Archive for February, 2011
A new web-based worship presentation software called “Proclaim” seems to have promise! Below is a write-up from their website. It comes from Logos and looks easy to use. The web-based model and mobile interaction intrigues me greatly!
Like many, I find it challenging to accept that we have moved past the first decade of the 21st Century and are quickly approaching the “future” of Back to the Future 2. As I look back over the last 11 years, I am astonished in many ways at the way my life has changed.
- Marrying the love of my life & celebrating 11 amazing years of marriage.
- Graduating college & seminary.
- 3 wonderful children in our home, 1 more on the way, 2 at home with the Lord.
- Vocationally…both chasing and running from God’s calling.
- Moving (relocating) between TN and TX (more times than anyone ever should in this amount of time)
But, alas, here we are. I began this post back at the end of December and have continued to reflect on my life as my birthday has drawn near. Now that it has come and gone, I will wrap it up by saying this: There is great comfort in knowing that God is in control … regardless of how “random” life’s circumstances appear … regardless of whether I chase circumstantial “rabbits” … regardless of, well, just about anything.
As I look back on the last eleven years (short as that may be), I can honestly say: Though the journey has not always been what I thought it should be, I can see God’s hand of protection and guidance to this moment in time. And, friends, that fills me with great excitement for what’s still yet to come! I’m not so naive to think that all the circumstances will always be great, but I can trust God’s faithfulness…even when I am so often faithless and misguided. One of my favorite passages of Scripture is Joshua 1. This is the “passing the mantle” passage as Moses has passed away and Joshua is taking on the role as the leader of Israel. In the first 9 verses, God repeats to Joshua the words “Be strong and courageous” several times. God tells Joshua (my paraphrase):
I was faithful to Moses; I will be faithful to you. I have made a promise to you and your people; I will fulfill it. Be strong and trust Me.
In these verse, God deals with Joshua’s past, present, and future. “…just as I promised Moses,” “I have given you every place where the sole of your foot treads…No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live,” and “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:1-9) Of course, God does not dismiss Joshua’s responsibility here: “Above all, be strong and very courageous to carefully observe the whole instruction My servant Moses commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right or the left, so that you will have success wherever you go. This book of instruction must not depart from your mouth; you are to recite it day and night, so that you may carefully observe everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do.” (Joshua 1:7-8) What the Lord is communicating in these verses is trust and obedience. We must not erroneously assume that we can flop around life like a fish on dry land and God is obligated, as long as we read our Bible or go to church, to give us health and wealth. In fact, even if we do strive everyday to keep His commands, God has not promised us that the circumstances of life would be easy and/or great. Joshua was, literally, crossing the river into battlefield. One that would be full of difficult struggles. The very reason the Israelites wandered in the desert before coming back to the land of promise is because they feared the challenges that awaited them and that, maybe, God would not protect them against the natives of the land (Numbers 13:26-33). So the road in front of Joshua was going to be difficult, full of battle and strife, but ultimately, Joshua trusted in God’s past faithfulness to move Israel into God’s future faithfulness. In the end, God gave Joshua and the Israelites the land just as He had promised (Joshua 23, particularly verse 11), and God’s promise to us when we read verses like Jeremiah 29:11 and Romans 8:28 is consistent with this part of His faithfulness and character.
So…because of God’s faithfulness in these past few years of my life (short as they may be), I eagerly look forward to whatever challenges and successes He may bring my way in the future, and in good times or bad, I pray I can say with Joshua “As for me and my family, we will worship the LORD” (Joshua 24:15).
A special note to so many of my friends and family: Thank you for so many birthday wishes! I think I can say: this has been the best birthday of my adult life. What was so great about it? No, I didn’t receive an iPad, but, even on a busy Wednesday, I got to spend all morning at school with my kids as I volunteered as WatchDOG, I spent time with my family over dinner, more birthday wishes than I could keep up with (which filled my heart with all these little warm fuzzies), and the largest number of people who has ever sung “Happy Birthday” to me (which moved me to tears)!! All of this together…yeah, it was a GREAT day!! So…thank YOU!!!