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I had it Backwards

In Moms on Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 3:09 pm

No, not my shirt, but I’ve done that before.  You know, half-asleep, or in the dark, you slip your shirt over your head, and it just doesn’t feel right.  And then you realize, Goofy… you put it on backwards.


Just today, after a very long time, I figured out I was doing something else backwards….in my thinking, in my heart.

I discovered yet another way I get offended.

‘Bout time, you say.

Well, thankfully, He isn’t through with me, yet!  I’m still learning.

I discovered that I expect other people to treat me the way I would treat them.   I know.  A revelation, huh?

When someone, especially someone I expect to know better,  does or says something to me that I would NEVER do or say to them, it is offensive to me.  I take it personally. I get a little bit indignant.

Self-righteous of me, don’t you think?

You know the scripture.  “Treat others the way you want them to treat you.” (Luke 6:31 NLT)

I just can’t find the one that says “Others will treat you as you treat them.”

If you find it, will you let me know?

Otherwise, I think I’m just going to have to let Him change my backwards thinking, my backwards heart.

And stop being offended.


A River Runs Through It

In Uncategorized on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 7:31 am

Last night I attended Converge – the first in a series of monthly meetings at the NW campus of on worship.  There were nearly 100 people who came, bringing their talents in the areas of music and tech.  Chuck Dennie did an outstanding job of casting vision for this group—a vision which included exhorting us all to be servants in the other ministries of Lifechurch.


His words stirred in me something I was able to share with our youngest sons (also musicians) as we were driving home.


Worship isn’t just about singing, playing instruments or singing on the stage during a weekend experience.


Worship is the outpouring of our hearts, even through the most mundane, regular things we do. 


Worship is seeing God’s hand in the beautiful sunrise.

Worship is smiling at that little one while you’re changing his poopy diaper.

Worship is choosing to love that office or school mate, even when they are unlovable.

Worship is embracing your circumstances, not merely enduring them.

Worship is thinking of others as more important than ourselves.

Worship is accepting that He is in control, and I am not.

Worship is serving.

Worship is loving.


Worship is a natural outflow of what is in our heart.  It is the River of Life flowing through us. 


John 7:38

Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’”


Romans 12:1

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.


May we be so connected to the Source of Life that nothing comes from us but pure, joyful, humble worship BECAUSE of our relationship to Him—in ALL that we do.