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My 18-month old daughter was trying to stick two Lego blocks together.
Unfortunately, they weren’t lined up just right, so no matter how hard she pushed, they simply fell apart when she pulled her hands back.
Trying to truly connect with another human being can be a similar process.
As a Christian, if you want to share the hope you have in Jesus, you can’t do it with brute force. If you want to share hope in a way that somebody will embrace, you can’t just apply pressure and expect a connection to happen.
Instead, we have to find the right angle.
As I pulled up to the grocery store, I scanned the parking lot for a shady spot.
There was only one, and it had been taken. In fact, there was only one tree in the entire lot, offering just enough shade for one space… and the man walking from his vehicle had a smile on his face. Well done, sir.
I looked at that tree, and realized that it wasn’t bothered by the sun and heat like I was.
In fact, it wasn’t working hard to keep that little parking spot shaded. It was just doing what trees do; connect with the sun and soak up all that glorious sunshine. The fact that it provided shade was just a natural part of that process.
My 4-year old son was so excited to feed the birds with the birdfeeder he'd picked out at the store! I grabbed a big bag of bird seed, opened the top, and started to pour the seed in.
"Dad, I wanna do it!"
The bag was too much for the little guy to handle, so we got out a cup. I filled his cup, and he poured it into the feeder. Each time he'd hear the sound of the seed cascading down into it, he'd giggle in excitement. And when his cup was empty, he'd look up at me, and I'd refill it, so he could pour it in again.
I can't make an orange. But I know who can.
This weekend, I planted two fruit trees in my back yard. I live in the Mojave desert, so I went with orange and lime. I began thinking about the other kinds of fruit in my life.
As in, the fruit of the Spirit.
The Bible talks about it in Galations 5:22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
If I want to have more patience in my life, it's a similar process to having more oranges (or limes, for that matter) in my life.
Just days before winning the Billboard Award as 'Christian Artist of the Year' for 2015, Hillsong United were right here in the SOS Studio. They hung out with Dan Young, sharing stories and performances from their latest album, 'Empires'. Check it out!
Glad I did! They came up with WAY better questions than I ever could have!
Ryan Daniel has emerged from a 12-step program. What was he quitting? Affirmation. Validation from people other than God. Co-dependency. He wrote about it in 'Completely' by Among the Thirsty, and in this chat with Dan Young from SOS Radio, he shares the first step in walking away from co-dependency.
I've been watching my little girl Avery learn to walk.
It's a bittersweet experience, because with every step, she becomes a little more independant. With every step, she can choose to walk in any direction, blazing her own trail. That's how it is watching your kids grow: the more like you they become, the less they actually need your help.