September 28, 2015

I don't know about you but my week is off to a good start. Did I mention that Sunday is the first day of the week and worship yesterday was good? Last night we had a really good sermon from Dale Allen, a seminary student. If you have been missing these on Sunday nights you have missed a true blessing. One church member wanted me to have him come back and do a revival! But this morning is off to a good start as well. God is Good!! I pray your morning is right in the center of His will.
This morning I was reminded of a topic that I wanted to talk about in this forum. I was in a situation this morning where I was forced to "unplug." I had to turn my phone off and had no access to any outside stimulus. It wasn't for a long period of time but at first I admit to a little bit of panic. How am I going to sit here with nothing to do? I really need to check my email right now. What if someone is trying to text me? I wonder how hot it is outside? Do you see how my mind began to wander? Then finally I began to enter into a different mindset. I began to feel myself calm down and relax. I even began to find myself communicating with God. Yes, He had my attention. It took a lot but for a little while I was "unplugged" and able to tune into Him. This was only a short period of time and it was indeed forced on me but I was reminded of the need to unplug from technology. I'm not saying you have to unplug and stay unplugged but I think all of us need periods of time where we get away from technology. We need to put aside that smart phone and step away from our laptop and turn off our TV and try to figure out what it means to live life without all that extra stimulus. The Bible is full of references such as Psalm 46:10 which says, "Be still, and know that I am God." Our relationship with Him requires that we unplug even if just briefly.
I recently watched a 60 Minutes episode where the topic was about something called "Mindfulness." Now don't misunderstand here. I am not promoting "Mindfulness" but in watching there were some interesting concepts. The idea of basically being "unplugged" is required here as well. It is the idea of emptying your mind and being present in the here and now. Not worrying or focusing on the past or the future. I like that concept. When we empty our mind we need to make sure we are filling it with prayers and a conversation with God. But some of you . . . and I include myself here . . . need to step back and truly make time for God. Time which includes a daily quiet time but it should be more than that. Then I would also suggest that your relationships might improve with key people in your life if you tried this with them as well. You can't devote all your time to any person and that wouldn't be healthy even if you could. But try being present in the moment. Try focusing on them instead of thinking about where you need to go next or what you are going to say when they stop talking or who else is invading that time through your smart phone. You might find those relationships become deeper and better as well. Just like your relationship with God. All relationships require time and attention. Undivided attention. We all need to work on that. Wouldn't you agree? Unplug for a while today. See how it affects you.

Those of you in the Fort Worth area don't forget about our Transforming Prayer Webcast this Saturday, October 3rd at 9:00am. Daniel Henderson will be leading a seminar that will be well-worth your time.
Coming this Sunday. 100 Happy People. Come see what all the fuss is about. Come prepared to accept the challenge!