The Gideon Challenge: Reflection on God’s Intentionality in Your Life

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Gideon was an unlikely leader.  He was in the middle of “threshing wheat in a winepress” to hide it from some folks (Judges 6:11) when an angel of the Lord called him a “mighty warrior” (NIV)/ “mighty man of valour” (KJV) in Judges 6:12.  That same angel also told Gideon that the Lord was with him.  Gideon’s response to all of this?  Questions.  The Lord responded with some “big picture” action items, but also reminded Gideon that He (the Lord) was with him.  Gideon’s response?  More questions and doubt.  Gideon even threw in some excuses.  Here God was calling him to be a leader in a battle, and Gideon’s excuse was that the people in his group were weak and he was the “least” in the family.  The Lord responded again stating that He was with Gideon and also gave Gideon a glimpse of what was going to happen…and it was major.  Gideon’s response? He asked the Lord to give him a sign to make sure it was really the Lord talking to him.  The Lord gave Gideon a sign and even gave him more information about what was to come – that Gideon wouldn’t die in all of this.  God told Gideon to do some more things in Judges 6:25-26.  Gideon’s response?  He did what God told him to do, but did it at night because he was afraid of his family and townspeople.  (Spoiler alert: The people found out it was Gideon who did it anyway.)  Gideon went on to ask the Lord for a few more signs.  The Lord gave him the signs.

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Are You Running? – Six Things I Learned About Trying to Run from Purpose

Checklist:

  1. Running Shoes On: Check
  2. Ready to Run: Check
  3. Running Route: Unknown

There’s a problem with this checklist, and it’s not the unknown running route.  It’s not a bad thing to run if you are exercising or training for a marathon.  (There are probably some other good reasons to run as well.)  However, it’s when you think about running or actually end up trying to run from where God is calling you to be that an issue arises.

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Breaking a Routine is Brave

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Lately there has been a lot of change in my life and in the lives of many of the people I love.  The change is good change.  The change is a deviation from a routine.

A routine often brings a sense of comfort.  You know what is likely to happen and how to deal with it. There are minimal surprises, if any. There is just predictability and repetition.  Things may get boring, but at least you know what is coming.  (At least that is what a routine may lead you to believe.)

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Priorities: God Predated Technology

Accidentally forgetting your phone one day can teach you so much about your priorities.  What you think you are going to do in a given day can easily be put on hold while you scramble to retrace your steps to find your phone.  You may or may not necessarily be concerned about missing texts, calls, or emails.  You just know that you always have your phone with you and right now you don’t have it.  Right now your phone is sitting somewhere that’s not with you.

Recently that was my life and my story.  I got to my destination and discovered that I didn’t have my phone with me.  In the midst of searching for my phone and trying to convince myself that I didn’t leave it behind, God flipped my perspective and reminded me that it was time to check my priorities.

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