I am at a conference this week. I am excited.
I would tell you my excitement is because I am going to learn so much about how to blog better, do better in my speaking engagements, learn to balance ministry and family better than ever and learn how to publish a book in six months flat.
I would tell you these are the reasons for my excitement . . . but they’re not.
I woke up to my alarm at 3:30am Central Time today to travel from my sweet home in Kansas via Georgia, to arrive in North Carolina for a conference I have been planning to attend for almost a year. Amazingly enough, I was on time and so was everything else. From shuttles to flights and everything in between, every step was on time, smooth and blessed. I know, miraculous. I arrived at my destination by 12:15 – check-in ended at 12:30. I am telling you, miraculous.
Truth be told, I can’t tell you exactly why I came. I simply believe He wanted me to be here . . . so I came. It could be for the older gentleman from Connecticut on that last flight as we talked about the state of our country and the military folks that protect it. Maybe it was the young Marine I met in the airport who has yet to finish his MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) School and was headed back home to do a little recruiting assistance before he finishes. (I caught his attention when I called his dress “hat” a “cover.”) It could also be the young girl that sat by me in a workshop that needed some encouragement after a publisher appointment.
Of course, there is also the possibility that it is none of these, all of these, things yet to be, or things I’ll never see. Regardless of whether I see it or not, though, one thing I do know:
That’s the lesson of this weekend and life. Am I ready for anything? I like to think so.
The Christian life is certainly an adventure like no other, and I have gotten to love the adventure. Status quo life just doesn’t cut it. Christ never woke up in the morning and just did status quo – even when He was a simple carpenter. We shouldn’t either, but somehow we wake up every day and expect that.
When our perspective changes and we walk into the day expecting more, that’s exactly what we get – more. More joy, more of Christ, more LIFE. John 10:10 says, “A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.”
He comes to bring life – real life, but are we ready? It’s not a safe and comfortable life. Adventure, remember? With this life comes risk, uncertainty, and stretching. Is it worth it? Why, yes it is.
So, my question for you is the same one Christ has for me – ARE YOU READY FOR ANYTHING?
By the way, I’ll let you know if I figure anything out this weekend when I blog next week. Stay tuned.