Being very private in nature, it’s not often that I share my personal thoughts, but today is one of those days that I want to allow you into the secrets of my mind.
A few days ago my laptop decided to give me grief. The screen decided it wanted to separate from the keyboard for no apparent reason. It’s currently in for repairs but I’m blessed in the meantime to borrow my friend’s laptop here and there while she isn’t using it.
I discovered not long after I arrived in South Africa that almost every aspect of my life seems to be locked into today’s technology. All the work I do is stored on a hard drive. All my studies are there. All my records are stored there. Everything I think I could ever need is only a few clicks away. Without it I feel as if I’ve lost my equilibrium.
I didn’t want to admit it, but I eventually came to the realization that I’m down right dependent on technology. Even when I don’t need it, I still feel like I’ve got to have it. Yes, I’m addicted. I’m a junkie. I’m confessing right now. As soon as I can find a “Techno-holic Anonymous” group, I think I’ll have to sign up.
Since I couldn’t continue with my regular Biblical studies, I discovered that I can access Youtube on the TV and decided to watch a Chuck Missler series, an expository on the Book of Revelation. It’s a powerfully rich teaching that I would recommend to anyone interested in learning more about Biblical Prophecy.
As I listened to him quote “he that hath an ear, let him hear” my mind began to race. Allow me to take you on my thought process. I promise, it’ll minister to you…
I considered how rich my life is. If you were to ask me, I’d tell you I have the best life in the world. I’ve had the best experiences, more than most people I know. I’ve developed relationships that I wouldn’t trade for anything. For the first time in my life, when I went to South Africa, I actually laid down roots that I believe will continue to grow deep and spread wide.
Now I’m in a new phase of my life. I’m going through a period of transition. Most people don’t embrace transition because it forces you out of your comfort zone. But for me, It represents a new beginning…a new level of destiny. So while it can be quite difficult at times, I appreciate what will become of it and the growth I’ll enjoy through endurance.
I don’t have a lot of the material things that others have, but I’m greatful for what I do have and like Paul, that whatever state I find myself in, I’ve learned to be content. For me, that’s the very definition of Abundant Life.
However, I still have so much I desire to accomplish in my life. I have books to publish, people to minister to, loved ones to care for in time of need (and strangers when necessary), pending film projects and many other things down within me that I want to see come to fruition.
Sometimes it’s easy to get so bombarded with the cares of this life. As a minister, it’s often difficult to distinguish between being busy with God and being busy with the things of God. When we find ourselves trapped in amode of “kingdom building” and forget (or neglect) to spend time with the “Kindgom Builder”, our ears begin to grow dull. It’s as if He’s trying to call us but all He keeps getting is a busy signal.
At this point, my mind shifted to one simple message that provoked me to update my status on Facebook post-haste. I felt it is a message God want’s us to listen to very clearly if we have an ear to hear. If you are not my Facebook friend, I don’t want you to miss it so here it is…the expanded version:
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16)
I know you’re very busy trying to obtain that goal that you’ve set for yourself. You’re busy prospering. You’re busy taking care of your responsibilities. That’s great. But when that trumpet sounds will you even hear it? Don’t let the cares of this life distract you from hearing His shout. If we are alive and remain when those clouds burst open, I want to see you caught up with me. He that hath an ear let him hear. Can you hear?
 Philippians 4:11
 John 10:10
 Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22