The Knowledge of Goodness

I had a revelation the other day on God’s glory.

In Ex. 33:18, Moses said, “I pray You, show me Your glory!” God’s response? Well, it had no mention of glory. Rather, God replied, “I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you…” (Ex. 33:19)

At first glance, it would seem without any mention of “glory”, God did not answer Moses question. But what if this was the answer to the question? What if God’s glory made manifest in our midst looks like His goodness in our midst, passing before our eyes?

You might recall that the prophet Habakkuk declared, “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.” (Hab. 2:14)

Many misquote this and just say “The glory of the Lord will fill the earth” or similar. But this says that the earth will be “filled with the knowledge of the glory”.  What if, in light of Exodus 33:19, this “knowledge of glory” could actually be read as the “knowledge of God’s goodness”?

We experience God’s glory
when we experience God’s goodness!

I believe that His glory and His goodness in our lives are only increasing. The Good King is advancing His Kingdom of Good News. He is calling out His followers as His, and putting His children on display that have been hidden until now. It has not been without Heaven’s intention either. Daniel was charged with sealing his words until there was a epoch of time where the knowledge of God’s purposes would increase (Daniel 12:4 AMP).

We in moving into the time of this revealing. In the information age we live, this knowledge of the goodness of God will fill the earth across social media, search engines, video websites, smart devices and high-definition screens. God’s glory is with us today, because His goodness is in our lives. As my wife reminded me, His goodness towards us must be met with thankfulness. You have already experienced His glory through His goodness. Now, meet what He has done with a thankful heart so He can know you’re ready to “pass before you” again.

New Wine Leadership

Jesus spoke of the new wine needing new wineskins, as an odd response (at first glance) to a question of his disciples’ lack of fasting that came from John’s disciples & the Pharisees—the “Old Wine Thought Leaders” if you will.

Receiving the New Wine comes down to leadership and being the type of “New Wine Leaders” who perceive it as well as manage it—not control it. This new wine is still in fermentation, while active and exciting, but it’s God’s Wine to begin with.

As leaders and disciples of businesses, faith communities, projects and ideas, may we be flexible enough to recognize the New Wine when it comes, and courageous enough to let God build the new wineskins (in us and through us) it requires.

REFERENCES:
Matthew 9:14-17Mark 2:18-22Luke 5:33-39

NYC Photographer + Two Random Strangers = Very Intimate Photographs

DoMakeCreateScreen Shot 2014-02-09 at 12.25.27 PMImagine you’re visiting New York City and a stranger with a camera walks up to you, introducing you to another stranger. He then asks you if you would be willing to take a portrait with this said stranger, while posing like you were family, long-time friends or in love. Photographer Richard Renaldi does just this, scouring the streets for two random strangers and then bringing them together for one intimate photograph.

Richard asks his random subjects to show some sign(s) of affection to their co-stranger. But the beauty in the photos is found not only in how these strangers-turned-subjects seem to have deep histories, but also in how each person’s boundaries and walls seem to come down—if just for this one photographic moment—for a shared experience unlike any other.

These photos and the story behind them reveal so much about ourselves, our human existence, and how it is truly not hard to find within us connection, compassion, and dare say—love, for the  strangers we pass by every day.

For more, follow Richard Renaldi on Twitter, Instagram and his blog.

Habits of the World’s Wealthiest People (Infographic)

What do Oprah Winfrey and Warren Buffett have in common, in addition to their fairly sizable net worths? More than you might think.

An infographic developed by social-media marketing company NowSourcing details some of the qualities and traits shared by the rich (we’re talking those who earn more than $160,000 a year and have $3.2 million in assets). If you want to take a page out of Bill Gates’ playbook, wake up early, exercise, read more (definitely cut back on your reality TV intake) and write a daily to-do list.

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THE WEEKLY MUSING: We Are Reflections Of Our Affections

This phrase that came to mind while driving with my wife Joanna one night, and it’s been stuck with me ever since.  I just thought I’d open up this musing to everyone. What do you think? Where do your affection lie? Or are you lying to the world, being something you are not? Do the people around you see you one way, and you know inside that this is not the case?

Would love to get some dialogue going…

What is The Weekly Musing?

A musing is a period of thought or reflection. The Weekly Musing is a thought-full post, where something has stood out to me and I feel compelled to share it, comment on it and invite others to do the same. Leave your comments on this week’s post by opening up this week’s Musing to it’s full page and writing in on the bottom.

 

Grow Your Organization Through Vulnerability

Years ago, I was part of a community of faith in Ventura, California known as The Bridge. It was a very special part of my history in my personal faith, but also in how I saw organizations in their design, structure and following.

Every organization, to get this title, will have followers. For a business, these followers might be customers or clients. For a non-profit, these might be supporters, donors or sponsors. And for a community of faith, these might be members, congregants, or more openly, family.

The life of the Bridge went from 1999 to the end of 2007, and in those years, we really pushed and fought to be an community where each person called us home could be their true, authentic selves. So what did this look from within our structure?

It meant that every Sunday, we sat in the round. Rather than a linear Sunday experience in straight rows of chairs, we brought in small round tables that could seat 4-6 people (sometimes more) and we would engage in the Soul Journey. The Soul Journey was a set of three questions , posed on cards given to everyone seated at the table: (1) PERSONAL: a prayer for the ourselves, (2) LOCAL: a prayer for something or someone around us like a friend’s situation, and (3) GLOBAL: a prayer for something happening world. We then would share these prayers with everyone at the table.

It is important to note: We would also encourage people to sit with strangers or newcomers, and break away from the monotony of their friends, sometimes stopping our whole service and making people get up and move around. These times around the table every week meant we had to take the risk of being authentic and vulnerable. We had to face our fears, telling friends and strangers how we were really doing, what our needs were and what prayers we needed most. It was after sharing our three items that we appointed someone to pray for the whole table, and then as the last act of vulnerability, we swapped our Soul Journey card with someone seated next to us with our contact info written on it to remain in contact during the week.

The thing is: the Bridge became known by these moments. Word spread not only locally, but around the nation and the globe of the things are community was doing. It was risking and daring to break up the “Sunday Church Experience”, but people grew to love it. It meant real people, addressing real needs. And the thing was that our community’s leaders took seats at tables around the room. The leaders of the community were not exempt from revealing the personal needs and longings found on the Soul Journey card.

If you’re a leader of any type of organization, your followers may not know it yet, but they would love for you to sit down with them, amongst them. Sure, there are tasks and duties and projects to be done. But if you just took a moment to sit amongst those who follow you, you would find that these moments are what change us, shape us, and form us.

RISKY BUSINESS

The risk is that you must lay down your pride and ego. The risk is that you must open up. The risk is you must not only face some fears, but try sharing those fears with others too. This is the risk. But just like the leadership of the Bridge would force the community to swap seats with strangers, sometimes, we leaders must be provoked to take the risk, and it’s in these moments that memories are made that last a lifetime.

TAKE THE CHALLENGE

Try it out. Take the risk of being authentic with your followers. Open up with your organization.  How has being vulnerable grown your company, organization or community?  And then tell the world about it in the comments below…

Searching For Something To Live…And Die…For.

“There is something missing in my life, and it has to do with my need to understand what I must do, not what I must simply know —except, of course, that a certain amount of knowledge is presupposed in every action. I need to understand my purpose in life, to see what God wants me to do, and this means that I must find a truth which is true for me, that I must find that Idea for which I can live and die…

The Idea was what I lacked in order to live a complete human life and not merely knowledge. So I could not base the development of my philosophy of life…on something not my own, but upon something which reaches to the deepest roots of my existence and wherein I am connected into the divine and held fast to it, even though the whole world falls apart. Yes,this is what I lack and this is what I am striving for.”

~ Soren Kierkegaard, Journals

Joanna and I have had many times as of late discussing life, our vision for our family and our goals. All this as we wait for her to get through the immigration process of becoming a Permanent Resident of the U.S. She is in a new country, away from all that was familiar and here we are, slowly establishing our marriage and our selves in a new land, where everything is unknown, but waiting to be known. I stumbled across this today from existentialist, Soren Kierkegaard, and it just fits with our current season.