In all your efforts, take more time to try to see where you are “really” being productive, and not just where you think you are.
All throughout our lives the question, “Lord what would you have me do?” is continually asked. This question is asked of life’s biggest and smallest steps, but the answer is often difficult to come by.
The only way I know how to live and lead with a wide open heart is to daily do two things before God: grieve and dream.
If mercy does not season justice, our culture’s pursuit of retribution could be our undoing.
The broken things you notice are precisely the problems you’re meant to fix. It took me a long time to do this, to pay attention to my ache, but once I did, things started to align.
The granting of the power of amplification to “worship teams” in American Christianity has done more than anything since the Protestant Reformation to undermine congregational song. Once Protestants were known for their lively and joyful corporate singing, but today in many of our largest and most imitated churches the only music worth admiring comes from multithousand-watt sound systems while the vast majority of image bearers in the room sing weakly or not at all.
Research says that by the time your body feels thirst, you’re already dehydrated. Our hearts aren’t far off. By the time our emotions catch up with our heart, there’s usually already something going on drying us from the inside out.
Paying writers is only a significant conversation if we are producing writers whose work deserves a readership. And that is why it is not the payment of writers that is our great problem today, but the development of writers.
Right now, for us young leaders, it’s not about us.
It’s not about our right now.
It’s about longevity.
It’s about us allowing ourselves to be taught and built up.
I’ve seen that you can fix many of the things that seem irreparably broken in your life. You just have to take the time and do the work. As followers of Christ we have power available to us.