I have to admit this last weekend was a pretty good one. Not just because of church time, but also because I had a conference on Saturday.
Several months ago I signed up for a conference that was being held at my church. The turn out was great, around 600 people were there. The conference was about organic outreach.
Think of someone bible thumping…
Now think the exact opposite. The idea is really just to pray, care, love, and if possible to share if the other person is willing to listen.
The idea is something that I truly love. I’m the type of person that feels that the best way to share the Gospel is by being nice, listening, and having quality discussion and communication.
One of the speakers shared the idea that we can disagree but still love each other. I really loved that idea.
I mean, how can someone be the salt and light of the world if they’re being rude to others and are unwilling to have civil, meaningful conversation.
One of the biggest takeaways that I had during the conference was how truly important prayer is in everyday life. I’ve often thought that I should just pray here and there, or pray about big things. When in fact, I’m called to pray continually. Pray about all things in life; the first flowers in spring, or recent pictures of some galaxy light-years away.
Another takeaway is that I have minimized the battle that rages on unseen. Ephesians 6:12 says:
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
That’s no joke.
I’ve often looked at the goodness of God without realizing there is a war going on all around me. It reminds me of Daniel 10, where the angel that comes to Daniel was held up for 21 days. It really put things in perspective for me.
It’s easy to get wrapped up in the goings-on of this life and the world around us and lose focus of what really matters. And sometimes it’s really nice to have that time to be reminded what is really important.
All in all, it was a good weekend. One that I really needed.