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Earth Day – Plant with Purpose

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envy of his neighbor

Ecclesiates 4:1-8

Again I looked and saw all the oppression that was taking place under the sun: I saw the tears of the oppressed— and they have no comforter; power was on the side of their oppressors— and they have no comforter.

And I declared that the dead, who had already died, are happier than the living, who are still alive. But better than both is he who has not yet been, who has not seen the evil that is done under the sun.

And I saw that all labor and all achievement spring from man’s envy of his neighbor. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. The fool folds his hands and ruins himself. Better one handful with tranquillity than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind.

Again I saw something meaningless under the sun: There was a man all alone; he had neither son nor brother. There was no end to his toil, yet his eyes were not content with his wealth. “For whom am I toiling,” he asked, “and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?” This too is meaningless— a miserable business!

leaving normal

rarely do i read scripture and feel like the wind has been knocked out of my chest. today was an exception. this morning i woke up and did a lot of stuff before opening up the Bible. i made coffee, breakfast, read some blogs, and pretty much forgot about God.

then i grabbed by Bible and started reading Mark 7. I read 1 sentence and closed the Bible.

“You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!”

Now, normally this would draw my mind to the traditions of churches that seem to keep people from fully experiencing God. These could be a number of things that churches do to keep people from God. Ed Stetzer wrote via Twitter: “If I, as pastor, do for you what God has called you to do, I fail at my task, you fail at yours, & the mission of God suffers.”

But not today.

Today i was smacked in the face with my own hipocracy. You see, i read the verse slightly different. Because in our context, there aren’t a lot of things that are “traditions,” instead we use a different word: culture. There are so many things that are cultural norms that get in the way of knowing and being Christ today.

Here are a few “normals” for Adam Lehman that get in the way of following God’s commands:

  • I have a strong aversion to handling my money poorly.
  • It is normal for me to spend my money on myself instead of others.
  • It is normal for me to spend a lot of money to celebrate Christ’s birthday.
  • It is normal for me to ask “what can I get out of church” instead of “what can i give.”
  • It is normal for me to eat garbage.
  • It is normal for me to talk to those I know and avoid those i do not
  • It is normal for me to be selfish.
  • It is normal for me to play down my relationship with God in public.
  • It is normal for me to try and be cool rather than connecting with God.
  • It is normal for me to quickly pass judgments on others.

God. Help me to leave normal in pursuit of Your normal. Help me to find Your way. May my lifestyle be transformed to look more like Jesus everyday.

What are your “normals” that need to be left behind in order to follow God’s commandments?

The Dark Bailout

This video made me laugh. But also made me a little sad. But then i saw the creativity and innovation that the creator of the video put into it, and he/she didn’t make a dime for it….

thanks to whomever left the gift card on my desk…

Yesterday I spent some time in the office. I went to lunch with JohnAtk and then went to work out. As i arrived back to the office to do a bit more work, i saw a little box on my desk that wasn’t there when i left. Inside of the box was a visa debit card that was loaded with a significant amount of money. I was floored. I even teared up a bit.

I instantly thought 3 things:

  • It is so humbling when someone helps you out. I think that is why it is hard for us to ask for help these days. It is much easier to try to figure stuff out on our own.
  • I thought of the relief that the money would bring. The sum of money could cover all my christmas presents, or could help in a load of different ways. It is amazing how much burden one person can relieve from another.
  • I so much desire to help other people like this. I’m not saying that I’m going to leave gift cards everywhere, but i’ve got to begin taking the initiative in helping people. People aren’t going to come to me for help, but I can initiate the process. I can start showing love and help lift some burdens.

So if you are the person or if you know the person who left the gift cards, know that I appreciate it greatly. I hope you continue to bless others in the way that you’ve blessed me.

chris seay on consumerism

Check out this “Qtalk” by Chris Seay. He spend about twenty minutes discussing consumerism. He really nails it I think.

Thanks to Jesse for sharing this with me.

great money advice

ten steps to “escaping the paycheck to paycheck cycle

~from the nocreditneeded blog~

thought i’d share.