Pay attention…

This has been a pretty crappy summer. Kids were sick, LuAnn got sick, the basement flooded, LuAnn got E.Coli (went septic and had blood pressure low enough to scrape the pavement) and a kidney stone, my race car got wrecked… and it’s not even August yet! It seems like every time one thing gets better, something else is smashed to pieces. It’s been really discouraging.

I had to miss Jr. High camp alltogether and most of High School camp. By last Wednesday, LuAnn was feeling enough better that I went up for the last full day of camp. The worship time was very encouraging (thanks Adam – who is, by the way, soon leaving for the planting of Whitewater Christian Church and would be a great recipient of some of your mission-giving budget). I was struck by how my level of intimacy with God has suffered over the past couple years and how that’s affected everything else in my life. My ministry is weaker, my inner life is pretty ‘scattered’, my ability to develop deeper connections with students has deteriorated…

After coming home from camp, about a dozen of us got up Saturday morning and left for Denver to go to Heavenfest. I’ll try to post more about this later, but to sum it all up – it was awesome! More than a typical music festival, it was a time of artful worship. Over 12,000 people there, with 70 some bands, but what mattered most was that the 1 God was there.

After this great weekend, I was trying to distill some thoughts for a short newsletter article this morning. Here’s the summary of what I’ve been chewing on this weekend:

Have you ever forgotten that God still speaks? It’s easy to become so preoccupied with the everyday activity of life that we forget to pay attention to God. When we simply meander through life from one task to the next, we miss the real details of life… we miss God.

Like me, maybe you need to be reminded that God is still speaking. He’s still desiring to commune with us. Maybe you need to get out of the habits that are deafening you to the Voice that created you. Maybe, like me, you need to form new habits that heighten your perception of God – that draw your attention to Him.

Thank God for His patience with us. His grace and mercy continue, even when we’re too busy to notice. Stop. Notice. Listen.

3 Replies to “Pay attention…”

  1. Can’t believe the summer you’re having. That’s crazy. Things are good for us. I’m working at the school out here, and leading worship and working with youth. Actually we’ve been thinking about getting back into full time ministry, a little closer to home, but we’ll see what God wants. I found the blog stuff i needed. Glad you’re blogging again i alwasy enjoy yours.


  2. It seems like one of those “everything that can go wrong, will go wrong” times. I hope healing comes…even for your race car!

    And I can totally identify with the “scattered” feeling. As for God speaking…yeah…I’m probably missing out on something.

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