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If you would describe your relationship with God as anything less than adventurous, then maybe you think you’re following the Spirit, but you have settled for something less–something I call inverted Faith. Instead of following the Spirit, we invite the Spirit to follow us. Instead of serving God’s purposes, we want Him to serve ours. And while this may seem like a subtle distinction, it makes an ocean of difference. The result of this inverted relationship with God is not just a self-absorbed spirituality that leaves us feeling empty; it’s also the difference between spiritual boredom and spiritual adventure.

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The Big Texan

The Big Texan

One of the memorable moments from our recent road trip was from Amarillo, TX.  We wanted to give our kids a dose of Texas culture so we took them to The Texan, a restaurant that serves a 6lb steak.  If you eat the steak, plus baked potato, salad, shrimp, dessert, and 60 oz of iced tea in one hour, you eat free; if not you pay them $100.  To my delight there was 2 huge guys that were up for the competition, but 30 minutes in, they gave up after only eating half of the steaj.  I couldn’t break it to them that a 120# woman had successfully eaten the whole thing earlier that day in 28 minutes!  Surprisingly my kids were not that impressed with the steak or the contest.  They were mezmorized by the “stuffed” animals hanging on the wall.  Bummer, I had to explain to them how some people shoot, skin, and stuff animals for “trophies.”  It was a tough moment for them to realize that the hamburgers they love to eat were once a real animal!

I am convinced that God is more interested in faith than obedience.  The story of scripture is primary based on a people of faith, not a people of obedience.  That is our lead element in our walk with God:  faith.  Obedience is a “who’s in who’s out” boundary line; faith is a process of growing, stretching, learning, failure, and big dreams.  Obedience, and by direct impact disobedience, drives people away from God because of a sense of being driven by a system.  Faith is in invitation from God Himslef to trust.  Trust and faith are inseparable most of the time.  I want my children to trust me, trust my character, and believe that I am always looking out for their best.  The basis of our relationship with God is the same.  He invites us into a relationship based on Him being a good, loving Father and us being His children.

I hope this isn't God!

I hope this isn't God