I don’t consider myself a candidate for A.D.D., but I don’t like to sit still for too long. My dear wife has learned to adapt to my spontaneity, and I think sometimes might even enjoy it. Our new world of social media has a way of making it look like folks are really spontaneous, but I think most of us are fairly snug in our routines.
I just finished a fairly treacherous walk from our house down to the Cafe. The melting snow has turned our path through the forest into a slippery mess. I fell once, did the splits and found myself groaning inches above the mud. It had to be a funny, albeit sad sight. It got me thinking about movement – walking and moving is so healthy.
I think God is constantly in motion, engaging, communicating, working, active. We need to be still, but I think more to stay attuned to His ‘dynamic-ness’ than to simply learn to relax. Rest is in Him, not in rest itself.
Tomorrow we’re taking a group of our Club 180 students to Kiev for a unique Christian event called “Steiger.” It will be an all day event for youth capped by a concert in the evening. It’s a bit like Acquire the Fire from what I’ve gathered – it will be energetic, filled with multimedia, guest speakers and from my visit with the leader, purposefully Gospel focused.
The cool thing is that many of the youth are 1st generation believers. Thanks to a generous family (Go Canada!) the students are sponsored – their $10 entrance tickets have all been sponsored. $10 is a huge amount of money for a Ukrainian student.
Tomorrow evening I’ll be hopping on a plan for Minsk for some meetings. Members of our support team already know a little of what is taking place – but we are talking and praying with leaders from both Minsk and the US who founded the Bible School about deeper involvement. We love how God has connected our hearts in the past year and continues to surprise us!
Please pray for the next few days as we seek His ultimate council and direction. God is opening the type of doors we couldn’t have imagined, that could accelerate reaching this generation in Post Soviet culture in some amazing new ways.
God is moving. We have to stay fluid with Him. This is true for our personal lives, to keep a soft heart, to remain open to His Spirit and seek Him. This is true for church history – what serves us to stay ‘connected’ to Jesus doesn’t always serve us down the road. The very things that helped to produce life can so quickly turn on us, become idols and lead us into dry places.
Even God’s Word, when not centered on the person of Jesus can become a instrument of death in our lives. The Jewish leaders of Jesus days thought they could actually find life in the letters and words themselves, rejecting the author of Life right smack in front of them! Nothing outside of Jesus Christ will bring life.
Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. 1 John 5:12
Where are you in your journey with Jesus? Are you drinking from old cisterns? Do you live with only fading memories of His presence from past moments? Head towards the stream of Life. There’s refreshing for your parched soul. He’s near, not too far off – just start moving, and looking to the One who gave it all.
Thank you for your support! It’s already become pretty chilly, we had our first snow last week and now we all monitor our heating costs quite closely. The cafe has been nicely full, but some days quite empty depending on the weather. Our Tiramisu has become quite popular, our City government put in an official order for their next meeting!
Remember to check out our new Lighthouse Site – I see many have visited, but we’ll keep posting stuff there too! Also share it to your churches and friends, we are believing God for more partners this coming year as doors open and needs increase for the Gospel in post soviet culture – www.lighthouseukraine.com
Bruce & Deb