Random Analogy

I thought of this analogy a few days ago.  It may not make sense or be fresh anymore, but I’m gonna type it out anyway.

The similarities of eggs, a relationship with God and life…

Sometimes life is hard
And our thoughts get a little scrambled
When we are deviled, we fall for things that are over easy
We occasionally get trapped in the poached snare of sin
Fortunately, God wraps us in an omelet of love
His yolk it is light on us
And we are never cracked beyond repair

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Jobless in the City

I’ve recently found myself career challenged.

There are several down sides to not having a job. One of the biggest is having to sit at home and see commercials advertising colleges and law firms. If one watches those long enough, they could easily be convinced that they are worthless and uneducated.

However, here I am, already a college graduate (Suma cum Laude grad, mind you) and I have infinite worth in Christ.

I’m excited that the worst part of this is those silly commercials.

An update from the previous blog: God’s told me to get rooted and stay rooted here in Murfreesboro.  He’s told me to shut the door to working in Nashville.  So, though I had two promising job leads in Nashville, I  stopped pursuing employment with those two places.

On the way to Nashville on Friday to turn in my final paper work at my last job, God told me that i can’t trust Him halfway by keeping the two job opportunities in Nashville as back ups to not finding a job in Murfreesboro.  He said He wanted my full obedience, not just half of it.  As I write this, I’m reminded of something I learned in church.  God has no plan B.  God has no back up plan.  His plan is perfect and needs no back up.

God is a God of clarity, truth, direction and provision.

However, I am daily facing confusion, deception, aimlessness and need from the enemy.  I’m so glad that I know the character of God.  I’m investing lots of my time off in getting deeper into the Word and filling my mind with truth.

Guided Aimlessness

I lost my job today.

It was totally unexpected.  And it wasn’t my fault.  They told me that it was because of business reasons.  The company’s not doing so hot and the economy isn’t either.  Therefore, here I am sitting at home without the thought of having to go to work tomorrow.

I’m not upset about losing my job.  I know that God will (and has and will continue to) take care of me.  He’s my provider and provision. 

I know that I’ll “land on my feet.”  I know I’m capable and qualified.  I know that there’s something better out there waiting for me. 

The thing that I don’t know right now is what exactly I’m supposed to do.  I don’t know if I should stay in the web/publishing business.  I don’t know if I should work in Nashville or here in Murf. 

I’ve already applied for several jobs online.  Yet I have to fight that feeling that I haven’t done enough to find a new place to work.  Nagging thoughts of uselessness and laziness hit my brain every few minutes. 

I’ve worked at several different places.  I’ve been a Certified Nursing Assistant, Flagger Girl, Copy Editor, Editor, Photographer, Writer, Resident Assistant, Front Desk Worker, Cashier and Stocker.

I absolultely loved my last job.  I thought it would be the thing I would do for a good portion of my life.  And now I’m not so sure about that.

I totally trust that God is directing my path, but right now I’m lacking on revelation on where to go next.  I need to delve into the Bible and stay in constant prayer about this.

I’m elated to report that I’ve received tons of support from my friends and family.  I’m so thrilled to know that they are lifting me up in prayer and that they’ll also seek direction from God on how I should proceed.

As I was considering things today, I realized that I’d been prideful again.  I thought I was better than people because I had a first shift job, was on salary, had a 401K and got a lot of free stuff.  I elevated myself above others because of the job I had. 

I know that it’s not right to do that, but there’s a fine line between being excited about the things I’ve accomplished and judging other people.  I often err on the side of judging and taking too much credit for myself and not giving it to God.  I’ve repented for that but I need to make significant change in that area.

Parts of me wonder if this job loss is a result of my pride.

Well, fortunately, now I’ve got lots of time to really seek God. 

Vote for Zane on Pet Idol!!

Hey all!

My dog Zane is a finalist for Pet Idol in two categories.  Right now he’s up for Cutest Pet and Most Talented Pet.

Please read the instructions below and vote for him.  If he wins, my roommate and I win $500.  And Zane also wins a free, three-day stay at a pet resort.

Voting begins today Monday May 12 at 10 AM and runs through May 23 at 5 PM.  The winner will be determined by the pet that gets the highest number of votes.  You must be a Mix Listener Club member to vote.  You have to be a Mix Listener Club member to vote for Zane.  So, please sign up for that first.  The link to sign up is below.

So please tell your friends, family and co-workers to head on over to http://www.mix929.com to vote for the pet that gets our “Most Talented Pet Award”/”Cutest Pet Award” and $500 cash. People who are not yet Mix Listener Club members can sign up at http://www.mix929.com/els/elsSignupFrm.asp?newmember=1 and then cast their vote.

It’s kind of hard to find the exact place to vote, but once you create a username and password and login, you click the Trivia Contest link and then click Enter Again to vote for Zane (Choice #4) in the Cutest Pet category, click Enter Again and also on Zane Speaks (Choice #1) for the Most Talented Pet category.

Please vote and vote often!  There’s no limit to the number of times that you can vote.

If you need help or assistance, leave a comment here and I’ll help you out.

Thanks for your help!!!

Here’s a pic of Zane so you know what he looks like.  Vote for Zane!

 

May I Have Your Signature Of The Divine?

May I have your autograph?

An apparently harmless question asked countless times by countless fans to countless people of fame.

I remember standing in line for hours to get autographs from popular college football stars growing up. I waited with heightened anticipation for the scribble proving that I’d met somebody famous.

Fast forward a few years and I find myself standing in line once again to get an autograph from a few of my favorite famous musicians. I recall plotting the exact time to exit the concert so I’d get in the signing line early enough to make sure I’d get an autograph and not have to stay too late.

As I waited impatiently for the line to diminish person by person, I planned out exactly what I was going to say once I got to the front of the line.

“Hey. I love your music. It’s impacted my life so much,” I’d say, as confidently as I could muster. “Could I get a picture with you?”

*snap* The camera captures a moment in time.

My time is up. The line continues moving. I quickly scan the tiny preview screen on my digital camera and scrutinize my pictoral proof that I just met someone famous.

“Ugh..I look terrible in this picture,” I think to myself. “But wow…they…they look awesome. They always look awesome.” *gasp* “Wow, they put their arm around me. I’ve got a picture of me with this famous person and they have their arm on me. They touched me. Wow! I’ll remember this forever!”

As I walk away, I turn my scrutiny to my conversation with the famed musicians. Upset with myself that my words sounded stupid and shaky, I begin to beat myself up over what I said. And what I didn’t say. “I’ll do better next time,” I assure myself. “Hey, at least I met them.”

Have you ever found yourself in a similar scenario?

I think at one point everybody’s wanted somebody’s autograph. Favorite athlete, musician, movie star…whatever.

Not only do individuals pursue autographs in person, but record companies, distributors and websites use autographs to sell product. Particularly in the music business. A consumer is more apt to buy a CD if it’s got an autograph. CDs are automatically of higher value if they’ve got someone’s name scribbled with a Sharpie.

Going further, fans will spend tens, hundreds, thousands and even millions of dollars on raffles and auctions vying to win an autographed memento.

With all this waiting, money spending and anticipation, normal people are made into marketable business commodities.

I don’t know about you, but I see something wrong with that.

When exactly did people become product? When did it become ok to yearn to have somebody’s signature? When did all of this idolatry sneak in? And why does nobody see autographs as a form of idolatry?

I can hear Satan taunting me now, “Lindsay, this blog is stupid. You’re overreacting. It’s just an autograph. It’s harmless. Your friends are going to think you’re dumb for writing this. They’ll ridicule you. Don’t make such a big deal out of this.”

Well, if Satan’s telling me not to write this, then that means that writing it is exactly what I should do.

I’m totally cool with people meeting other people. By all means, stand in line to meet somebody and have a conversation with them if that’s the only way that you’ll ever meet them. But don’t put them above God. Don’t focus more of your attention and admiration on a person more than you focus it on God. When you fixate on anything more than God, that’s idolatry.

I love meeting new people–yes even famous people. But recently my motive for meeting others has changed. Instead of wanting to meet someone just to have the bragging rights that I met them, I now desire to meet Christian people so I can listen to them talk about their passions and desires in life.

I no longer desire someone’s hand-written autograph. I do, however, want to encounter the Signature of the Divine. Each person who has a personal relationship with Jesus, is marked with the signature of God.

“13And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.” — Ephesians 1:13-14, emphasis mine.

Instead of striving for someone’s printed autograph, invest your energies into encountering God with every Christian person that you come in contact with. Familiarize yourself with the Signature of the Divine in others. And, whenever possible, show the Signature of the Divine to those in your life who don’t know Jesus.

May I have your Signature of the Divine?

Blogo-Sphere-Of Influence

I often hear teachings on how I should impact those in my sphere of influence.

“Cut the Christianese.  What’s a sphere of influence,” you ask yourself.

“What’s Christianese?” some of you still wonder.

Well, a sphere of influence is the people and places around you that you can have a positive or negative impact in and upon.

Christianese is a fancy way of labeling the language and words that Christians often use.  Buzz words of Christianity, if you will.

Anyway, I realized that my blogosphere is part of my sphere of influence.  Therefore, I apologize for leaving this dormant for awhile.

Truth is I bought a Flip.  It’s a hand-held little camera that uploads directly to YouTube, AOL Video, MySpace, etc.  I love it.  I’ve been doing video blogs lately and that’s why the writing blogs have been lacking.

Here’s the URL if you’d like to check it out: http://www.youtube.com/lettersfromlindsay.