Presence

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We live in a fast paced, technologically saturated world. We’re always on the go. Our attention is divided. And our faces are permanently incandescent by the stain left behind by the bright glow emitting from our smartphones.

We all know that we’re addicted to convenience and immediate gratification. We all know that life has taken control and we’ve allowed ourselves to give in. And we all know that we need to be proactive and not reactive to our addictive lifestyles.

We know all of these pitfalls plague us, yet, we’re slow to make any necessary adjustments.

I guess you can say we’ve chalked it up to, “Well, that’s life!”

This unfortunate mindset that we all seemed to have submitted to has many repercussions. And one of those repercussions is the fading away of our presence with one another. Whether it be with our friends and with our neighbors or with our spouses or children, we’ve seemed to substitute quality time together with simply time next to each other doing stuff.

As a parent of three boys who pastors a church, works part time and has been embracing the gift of Poetry and Spoken Word more intentionally, my presence is all the more important. I confess that it has been super challenging for me to leave my busyness at the door when I come home. My mind is always running a hundred miles an hour. I’m constantly thinking about the folks that surround our church and those who are a part of our community. Poem ideas seem to bombard my head more than they used to. And I’m constantly trying to listen to God’s lead.

So, having said that, I guess I better go…

 

Stewardship

I was blessed with the opportunity, last week, of sharing poetry at Biola University’s Wednesday Wisdom Chapel. This particular chapel is specific toward inviting speakers whose specializations and experience bring biblically-based wisdom for Christian engagement in the arts and culture, reconciliation, missions and evangelism, justice, relationships, spiritual formation and other relevant topics.

The staff and students were wonderfully welcoming. They were ridiculously receptive to my pieces. And they were equally encouraging toward my poetic craft.

Not only did I feel a sense of affirmation, but I also was reminded of why I’ve chosen to fully embrace this particular gift and actually do something with it.

Stewardship.

We’re all blessed with a gift, a talent or an opportunity to do good. I believe God places us in situations where we can make lasting change that can truly make a positive impact in our world that’s slowly falling apart. And, since He’s all about redeeming and reconciling all things that has been lost, God is constantly looking for ways to situate us in positions that can transform others into the amazing potential that usually lies dormant within.

But we have to embrace these talents. We have to utilize these gifts. We have to take the initiative to steward well the opportunities that we’ve been given to make a difference. And, in doing so, the world that’s ripping at the seams will truly be sewn back together.

Writing poetry and performing Spoken Word is my constant attempt at stewarding the gift God has given me. And whether it’s encouraging other believers to think about their faith beyond the world religion we know of as Christianity or reminding the non-believer that they are equally loved by God, poetry has given me a platform to compassionately encourage others toward renewal and reconciliation.

I’m excited to see where stewarding this gift will take me. I imagine it’ll catalyze me toward amazingly irreplaceable moments upon moments of goodness.