Yesterday we were BLESSED to have @BobGoff at clc.tv for our sunday services. WOW. It so re-energized my and my faith I had to write about it. So here are my take homes on yesterday’s service!
1 – I choose love; people and life - It’s no wonder that stress can rob the life out of life. It’s a cancer. It’s a cancer that has everything to do with me worrying about… Me. The only time in the word that I see Jesus dealing with stress, it was a BIG deal. In fact, it was such a physical weight that the bible says that he was sweating great drops of blood. I truly believe at that point he was carrying the emotional burden for all of us in order to give us victory; depression, fear, doubt, worry, etc… But it was because he was thinking of himself – that fleshly desire to make decisions based on what I want for myself, or the fleshly fear what others think. He was about to DIE! But in that moment he was taking on our fears. The ridicule that was coming, the shame that was about to be GLARED AT HIM, the pain of standing up for others instead of defending yourself, the misunderstanding that was about to damn him to death for something he didn’t do. CHRIST, instead of defending himself in front of the crowds, he laid down his life before they could take it. I choose love from this day forward, realizing that it means laying down my life and the fears I have.
2 – I choose to not waste my words, mind, and emotions on situations that do not last – Oh, this one was good and he didn’t even say it from the stage. This was one backstage when he was talking about his relationship with sweet Maria (his term for his wife). He said they don’t waste time on the conversational babel of talking about things that don’t last. Who cares what “so-and-so” thinks of you, or said about you. Who cares about the politics of your job or relationships… Why waste anymore of my precious time with people talking about things that don’t last. I want my new conversations to be; What are your dreams? What has God been changing in you? What do you want to do together when we get old? What can we do for our children? So many questions other than the constant little skirmishes over the things that really don’t matter. Bad days become good when we focus on each other instead of stuff.
4 – I will no longer allow negative words out of my mouth about people - My dad taught me one of the most incredible lessons of my life about my wife. I’ve just never taken the time to transfer it to EVERY relationship. “Ben, don’t ever say anything negative about your wife”. Seriously!!! It has made my marriage so good, and people who don’t even know Nili love her because they have heard how incredible she is. I don’t make rude jokes about wives, I don’t want to imply anything negative to anyone about my wife. Some of you are thinking of every excuse about how that is unhealthy. Well, let’s trump those thoughts right quick, proverbs 18:21 – death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit. I like good, juicy fruit – not rotten, decaying fruit. How about you? Seriously, you have to manipulate your morale compass to think of a good reason to talk bad about someone. Especially if you are not willing to say it to them!
5 – I will not be afraid; of anything or anyone - This one was GOOD, common to most – but extraordinary to me. I fear people, well – used to fear people. I used to fear people and their opinions, their words, the misunderstandings, the lies, the offenses, anything that pertained to how they would think of me. Why, cause I was and am an idiot. Bob goff said that we need realize that we will be constantly misunderstood. And…it’s ok. Going back to a point previous – Jesus never defended himself. Some of us would say that he never had to, but he had plenty of opportunity. Oh, we “saints” can take a good beat when we deserve it, but lo, let there be something that was misunderstood, or falsely accused and our attitudes and mous become the devils playground. No more. To be honest, I worry way too much about the opinion of others in greater levels than I worry about please God. Not that worrying is what I am supposed to be thinking when it comes to pleasing God. But that needs to become my focus, not in “spite” of the opinion of others, but more of “no caring” about the opinion of others. I don’t care. I realize more, that my decisions are not going to please everyone, my opinions are not going to be the same as yours all the time, my life choices are going to cause people to say things about me. But if I am living FOR your growth, then I am not trying to preserve your opinion of me. Again, if Chrost gas worried about the people’s opinion that he was dying for, we would never have this great relationship with the Father. Christ died BECAUSE of the opinion of others – am I willing to take it that far?