Hello all from the UK,
Business travel isn’t always as exciting as one might think……. Many of you know that very well. Besides the work aspects, there can be the excitement of seeing world cities and staying in nice hotels, but for a family man like me there is also the aspect of being away from what matters most; my wife and kids that the Lord has blessed me with. It can also seem that I am missing out on my real life and purpose, that of a husband, father and church planter. But thanks and praise be to the Lord that I am never truly alone or missing out on life and purpose. I can simply worship, reflect and meditate on God and His Word wherever I am. Of course today’s technology of mobile phones, internet, etc also allows me to stay connected to my loved ones even with physical distance between us. Whenever I am traveling for business and staying at a hotel, I usually seek out a coffee shop, lobby or even a pub (as is the current case……it is the UK) and prayerfully engage in my laptop in serving the Lord to work on messages (with Bible software at my fingertips), Sunday morning PowerPoint presentations, music team chord charts and often these LIFT updates. Over the past years, I estimate that perhaps 70% of these LIFT updates have originated on a plane or train or in a hotel, coffee shop and/or pub from locations too numerous to count all over Europe or in a few cases even from South Africa.
Worship is the element of fire at LIFT and we often preach about simply including God in our normal daily life and activities in an intentional way. I try to live this myself in my daily life, even while abroad…..or should I say, especially while abroad. As Carpe Diem is Latin for cease the moment, I hope and encourage you too that whenever and wherever you are to simply cease the moment to worship our God. Praise and thank Him for the big and little things He is blessing you with and yes, even call out to Him to help you when times are tough. You are never alone! Cease the moment to include God in your life, at every moment possible!
Years ago I was challenged by a 17 year old student as he shared with other students that he sometimes “prays” Psalms 119 out loud. It’s the longest chapter in Psalms, so of course, he didn’t make it easy. His name was Tyler and at a youth event, he spontaneously took the microphone and spoke incredible wisdom and encouragement to his peers. It stuck with me too, even years later. He challenged us to pray Psalms 119 out loud as a prayer, asking God to lead our ways with His Word and Holy Spirit while at the same time committing to God that we will allow His Word to lead and change us. I’ll give you the same challenge, but at the same time only if I live up to the challenge myself. Tomorrow I return home after some morning meetings. I’ve just set my alarm a bit early to read Psalms 119 aloud before I start my day and journey home. (Thanks again to those wonderful Gideon’s as I have a Bible in my room and don’t need to fire up my computer or smart phone to access God’s Word.) If you are reading this, it means I prayerfully read it myself, thus putting my actions before my suggestions.
Here’s a few verses to get us started:
How can a young man keep his way pure?
By living according to your word.
10 I seek you with all my heart;
do not let me stray from your commands.
11 I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.
12 Praise be to you, O LORD;
teach me your decrees.
13 With my lips I recount
all the laws that come from your mouth.
14 I rejoice in following your statutes
as one rejoices in great riches.
15 I meditate on your precepts
and consider your ways.
16 I delight in your decrees;
I will not neglect your word.
Enough to get you started? Go for it yourself and set some time aside to let the Word of our Lord speak into your life!
Looking forward to seeing you at LIFT on Sunday! Our journey through 1 Peter has begun and Ken is sharing the message this week.
In His grip and grace,