God isn’t safe

Yet again, Ben Arment blogs on something I preached on yesterday. Hhmm…wonder if he gets the VCW sermon podcast!! 🙂

Check out this blog post: the problem with putting God first…

Here (sic) me out on this… I’ve heard many well-intended believers cite the creed of priorities: God first, family second, and ministry third. But the problem with putting God first is that we refuse to put anything dangerous or inconvenient in his category. We take much of what God calls us to do and lump it in the category of ministry so that we don’t have to actually do it. Quiet times, sure, that goes in God’s box; that’s safe and fits well with our schedules. But too bad if something stretches our faith or makes us feel unsafe… or interrupts our family. [I think we’d be surpised to see how receptive our spouses would be to God’s direction if we’d only ask them.] God is good, as CS Lewis said, but he isn’t safe. And if God is truly first in our lives, then we should be living the danger to prove it.

Marc A. Pitman

Marc A. Pitman helps leaders lead their teams with more effectiveness and less stress. The author of "Ask Without Fear!®," he is the founder of The Concord Leadership Group and FundraisingCoach.com. He's also the executive director of TheNonprofitAcademy.com and an Advisory Panel member of Rogare, a prestigious international fundraising think tank. He is the husband to his best friend and the father of three amazing kids. And if you drive by him on the road, he’ll be singing 80’s tunes loud enough to embarrass his family! You can connect with him on Google+, on Twitter @marcapitman, and like "Ask Without Fear!" on Facebook. To get his free ebook on 21 ways to get board members engaged with fundraising, go to http://thenonprofitacademy.com/21waysebook

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