Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sunday Salutations

This is going to be a very random post.  You've been warned!

1.  You should check out Josh's cousin, Taylor Maxwell.  He's an awesome musician and vocalist.  His latest CD is Father {& Mother} and it is awesome!  We love Taylor, his wife Brittany, and baby boy Anthem.  We're also excited to meet Baby Maxwell in approximately 5 months!  Taylor and Brittany are on fire for Jesus and it shows in their actions.  They'll be moving to Denver in February to work with a creative arts ministry.  Show Taylor some love and check out his CD!

www.taylormaxwell.com

2.  Taylor spoke at church today and it was awesome!  He basically gave his testimony and told a story about a missions trip that he'd been planning for months {when he was 18}.  He just knew he was going to be placed in the group that was traveling to China.  It's what he wanted.  Then, when he was told to pray about whether he should go to China or South Africa, this happened.

Taylor:  "God, I already know what You're going to say.  I'm going to do great things in China!"

God:  "Go to South Africa."

Taylor:  "But God...I've planned on China.  I want to go to China.  It's what is best for me."

God:  "Go to South Africa."

Taylor:  "But God..."

God:  "You have no idea what I have in mind for you."

So Taylor traveled to South Africa.  And he fell in love with the country.  He and Brittany were actually missionaries in Africa after they got married.  Taylor's story has sparked a great deal of conversation in our household.  

How many times do we say, "But, God!" everyday?

How many times do we think we know what's best for ourselves everyday?  How often do we make a major decision without first humbling ourselves before the Lord in prayer?  What if, instead of all of those, "But, God!" instances, we quietly listened to His plan for our lives?

This made me think of another point.  God answers our prayers in three different ways:
  • Yes.
  • Not yet.
  • You have no idea what I have in mind for you.
Josh and I made a pact.  This week we're going to:
  • Slow down.
  • Spend extra time in prayer.
  • Take all of those "But, God!" moments and see what He has in mind for us.
3.  Greg Hearn closed the service at church today and he referenced the story of the woman the Pharisees were about to stone.  She'd been caught in the act of adultery.  They are seriously about to kill this woman because they'd caught her redhanded.  {The feminist in me is kind of angry about this.  Were they going to stone the man, too?  It takes two to tango!}

Then Jesus said, "The sinless one among you, go first.  Throw the stone."

Nobody threw anything.

The fact of the matter is this:  the only person actually qualified to throw a stone was Jesus.  And He didn't.  That's the kind of God we serve, people.  In the words of Taylor Maxwell, "God is not a jerk."  He was the only person who could pass judgement on that adulteress woman.  

We, the human race, are not qualified to judge or pass judgment on anybody.

What a very simple, yet, very profound thought.  It's definitely something I'm going to think about this week.  The next time you condemn or judge someone, remember...you aren't qualified to do so.  What would our world look like if we all lived out this simple principle each day?  




1 comment:

  1. I'm not religious at all, but your words are wise and good to read. Thanks for them.

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