When I was a young boy, my father took up duck carving. He started taking courses and learned how to create something so amazing out of a block of wood. It was incredible watching the process. The amount of work and the long hours that went in to each of the creations. It was truly a labor of love for my dad. 30 years later, I am starting to create. Now, I am not as motivated as my father was, but I have begun to find enjoyment in creating. I am starting simple. I am cutting wooden letters and words with a scroll saw and then painting them. I love this new hobby. It is a exciting process to execute. Starting with an idea and then carrying it out. There is something invigorating about taking a block of wood and turning it into a item people appreciate.
Here are a few examples of what I have created so far.
What hobbies do you have?
I love Spotify! I listen to it everyday and began making my own playlists. Since joining, I have followed and saved a lot of playlists. It sometimes amazes me the amount of music that is out there and I know I haven’t even scratched the service. Music is endless. It is everywhere and it influences everything. Anyways, i created this playlist for an upcoming sermon series I am doing at our church called #summerinthepsalms. I hope you enjoy it!
a thing that blocks one’s way or prevents or hinders progress.
They are everywhere and come in all shapes and sizes.
The issue isn’t what obstacle am I facing, but rather, what is my attitude towards the obstacle?
James puts it this way:
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4 ESV)
Some obstacles are actually disguised as opportunities.
Overcoming our obstacles begin when we identify what they are.
What’s in your way? What are you doing about it? What is hindering your progress? What is your response when you face obstacles?
Is it an attitude?
Is it your health?
Is it an unhealthy relationship?
Is it fear?
Is it insecurity?
Is it a lack of resources?
Is it confusion?
Is it a lack of faith?
Is it pride?
Is it laziness?
We all have a goal in mind. We have an ideal we would love to live. We can envision what we would like to see for our lives, but we come across obstacles.
How do I get from here to there?
What obstacles are in my way?
At times, I am the obstacle.
What is it that is slowing your down? What gets in your way from completing the task at hand? Something to consider today.
In 2014, I became a member of CreationSwap. CreationSwap is a website where you can sell or share freely you digital designs. Now, I haven’t done a lot of design but I love it! I love the process even though it can be frustrating at times. Being able to create is such an amazing experience! I only have a few designs on CreationSwap at the moment, but I hope to add to it in the coming days, weeks and months. Go and check out my gallery so far and let me know what you think.
I have been giving a lot of thought to how our local church can have a greater impact within our community. Our city is filled with people who are lost, just waiting for someone to reach out to them. We have issues with gang violence, prostitution, drug addiction, homelessness issues and the list could go on and on but do you know what our biggest problem is? We are considered to be located in the Bible-belt of the Lower Mainland in British Columbia, Canada. It is sad when the church isn’t fulfilling its God given mission… rescuing people.
Have you ever wondered why it seems as though churches are more concerned with the people inside the church walls rather then the ones outside the walls? I once heard a quote that went something like this, “most people don’t go to church because no one has ever invited them.” Ouch! Did you know that there are people right now who are waiting for us to reach out. People who are dying on the inside. People who are tormented because of their past. Marriages that are ruined because of unfaithfulness. Families who are in the process of loosing their homes. A young man or woman who has heard about Jesus but no one has ever introduced them to Him.
There is a story in the book of Mark which moves me when I read it. Mark 2. It is the story of the paralyzed man who was lowered through the roof by four men. Now the Bible doesn’t say specifically these four men were friends of the paralyzed man but for conversational sake, let’s say they are. These four friends are committed to seeing their friend get what he needed. He needed an encounter with Jesus. they were willing to do whatever it took to get their friend to see Jesus. They pressed through the crowd, they were innovative in their thinking, they were committed! What is so fascinating about this story is that it was their faith that healed their friend. Listen to verse 5, “Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My child your sins are forgiven.” That was it. Jesus saw their faith and he responded with healing. Jesus doesn’t respond to our need, He responds to our faith!
There are people in our lives just like the paralyzed man. We have friends, family members, co-workers, there are even complete strangers that God is calling each of us to be like one of those four men. Someone who is willing to do whatever it takes to see salvation come to those in need. I want to encourage you to read through Mark 2:1-12 and just meditate on this portion of Scripture today and allow God to speak to you and direct you to people who need you to be a friend.
Is there someone in your life right now who is waiting for you to be like one of these four men?