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Not only is picking your rut important, so is picking your perspective.

Waxahachie Daily Light

THOUGHTS OF A RADICAL PASTOR

The other day I read, “Pick your rut because you will be in it for awhile.”  There’s truth in that.  They call it the comfort zone for a reason.

The Blonde and I are in a transition, and while it’s God’s plan, it’s not easy.  Anyone?  Not only is picking your rut important, so is picking your perspective.  I’ve got a friend that is dying from cancer, and he called me today.  He’s about 100 years old, he’s an old cowboy from the panhandle and he loves Jesus as much as anybody I know.  He’s barely getting by these days, but he called me to ask me how I’m doing.  Maybe that’s why I love him so much.  I asked him how he was making it, and he told me, “All things considered, pretty darn good.”  That’s perspective.

I’ve been reading the Book of Philippians.  It’s the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi.  Paul is in prison when he writes to these people he loved so much, and he’s not there for jaywalking.  His perspective could have been, “Why me Lord?” But instead he shares the joy of having his life circumstances (jail) turn out good for the Kingdom.  In 1:12 he wrote, “I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ.”  What does he say?  He says, “Me being in the hoosegow is a God-thing and people are hearing about Jesus and that’s the goal - so I’m all good.”  That’s perspective too.

They say (whoever “they are”), “Change happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change.”  When are we going to choose the pain of leaving the rut so we can follow Jesus the way it’s described in Scripture?

I remember years ago, a friend’s mother came to me and shared how my friend had an addiction problem.  She wanted to do an intervention so my friend could be confronted and begin the journey towards a healthy life.  How many of us need people in our lives that would do a spiritual intervention?  I’m convinced the biggest thing missing from church today is community (see Acts 2:42-47).  Because community is missing, we are missing accountability, and because we are missing accountability (confrontation, pain) we are stuck, our perspective is skewed and the truth never changes (transformation) us.  

I am in two Bible studies that meet weekly via Zoom (PTL for technology).  Neither group has anything to do with the local church, both have people from different denominations, some in the group have started out as strangers and one has people from out of state and from all across the state.  I love everyone in both of these groups not only because they are consistent in their weekly participation but because they practice two Biblical precepts:  (1) James 5:16, “… confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, …” (2) Hebrews 12:1, “… let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, let us run with endurance the race set before us, …”. Hanging out with these big time Christians is probably the best thing I do all week.  They are real, gritty and honest.  The Holy Spirit has free reign in their life.  I love these people so much not because of who they are as much as because of “whose” they are and how they let God lead their individual lives.  So, let’s ask a few questions: Who is in charge of your life and how is the truth changing you?  What’s the pain factor?  Where is the sin junk pile in your life and can you identify the things you have tossed out of your life so you can grow, be free and run your race unencumbered?  Who are you accountable to?  He asked me to ask you that.