Thursday, January 07, 2010

God is definitely cooler than I am.
Yesterday, I confessed to a couple friends that I was distracted by the fact that a Godly pastor, at a local church had a lisp. It is super slight and most people probably don't really notice it, but when we visited the church, I immediately picked up on it. How horrible is that? Then I felt guilty because I actually told people, out loud, that I noticed it and it bugged me. I really am not a nice person the majority of the time. 

This is why I am so glad that God is immeasurably more kind, compassionate, gracious and cool than me.

Here are a few things that are in the Good Book, that God wrote, that keep popping into my mind:

  • "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me." 2 Cor. 12.9

  • "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." Phil. 4:13
  • "Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong,and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are,so that no man may boast before God. But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption,so that, just as it is written, "LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD."  1 Cor. 1:25-31

So, I say preach on, Mr. hip and trendy, Bible knowing, pastor. You are a testimony to the grace of God and to His empowerment in our lives. You are being used by God to help transform lives and challenge the traditional way we "do" church, here in the Valley. You are rockin' the Word and although, maybe I am not a perfect fit at your church, you have reached hundreds of people who aren't a good fit at any other churches and for that I praise God. Blessings to you, your imperfections, and your strengths. You don't have perfect speech and I don't have perfect skin (we'll just stop the listing of imperfections with that) and God can still do a mighty work in and through us. (And may you forgive me for pointing out your imperfection, when I have so many, if in fact you ever find this blog post and connect the dots that I was talking about you!) That is what makes God so cool and the body of Christ so amazing. 

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Who is the good guy?

As we enter into a new phase of toddler-hood, the phase where B is asserting his independence, I don't mind being the "bad guy" if necessary.

What I don't enjoy is wondering if being the bad guy is the right thing to do. Is something else wrong or is he just being naughty? Does he really need more sleep or am I just short on patience? Am I a failure or a success as a parent? Am I scarring him for life, creating an attachment disorder, or just plain being mean?

Am I alone in feeling this way?

What advice do you have?

(PS. I am not a psychotic "bad guy" like the dude pictured! He was just the baddest guy I could think of at the moment! )