Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that so it goes on flying anyway.
– Mary Kay Ash
Makes me wonder what we’d do if we were more like bumblebees…not knowing that we weren’t supposed to do certain things or that we shouldn’t be able to do them. Would we attempt the “impossible?” Would we risk more? Make the phone call we’ve been afraid to make? Have the conversation we’ve been keeping bottled up? Pursue a dream? Dream bigger? Overcome fear? Actually do what we were created to do in the first place?
I had a chance last week to catch up with my former pastor. It was great to catch up face to face and hear about the work God is continuing to do at the church that I left. But it was also great to sense God affirming once again that I am right where I am supposed to be. Don’t get me wrong, I am deeply grateful for the experience and opportunity to be involved in ministry at The CORE. But, I am also deeply grateful that whenever I begin to have the slightest doubt about whether or not Nashville is where I’m supposed to be, God affirms that it is.
It would take a book of a blog post to explain just how much has changed in my life – in my head and my heart – since I decided I was leaving The CORE. But, what hasn’t changed is the fact that there were many moments when I saw God at work and it was incredible. This post details just a few. It’s good to look back once in a while and remember where we’ve come from to truly appreciate the point to which God has brought us.
When you do an image search for the word “dream” it’s amazing the variety of photographs that come up. I suppose they are as varied and great in number as dreams themselves. The three below were my favorites.
If I could pick only one thing I love about my friends, it would be their hearts. I seriously wake up every day thinking “soon, I’m going to wake up, this has to be a dream” because I get to do life with some of the most amazing people on the planet. And they’re amazing because they have incredible hearts for Jesus, for people, and for the Church.
Yesterday, my friend Stephen Proctor (@worshipVJ) sent out a couple of tweets about an opportunity for you to be a part of God’s story in China. Why? Because he loves the Church, China, and his friends :) And he wants to give the rest of the visual worship community and others a chance to be a part of the story too.
But, if you’re like me it’s easy to miss tweets in the ever flowing (sometimes overflowing) twitter stream. So, in case you missed it yesterday, I wanted to share it with you. Proctor wants to bless Jonathan (a.k.a. Biscuet) Smyth and Haidian Church with ProPresenter for Windows. The church has been using PowerPoint for a while now and are excited about the possibilities with ProPresenter for Windows that released just a couple of months ago.
For more of Biscuet’s story, check out this video. Or read what he has to say on his blog.
If you want to be a part of the story and make a donation towards a copy of ProPresenter for Haidian Church, send Proctor an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Did I mention that if you donate $20 or more he’ll give you some FREE media he shot when he visited China?
Dreaming With the Dream Team was the first blog post I ever wrote. Crazy to think of how much has changed since then. I dream with different people these days…in a different state. But still, I dream…and I’m blessed with some incredibly crazy cool people to do it with!
This prayer from Sir Francis Drake is still like a punch in the gut…“Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves. When our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little. When we arrive safely because we have sailed to close to the shore. Disturb us, Lord.”
You can check out the rest of the post here. Do you have a dream team of friends you get to dream with?
“The Gift of Nothing,” have you ever read it? It’s a cute little book I’ve had in my collection since my “gonna be a teacher” days. But, I’ve held onto it because I like the message…simple as it may be.
The basic premise is that Mooch is trying to find the perfect gift for his friend Earl who has everything. So, he decides to get him nothing. But finding nothing is more difficult than Mooch thought it would be. In the end, though, he is successful. And after Earl unwraps his gift, “Mooch and Earl just stayed still and enjoyed nothing…and everything.”
I don’t know…there is just something sweet about that…the ability to sit with someone or a group of people and enjoying nothing and everything all at the same time. I am incredibly blessed to have people I get to do that with here in Nashville. And most weekends, that’s how I spend my time…savoring life…being still with friends I love enjoying nothing…and everything. For that and for them, I am grateful.