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Lumination // Genuine Fellowship and Connection

I’ve been reflecting on our men’s retreat from this past weekend in light of our church’s “Illuminate” theme for this year.  Men came together for genuine fellowship, connection, learning, and sharing about real life stuff in their lives. They put their guard down and allowed Jesus to lean it to their hearts. It was good.  The light was bright. Thanks guys.

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Man Weekend Recap

Just wanted to update you on my recent yearly trek down to the farm (known as “man weekend”) for some hunting, relaxing, eating, hanging out fun. My two friends, Lance and Keith, from Georgia are a part of this deal. It’s funny because we take so much gear, clothes, food and supplies that you would think we were going away for a month instead of a few days! That’s the result of over excitement and under planning.

In short, the trip was successful. Between the three of us there was only one deer taken and very few seen. We got cold, wet and tired. You might be asking “soooo, where’s the success in this?” That’s the beauty of this trip. Don’t get me wrong we love the hunting, the harsh weather, the anticipation of a huge buck, using all the gear and climbing trees, but gem of this trip is the fellowship, conversations, praying and laughing together.

It’s about joking each other, sitting around the fire telling hunting stories (these are never called hunting “truths” by the way!) and standing around the stove eating whatever is being cooked right out of the pan. It’s about disengaging from stress and the cares of our careers and just being people who need nothing from each other but friendship. It’s just a great time.

So, there you go. Already looking forward to next year.

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Leading the Man2Man Group Today

I had the great opportunity of leading the guys at our Man2Man gathering this morning. I love sharing with these men who are seeking the Lord with their whole heart. I am blessed by them. Anyway, I talked about something that I have previously blogged about. It’s a principle that John Ortberg brings to light in his book “Overcoming Your Shadow Mission”.  Our shadow mission is “a pattern of thought and action based on temptations and our own selfishness that lead us to betray our deepest values. The result: regret and guilt.”

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Often it’s not something that’s 180 degrees from who we are and what we’re pursuing, it’s more like 5 or 10 degrees of the mark. It’s pursuing religion instead of Jesus, spending all our time with hobbies in the name of “stress relief” knowing it takes time away from family or serving God, seeking approval from people, seeking fame and recognition, etc. etc. Everybody has one – what’s yours?

To pursue this shadow mission is to waste precious time. You and I were created for something far greater, bigger and more important than some unimportant selfish quest. It’s like when Mordecai tells Esther “who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”. What about you and me? Who knows that who we are, what we do, our passions and gifts and resources were given to us for such a time as this. God needs us for this time in which we live.

Just a thought.