There are two fundamental questions for humanity to answer which all the rest of existence is based on: Who is God? What is He like? And the answer to both is found in the person of Jesus Christ. He is God Incarnate, the fullness of God veiled in flesh. But as the lyric points out, Jesus was pleased to dwell with men. It was not a mission He undertook with trepidation or doubt; He did not come to earth as a baby begrudgingly.
When I was on a worship team, we’d frequently stop and think about the words we were singing as we practiced. It was a wonderful way to prepare our hearts and also to take our eyes off ourselves and turn them toward the Lord. Now that I’ve been away from that team, I realized on Sunday as I saw my friend lead those little hearts in worship, that I have gotten out of the practice of thinking of the meaning of the words I sing in worship. I guess I could easily ask, during those moments when I’m just repeating and not thinking about what I’m singing, am I even worshiping at all? Thankfully, the Lord was kind to challenge me in a most peculiar way, as my friend taught 3 to 11 year olds! Oh, that we never cease from learning and growing.
David Murray offers some diagnostic questions to help you answer.
The myth on creativity is that creativity hates routines, that creativity is stifled by a schedule or plan. In reality, leaders and creators thrive in routines. Mason Currey, in his book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, chronicles the daily rituals and habits of many of the world’s most influential artists, authors, poets, and composers. What emerges from a scan across their work habits is a sense that while they all worked differently, they were all guided by routines and daily rhythms. While Mason intentionally does not offer overarching thoughts from his research but rather lets their routines speak for themselves, I jotted down several thoughts while reading. Here are five reasons creators (and leaders) need routines:
Our closest family and friends would be 2,000 miles away. We weren’t sure it would work. In many ways, we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. Starting a church across the country has been one of our greatest privileges and greatest challenges.
His questions are also relevant for people considering moves like the one our family made, too.
Erik Raymond asks, “How do you reconcile God’s justice with his mercy? Perhaps it is better to say, what do you not do?”
The religious form of expressive individualism imagines the believer wrestling against the bondage of their past, or the expectations of their parents, or the legalistic regulations of their church. God’s rescue frees us from all these chains, and sets us on a journey to discover our true essence, which we then offer up as a gift to God and the world. Our goal is to become all that God has created us to be. Anything that gets in the way of this journey must be an evil barrier, overcome only through personal faith and reliance on Jesus.
A favorite from the archives:
There’s a sense in which we all (even introverted weirdos like me) love attention—and on the Internet, it’s surprisingly easy to get it. Now, the best way to get people to pay attention to what you’re saying is to have something worth saying… but sometimes that takes too long. Here are a few ways you can get attention on the Internets (even if they’re not the right way).