What if Peter had passed this man by? Would it be as if he said, "What I have, I refuse to give you?" Or maybe, "I'm not sure if what I have will do you any good, so see ya when I come out of church!"
Peter discovered what he had by giving it away! And as he did, it kept becoming more and more until one day his shadow was healing people!!
On my recent trip to Australia with Bill Johnson I was quickly reminded that exposure to the sun will leave me with a sun burn. We rode a boat down the river into Sydney Harbor and I had to go inside because I could feel the sun making me into toast. Before we had boarded the boat we met a young man who was in a wheelchair due to being in a car accident many years earlier.
Throughout my travels and even at home a common theme is trying to figure out what we can do in order to get what we want from God. Somehow in the midst of our desire for more we have missed the promises in the Bible where we are told that God is good and gives us good things. When we get to the place of needing more we suddenly become irrational in our requests and ask for things that God has already given us. Why does this matter?
I see myself on a journey to the Sun. The Sun is a long way off, but still blindingly intense. Darkness fills my vision if I turn away from it. As I get closer to the Sun I start to feel the warmth of it on my body. I not only see the light but I also start to experience its effect on my body. The heat increases the closer I get, until the intensity begins to make me feel uncomfortable, but I’m drawn ever closer.
While talking with a coach recently about the vision I have for my life I began second-guessing myself. One of the things I had told him was something that had just within the past few weeks become highly important to me. While I mentioned spending more time creating this vision I thought for a moment and said that I need to make sure that this is what I am supposed to do.
"What do you want me to do?" I ask him.
"What do you want?" He responds.
About seven or eight years ago I remember one of my high school classmates singing a song by one of his favorite bands, MxPx. The song was called "Chick Magnet" and the line he always sang was, "Well he's a chick magnet, if ya know what I mean. The way the girlies just go to him, well ya should've seen."
Scottish Highland warriors throughout history were commonly viewed as being at least a little bit crazy. They would enter battle outnumbered and overpowered and would fight like wildcats for their homeland, their families and their lives. And, knowing how highly every man's life was worth against a larger army, they would throw themselves into battle shouting into the faces of the enemy, "It's a good day to die!"
One of our young men recently had a dream. He was walking along a dusty road with an old man who handed him a hammer. The hammer had the word “Prayer” written down its handle. They walked into a dry riverbed and approached two massive columns that were holding up a gate in the sky. One column had “God, you’re so good,” written on it