Coffee, Connecting, and Slowing Down…

I’m a fairly high energy person. I like to get things done. I have an at home to-do list and work to do list. And in I love to get things off that list. I feel like I’m making progress, that I’m doing a good job, and in general a productive person.

Productivity is a good thing, except when it comes to relationships. Relationships aren’t meant to be productive.

The difficulty is that’s often times that’s how we view them. We feel obligated to connect with people we haven’t seen in a while. We meet with people that circumstances or situations force us to talk to. We talk to only some people when we need them in some way. That’s all productivity influencing relationships. And unfortunetley the same happens with God. We try to catch up, talk with him when we need too, or when we need him.

But relationships aren’t mean to be productive their meant to simply be. To be enjoyed. To be experinced. To be part of. To simply be.

So after reflecting on my sermon on Sunday where I shared that we need to connect with God, I’m going to try to do just that. Today rather than focusing on being productive, I’m going to focus on being with God. I’m going to get a coffee, get some space, and slow down. To give my relationship with him room to breathe. To not focus on bringing all my agenda items to him, or going through my list of needs. Instead I’m going to appreciate our friendship, and simply be with him.

What about you? Is there space in your day to connect with God? Over coffee, lunch, or while driving?

For me I’m going to simply be with God and have a good cup of coffee.

I think that’s a good way to start the day…

Where I Saw Jesus This Week…

This week I really sensed Jesus in a unique place – at a pastor’s retreat.

This might sound obvious at first glance, but sometimes it’s very easy amongst pastors to talk a lot about God, Jesus, and the church that you miss actually being in the presence of Jesus. This can happen easily in anyone’s life. Where you attend church lots, go to lots of meetings, help out somewhere, but forget that those things aren’t a replacement for a relationship with Jesus – they are the outflowing of it.

So this week I sensed Jesus while out with a few pastors for wings late on Monday night. We ate, shared stories, laughed, and connected. And how did I specifically sense Jesus in all of this? Well I was reminded how often Jesus is seen in the gospels simply connecting with friends around food.

There is something spiritual and spectacular when while eating, drinking, laughing, and sharing…you pause…stop and smile…and realize you are with good friends, cared for, and connecting…and just know that Jesus is with you enjoying the conversation as much as you…