Fragile

9 03 2010

I’ve always liked Sting and a the musical works he’s pumped out over the years. From The Police on through to his solo albums. One song that has resonated with me is the music video above “Fragile.” Tonight that song took on a whole new perspective for me…one that will remain for life.

The last thing you think about as you’re corralling your 5 year old off the t-ball practice field is the fragility of life. Tonight that changed. I turned from the baseball field to find my 2 year old daughter underneath the bleachers with a crowd around her. Her life came to a screeching stop when she fell off the bleachers to the hard ground below. As she lie there stiff and unconscious, I started to see how fragile we are.

It’s crazy how seconds feel like minutes in those moments. When it feels like life and death are balancing before you, that is when the world turns slower. When you look down at your own child and see life slipping away…that is when you feel the weight of the moment…that is when you realize how fragile we are.

The last thing I thought I would do tonight was give my daughter mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. It never crossed my mind that I would be desperately listening to her little chest for a heart beat and checking to see if she could breathe. The older they get, the more kids you have, the more you forget how fragile we are.

I can’t express the relief I felt when that first breath was taken…that first little cough…that first sign of life coming back. We weren’t out of the darkness yet, but it brought hope. As I scooped her up and sped off with Wendy to the hospital I lost my stomach and heart every time I looked over to see my lil Sydney-Boo’s eyes roll back in her head. I couldn’t drive fast enough…I couldn’t do anything but watch the minutes tick and realize how fragile we are.

Tonight could have ended in so many ways. Tonight could have been a beginning of a nightmare. Tonight could have ended with bad news from x-rays and CT scans. But tonight became a reminder of how much I have to be thankful for…lest I forget how fragile we are.

Breathe In & Smile Out,
Chris





Drew Brees Shares His Testimony

8 02 2010

Yesterday’s win is a day I will never forget….and I pray that Drew’s platform will be even bigger to share his testimony and live it out for the world to see.  A class-act, and great role model.

Breathe In & Smile Out,

Chris





A Ragamuffin Soul named Carlos

28 01 2010

I love the heart of Carlos Whittaker.  He is the real deal….never contrived or posed…always authentic…and completely sold out for God.  There is a new generation of worshipers coming up and I believe Los has created soundtrack for it with his new EP and upcoming LP.  Check out his story here:

Working with guys like Los is the fun part of this gig at Integrity Music.  Doing things like this 30 Day Give-Away make this career a calling.  Seeing Los hit number 1 on iTunes Christian Album Charts on his first day in the store makes me jump and shout!

God is touching lives through faithful servants like Los…and I thank Him often for letting me be a part of the team.  I work with some of the smartest guys in the business…and on days like this we celebrate a great team effort and victory!

Breathe In & Smile Out,

Chris





Hope, Encouragement, Power & Authority

24 01 2010

If I could just use 4 words to describe the holy word of God, it would be Hope, Encouragement, Power and Authority. That’s the message…that is what I run to…that is what I stand on.

“I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.”  ~ 1 Corinthians 1:10

“But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.” ~ 1 Corinthians 1:24-25

The last thing God told Moses before he left the top of Mt. Sinai were these instructions on the Sabbath.

“You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day must be a Sabbath day of complete rest, a holy day dedicated to the Lord. Anyone who works on the Sabbath must be put to death.” ~Exodus 31:15

The Sabbath is an important par of our covenant with God.  For a day dedicated to this will bring Hope, Encouragement, Power & Authority.  As we live that out, wisdom comes.  God will take the ordinary and make it extraordinary.  He takes the impossible and makes the possible.  He takes the faithful hearts and blesses the generations with Hope, Encouragement, Power & Authority.

What 4 words would you use to describe the holy word of God? Are you living in those words today?

Breathe In & Smile Out,

Chris





The Cry, The Voice, The Conversation

22 01 2010

I was moved by the conversation that Jesus has with a Cannanite woman in Matthew 15.  It’s one of those scenes where all the disciples are around as it unfolds.  There is an awkward few moments there…where the disciples speak up to prompt Jesus to do something…and in  a matter of 15 minutes or so the conversation goes from a cry to silence to a voice to conversation to pleading to faith and healing.

The woman starts with a cry out to Jesus for healing for her demon possesed daughter.  To which Jesus remains silent.  That is a place where we all tend to get uncomfortable and impatient.  She continues to cry out, so much the discuples start to ask Jesus to say something!

He simply responds with an answer that is not what the mother is looking for.  Jesus says he is her to tend to His sheep.  A legitimate answer that som  many would just walk away from thinking, “okay, He spoke…it’s not His will…” Not this mama, she is persistent.

As the conversation continues Jesus gets a bit more direct when He says, “why would the master waste the children’s bread to feed dogs.”  Wow, that’s ta slap in the face! Basically He said you’re not in the family, why would I waste my bread on you….a dog!

The mother comes back quickly with a response that stopped Jesus in His tracks.  She says, “even dogs eat crumbs from the master’s table.”  He recognizes her for her great faith and immediately heals the daughter.

My big take away is that God wants us to go deep in our prayer/conversation with Him.  He wants us to question, provoke thought, and be persistent.  He wants us to never give up because through those reald and deep conversations our faith can be brought to a place where He wants us to go!

As was the case with Abraham, Job, Moses, David, and the list goes on.  He wants u to engage beyond a comfortably safe conversation.  He’s our father, it’s okay!  There may be a miracle waiting on the other side.

Breathe In & Smile Out,

Chris





Second Chances

24 12 2009

Some times I take a step back and look at where God has me…that’s when I’m blown away.  That’s when I realize God has brought exceedingly & abundantly above anything I can imagine or ask for into focus.  I get the privilege to work along side guys like Brewster, Chico, Jay, and Los. What I love about them is their heart for God and His plan.  It’s never scripted. It’s never contrived.  Always creative.  Always Authentic.  Always with excellence and integrity.

I appreciate a God of Second Chances.  If He wasn’t, I would not be here typing this blog right now.  If he didn’t extend beyond just a second chance I would have never ended up where He has me today.  When I watch videos like this, I take a step back and say THANK YOU LORD for bringing me into this adventure!

Check out the context of the story on my man Brewster’s post here.  Check out Los’ perspective on the song and the encounter here.  Lookout for Los’ release next year, God’s hand is all over it.

Breathe In & Smile Out,

Chris





Love for the Cross

2 12 2009

This chapter will resonate in my head this weekend as we celebrate the Lord’s Supper in my church. A hard snapshot of so many in the church today, which starts with me…I fall short in so many ways. I’m thankful for a God who is patient and desires to strengthen and grow me into the footsteps of His Son.

How Few Love The Cross of Jesus
“Jesus now has many who love His heavenly kingdom,
but few who bear His Cross.

He has many who desire comfort,
but few who desire tribulation.

He finds many companions at His table,
but few who fast often.

All desire to rejoice with Him,
but few are willing to suffer anything for Him–or with Him.

Many follow Jesus into the breaking of bread,
but few to the drinking of the cup of His suffering.

Many revere His miracles,
but few follow the humiliation of His Cross.

Many love Jesus,
so long as adversities do not happen to them.

Many praise and bless Him,
so long as they receive comfort from Him.

But if Jesus hides His presence and leaves them for even a little while,
they either start complaining or become depressed.”
Thomas Kempis from his book, “The Imitation of Christ”

Breathe In & Smile Out,
Chris