My Assignments In Light Of Others [Podcast #01]

In the first I Am Jonah podcast I explore dealing with 'my assignments' in light of others. The truth is, every now and then, we will take note of others' work. Being involved with the sacred mission doesn't cure us (or at least me) from having to deal with my humanity. Looking at how others are fairing with their assignments compared to myself can result in pride or condemnation. Not only that, it detracts from what I should be focusing on. Being involved with what God is doing with and through my life is only a part of the puzzle. It is Continue Reading [...]

God’s Work Among People

It is no doubt that God works in the lives of people. Myself included, I’ve seen his transformative power in the lives of countless people. He works supernaturally. Some people confuse supernatural for spectacular. The supernatural is not always spectacular. 'God’s work’ in people’s lives may not always be spectacular but it doesn’t mean it isn’t supernatural. How He works transcends our complete understanding. We see the evidence of His work but we don’t fully understand how He brings it about. He is God. He would never be God Continue Reading [...]

Talking About Nuthin’

I’m a fan of Lecrae’s music. He has a new album, Anomaly, dropping soon. “Nuthin” is one of the songs on the album but has been released as a single. He’s done what no Christ following artist has done in terms of speaking to both the world and Christ follower. By the world in Lecrae’s context, I mean hip hop culture (I'm not saying he only speaks into hip hop culture either). As a Christ follower one of the things I wrestle with is being overt with my faith in a way that people in the world at large don’t shut down or check out. Continue Reading [...]

Demeaning Assignments God Gives Me

I've met many people with crazy, insane stories about how they encountered God. I've also heard many stories about how people have seen visions and got "a word from God" in some fireworks-spectacular-way. I get jealous, sometimes. Why can't God speak to me like He did or does with others? Something else that also kinda messes me up is how God seems to let others do cooler stuff than me. I'm not saying He shouldn't have given some assignments to other people. I just wish He'd spread out some of those assignments to me too. It's almost as if other Continue Reading [...]

Success When God Sends

Jonah's story, the one in the Bible, starts with God's word "coming" to Jonah (Jonah 1:1). (This is one of those moments my head says, "Whatever that means"). God reaches and speaks to us differently at different times, as different people. God sends us. How humbling. Related: ME | What The Assignments God Gives Reveal (Part 1) GOD | What The Assignments God Gives Us Reveal [Part 2] OTHERS | What The Assignments God Gives Us Reveal [Part 3] So, God sends Jonah, he didn't go where he should have at first, but ended up seeing an entire Continue Reading [...]

Fixing People

There's always something about an encounter with God that makes us better. That awakens us to meaningful lives. Having an excitement about the future is one of the fruits of God encounters. Too many to mention… God's assignments help me see how depraved I am. It also makes me aware of others' needs. However, there are times I think God sends me to "fix people". How sad. I can't even fix my own life. I need God for that. Deviating from exactly what God sends me to do often results in frustration. One of the reasons for frustration is either Continue Reading [...]

OTHERS | What The Assignments God Gives Us Reveal [Part 3]

I'd like to think that I am God's sole focus. That God has nothing better to do in multiverse but love me and wait for me to give Him an assignment. To meet my needs. If the rest of the world is anything like me, God must have His hands full. Somehow He seems to care about people who He actually sends other people to them. Like I've said before, when the hurting pray, God sends people. This makes me wonder and shudder; at the thought of how much hurt I've allowed to continue because of my unresponsiveness. I'm freaking out at the thought I haven't Continue Reading [...]

Fear Of Missing “God’s Purpose For My Life”

I lived with the fear of "missing God's purpose for my life". In fact, my teens were torture. I was more scared of "missing God's purpose for my life" than I was obsessed with "finding it". What if I God didn't tell me what He put me on the earth for? What if He is saying it and I'm just too dumb to get it? It is like everyone but me knew what God put him or her on the earth for. They had a clear picture. All I had, and still have, is the sense that there is something 'great' (whatever that means) that God has for and through my life. I'm sometimes Continue Reading [...]

Not Marked; When I’m Not Sent

God sends me. He gives me assignments. I'm still humbled and trying to make sense of that. If you've been following I Am Jonah you should know, by now, how humbling I feel in this regard. When God gives me assignments something about me is revealed. More than me, but He is also revealed. It is through cracked vessels God's light shines. It is in our humanness and frailty that God's treasure is not only kept but also shared with others. There are instances when God sends me and there are assignments that aren't for me. God has His purposes for Continue Reading [...]

GOD | What The Assignments God Gives Us Reveal [Part 2]

It is humbling that God, fully aware of my shortcomings and failures, still chooses me. Not only that, He also sends me. With each assignment God gives something is uncovered. In the first post in this series I wrote about some of the things that are revealed in and through me when God gives me an assignment. Besides being made a somewhat more conscious of myself, there is something greater that is revealed when God gives me assignments. God My first reaction to most assignments is freaking out. Doesn't God have more important things to worry Continue Reading [...]