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April 3, 2013

Be All There

Wherever you are, be all there. Over the last few years, I’m really learning more and more to practice the art of being all there. And that’s why God said in Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.” When we live our life speeding down the freeway of success going 100 miles an hour, we miss what we leave on the side of the road, the reason we were made, relationships. I’m afraid that some of you are going down the freeway of success, and you are going 100 miles an hour, and you are going to reach your destination, but you are going to be all alone. You are going to find that you went the wrong way. I mean, what’s it all worth if you achieve all these things, but you don’t have any deep and rich and rewarding relationships with other believers to hold you up and to keep you strong? We all need people who will walk in when everyone else walks out.

When I was a kid, my family would go on these crazy car vacations. We would load up in the wood sideboard station wagon. Looking back on it, it was insane. We would drive all over the place for our vacations. We drove to the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, Washington, D.C., Miami Beach, Florida, and that was all on one trip. I mean, it was crazy what we would do. I look back on that and have awesome memories. Too bad we are not going to do that EVER with our kids. We would always load up the car at like 4:00 a.m., get in that wood sideboard station wagon, and my Dad’s number one goal for the whole trip was to make good time. It was early in the morning, and we’d be asleep, and we’d just fall in the car, and then he would just drive and drive and drive and drive, and it was like his whole goal was to get to that next ‘X’ on the map. To make good time! I’m so thankful that my Mom kind of took away the rough edges of my Dad because her goal was just the opposite. Her goal was to make a good time along the way. And it was always, “Let’s stop here and let the kids get out a little bit. Let’s stop here. Oh there’s a mall. Let’s go shop for a little bit.”

I think a lot of times we are making good time, but we are going the wrong direction, and I’m afraid some of you are going to end up all alone. You are going to miss out on the whole reason God put you here. You are wired to be in community and in relationships, and we think multi-tasking is such a wonderful thing. I love to multi-task. To kill two, three, four and five birds with one stone, but when it comes to relationships, you can’t multi-task. It takes every bit of you, mind, body, soul and spirit, to be all there. Totally engaged. Now, I’m not going to lie to you, being all there is not very efficient. In fact, if your whole goal is to clear your inbox or to check off all your to do list, you are going to be frustrated. But, if your goal is to do on this earth what you are made to do and find total fulfillment, you’ve got to be there. Wherever you are, be all there. Jesus Christ was all there for you.