A few thoughts today of things going on in my life and in the world.
1. I spent some time this past week with each of my kids at the Kansas State Fair. As I spent time with my little girl (5 years old), I was reminded how important it is as a dad. I could tell that after those few hours with her, she was more sensitive and more honoring to me as her father. Paul says, "Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord" (Eph 6:4). I wonder if the main way to bring them up without provoking them is to have a relationship with them. I want her to know that dad is there anytime for her. Dad is willing and ready to snuggle and read books with her. Dad will even get on the floor and play dolls with her. Dad will do anything to be there for her. I love them all, and was reminded once again how important it is to spend quality time with them alone!
2. I have started to read Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper. I have looked through and read bits and pieces of this book in the past, but wanted to read it front to back. One thought that stood out to me at the beginning was one statement that could be the summary of the book. He says, "We waste our lives when we do not pray and think and dream and plan and work toward magnifying God in all spheres of life. God created us for this: to live our lives in a way that makes him look more like the greatness and hte beauty and the infinite worth that he really is" (32).
3. The video for the week I want to share with you is from Matt Chandler. It is a portion of a sermon he preached at a conference in North Carolina in 2009. The title of his sermon is "Preaching the Gospel to the DeChurched." I am not going to say I agree with everything and all the theology of this conference, but this sermon is one of the most impactful I have listened to in the past several years. If you have the time, check out the entire sermon HERE!
4. I hope you all enjoy the prizes that I have tried to give away over the past month. This week I went a different route and am giving away an ITunes gift card. I hope you use it to purchase Shane & Shane's most recent CD, Everything Is Different. The winner of this week's drawing is a good friend of mine, Jason Alligood. I can't believe you won, bro! Anyways, shoot me an EMAIL to claim your prize.