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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Get paid to work for God?

Are you employed by God?

... πŸ€”πŸ§πŸ’²πŸ’ΉπŸ€―...

Not by "The Church".

Not in a "Ministry".

But actually working for God himself.

You can be a banker, writer, contractor, ditch digger, hair stylist, teacher, artist, etc... At you day job, but still be employed by God.

He's asking us to love people well and usher them to His presence.

He pays his harvesters and planters well.

I'm broadening my perspective today. Instead of putting my head down and making it... I will look up, and see who might need my Daddy's touch today.

Far more difficult than it sounds but far more rewarding.

Selah.



Thursday, December 26, 2019

What if... Faith

What if... 

As children we play with what if, we imagine a thousand scenarios for our characters. As we enter adulthood, what if becomes a negative. What if childlike Faith meant turning are what if back around?


What if... Could be a statement used to disempower, what if something awful happens?

What if... Could be a statement of empowerment, what if we tried it this way or that way?

What if... Could be a statement of vision and dream, what if we could do anything we wanted how would we start working towards that?

As I look into 2020 & beyond, I'm finding that I've moved from a what if negative to a what if empowerment and I'm now looking at moving into a what if visionary.

What if you decided to take Authority and Dominion over 2020? What if...

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Merry or Not... Christmas

This is going to be a freestyle post. 

Photo: DarrellWolfe

There are many things to be grateful for this year. We didn't just survive we thrived. We had a lot of great accomplishments, met good friends, said goodbye to a few friends. The boys and I had a good day. I wasn't as present as I planned to be, but I made an effort to be as present as I knew to be. 

I found out that this morning, one of the Widows I know from the Widow groups, suddenly died this morning. It's sad for me and for a lot of the people who knew her, but she's been reunited to her loved ones and to Jesus. From her perspective, it was the greatest Christmas Gift she could have received. I'm sure she'll enjoy meeting my late wife. They'll be good friends. 

Not that a widow needs the reminder, but it's a good reminder that life is short and fragile. She went home to be with Jesus on Christmas morning 2019. So whatever you or I'm going through today, just embrace all of it, find a few things to be grateful for. It's a good reminder to be present each and every moment of every day.

Signing off, Merry Christmas, or not so Merry Christmas, either way embrace all of it.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Star Wars Storytelling... No Spoilers

I won't give anything away, I don't think... But the latest Star Wars IX was the best ever produced. 

Meme, Author Unknown

Although they gave a nod to the previous franchise, closing it out in satisfying ways, they also used one of THE most powerful Storyteller tricks ever created... "First, break all the rules". 

It felt like the first time a Star Wars movie ever gave me a good story, an actual story. It was still a Star Wars movie. It was bound by decades of tradition and broken story loops. But it was the best story one could have told with the source material given. 

And now it's cleaned up and ready for a new birth that could take it in satisfying directions the old franchise never could have told. 

Which makes me think about my own story... Have I made a clean cut with my old life while bringing forward the best of the legacy, like my kids? 

Have I remembered to First Break All The Rules? 

The only rules I need carry into the next leg of my journey are those I developed along the way that served me well. Those rules that kept me back can be discarded. 

Selah.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Put your politics away... INSTEAD... hear what people's hearts are crying for and about.

God's opinion about policies and politics probably isn't the same as yours... or mine. 

Part of NO HIDING is to fully embrace correction, even when the thing you are being asked to key go of our change is something you're passionate about, maybe especially then.

As I was in prayer and worship, I was listening to this song and the words got me thinking about the Impeachment news and arguments with people about it... 

Thanks to @brianwertheim for making this photo available freely on @unsplash 🎁 https://unsplash.com/photos/AX6mFEv6mpY


Words of the song:

Oh come let us adore him... All of our sins are stones at the bottom of your oceans. 🎢🎢

I Heard God Say:

Son, I came to reconcile the wayward world to me. 

You can be right in facts and wrong in heart. Division and Strife are not my spirit. 

Truth may cause those who hate truth to hate you, but, your heart is to seek reconciliation, comfort, grace, mercy, seeking to understand and minister to hearts not to start arguments. 

Someone's heart may be wrong in solution but right in intention. 

Your job isn't to debate the rightness of the solution you offer... But to hear and understand the person's heart cry underneath the position or belief they hold. 

As we enter a Political Season... Seek to see their heart's cry and not focus on the difference of solution.

Also... some of your Political Fervor is based in rebellion. I've given the template of human governance in my Word. Neither the Reds or Blues or Yellows are fully on board. 

Go get my opinion instead of operating out of rebellion against authority and against responsibility to your brothers.

Selah... 

Darrell Wolfe, Storyteller

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Reflecting on the end of 2019...

Profound Sadness and Profound Gratitude... That's my sentiment as this week comes to a close. 

This probably isn't my ultimate reflection post, but this is what I'm thinking about today...

 Photo: DarrellWolfe, Front Yard, My View This Morning 12/19/2019
Photo: DarrellWolfe, Front Yard, My View This Morning 12/19/2019

Tomorrow is the last day of school for 2019 in North Idaho. My boys are excited for school parties, something I never thought would happen. They've done so well. They've excelled, pushed beyond challenges, accomplished recognition, even faced down bullies and came out the clear dignified winner of the engagement.

I accomplished things when I stop to think about it. I bought a house, kept up with the payment (barely), still managed to do fun things with the boys. Researched. Read. Enrolled in a new college. Met with advisors for my new degree. I survived a bad break-up with a former friend. I learned to thrive on my own without codependantly needing someone while simultaneously building community.

I survived bouts of sadness, as each milestone was a painful reminder that the boy's mom isn't here to celebrate it with them... and I'm doing it alone. I have friends but no life partner. It's a sour realization. Bittersweet. She sowed the seeds that gave all three of us the emotional and mental skills to thrive in this season and she's not here to see it. Well, she might be seeing it, but she isn't with us to join in the celebrations... or the tears, and there were many of both.

My best moments were those where I remembered to put the phone facedown next to me and look the boys in the eye when they wanted to tell me about their day or school events.

The moments where I looked at her picture and smiled because she'd be so proud of them.

The moments where the oldest told me how he skillfully and humorously dealt with bullies in a way that dignified himself and honored his teachers.

The moments where the youngest volunteered to go above and beyond and join the band.

The moment when the youngest laid next to me and cried because he was finally willing to stop for a moment and grieve.

The moment when I realized I never needed to tell the oldest to do anything twice, he just helps. I need to make 2020 special for him.

I made good friends this year. I made healthy decisions. I made some tough decisions that were ultimately good and healthy. Some of my friends helped me make those. Some of my friends walked through them with me. One of my friends were directly affected by some of those decisions this past month or so.

I got to sit in a theater watching Mr. Rogers with my best friend and there were no other people in the room. We literally got the whole theater to ourselves. Amazing experience! Many tears, possibly the best movie of our generation.

I walked several friends through grieving their former spouses, and two of them through fining potential Chapter Twos.

I got into counseling and stuck with it and didn't run away. I'm still sticking with it, and I'm growing weekly as she pushes me to face the stuff I would rather lie to myself about... but I can't lie to myself. Her job is to make me face the truth. Why? Because NO HIDING is my commitment.

It was not all success, I could nitpick every failure. How I could have been a better communicator and maybe I would still have that friend. How I could have been more present with the boys, especially in the months leading up to the year anniversary. I could have invested more time with my extended family, even from afar. Many mistakes. But those are under the blood, so I'm paying attention to the good stuff.

And all of it, ALL of it, would have been different, and far less successful, without taking the journey to NO HIDING in 2016-2017. If it weren't for the grace of God, I'd have had a very different and much more destructive 2019. It was my commitment to NO HIDING when things got really tough, that kept me coming to others for help and allowed me to process through to the other side.

So as I look ahead to Christmas next week, then on to 2020... I have hope.

2019 was a year of Cultivation.

2020 is the year of Planting.

Who knows... maybe my next life partner is out there looking ahead and wondering if we'll meet this coming year. I'm actually less afraid that she won't show up in 2020 and more afraid that she will! Had to work through that one in counseling... if the real-deal shows up... I'll have to risk again... am I ready for that? No. But if God starts it... I'll follow his lead. I'm not too worried about it. I've learned to be still and know God. Be Still. Be Lead. One big change will come in 2020 that wasn't true in 2019, I won't be rushing. Slow. Steady. Listening. Following His Lead. That's the theme of 2020.

Whatever 2020 holds, I hope it brings seasons of fresh growth and that it yields exciting surprises.

God Bless. Shalom.


 

Shalom: Live Long and Prosper!
Darrell Wolfe (DG Wolfe)
Storyteller | Writer | Thinker | Consultant @ DarrellWolfe.com

Clifton StrengthsFinder: Intellection, Learner, Ideation, Achiever, Input
16Personalities (Myers-Briggs Type): INFJ


Wednesday, December 18, 2019

NO HIDING behind religious terms. What is "faith", really? Why does it matter?

What are Faith, Hope, and Love? Why do they matter beyond being religious terms?


Has your "faith" failed you? Do you even know what "faith" is, beyond being a religious way of saying belief in some esoteric set of theological statements? Well, "faith" is a real tangible thing and it matters to your everyday walk with God. You literally cannot please God without it. So you'd better know what it is. Let's talk about Faith, Hope, and Love... stripping religion out of it and getting to real definitions.

Photo by Alex Radelich on Unsplash



Faith (English) / Pistis (Greek): 


Literally, in antiquity, in Greek, Pistis was a Warranty. Today, if you purchase an extended warranty for your car, you have certain guarantees that if anything happens to that car the cost will be covered.

In every verse at the bottom of this post, replace the word "Faith" with the word "Warranty", and see how that changes the way you see what that verse is telling you.

Faith is a guarantee, but of what? Of whatever God said. It's a divine warranty.

What faith is not, is a blank check to declare whatever you desire without limit and expect that God will honor it.

You have a guarantee that God will back anything he said to you (in his written word or in prayer, if it was really Him). In regards to the things He's said, your guarantee is unlimited and all-powerful.

You do not have a guarantee for one thing beyond what He's said to you. You do not have a guarantee of any miracles or breakthroughs unless God has said something to you first. It begins with his Word, which is unchangeable.

Faith/Warranty comes by hearing the word of Jesus The Anointed One. It begins there. You must hear first in order to have a Warranty. Only then will the Warranty be valid.


Hope (English) / Elpis (Greek): 


Literally, Expectation. To anticipate with pleasure, expect with confidence.

Imagine for a moment that someone you know well, trust implicitly, and you know has the willingness and resources... calls you on the phone and promises to do something amazing for you. He said he'd buy you a very expensive XYZ. This guy is not a flake. It's someone who has the ability and means and desire, who you've seen come through before.

What happens inside of you? You begin to build anticipation. Excitement. Hope. Expectation. You expect that the thing that was promised will happen.

Faith is the Warranty of things we hope for. Faith is the evidence of things we cannot yet see but absolutely expect will happen because we heard God Himself tell us He'd do it.

Caution: I've seen far too often in my life and in others that we hear one word and run off expecting a bunch of things He didn't say. Be careful to understand what he actually said and not what we interpreted his word to mean. Slow down, listen, ask for clarification before you start assuming things. 

Faith+Hope: The Power Twins


If Faith is the Warranty of things we hope for, what things do we hope for? We circle back to what God said.

Take the benevolent stranger from our example. He promised he'd get you an XYZ. What happens? You build expectation for that XYZ to come? Why do you build expectations at all? Why not doubt? Because his "faithfulness" (there's that word again) has demonstrated that he has the willingness, means, and ability to do what he said he'd do; and, he's done it before.

Your experience with him builds Expectation in his words and your hearing his specific words to you was your Warranty that it would happen.

Here again, do we have any warranty to expect he'd do something he hadn't promised to do?

No.

We could make a request, based on our trusting relationship with him. Draw on our partnership and friendship. And he may honor that request by giving us what we ask of him. Then, and only then, would we have a warranty to expect this thing we requested would happen!


Love (English) / Agape (Greek) 


Love/Agape is love, charity, benevolence, goodwill, "preference". Often called the "God kind of Love", Agape is about preferring others over ourselves. In 1 Corinthians 13, the Love Chapter, we see examples of what preferring others looks like. Love is patient, Love is kind, etc...

Notice, all of these examples of preference are relational. God has always been about relationships.

It's also worth noting, that anything you see in this chapter as a way we should treat others is a way God treats us. He is THE Agape example. So God is patient toward you, kind toward you... he believes the best in and about you. He never gives up on you.

When we are in resting in God's Agape (Love) for us, we are secure in making those requests, as in the example above. Our love for him is less relevant than our resting in His Love for us. His preference for us.

He is the master conductor of our symphony. There may be a thousand reasons we cannot understand today from our perspective that he may say no. His heart is such, that if it isn't harmful to us or others, He's likely to say yes.

One way we know it is good for us is if it brings us closer in relationship to Him. If we are seeking his hand and not his face... if we are seeking not a closer relationship but a greedy hand-out, he will withdraw his gifts for a time. The relationship comes before stuff.


Conclusion: Develop Relationship > Hear God > Get a Warranty and Expect an outcome


Hearing God say that He would do a thing is a pre-requisite to having him do it. Once we've established relationship with Him, we can hear Him, when we hear Him, we believe Him, that is our Warranty and we develop expectation... and that it was real authentic NO HIDING Faith looks like. 

Whether the thing he told us what that He'd walk through the darkest season of our lives and carry us through, or that he'd bring us into a new season of joy afterward, or that he'd be bringing new relationships and opportunities, whatever they may be... We can trust the things he's said.

Reference quotes from the English Standard Version (ESV)


Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1


For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 1 John 5:4


... as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. Romans 4:17


So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17 (Note: I checked the interlinear, it is "Christ" and not "God". Just a fun fact). 

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13

4Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;b 6it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Hebrews 11:6


Your Turn: comment below.


What have you heard from God lately?





 

Shalom: Live Long and Prosper!
Darrell Wolfe (DG Wolfe)
Storyteller | Writer | Thinker | Consultant @ DarrellWolfe.com

Clifton StrengthsFinder: Intellection, Learner, Ideation, Achiever, Input
16Personalities (Myers-Briggs Type): INFJ


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