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B Moments, will

Press Toward the Center of God’s Will

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Romans 12:2 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how the safest place to be is in the center of God’s will.

We are wrapping up our series on the distinction between an adventure and a quest. If you’ve been listening, you’ll remember that an adventure is about you while a quest is about something greater than yourself, where your journey leads you to helping others and you are redefined in the process.

Sometimes we resist embarking upon a quest because we are fearful. This reminds me of one woman’s account of being in the center of God’s will. The woman runs a nonprofit here in Chicago where she works with children who live in some of Chicago’s most at-risk neighborhoods.

Once, I heard an interview with the woman where she was asked whether she was frightened to serve in at-risk neighborhoods. Her response had such a profound impact on me that I will never forget it.

She said that she knew deep in her heart that God had called her to do this work and that as long as she stayed in the center of His will, she felt safe and protected. In other words, the safest, most fulfilling, most rewarding place for her was in the center of what He was calling her to do.

What do you believe God is calling you toward today but you haven’t fully committed to? Instead of being in the center of His will, you may still be dancing around the edge. Yet the closer you move to the center of what He is calling you to do, the closer you’ll be to the most rewarding place.

Be encouraged to move from the outskirts and closer to the center as you cling to these words: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind…” Romans 12:2 (ESV)

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So today, keep pressing toward that center.

B Moments, past

The Past Has No Power Over You

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Hebrews 8:12 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how it’s time to release the past for good.

Recently, we talked about the difference between an adventure and a quest. An adventure is about you while a quest is about something greater than yourself; more specifically, a quest leads you to help others, and you are redefined in the process.

When I look to the Scriptures, I realize that the apostle Paul was on a quest. Paul teaches us in Philippians 3 that when we’re on a quest, we have to have the courage to forget some things.

For example, think of Paul’s past. He was a self righteous man. He was also a murderer. Many would have even seen him as a terrorist. Yet as awful as these things were, once Paul repented, he released the past. He saw himself as worthy to take upon the assignment that God had put before him.

Sometimes we struggle to fully embrace being on a quest because we’re still allowing choices from our past to have power over us. Today, it’s time to release all of that. Whatever you’re holding onto, repent again if that will make you feel better, then release it. As you do so, cling to these words: “…I will remember their sins no more.” Hebrews 8:12 (ESV)

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So today, no longer let sins of the past have power over you.

B Moments, Easter Monday

Begin Your Quest This Easter Monday

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Today is what we traditionally call Easter Monday. This is still a day for rejoicing because the entire Lent season has been about spiritual renewal and going deeper to go higher.

For me personally, this spiritual renewal is about being used in God’s service. I am reminded of a time when I heard a pastor explain the difference between someone being on a quest and on an adventure.

The pastor explained that an adventure is personal. It’s about your journey. You can stop or turn back whenever you choose. Some families might even take an adventure this week as many students are on spring break.

Yet a quest is about something greater than yourself. It is when your journey leads you to helping others and turning back or giving up is not so easy. When you go on a quest, you are redefined in the process.

When we turn to the Scriptures, let’s remember the apostle Paul’s life. He professed in Philippians 3:12 that he would keep working toward that day when he was finally all that Christ Jesus saved him for and wanted him to be.

As you have been spiritually renewed this Lent season, how will you go deeper to go higher? What will you embark upon that is greater than yourself? As you think about that, cling to one of my favorite verses: “I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

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So today, embark upon your life’s quest and never look back.

B Moments, adventure

Embrace Your Quest, Not Your Adventure

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about the difference between a quest and an adventure.

Recently, I was listening to a great nonprofit organization here in Chicago develop its theme for its annual benefit. During the meeting, someone asked what the difference is between a person being on a quest and on an adventure. I thought this was an interesting question, so I decided to listen further.

As Pastor Carter explained the difference, I was captivated by his explanation. He said that a quest is about something greater than yourself, where your journey leads you to help others and you are redefined in the process.

An adventure, on the other hand, is mostly about you. If you’re on a quest, there is no turning back. If you could turn back, you’d be on an adventure.

When I heard this pastor’s analysis, I thought about how the apostle Paul was on a quest. He tells us in Philippians 3:12 that he will keep working toward that day when he is finally all that Christ Jesus saved him for and wants him to be.

As you embark upon a brand new year, is your life about a quest, or are you just on another adventure? As you answer that question, cling to these words: “I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

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So today, embark upon your life’s quest and never look back.

B Moments, power

Your Past Has No Power Over You

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Hebrews 8:12 (ESV)

Happy 2018, B Moment listeners! I am so excited and optimistic about what God has in store for us in this new year.

I recently talked about the difference between a quest and an adventure. A quest is about something greater than yourself, where your journey leads you to helping others and you are redefined in the process. Meanwhile, an adventure is just mostly about you.

When I look to the Scriptures, I realize that the apostle Paul was on a quest. Being on a quest also entails adhering to the higher calling that is on your life.

Paul teaches us in Philippians 3 what is required if we are to be on a quest. He tells us that we will have to have the courage to forget some things.

For example, think of Paul’s past. Paul was first a very self righteous man. In fact, he was a murderer and many would have seen him as a terrorist.

However, Paul was able to let all of that go so that it no longer had power over him. So whatever you’re holding onto, throw that back to 2017 and no longer let it have power over you in 2018. As you do so, cling to these words: “I will remember their sins no more.” Hebrews 8:12 (ESV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, no longer let sins of the past have power over you.