Oct 05 2015

It Is You I Have Loved

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Will we look back and see that maximizing productivity is one of the biggest lies in human history?

In crop management, we spray all these chemicals (insecticides, fungicides, herbicides) on plants in order to make them yield more of whatever they grow. We aim to make them more productive. And what has happened? The plants are yielding more but what else? Wide-ranging side effects including the decimation of bee populations (which are needed, among other reasons, to pollinate all the plants from which we get our food). The pursuit of something nice is causing something awful.

In our lives, we seek tips and tricks on becoming more productive – how to finish more tasks, plow through more email, manage more projects. We marvel at the people in our organizations who get so much done. But what is it costing us?

There is a spirit of compulsion in our generation. We border on the worship of work – devoting more time and more energy to its pursuit than almost anything else. We neglect health in almost every other area of our life while we feed this beast called Work. We’re so busy that we can’t hear the whispering voice of our God who sings, “It isn’t your work… ‘It is YOU I have loved all these years.'” (Water Liars – Let It Breathe)

We must grow crops and we must work. And we should do so intelligently. Productivity isn’t evil. But it’s maximization – squeezing everything we can out of our lives for more accomplishment – will destroy us like it destroys our environment.

Things must change, brothers and sisters. Jesus once said, “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” (Mark‬ ‭8:36‬)

We’re eroding the health of our souls for a mere pittance – not even the whole world – but peer admiration, a few extra bucks, and a marginally bigger office. And through it all, our soul is dulled as we obtain even duller rewards.

The bees are showing us what happens when productivity is chased after unthinkingly. Certainly we see enough damage in our own lives to slow down. But if we will refuse, we should pay special attention to the continued erosion of ourselves, our lives, and our country. Speed kills.

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Oct 04 2015


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Do you know what God calls the losers of the world? The meek.

And do you know what he says about the meek?
“Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5)

On the Last Day, God will give the earth to the meek. Even the writer of Ecclesiastes saw this 2500 years ago.

“…to the sinner [God] gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God.” (Ecclesiastes‬ ‭2:26‬)

Do you see yourself as a pawn in this world? Do you feel you have little to offer? No hot body. No great looks. No outstanding talent. No magnificent wealth. No amazing possessions. No magnetic personality. 

Don’t despise yourself. You may please God greatly. Why would this be? Because Jesus, as a simple day laborer, was most likely unable to read and write (98% of his fellow Israelites would have been illiterate) and his social class was second rung from the bottom (barely higher than slaves). He had a humble life.

His hometown was ridiculed: “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” (John 1:46)

His dad was mocked: “They scoffed, ‘Isn’t this the carpenter’s son?'” (Matthew 13:55)

His looks weren’t impressive: “He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.” (Isaiah 53:2)

Jesus was a blue-collar, possibly redneck, average-looking man. His power came from the Father. His plainness confused everyone. Perhaps you find yourself confused over your own plainness. You’re in good company! Jesus of Nazareth was as plain as they come. The meek shall inherit the earth – along with the meekest man who ever lived.

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Oct 01 2015

Experts In Loving The World

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If you want to have your heart ripped out, watch some videos on YouTube about the Syrian refugees living in refugee camps. Just search for “Zaatari” (it’s one of the large camps in Jordan) and spend 45 minutes with the people living there.

You’ll be left thinking, “Oh, man! What can do?”

Beyond giving money, there isn’t much to do at this point.


This won’t be the last refugee crisis we see in our lifetime. Far from it. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reported last month that there are about 60 million refugees around the world right now. That’s twice the number of estimated people stuck in modern-day slavery (in and of itself a massive problem).

Do you want to know what you can do? Start watching videos and reading and studying everything you can find. Prepare yourself for a CAREER in working with refugees (or whatever group of people you care about). It’s not crazy to think you might work with refugees in three or five years! I have a degree in finance, I worked as a computer programmer for nine years, and now I specialize in poverty and community development. And I’ve never been more challenged or happier.

He who would do good to another must do it in minute particulars. General good is the plea of the scoundrel, hypocrite and flatterer.
_William Blake

If you want to take steps toward understanding and studying this refugee situation (or other issues in our world) in more detail, please send my team an email at and tell us about yourself and why you care. We’re putting together a team of people to study refugees and other topics so we can know how to better love people in the future. We want to put experts into the field in many disciplines for the rest of our lives and today is as good a day to start as any!

It’s dark in the day
And I’ll say now – don’t complain.
Look up, the sun is just a cloud away!
_Rihanna – Get it Over With

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Sep 02 2015

Being Faithful

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My job is not to be famous. My job is not to be influential. My job is not to be productive. My job is to be faithful – to do all the good God has arranged for me to do. The Parable of the Talents is not a story of productivity. It’s a tale of faithfulness.

Why do so many of us crave positions of authority? It just means more work. Most people who are working today feel overworked. So why do we want MORE responsibility? Perhaps it makes us feel important. Maybe we like the power, the admiration, the money. How many of us can say, “I enjoy my work because it feels like I’m being faithful.”?

Could it be that our SOCIETY rewards people who are productive? And our GOD rewards people who are faithful? The two may not always be linked.

So many of us labor, longing to be seen by bosses and influencers, too infrequently pausing to consider how all our activity is seen by God.

The eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth, looking not for the productive but those whose hearts are fully committed to him – the pure-hearted and the faithful (2 Chronicles 16:9).

Feel like you’re a nobody because you don’t have a great position or don’t have great skills? God loves the position of the humble, not the humble-bragger.

Feel like you don’t accomplish much compared to others? Don’t be so quick to beat yourself up. Hustle without heart is like a vase with no flowers. It’s quite empty to God. And our lives aren’t about comparison anyway.

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might…
_Ecclesiastes 9:10

All YOUR might. Not the might of someone else. Use all YOU have. It may not be much compared to someone else. But remember: an ant doesn’t compete against a blue whale. A heavyweight boxer doesn’t fight against a featherweight. We’re all in different categories with different purposes. Don’t despise your design!

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.
_Colossians 3:23

Again, remember today: God is our master, our commander, our guide. Walk with him. Do your best. Our job is only to be faithful!

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