Posts Tagged ‘observations’

When to say yes

Good advice from my pastor, on how to decide what deserves your time and energy, and what does not. May we all be clearer on what our assignment is!


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"Famous" Worship Leaders

We got the opportunity to see Matt Redman lead worship at the Desperation Youth Conference tonight. He is a huge hero of mine. I was so excited to see him actually play. I’ve never heard of him being in the US to play, and I just read that wikipedia article that says he has just moved over here from England. Cool! His gentle voice and manner has this affect on people, taking them to a place with God that is unique. I have this whole theory about how different worship leaders take people to different places with God, because they have had different aspects of God revealed to them. But, that’s a post for another day.

As I thought about the excitement I felt to see this man play worship songs, it struck me as a little weird at first. What is the job of a worship leader, but to point to God? If the worship leader becomes famous, does that mean they have failed in their attempt to bring God glory? Some people would say yes, I suppose. It’s not about the musicians. I know. Sort of.

Here’s the thing though: I don’t think God has a problem with heroes. He told the story of so many of them in the Bible! People like David, Noah, Joseph, Paul, Esther…the list goes on and on. They were just people too! It is GOOD to have people to look up to. Looking up to someone does not make them God. They are still human, and they will fail us. However, Matt Redman has become known because he has consistently sought God through the years and therefore has been able to write genuine songs that express a person’s heart to God, with a musical style that opens hearts. If he did not daily make the decision to do that, he would not be where he is today.

I also think of Glenn Packiam, who today posted that he is leaving Desperation Band. Sad – his songs are some of my favorites, and his worship leading is a favorite as well – and yet exciting that he is taking another step toward what he feels called to do. Glenn, Jared, and Jon are more examples of men who have daily made the decision to follow Christ. People who make that decision ARE WORTHY OF BEING HONORED. Not worshiped, but honored. And God is honored through the honoring of Godly people.

I just couldn’t get this concept out of my head tonight. I was blessed to be in the presence of God tonight, under Matt Redman’s leadership. I was also blessed to be in Matt Redman’s presence.

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Found this link somewhere, for a commercial being run in Germany to encourage people to have more kids. Currently, the number of children people are having there is not enough to replace the Germans who die. The only thing keeping the population from going down there is immigration. Some info here and here. Population decline is even responsible for economic problems in some countries. I think it’s weird that people have become so concerned about overpopulation. Um, God told us to multiply…if the earth couldn’t handle it, don’t ya think He would have thought of that?

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This is information that, to me, demands action. I have a three year old. I know this is correct – maybe even generous to the parents some days. I will be thinking on this one…

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Lincoln and Leadership

Long-time friend Sara wrote a great post about a lecture she went to last night on Lincoln and leadership. Sounds like it was a great lecture. I love this kind of thing.

From the comment I left: Nick and I were talking the other day about how there’s a shortage of people in the world who really think about important things, and how we want to be people like that and find people like that.

I’ve heard it said that small minds discuss people, average minds discuss events, and great minds discuss ideas.

By the way, to read Sara’s post you have to sign up for a Xanga account and sign in. It’s free and takes 2 minutes and it’s well worth it. 🙂

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Another headline

The U.S. maternal death rate is higher than in European countries. Interesting. Even more interesting is the list they give of the cause of death.

“The major direct causes of U.S. pregnancy-related deaths are blood clots, hemorrhage, complications of medical conditions, and eclampsia and pre-eclampsia, which are marked by dangerously high blood pressure.”

How many of these deaths could be prevented by a change in our diets? I already talked about eclampsia last week. Hemorrhage is scary, but in theory should be solved with proper vitamin intake and absorption. Many medical conditions are a result of poor overall health…

I’m sure we cannot keep ALL of these from happening, but obviously, even with our high-tech hospitals, we are doing something wrong. After all, we are all humans. If other humans are experiencing a better rate, let’s figure out what they’re doing and DO it.

And, although it wasn’t mentioned… dare I bring up homebirth here? Many of those same European countries do homebirths for all routine pregnancies. Hmmm…

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The current view from my kitchen window

OK, so I know I posted beautiful pics of the sunset the other day, but today when I look out my window, all I can see is this:
Yes folks, that is in fact a doll head on top of a refrigerator (a refrigerator that has been out there for three weeks, by the way), and if you look closely, you will see yet another doll head on the hood of the Ford Bronco.

This begs several questions in my mind.
1. Why?
2. What makes some people have a sense of humor that is witty, one that is silly, or one that is just plain creepy?
3. Did the people who own that house HAVE to allow their son to move in there? The other day he went out on the back porch and looked for all the world like he was smoking pot. Lovely. He also does not appear to work, as his vehicle is always there, while is wife’s new Audi is never there.

In spite of the …um…mental discomfort this gives me, I can’t help but also feel a little sorry for these people. They must kind of have a hard life.

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