The Plan From The Beginning—Everything Flows From The Creator’s Presence

It was always the Creator’s plan that everything we do flow out from being in the presence of the One who holds everything together.

It never ceases to amaze me how just a moment in the presence of God can change everything, forever. Throughout the centuries, the champions of the faith saw glimpses of their own that have forever changed the world. What awaits us if we make the time to put down our agendas, schedules and plans, and seek after a glimpse? Chances are, we will see so much more.

Make time to be found in the Presence of God today.

The Line Between Secular and Sacred Is Gray.

Growing up, religion told me that there are sacred things and there are secular things. If it music, I should not listen to “secular music”, but “Christian music”. If it time with friends, I should never find myself at events like house parties, for those were secular things, but coffee shops, especially Christian ones, were safe places where you could find the sacred.

This led to me the belief that secular music, without mention of God or Jesus, was somehow bad. It also led me to think that drinking alcohol with friends could be “the appearance of evil”, paying no mind to the reality that Jesus’ first miracle was turning water into wine for wedding party guests.

In my late teens, I learned that Celtic Christians from the isle of Iona (now Scotland) held to their own belief of “thin places”—a physical place where the veil that separates heaven and earth is lifted and we are able to glimpse the glory, or presence, of God.

Now that I am in my early thirties, I have taken Jesus’ words, “The kingdom of heaven is within you” (Luke 17:21) to heart and have let this reality (or truth) of the Kingdom of God replace my thinking (or as I say, false belief system) that there are defined lines of “secular” and “sacred” objects, places and people groups.

Trusting Jesus’ words that the Kingdom is within myself and all Christians, I now refer to my daily living, breathing and actions as a “thin place”—where the people around my life should see heaven touch earth because His Kingdom is always unveiled.

The world we are called into is not one where physical places, food, drink and creative expressions are either black or white with defined boundaries—even Jesus’ first-ever miracle of creating wine was for people who were probably already drunk. How the pious never discuss that story is beyond me.

It was by Jesus that we were called into “all the world” and because He declared the Kingdom of Heaven is within you, there is no dark place that light cannot penetrate.

This is the truth revealed to us—there is nothing so secular that the sacred person of Christ cannot touch or someplace so dark Christ cannot go. Don’t let religion, the thoughts of men, and fear keep you from displaying the light you carry within you. For the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:5)

Grow Deep

I recently bought some pens to get back into ink-work and drawing. I love pointillism and this tree wasn’t planned. It just came out once I touched the paper. It got me thinking: maybe the tree along with its roots that came out of me speak of the deep things within all of us.

The catch is that deep things take time. They take intentionality. They take action. They also take heart.

Today, take small steps to grow deep in the things that mean most to you. Maybe it is making time for friends and family. Maybe it’s fleshing out some crazy idea for a new journey in your life. Maybe it’s just getting back to those talents you’ve let busyness (or the holidays) take from you.

Grow deep. And be very intentional about it. 
You’ll thank yourself later.

My Morning Cup of the New Covenant

This morning, I decided to drink again of what Jesus called “the cup of the new covenant”. Some Mystics have said partaking of the bread and the cup daily kept them free from sickness and gave them long life.

All I know is that doing this act is sacred because it represents everything Christ came to do so we could have a free and full life. The bread as his body broken. The wine as his blood shed. This sacred sacrament contains it all: love, sacrifice, service, worship and best of all: fulfillment of the law through grace.

This is not something to be taken lightly, but at the same time, the only prerequisite is that we come with an open heart and a willing heart that lays down all pride to know we need something greater than ourselves.

You’re my bread. You’re the new wine. You’re my everything.

Gotta Spend Some Time, Love.

In the words of DeathCab:
“You gotta spend some time, love.
You gotta spend some time with me.
And I know that you’ll find love.
I will possess your heart.” .

Get in God’s presence today. Wait until He speaks to you. Meditate on His words. He wants to possess your heart.

An Ode On The First Day of 2015

An ode on the first day of 2015:
“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
—C. S. Lewis

Reflecting back on the past 365 days, my wife and I moved across the country, settled into the city of Nashville, braved 7 degree weather for the first time, my wife and I traveled twice to Memphis for her immigration appointments due to the same weather, in April she got permission to work and got a job as a Spanish teacher with health benefits, I took a barista position at a brand new cafe and then headed up all the creative direction for @IrisNashville, had both our parents visit our new city and ended the year in Mexico for the first time since October 2013.

But through it all, the spirit of God silently, but forcefully, pushed me to step out of many fears–fears of my dreams, longings, and passions. Most of these fears were hidden by excuses, but it was the love of God that removed all fears to pursue these dreams in this new year.

We have heard it said that the things we want in life are on the other side of fear. I’m here to tell you that it’s greater than “wants” and that the actual purpose and destiny of your life—those things that make you come alive and keep awake at night—are on the other side of all the fears and excuses. 
You were born for 2015, to bring something to this world that no one else could ever bring. As one who follows Jesus, I believe our dreams are God-breathed, and that could explain why our dreams are so much bigger than us, because they require a courage that might seem supernatural. But those dreams are there because they were meant for you. It’s personal.

Get personal with your fears and don’t let them hold you back this year. It’s your time.

Pray For Peace Today

Please send prayers and/or good vibrations to those in ‪#‎Iraq‬ today caught in the path of ‪#‎ISIS‬ (and US bombs), the civilians caught in the ‪#‎Gaza‬/‪#‎Israel‬ fighting, and the ‪#‎Separatist‬/‪#‎Ukraine‬ conflict with ‪#‎Russia‬ on its doorstep.

‪#‎LetYourKingdomCome‬ #Peace