I read a great article on the tendency to get selfish (and ineffective) when the going gets rough from MSNBC Business.

Here is the bottom line: when you turn inward, whether in glory or defeat, the team suffers. Always. There is no room for selfishness on a team. I’d even go as far as to say that a team with selfish members (or even one member ) can be successful outwardly, and all the while, the team is crumbling internally.It’s not sustainable.

And how about selfishness when it comes to the personal victories and defeats of people of faith? When we turn inward, rather than recognize the One who spoke this whole thing into being, things can get pretty ugly, pretty fast. The tendency to focus on ourselves creates distance between ourselves and the one who desires to dwell amongst us.

Just a reminder: This isn’t about you. Lift your eyes, friends.

I will be attending Story, which is deemed a conference for the creative class. I have had my eye on this conference since last year, when Ben Arment put together what seemed like the conference for creatives. This year looks to be even better, with a speaker list that doesn’t seem possible. And the website…magical. I have decided that I can’t miss it, especially since it is a stone’s throw away in beautiful Chicago. If you live in the Midwest, or even if you don’t, you should probably make plans to attend.

My phone needs replaced. iPhone 4: $200. There is a conference I really want to attend. Story: approximately $200.

I have the following budgetary decision to make:

OR…

The decision will be revealed in a few hours…

The Spirit of Him

Sam Mahlstadt —  June 28, 2010 — Leave a comment

And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.

I love Paul’s words here to the church at Rome. God breathes life into our mortal bodies, allowing us to carry on. Foundational to our understanding of God as the Creator is a deep sense that he is still living and breathing and creating today. Not only is he still creating, but he is being reflected when we create. We bear the image of the very spirit that brought about creation, who redeemed all creation through the suffering king, and who breathes life into our mortal bodies. So when we live our lives, and create our masterpieces, there is something so much larger going on. Our lives are a precursor, and our creations are a reflection to the God who was and is and is to come. Amen.

Confessional

Sam Mahlstadt —  June 27, 2010 — Leave a comment

I have to confess that even though I claim to follow Jesus, if you inspected my life, you would find greed, laziness and envy.

I confess.

Now I move forward and continually ask for radical grace.

Do you have anything you would like to confess?

I’d suggest you get it off your chest and keep moving.