Tuesday, September 30, 2008

I wanted to update my speaking schedule for those who are interested:

September 30 Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, Oklahoma
October 1 "Send the Rain," Douglas, Georgia
October 3 Tulsa State Fair
October 12 Gracepointe Church, Denton, Texas
October 15 "MORPH" Ridgeway Baptist, Sapulpa, Oklahoma
October 17 "MORPH" Ridgeway Baptist, Sapulpa, Oklahoma
October 19 First Baptist, Bristow, Oklahoma
October 25 Whitney's wedding, Indianapolis, Indiana
October 30 Awe Star Ministries Board Meeting
November 7 - 9 iGo Missions Conference, Tulsa, Oklahoma
an upcoming date in California (possibly November) is in the works.

Yesterday, about five minutes after my predawn alarm went off, my doorbell rang!
I was completely startled! Generally, our door bell doesn't ring often. When it does, it tends to command our attention. When it rings while were groggy/sleepy, I leap to action.

I went to the door, flipped on outside and inside lights and wondered who on earth would be at my door at that hour of the morning.

I opened the door to find my neighbor with a very concerned look on her face. She said, "the little red car is out in the street."

My mind tried to process what she was saying (still mostly asleep).

All I could think about was that little burgundy car that sat in my drive a couple of weeks ago...the one that sped off when I opened the garage door.

She saw my look of confusion and reiterated with hand gestures, pointing to where our Malibu usually sits.

I walked out with her to find that the Malibu had rolled down, out of our drive into the street and stopped perpendicular to it, with the back tires resting against the curb of her yard (she lives across the street).

I was stunned. What foolishness was this? How did our car end up there? The driveway has a slight incline, but only slight.

I thanked her, went back inside and found the keys, and returned to move it.

I inspected it in the dark and found no issues.

The car had been left in neutral and was unlocked. It appears it simply rolled out of the driveway. Of course we were very thankful that no one or nothing had been hit by it. Who knows how long it had been there!

This incident caused both Deanna and me to realize that we need to pay closer attention. It is far too easy to get caught up in the moment and not pay attention to details. Details that can alter circumstances in life.

Not putting your car into park can bring about unwanted circumstances. Most of us can remember a time when this happened in our lives. This served as a wake up call, a clear warning, if you will, to pay attention to the details.

Scripture teaches us the same premise. In I Cor 14:8..."if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?"

The fact is that we have been called to battle and we need to respond! Too many of us get lulled to sleep by other factors in life...like talking on the phone and forgetting to put the car in park and locking it. We cannot afford to walk around with our minds in neutral. We need to pay attention to the details of fully preparing our hearts, our minds, our bodies, and our will to serve Him and Him alone.

Getting lost in the minutia of life is destructive and dangerous. Sometimes we get a mulligan before our wake up call comes. Deanna and I are declaring ours.

I hope we are now paying attention as we need to be.



At 8:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your story of the Malibu made me laugh remembering when we lived in Lawton, OK (maybe it's an Oklahoma thing?!) and our Chevette (no comments, please!) had jumped out of gear, rolled down our street and crashed into our neighbors aluminum trash cans while they were inside watching Johnny Carson. They thought something had exploded in their front yard! We didn't know it happened until the police showed up at our front door! Nice to laugh! Thanks for bringing this memory back to me!

Shelly Bennett
Noblesville, Indiana

At 8:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday BJ

At 10:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just saw you speak at 'Send The Rain' in Douglas, GA, and I didn't get the chance to tell you afterwards how amazing and inspirational your son was, and how much I admire you for being able to speak about his jorney with Christ over and over again. I know it must be painful, retelling his life story again and again, but I truly believe that his story has led lots and lots of people to Jesus Christ.

Thank you.

At 8:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey i saw u in douglas too at the send the rain revival, and it was amazing! Your son has been a great influence on my life. Ive had some hard times these past couple years and listening to u speak about BJ, just gave me a wave of relief! Im really thankful for that, and while i wouldnt say im a christain yet, im working hard on that path, and i wanna say thanks to you and BJ for that!

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