Friday, April 10

IMG_0523I think it’s our uniqueness that makes working together so difficult.  I often want to do things myself, even if it takes longer.  I don’t want to engage your strange (to me) behavior, or thinking process.  I want speed, efficiency, and you slow me down.

God, in his mysterious wisdom has another plan.  He infuses passion (for Him) and determination (towards His purposes) into His people.  Then, he watches us collide.  We can choose to collide into something fractious and detrimental, or something wildly fruitful and compelling.

IMG_0513I’m learning that leadership, real Christ-like leadership, is about laying down your ambition to ‘finish’ stuff, and see the journey as opportunity.  Opportunity to invest into those crazy different people and make a difference.  To care more about the journey, and not be overly focused on the destination.

Jesus was fully focused on His mission to give His life as a ransom for all – yet He gave His life ‘in this life’ to His disciples – a bunch of rag tag nobodies.  God is cool like that.  He’s about sharing Himself.  I believe God is awakening hungry souls who want more out of this life than ‘eat, drink, sleep, repeat.’  We’re hopeful this summer will draw more souls into this journey.  If you feel as though you are far from God as you read this, you know what?  You’re actually not.

What does God really want?  I read this a few weeks ago and it really encouraged me.  “the sacrifices of God are a broken spirit and contrite heart”.  He doesn’t want your works, your efforts to ‘fix’ your life on your own terms.. He wants you to recognize your need.  That’s how far you are away from His presence, from peace, from rest, and eternal life.  Recognition, humility, surrender.  That’s the ‘offering’ He wants most from your life, because ultimately He already provided the complete righteousness and forgiveness we desperately long for.

IMG_0520Lord help us share ourselves like God shares Himself, no matter how important we think our mission is.  I think it’s how the Kingdom advances.

Here’s some photos from this furious week of preparation.   Our hearts continue to go out to family friends the DeLorme’s in Texas, who this past week tragically lost their 19yr daughter in an auto accident.  She was a candle lit for Christ, and we grieve with our friends.  Eternal perspective, nothing drives this home like death’s constant reminder.

These farm mechanic friends helped connect the new plows and I think enjoyed doing it.

These farm mechanic friends helped connect the new plows and I think enjoyed doing it.

Got our "Awaken" banner today, inviting folks to 2nd floor - starts in two weeks!

Got our “Awaken” banner today, inviting folks to 2nd floor – starts in two weeks!

Inside a Ukrainian shop - farming equipment has an international smell, it's a mix of grease, oil and tools.

Inside a Ukrainian shop – farming equipment has an international smell, it’s a mix of grease, oil and tools.

 

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