Have you ever had that friend that knows how to ask the brutally tough questions, but in a way that build you up instead of breaking you down? David is that friend for me. We had a chance to have a long talk a few weeks ago and I look up to David for the extent to which he has fully abandoned his life in the service of God. He’s a very intense, and very amazing guy. Someone we could all look up to.
We were talking about the various things I’m doing. Teaching Sunday School, writing this blog, the book, coming to a full stop at all stop signs. You know… living life the right way. To be completely honest, I was kind of rattling off this list to him in hopes of his approval. I love positive affirmation. Perhaps a character flaw, but one that I definitely have. He turned to me and in a very nice, but just barely confrontational way, he asked, “What’s your source?”
I didn’t even know what he meant at first. It took me a minute to put the pieces together. He was talking about whether I was doing this for me, or doing this for God. What was at the center of all of this. He knows me well enough to know that I like being the center of attention. He also knows I don’t spend a lot of time in prayer or reading scripture. So that creates the question: If I’m not in prayer or scripture, what is the source of all this stuff I’m doing? It’s not God. But it needs to be.
So since that night I’ve spent more time in scripture. I could still spend more. And I’ve spent more time in prayer. And I’m working to be more intentional about prayer and learning about it.
These redirections are so important in my life. What small corrections, what tough questions, have you been asked that changed your course for the better? And most importantly… What is your source for it all?
We were built to be heroes.
It’s about time we started acting like heroes.
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