RSS

Category Archives: Heart Stuff

Musings, meditations and stirrings

Studies show that people who believe stereotypes are all…

…are all over the place. Several of them will read this post. One of them wrote it.

Okay, so no study has shown that, per se. But I’m trying (rather lamely) to make a point here. Because if I didn’t write that title myself, I would probably click through it expecting to see a real study that had unearthed real motives that drive all people who believe stereotypes. This tells me that I am one of those people. And my opinion is that we buy into stereotypes because they–like so many other things in our society–are quick, convenient, and comfortable.

Allow me to explain what started me thinking about this. Read the rest of this entry »

Advertisements
 
2 Comments

Posted by on September 8, 2009 in Heart Stuff, My Two Cents

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Real Heroes Run and Hide

Running and hiding doesn’t immediately summon images of heroism. And to be truthful, a lot of times, running and hiding is simple cowardice. On many occasions, the Lord has called people to obey in the face of seemingly impossible odds. In these instances, backing out would have been succumbing to fear and rebellion.

But as saturated as our culture is with action flicks, we have an immense admiration for crazy guys who look danger in the face and laugh. We cheer when the cinematic protagonist, armed with nothing more than a pie tin and plastic spoon, rallies himself to charge the bad guys head-on as his friends are all begging him not to go and get himself killed. Then, of course, since this is Hollywood, he trounces all opposition, suffering nothing more than the obligatory flesh wound on the bulging bicep. We gawk at and envy this kind of self-assured boldness. We applaud the foolhardiness and invincibility complex, calling it “courage”. We begin to admire real life people who are prepared to forge ahead, come what may, giving no thought to potential consequences.

However, the book of Proverbs shows us that there is a time where the heroic thing is actually to run and hide. Read the rest of this entry »

 
5 Comments

Posted by on September 1, 2009 in Bible, Heart Stuff, Proverbs

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

King David: Putting His Money where His Mouth and Heart Are

I’ve been reading through the Old Testament lately, and I’m nearing the end of 1 Chronicles. Now, I’ll admit, this is a hard book. Among those who have tried such things, it is ranked right up there with Leviticus and Numbers as one of the prime killers of the “Read the Bible in a Year” plan. There are tons of geneaologies in this book, which, I’m sure I’ll appreciate one day when I’ve actually gotten a better grasp on biblical history, but for now, it just kind of runs into a blurry list of names I can’t confidently pronounce.

Before I accidently say something stupid against the Holy Writ, let me clarify: The reason I said the above is to say, don’t count out the hard books. Yes, 1 Chronicles is not an easy read, but there are little gems sprinkled all throughout it. And I’m sure the more I grow in the Lord, the more of them I will spot and appreciate.

The one that’s particularly grabbed my attention is towards the very end of the book, where King David puts his money where his mouth is. Or, more accurately, where his heart is, as we shall see. Read the rest of this entry »

 
4 Comments

Posted by on June 30, 2009 in Bible, Heart Stuff

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Not Making Peace with Oppression

A while ago, Stuart Greaves addressed the NightWatch concerning praying for healing. It was in February, which is historically a time when a lot of us tend to get sick. Not only is February the beginning of flu season, it comes right after our most taxing, demanding, sleep-depriving conference of the year. Additionally, because it’s towards the end of winter, it means we haven’t seen much sun for quite a long time. All things considered, it makes sense that we would be a bit more susceptible to the seasonal bug.

However, Stuart reminded us that sickness is not something God is okay with (case in point, it won’t exist in the New Jerusalem). Part of the reason He crushed His Son was for our healing (Isa 53:5). It’s good that our faith is not devastated when we get sick, but it’s not good that we passively roll over and accept sickness just becuase it’s normal to our fallen existence and we’ll get over it in a few weeks anyway. We should resist it and pray to remove it from us.

I’ve been increasingly convinced lately that the same thing applies to emotional distress and oppression. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Tidbit: Misery Loves Company

Lately, I’ve been feeling the weight of a particular revelation. It’s not particularly long, but it’s worth a good selah or two. Since it’s my blog, I get to bring you lovely folks along with me on the ride (hence the title).

Recently, Mike Bickle spoke about how King David responded to mistreatment. (You can read about it here and/or download it here to listen to it). One of the big points he drove home was how it is unwise and unproductive to seek your own justice. We see this in the life of David when he refused to strike out in vengeance against Saul. David spared the man who was wrongfully seeking to kill him, saying “Let the LORD judge between you and me, and let the LORD avenge me on you. But my hand shall not be against you” (1Sam 24:12). Rather than seeking to clear our own name or fight our enemies ourselves, we need to hand the situation over to the Lord.

I could feel the weight of the message while I was listening. It was good. It was scriptural. I found it enjoyable and provoking. But in all honesty, I was listening from a slightly detached perspective. Read the rest of this entry »

 
3 Comments

Posted by on June 6, 2009 in Heart Stuff, Intimacy with God

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Resting Well

In the movie Luther, a wise monk makes this quote: “We preach best what we need to learn most.” Because I have heard this same concept taught from other non-movie sources (although not perhaps as concisely or memorably), I’m going to give it a try. I’m taking a good hard look at the discipline of resting well.

The main reason I am thinking of this is that in a few short hours, I will be setting off for two weeks of vacation. The past few weeks/months have been crazy for me, and I’ve been feeling the need to pause and take a deep breath since about mid-January. Well, what with schedule conflicts and and working out practicals, it is now almost May and I am finally getting to go do it. I’m visiting my parents (very good news) and switching to days for two weeks in the process (yay for vitamin D).

While leaving IHOP-KC for any extended amount of time is always bittersweet, I know this time will be good for me. Or, more appropriately, I know it has great potential to be good for me, provided I actually adhere to the title of this post.

Read the rest of this entry »

 
7 Comments

Posted by on April 28, 2009 in Heart Stuff, Intimacy with God

 

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

There’s more than one way to resist grace

We all know about (and hopefully avoid) how disastrous it is to say “no” to the word of God. None of us want to be Jonah (fishbait), or Zacharias (made mute), or that one random prophet who got eaten by a lion for taking supper against the command of God (1Kings 13). The moral of the story is that when God tells you something, you respond with a hearty, “Yes, Sir!” We all know better than to stamp our little foot and refuse God.

But there’s more than one way to resist grace. Read the rest of this entry »

 
6 Comments

Posted by on January 14, 2009 in Heart Stuff, Intimacy with God