IF god is real…. then what?
Last weekend, I spent a few days in Austin for IF: Gathering with some of my close friends asking this question. and other questions like, “what am I afraid of?”, “what consumes my thoughts?”, “what comes between peace with me and God?”. We listened to some anointed speakers, worshiped God for hours, and walked away feeling ALIVE. AWAKE. These questions haven’t left my head as I’ve walked into my day to day life. I’ve been asking other friends these questions, and together I hope we can be honest in answering them. I desire FREEDOM, and I think I have to be aware of the things that are holding me back before I can truly walk out in real freedom.
me + some girls just started the study “Freeway” and this week’s assignment was “awareness”. Yall, these questions…they are HARD. What stresses you out? How do you handle stress? How fast is your life right now? Are you sleeping with your smartphone? how hard is it to be still? it’s for sure made me AWARE. Aware of the things that might be holding me back from walking in full freedom.
I missed church the Sunday of IF and I watched the sermon Sunday afternoon after many friends called + said I needed to. Our senior pastor, Patrick, talked about dreams. [go figure]. There is so much he talked about that if we were having coffee I’d love to share with you. But this one question stood out: “What do you HAVE to do even if you fail?” Ya know that question, what would you do if you knew you would never fail? well he pointed out [rightly so] we all will fail at some point. so what do you HAVE to do knowing that you might fail?
last night at church, Scott asked this question: “what does it mean to be a church on mission?” we are starting a series called SENT, and going through the book of Acts. that question is getting me to think about living life on mission right here in Midland, Texas. What does it mean to carry the ministry of reconciliation? What is Gods purpose in giving me this platform he’s given me? we all have a platform – we talked a lot about our platform being at the “marketplace” last night. at work. or at home. Last week Patrick said based on a study they’ve done, on average every person has a circle of influence of 150 people! What is his purpose in giving you that influence? How can you live your life on mission?
finally, I’m doing the #otlchallenge and I get emails everyday for 40 days with scripture, prayers and a challenge for the day. The day we left for IF, the challenge was to pray and ask God what song He was singing over me. I love that. I love asking God what He’s singing over me. I love asking Him questions like that, I don’t think I had thought to do that before taking this challenge.
questions. they are all around. they bring us closer to god, they make us more aware of what God is doing or wants to do in us, they help us think, or they help me think.
what questions are you asking lately?