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Better Moments

What is it that you want to be in your better moments?

In my better moments I want to be brave. I want to be calm. I want to have deep faith. I want to connect with people I love. I want to be humble. I want to be quiet.

In my worse moments I want security above all else. I want acclaim. I want success. In my worse moments I am fearful. Of everything. In my worse moments I am dishonest. I am impatient. I am uncaring. I’m a lot of other things too.

But this.

This.

Right now.

Is a better moment.

It’s a better moment because I’m not sure if this post will resonate with you or with anyone. But I’m going to post it… because I feel like I should. It’s a little scary, but in my better moments I am brave. In my better moments I do the things I feel like I should, even when I’m not sure others will fully understand. And maybe you know what it feels like to do something you feel like you should do, even if you don’t know why.

Sometimes that’s what a better moment feels like.

I tell you this because I know that from time to time you have better moments too. There is a moment when you want to be more generous, want to work a little harder, want to stay motivated when your boss asks you to work late. You have better moments too. Those moments when you see your best self. The self unblemished, the self untarnished, the self as it might be when sanctified.

You see yourself secured in Christ and the fear of the world falls away.

You see yourself as loved by Christ and the guy in the next cubicle becomes more lovable.

You feel the Spirit move in power and you believe you can do that one crazy thing you’re called to.

Your better moments.

What brings them out? What is the thing that encourages your better moments?

I had drinks this evening with another believer and we dreamed about what the future could hold. I was encouraged by community.

I spent time in the word this morning and was comforted by Romans 8:28. I was encouraged by the Scriptures.

I listened to the podcast of a man I respect on my drive home. I was encouraged by the redeemed story of a broken man.

I held my wife close when she walked in the door. I was encouraged by covenantal love.

What encourages you to have better moments? What are those things? Could you do more of those things today?

Maybe even just for a moment?

What do you do when…

What do you do when you feel like a failure all the time?

What do you do when you feel angry most of the day?

What do you do when you are at work and you feel trapped or lost or disrespected or hopeless or embarrassed or overwhelmed or inadequate or stressed out or _____?

What do you do when… ?

You fight.

Fight the feeling of failure. Fight the anger. Fight the _____. Fight the sin.

Fight by picking up the only weapon the Bible tells us of – the Bible. And once you’ve picked it up, fight viciously.

Sometimes I want to envision this fight in the most heroic of terms. I’m fighting with a sword that comes alive with blazes of fire and bolts of lighting sparking out in all directions. I can see myself fighting into the darkness, hacking back the lies and deceit of the enemy. It’s all very heroic, let me assure you. Like if you took the most epic parts from Lord of the Rings and smashed them all together.

And I guess sometimes fighting sin might look like that, but I’ve yet to see it.

Many times, especially when we’re in the fight, it’s slow and gritty and hard. You fight to believe a truth about God and just when you start to remember God’s goodness a new distraction catches your eye and you feel like you lose all the momentum you’ve gained.

Maybe you know what I’m talking about. Maybe like me, you’re in the middle of it right now.

Don’t quit. Don’t give up.


If you’re a subscriber to the blog, you’ll also get a list of scriptures that help with this fight. If you’re not a subscriber and would like the list of scriptures to fight with, just send an email to taskandtoil@gmail.com and we’ll get you a copy.

All Hat, No Cattle

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All hat, no cattle.
All talk, no walk.
All bark, no bite.
All chips, no queso.

If you want your work to be worship today, people can’t be describing you as ‘all icing, no cake’. For your work to be worship, it’s likely you’ll actually have to do the work.

If you want people at your workplace to listen to you when you speak about Jesus, they can’t think you’re ‘all shine, no apple’.  For your words to be effective, it’s likely you’ll actually have to do the work. (and do it well.)

There’s freedom in this. You don’t have to worry about evangelizing perfectly, or strategizing perfectly, or positioning yourself in the workplace perfectly. You just have to worry about being obedient to the things in front of you today.

But if you don’t want your work to be worship, or your coworkers to listen when you speak about Jesus… well then by all means go ahead and phone it in.

The Compass

Religion offers us a map. Take a right turn here, a left turn there. Fill this spot, check that box. Do this, not that. At the end of the road we are offered our prize. The problem though, is that destination we find ourselves at is never the one we wanted to get to.

The Gospel offers us a compass. Always pointing a singular direction, regardless the obstacles that might stand ahead. Rocks and boulders, forests or swamps… just go around… the compass will keep pointing to your destination.

Though the map feels safer, important work has always been done with a compass. Lewis and Clark didn’t have a map. Neither did Columbus.

Important work today and tomorrow will be done with a compass as well, rarely a map.

Today you will almost certainly have the opportunity to do something new, or act in some bold way: share the Gospel with a coworker, take initiative on a project, serve a customer or superior in an unexpected way that isn’t in your job description.

None of those opportunities will be on your map. By definition, they can’t be. All of those opportunities will be important – To you. To God. To the expansion of the Kingdom.

When in doubt, follow the compass. Forget the map. (It’s out of date anyways.)

Fuel for work

(You are going to think this doesn’t apply to you. It absolutely does.)

You will be tempted to work through the holidays. You will be tempted to work Christmas morning even. Maybe for your day job, maybe not. But the temptation to work will be alive and well.

  • Cook breakfast that will impress everyone
  • Be winsome and funny
  • Fit in at dinner
  • Make sure everyone knows you did ________
  • Make sure no one knows you did ________
  • Hide this
  • Embellish that
  • perform, perform, perform
  • Think about work
  • Check email
  • Check twitter
  • Take 15 pictures, post one to instagram
  • Post one to facebook
  • Write a comment about how great everything is
  • #blessed
  • perform, perform, perform
  • Worry about how your comment was taken
  • Worry about how your gift was received
  • Worry about who gave you this and who didn’t give you that
  • Worry about what that means about how they think of you
  • Worry about what it all means about you
  • perform, perform, perform
  • work. work. work.

Christmas morning is God’s gift to you to lay down your work. Not just your “day job” work, but the work beneath the work. The work of defending and protecting yourself. The work of modifying and correcting your image. The work of proving your worth (to others and to yourself). The work of striving for _________. The work of earning the love of those around you.

Christmas morning is the ultimate gift of rest and provision and peace and comfort.

Jesus is the ultimate gift of rest and provision and peace and comfort.

His birth (and his death and resurrection 33ish years later) are the fuel for your rest this coming Thursday. That rest, deep soul rest, is the fuel for your work every day forward.

This Christmas, rest in God’s completed promise, wrapped and laying in a manger. Rest because God told you to. Rest because if you know Jesus, you don’t have to work.

More than anything, I hope you get that peace this Christmas. I hope your heart and mind and soul rest in the good news that God wrapped himself in flesh to be with us. I hope you find the rest that can only come from knowing that because of Jesus, God loves you specifically and unconditionally.

I hope I get that rest too.

Merry Christmas. (Restful Christmas.)