Thoughts to build communion with God, community with the church and help collide with darkness

My desire is to post my thoughts with the hope that God's people can benefit from them and be prepared to work harder and and fight better. Our enjoyment of God is at stake. Father is anything but a boring, no fun, stick in the mud who wants everyone to wear a tie. He is the creator of the universe and he will blow your mind!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Transformation of behavior is just what happens when...

I just spoke with a dad whose daughter has recently been brought to faith in Christ. His comment was that she is different.

Not elaborate. Not flashy. No lightning bolt. No lack of evidence. Just a transformation of behavior.

I was at Falcons training camp last August, and I felt this presence next to me that was big and powerful. I could feel the size and weight of the person. I took a glimpse over and it was Tommy Nobis. Now, if you are not a Falcon fan, or even a football fan, you will not know who this is. Let's just say that he is Mr. Falcon and Mr. bad. He is also a quite caring man who does tons for the community. Anyway, I began to act strangely. I was figity and uncomfortable because I suddenly became aware of the fact that there was some Falcon and NFL greatness right next to me. I could not find words to say, and I was not even sure I should say anything.

After continuing to watch 11 on 11 drills with my sons and some quiet reflection, I spoke some profound words. "Hey". The response? "Hey". Wow. My day made. Tommy Nobis said, "Hey."

Now what does that have to do with tranformation? Simple. Tommy Nobis changed the way I related to people because I was in awe of this man I have watched and heard of since I was a kid in the 70's.

If Tommy Nobis can transform my ability to relate then what happens when the King and creator of the universe initiates contact with a fallen creature? There is a change that takes place immediately that leaves the King's mark on us. Be sure there is much that will change as the years go by, but that initial encounter will leave it's mark.

This is what happened to this young lady. The King marked her as his, and she is different.

How much does the King's mark show on me? You? Us? I hope so much that it is clearly evident we have been known by King Jesus.

Here we go!

Well, here we go. I'm an avid journaler with pen and paper. I've never taken the leap into the cyber world with my thoughts because I write uncensored in the confession of my sin and spill my honest holy and fallen thoughts out to wrestle with them and fight the fight of the faith in order to keep the faith and advance the King's cause.

So, in the coming days, read at your own peril and perhaps joy and maybe growth along with me as I post follow up thoughts to Sunday morning tallks, thoughts on the week's events and maybe just some fun things that happen to encourage and challenge you while helping me express my thoughts honestly.

So read, get used to the format and post your responses.

Soli Deo Gloria