird thing for me. I don’t know why I’m so free with it in some instances, and have such unfair expectations of people in other instances

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