This week my family and I will intentionally engage in 21 days of prayer and fasting. These are 21 days when we will give up certain things that we desire and give a more intense focus to spending time communicating with God through prayer. Why would we do that? Why would anyone choose to go without something they wanted, if they could access the object of their desire? They would only do so if they desired something greater.
The question is how to accomplish that. How does one go about jumpstarting new life when the future looks dead. Let me suggest a pattern of thought you can embrace …
Time will not stop to allow you to accomplish the goals and realize the dreams you have for your life. Your job is to play the game with awareness. You can’t escape the effects of time, but you can win the game.
Life is rhythmic. We launched this blog a few years ago and I was consistently writing, but then I wrote a book. It’s as simple as that. I couldn’t do both effectively so I took a break from blogging. Now, the book is complete and I’m back!
I wrote a book called NOEL because I saw a need that needed to be addressed.
The images of the destruction the southeastern part of Texas has experienced are overwhelming. Hurricane Harvey devastated many lives.
Emotions have stirred as we watched families waded through filthy water in search of dry ground. Many have acted while watching parents carry children in an attempt to escape with their lives. We have heard the twenty-four-hour news coverage telling the same basic story over and over. They have said, “This area has never flooded, but this time it did and this family lost everything.”
It is a story of devastation and grief, but at some point, you are ready to change the channel or stations. You care, but the situation is overwhelming. Those dealing with this reality are tired from the work they are doing to recover. The rest of us are dealing with compassion fatigue. Compassion fatigue is when repeated exposure to a tragedy experienced by others begins to desensitize you to the situation.
I say, “the supremacist movement of any race is sinful in its origin.”
In considering this statement, it is important to begin from the starting point of – God has always been, is today, and forever will be. God said, “Let us make man in our image.” God was the Creator and man was the created. Adam was formed and God breathed the breath of life into him.
The supreme One in this picture was and is God. The subordinate was and is man… all mankind.
As leaders, we can become fearful regarding the part we play. There have been many times fear has come upon me as I’ve contemplated the task at hand. We all have the responsibility to connect people with their Heavenly Father. It is a great honor, but also a great responsibility. When we recognize the weight of this reality, the enemy can use that revelation to speak fear into our lives. We must refuse this fear!