are you dangerous?

6 01 2009

“all men dream but not equally.  those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible.” – t.e. lawrence

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fear

14 12 2008

fear

when it comes to thinking about your life and the future… career, relationships, moves, life decisions, etc… i have come to realize there are two types of fear that are often encountered.

they are both rooted in “what if”, but they are very different.

the first is “what if it doesn’t…”, which can tend to have a paralyzing effect, keeping you tethered to the familiar.  the thoughts of it all falling apart keep a lot of people nestled in a comfort zone where, although not ideal, is consistent, predictable and safe.

the second and, in my experience, more powerful is “what if it does…”  this type can have an equally paralyzing effect, also hindering many people from cutting the proverbial umbilical cord, stepping into the unfamiliar and embracing the uncertain.  but here is where the road divides and the two are different.  rather than thoughts of it all falling apart, this type of fear brings with it thoughts of “what if it works and changes everything.”

i think it is the second type of fear that tends to be a catalyst to faith… when you no longer view your options as options at all, because quite often, options can be the enemy of faith.  when you realize that everything in your life could completely change and even though you have no idea what that might look like you are ready to embrace what’s next… that’s when things begin to happen.

some people have lived in a certain way or pattern for so long and have become accustomed to their particular situation.  they believe they have options and might do something different “someday”.  they believe that it is what it is, and fear of the waves keeps them on the shore.

then there are the kind of people who choose to shed the notion of options and embrace the challenge that comes with encountering the second type of fear, where the fear of the shore keeps them riding the waves.

i believe this was the kind of man Jesus encountered in luke 18.  how long he had been blind was immaterial.  when he heard Jesus was passing by, he knew his only other option was to continue to sit and beg… blind, and that really wasn’t an option at all.  surely he had built a lifestyle around his situation, one that catered to his particular disability, but he was tired of that.  staying the same was no longer optional, so he took a risk.    he called out to Jesus.

the bible says God has “planted eternity in the hearts of men,” and there is something about encountering that pivotal moment that connects with the eternal seed planted in each of us which challenges our limitations and dares us to do something we thought we could not do before.  something like… telling a blind man to see.

i love this piece by marianne williamson.  it speaks of the second type of fear… the fear that dares you to move, take a leap of faith and reach to embrace what has always been just beyond your grasp.  so, what if it does work and everything changes?  i dare you to find out.

our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. it is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. we ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? actually, who are you not to be? you are a child of God. your playing small does not serve the world. there is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. we are all meant to shine, as children do. we were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. it’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. as we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

marianne williamson





catching up and being the middle…

11 11 2008

i know it’s been quite a little bit since i’ve actaully blogged something other than crazy youtube videos.  trust me when i tell you that it has not been for the lack of things to blog about.  my life is crazy and there is rarely ever a dull moment.  those of you who are close to me pretty much already know all this stuff, but for the sake of those on the fringes, let me give you the skinny on the goings on of the last few months on my life…

  • i resigned from my job with israel & new breed over 3 months ago.  i love israel and my season there was incredible, but sometimes you just know that it’s time to move to what’s next, even if you aren’t exactly sure what that may be.  i am thankful for the wisdom to know and the courage to step out when i had no idea what was next
  • after being in houston for 9 months, i knew it was not the place i wanted to plant my life.  so i left.
  • i left nashville close to 4 years ago to move to dallas and work with kirk, but moved back to nashville 12 days ago, and couldn’t be happier
  • i have started my own company… more on that soon.  🙂
  • there is more new music flying around than i know what to do with, but i am doing my best to keep up
  • my life has changed drastically in the last 4 years… 3 years… 2 years… year… 6 months… 2 months… if you blink, you might miss what’s going on right now
  • i am so overwhelmed at how God is faithful to deepen my life by the people that he brings into my life.  there are relationships i have today that are very purposeful and strategic from an eternal perspective that i didn’t necessarily have even a year ago
  • i have come to realize that as people of purpose, we will spend much more of our life in “the middle”… and “becoming” than we will actually “being”.  and that the journey defines us more than the destination
  • i love people.  file everything else under that…
  • i am blessed beyond anything i could have ever imagined… i am getting my life back, and running in the path that God has for me… there have been some really crazy and even rough times over the past 4 years… 3 years… 2 years… 6 months… 2 months… but i wouldn’t trade any of it for anything.  i am becoming… i’m in the middle, and i find comfort in knowing i am surrounded by so many who are working the middle in their life, too
  • word to your mother




change is beautiful

10 07 2008

this video is actually part of a campaign by the credit unions of washington called change is beautiful.  i’m not endorsing their company or campaign, but i am saying that i love this video and really resonated in me.  the very ideas and concepts that will revolutionize the world around us tomorrow are bouncing around inside some people today.  are you one of them?  change is indeed beautiful.  props to b for posting this.

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awaken, o dreamer

25 06 2008

this past sunday i was flipping through the new issue of relevant magazine, one of my favorites, and came across an ad and review of erwin mcmanus‘ new book, wide awake: the future is waiting within you.

as i skimmed the short interview about the book with mcmanus, i read this:

“relevant: do you think people ever feel guilty about pursuing the life they want?

mcmanus: yes. absolutely. i think strangely enough, most people live under obligation.  they’re doing what they think other people expect them to do or want to do or demand that they do rather than what they really would have done.  i meet with people whose only goal is to pay their bills, because they think beyond that is greedy and they forget that they don’t have to keep it all.  most people in the western world don’t really understand that to optimize your opportunity is to create hope for the rest of the world.  you can actually provide housing and find cures for diseases.  to me, one of the greatest and most selfish acts among people is to just make enough to survive.”

wow.  after reading that i could not get in my car fast enough and drove to barnes & noble to buy this book.  i’ve been in it for a few days now and it is rocking my world, and it is so right on time for me.  you can check out a sample chapter here.

here’s a great excerpt from the book:

“for centuries now, Jesus has been a focus of every kind of research, from theology to history to philosophy.  his approach to ethics left an undeniable mark on humanity.  what has been significantly underappreciated is how Jesus changed the way his followers actually engaged life.  he launched a movement that unleashed previously untapped potential in those who believed in him.  he created an environment where his disciples began to believe the impossible and soon found they were turning dreams into reality.  his became a movement of dreamers and visionaries called and compelled to dream of a better world.”

there is also a dvd release of wide awake:the short films coming next week that has several short films along the themes of the book. can’t wait to get that!

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dangerous men

24 06 2008

“all men dream but not equally.  those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible.” – t.e. lawrence