Our family loves to record at least one show per week to watch together…and this time of year, that show is “America’s Got Talent.”
There is something especially heartwarming about watching an individual lay their talent out before four judges and thousands of people in the live audience and millions of people watching on television.
One part of the show that we love is when they share some context from the life of the performer. Something very significant happens when an individual is vulnerable and then welcomes us into that space.
Last night we watched an incredible performance of a sixteen year old girl.
She could sing the lights out…but when we heard her story as a cancer survivor it seemed like we knew her. We saw pictures of her in a hospital bed while taking treatments for stage 3 cancer.
It certainly is an incredible story(WATCH HERE)…and she had so much talent that Simon Cowell hit the golden buzzer automatically advancing her to the live rounds.
After we turned off the show, we discussed how much of a difference one year can make. We observed that one year ago she was a healthy fifteen year old…and then was diagnosed with cancer…and then became a survivor…and then went on AGT…and then got the golden buzzer.
Her story is still being written…it’s hard not to cheer for her to win the entire contest…and to succeed greatly in life. And a big part of our desire for her to succeed is that she was willing to share her story…to open up her life.
Imagine if she had chosen not to be vulnerable…
This Sunday, Pastor Dave will be sharing a sermon from Matthew 26:36-46 about opening up our hearts with others so that we can lock arms in deep friendships.
If repairing or building friendships has been on your to-do list this summer, then you will certainly want to attend. In the meantime, if you have a few minutes to spare, you should watch the link above.
Hope to see you Sunday,
Our family has survived soccer tryouts. This is no small feat. Hundreds of athletes ascend on multiple soccer fields. It’s hot…stressful…uncertain… and tiring.
To pursue an opportunity to play with a competitive soccer team.
Every athlete registered for tryouts carries with them a sense of hope.
Hope that they will make the roster of a team…hope that they will play well and impress the coaches…hope that others will see their value. Throughout the course of the week some experienced hope fulfilled…while others were disappointed…nearly everyone at tryouts experiences hope deferred…waiting on pins and needles for a call from the coach.
Hope is a necessary ingredient to a happy life. The absence of hope is path towards discouragement, depression and even death.
So how can we find hope…especially when life seems brutal?
This Sunday, New Life CityChurch is hosting a different type of service at 10:45am. Pastor Dave Robinson and multiple others will be leading a coffee shop experience called, “Story of the Soul.”
Story of the soul is an interactive, coffeehouse experience. Using art, film, music, poetry and other media, we explore the stories the soul of mankind is and has always been telling. This Sunday, we will explore the soul’s longing for hope.
So whether it’s a soccer tryout…a major decision….a tragedy…or a mundane trial of life…if you need a healthy dose of hope, you should come…and bring a friend.
I hope to see you soon,
“Dad can I eat one?”
This morning, two of my boys and me were in the yard looking at the apple trees that we planted a few years ago. They are loaded with fruit, but it’s still not ripe.
I can remember when I was their age growing up in a house with multiple different fruit trees and one of the toughest parts of having fruit trees is waiting for the fruit to ripen.
So I understand their pain…but I know that if they eat the fruit now it will be sour and bitter. It’s not at all what they expect.
So as you can imagine, I said “no.”
I’ve been thinking about our apples…they are a product of the tree. In fact when you go to the grocery store they are in the produce section. And to take this a step farther, the apple is an extension of the nutrients of the tree…not the other way around.
The tree does not depend on the apple…the apple depends on the tree and it takes time to grow.
This is also true in our spiritual growth. This Sunday we are going to study from Micah 6:6-8 about the fact that God does not need our help, but He requires our heart. Israel had gotten turned around…their fleshly desires had overgrown their hearts and their actions revealed envy, deceit and covetousness. They were far from ripe in spiritual terms.
They began to think that they were ready to be independent of God and furthermore thought that God only wanted them for what they could give to God.
They were so wrong…so God had to tell them He wanted their hearts close for their own good and His glory.
There is so much more to discuss, but you will have to come to the New Life CityChurch service tomorrow at 10:45am to hear more :).