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God, what do you want to change in my life?

In February, Shelly & I attended a network gathering with Healthy Growing Churches.  Each day we filled out index cards with thoughts, questions, observations, etc.  These cards were collected and mailed to us randomly over the past few months as reminders, and as a way to keep the spirit of the gathering alive within us.  A few days ago, I received my last one.  At the top was this question:

"God, what do you want to change in my life?"

With prayer and refection, this is what I wrote:

* DREAM big Kingdom dreams, not big selfish dreams.
* DRAW closer to God than ever before.
* DEVELOP leaders, not only by teaching, but by modeling.
* DIRECT everyone I have an opportunity to, to Christ.

What a great opportunity to reflect on the goals and aspirations that came out of that season of training and prayer!  In the months since the network gathering I feel that I have really begun to dream again... BIG dreams... BIG KINGDOM dreams!  We should be thankful for the ginormous King…

Breathe in

Early this morning I had a great moment with God… and it was because I was out of breath.  As I was running the laps that were a part of my workout of the day, I became (as usual) breathless.

The word “inspire” means to breathe in, while the word “expire” means to breathe out.  During my workout, I felt like I was about to expire!  As I slowed my pace down, I felt my chest heaving at an almost violent level.  My heart was racing, yet I was most definitely not excited!  I didn’t want to keep on.  In all honesty, I wanted to quit, go home, sit down, and say “phooey” on all this hard work to get and stay healthy.  My breath was so far gone from me that I needed to be inspired.

I feel like we sometimes get to that same place of breathlessness as followers of Jesus, and even as a church.  “Denying yourself” and “taking up your cross” can wear us out!  Doing the good works that God prepared for us in advance can bring us to the point of exhaustion.  The danger is that this goes …