Power Down

Jonathan Vinke is a good friend of mine.  He’s a young man, but has wisdom beyond his years.  Last week, I heard him use a good analogy that I’d like to share with you this morning.

Do you know how sometimes you have too many computer programs and applications open at the same time, and it bogs down your computer?  Things don’t run the way they should.  I believe it’s the same with life.

I run.  You do too!  I don’t mean on a track.  I’m talking about life.  Over the years, things seem to be speeding up.  When I look back ten years ago to the summer of 2001, I think, “Those were the good old days.”  I can guarantee you that ten years from now in 2021, we’ll look back at 2011 thinking, “Wow, it was so easy back then.”

It’s not going to slow down folks. 

Throughout me week, I’m involved with all sorts of “stuff.”  Many times I’m on the road, so even my locations are changing on a daily basis.  This week alone, I’ll be in five cities.  Commercials are everywhere, screaming for us to notice them.  Things—the busyness of life, are vying for our attention.  Life “feels” fast and sometimes it can feel overwhelming.

Once a week, I power down.  I do this by going to my church on Sunday morning.  I put everything else on hold for that precious hour, and concentrate on God’s love for me.  This helps me to realize what’s really important in my life.  It puts things in perspective about what’s worth paying attention to, and what’s really just noise.

There are people all over the country who have subscribed to this blog.  Many of you I do not know as well as I wish.  But…

I want to invite you to church this weekend.  Not with me.–unless you live close by.  But wherever you live, I want to invite you.  No doubt, some of you haven’t been inside a church in years.  That’s okay.  I just want you to get in your car this Sunday morning and find a place with a door that you can walk in.

Expect nothing—except that God will show up.  Expect that.  I’m literally praying that you will feel his presence when you do this and that you will hear his voice.

Don’t look at the people around you.  They’re like me – they’re messed up.  They won’t be without flaw.  They have problems in their lives.  If you judge God’s church by the people that go there, you’ll be disappointed.  We’re not perfect.  But we are loved.  That’s the important part.  Give us a little grace.  It’s okay to ignore us.  But please… don’t ignore him.

Don’t put any expectations on yourself.  You don’t have to sing.  You don’t have to dress up.  You don’t have to give your money.  You don’t have to say hello to anyone.  Be anonymous.  It’s okay.  Just visit him.  Notice him.  Experience him.  He’ll be sitting there with you.

Romans 12:1 says, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern or this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”  This is the best way I know to do this.

I pray that you do this for yourself this Sunday.  I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Take a chance.  Power down–by powering up!!!

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  1. Jason Owens
    Jason Owens07-15-2011

    I check myself into “detox” every Sunday. This is where I gain my strength, encouragement, wisdom and joy to make it through the next week. Jonathan helps bring us to the throne and rocks our faces off! You have to be intentional in listening for what God has for you. Uncross your arms…open your eyes and look up…pour it all out to Him until the sweat starts to bead on your forehead…reboot…power down…pause…whatever you want to call it…just do it!

    • Robert Mallon
      Robert Mallon07-15-2011

      Well said Jason!

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