life, purpose

Climate Change

Is our planet doomed?

Are we really in danger of being washed away by rising seas or of being incinerated by the heat of an unshielded sun?

Though debate rages over whether or not earth’s temperature is rising, there is still no definitive answer. Those who believe we are headed for imminent disaster and those who think climate change is a hoax are often each unwilling or unable to interact rationally with one another. Because of this, we are no closer to a unified understanding on the topic than we were at the beginning of the debate years ago.

Regardless of your side of the debate, I know, at least partly, why we cannot reach a satisfactory verdict.

Climate change is real…but it may not be what you think.

The real climate change has nothing to do with weather.

It isn’t in our heads. It is in our hearts.

Human beings have wandered so far away from the Garden of God’s creation that souls are left dry and dusty and hearts are dry and brittle. We have become obsessed with finding the fault for this, but are unwilling to give credit where credit is due. Instead of looking for the God of the Garden, we seek out a more “rational” explanation for our deserts of despair.

As we feel more and more parched and thirsty in our spirits, we cast blame everywhere but where it should be. Our politicians have failed us, our neighbors have too many children, the roads are filled to overflowing with bad drivers, life isn’t fair. The truth is, though, that these are all lies we have told ourselves for so long that we believe them. The truth is that taking away the cars or the kids or the politicians won’t fix the dehydrated hearts that are at the root of the problem.

We need water.

We need to open our hearts and minds wide so we can be refreshed. Instead of blaming everything we can possibly think of for why we feel so stingy in our spirits, we should be looking for the water that quenches thirsty souls.

Now, possibly more than ever in history, we need the Living Water.

Forget political correctness and party politics. Put aside race and gender. I am not your enemy, and you are not mine. We are all in this together. No matter what path we take, we will, sooner or later, reach the end of our time on this earth. What happens then will be decided by what we do now. Will we drink the water that keeps us from ever thirsting again, or will we push the cup aside and stay in a cocoon of wilting self pity and want that can be never be satisfied?

Right now, today, you and I need Jesus.

The water He offers is, all at once, refreshing, life saving, and endless in supply. Come, drink the water with me. Join me at the Spring of Living Water. Sit with me by the stream of pure, fresh, cleansing water that washes away the desert dust and causes the seed of life to sprout and grow and thrive.

This is how and where we will change the climate.

The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come!’ Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.

–Revelation 22:17, NIV



leadership, mentoring, purpose

Today Is The Day!

Let’s see a show of hands. How many of us woke up this morning and thought, “You know what, today, I want to be…mediocre.”

I think it is pretty safe to say that not many of us, if any, fall into that category. I don’t think anyone, ever, just wants to be mediocre. We all want to be and do our best. Some of us want to make a difference.

Usually, we like to expect awesomeness in each new day. We go out into the world planning to do our best work. It may take a few cups of coffee to get us there, but we think it can be done. We think we can be excellent.

The fact is, though, that too often, although we want to make a difference, we don’t. For whatever reason, we choose to believe lies about who we are and what we have to give.

“I’m not the boss.”

“It’s not my place.”

“No one will listen to me.”

Or my personal favorite, “What if I’m wrong?”

Maybe the enemy has told you some of these lies, or others like it. Maybe you’re surrounded by negativity. If so, you know what I mean. You want to be the one to do the thing, but you aren’t and you don’t.

If this has ever been you, I have some good news. It doesn’t have to be this way. That is not the way this day has to go. There is more. You were created for MORE! You were made for this very moment to make a difference only you can make. In your family, your work, your circle of influence, your world, you were created for such a time as this.

You don’t have to be the boss.

It IS your place.

They WILL listen.

You are NOT wrong.

Today there are problems to solve, people to help, fresh things to do. All it really takes to make a difference is for someone, somewhere, to start. If that’s not you, then who will it be? If it isn’t now, then when? If not here, then where?

Don’t fall into the quicksand of mediocre. Be the difference maker. Step up. Stand out. Shine.

Today is the day, and you are the one!

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

–Matthew 5:14-16, NIV