10. Hard things are worth doing.
9. I can’t wait until I am ready to do something. I have to trust that in the process I will be made ready.
8. Body image and self-esteem are interchangeable and they have nothing to do with my body. They
have everything to do with my beliefs.
7. I can’t dance. Not even a little bit. BUT I did have fun trying. RefitRev, you girls can move.
6. PVC pipe and duct tape. Who knew?
5. God doesn’t need our body to spread the Gospel. We do.
4. The definition of fit is two pronged. It is to be moved out of something and into something else. The
posture we must take on the “out of” is one of surrender. The posture we must take on the “into” is
one of cooperation and participation. When God moves us, He is always bringing us into an exceedingly
3. God is up to revival in wellness.
2. It is ok to agree to disagree, but it’s never an excuse to leave the table.
1. It’s never about the mirror, but the One we mirror that matters.
*Check out Alisa’s spreecast about wrapping up ICWC here.
*Alisa learned ten things at ICWC too! Check out her list here.
Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God.
In preparing for participating the International Christian Wellness Conference, I have been pondering the idea of culture. Here are some thoughts.
What makes an authentic community? I mean, I think I know. Transparency, honesty, grace, and acceptance are all at the top of my list. The word authentic is found only twice in scripture, and its in the Message. Once in John 7 and another time in Philippians 4:8. In Paul’s charge, the word authentic is used in lieu of the word pure. So an authentic community is one that has its anchor in purity? That’s dangerous.
There are few things more controversial than individual choices and definitions of purity. Purity is an individual right, right? It’s our personal right to act, or not act in a particular way. The consequences are ours alone, right? Especially if we manage to keep others from knowing if, when, and where we fall short of purity.
Purity (like the rest of the Lord’s instruction) is not to take away joy, but to invite us into more of it. Jesus tells us this is how we should pray. He instructs us to get away with God; to find a quiet, secluded place so we wont be tempted to role play before God. Just to be there as simply and honestly as we can manage. He says that it’s in that space that our focus will shift from ourselves to God and we will begin to sense His grace. (Matthew 5:8 NIV)
Do you see that? The very first thing the Lord tells us is to get alone with Him – where we can be authentic. Where we can be seen for exactly who and where we are. Where we come face to face with ourselves in light of who He is. He tells us that that is the BEGINNING of sensing His grace. It’s there that the motives and darkness of our human hearts will be exposed. It’s the heart space that God is interested in because its the place that is deceitful above all things. He’s interested in defining our hearts as ones that are pure and reflect the nature of His Light.
I wonder if my real thirst for community is no longer one defined as “authentic”, but rather one defined as a “Kingdom”. Where everyone takes their place on their knees before the throne of God. Where everyone filters their lives through the colander of His Word. Where everyone is finding out who they are and what they are living for in Light of who Christ says they are. Where obedience is not optional, because the cost of disobedience is too much.
A kingdom community is one where grace is not the exception, but the rule. A kingdom people are ones who know the space where grace begins, and are not afraid.
What do you think defines authentic community?
I want to share some images of Brooke speaking at Jesus At The Core last weekend in Phoenix. It was a powerful event, overflowing with beautiful worship. Brooke’s message of “Charge The Darkness” will be coming up in a blog post. You definitely want to catch it! For now, enjoy the photos – and if you can make it to a Jesus At The Core event – do!