multitaskingMy sister and I used to make mud tea.  We didn’t actually call it that, nor did we actually drink the swill, but when we were small, we’d play around outside with spare dishes.  One of our concoctions invariably involved mixing a little dirt ‘n’ water to make a tasty drink.  When we stirred and stirred our little elixir, the water would take on that irresistible shade of brown.  When we stopped stirring, it stayed muddy.  But when we gave it a rest and went off to other pursuits, the water would always be clearer when we returned.  The mud would have settled to the bottom.

Your life is like that glass in our backyard.  When stirred up, it gets muddy.  It’s easy to become confused, distorted, foggy, fuzzy and dull.  Under the pressure of circumstances, it’s harder to see issues clearly and make good, clear, meaningful decisions.

So… had any “muddy water days” lately?  The phone won’t quit ringing, the baby won’t stop crying, everybody needs your help at the same time, you have major, life-changing decisions to make, you have a week’s worth of money to pay a month’s worth of bills, you spend the entire day running about 30 minutes behind, and then you turn on the radio and some clown is singing, “It’s a Beautiful Morning.”

You aren’t alone, you know.  [click to continue…]

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Burnout“I will recognize that this day is a gift to me.  Today and every day I will take the time to encourage the encourager.  I will recognize that my greatest gifts become available to others only when I offer them first to myself and to my God.”  -from “The Encourager’s Creed

“Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God, above politics, above everything.”  -Psalm 46:10, The Message


His innovative, radical ministry shook and shaped the town where he lived.  He started a church from scratch and tossed tradition on its ear.  He insisted that worship services be seeker sensitive – events that people would actually enjoy attending.  His preaching was simple and plain, filled with word pictures, practical application, and charisma.

He led his people to reach out with God’s love by establishing an innovative system of literature distribution and visitation.  In a matter of months his church went from mission to mega, with more than a thousand people attending his Thursday night Bible study.

He was a prayer warrior.  This guy spent an hour a day just praying for the Jews!  Another hour daily in general prayer and meditation.  An hour and a half in breakfast and family prayers.  Six hours in prayer and devotional reading on Sundays.

Oh, and then there was the revival.  Returning from the Middle East, he found the town turned upside down with a fresh invasion of the Spirit.  People came nightly to hear him preach the gospel.  Hundreds came to Christ.  Without question, he was one of the greatest Christian leaders any generation has ever witnessed.

He died in 1843.

Age – 29. [click to continue…]