Thinking Through This Week

Well hello there!

This week is going by so quickly, and I hope you're having a great day so far! How is the routine switch up going for you? Done anything out of the ordinary?? I sure hope so; it is such fun! Here's a glimpse of a few things that have taken place since we last talked..

Instead of going to the normal small group that I attend, I was in a music video for the group 'Group One Crew'. It was a great night that ended up with about 40 of us dancing and jumping into a pool with all of our clothes (including my shoes!!) on! It was so much fun, and something completely out of the ordinary. We had the opportunity to interact with the group, and they kindly took pictures and signed autographs. The song is called 'Live It Up' and is expected to be released in the beginning of June. I'm in a blue shirt, so look for me :)
Us with Blanca from Group One Crew after jumping in the pool for the shoot! It was so much fun!!

I also went to dinner with a bunch of awesome girls as a birthday celebration for my friend Heather! We went to a Japanese Hibachi restaurant, and enjoyed the food, fellowship and our crazy chef Tommy who made us all yummy rice, chicken and vegetables! I also had sushi for the second time ever! It was really good..although I'm still getting the hang of using chopsticks to pick things up.
Happy Birthday, Heather!

I went on a walk in the cool evening air after dinner with a friend and we talked about life, love and stars. It was so nice to just relax and unwind after a super busy day...I love those times.
Photo via Tumblr
Stargazing is such bliss..

A few things I'm learning.. Dr. Hemby, a religion professor, spoke in chapel about becoming a Hero Generation. It was so good that I just have to share it with you!
The passage he worked from is 2 Samuel 23:8-12

"These are the names of David's mighty men: Josheb-Basshebeth, a Tahkemonite, was chief of the Three; he raised his spear against eight hundred men, whome he killed in one encounter. Next to him was Eleazar son of Dodai the Ahohite. As one of the three mightly men, he was with David when they taunted the Philistines gathered at Pas Dammim for battle. Then the men of Israel retreated, but he stood his ground and struck down the Philistines till his hand grew tired and froze to the sword. The LORD brought about victory that day. The troops returned to Eleazar, but only to strip the dead. Next to him was Shammah son of Agee the Hararite. When the Philistines banded together at a place where there was a field full of lentils, Israel's troops fled from them. But Shammah took his stand in the middle of the field. He defended it and struck the Philistines down, and the LORD brought about a great victory."

So, what does this epic battle scene have to do with a hero generation? Well, let's unpack a bit of what happened here. The passage begins by talking about how David has a few mighty men; these guys were the top soldiers that he could rely on. What is interesting here is the fact that it mentions this great victory with Eleazar as the leader, but in the next sentence, the entire group of victorious soldiers flees when they come up against their next opponent. The only man who stayed to fight was Shammah.
Who was this guy, anyways?

  • His name means desolate; good for nothing

  • His dad was a fugitive; running from the law

  • He came from a mountain dwelling group that history has very little knowledge about
By looking at his past track record, he doesn't seem very qualified or significant; however, this is the first part of the equation.
PAST: God doesn't consult your past when he plans your future.
Shammah didn't stand on the edge of the field in case he wanted to escape; he stood smack dab in the middle. The enemy surrounded him on all sides, but he didn't flee.
OPPOSITION: When you feel the greatest opposition, it is usually because the greatest opportunity is just on the horizon.
Everyone else in the army,this victorious army that the Lord fights for, ran for their lives. Shammah did not run.
OTHERS: Learn to appreciate others without being overly dependent on their actions, opinions and reactions to the decisions that God tells you to make.
It says that Shammah stood in the middle of that field, and the Lord brought about victory through him.
STAND: Sometimes we plan escape routes because we think that God won't come through. Don't plan to fail before you even start.
Shammah didn't have a huge weapon or army to back him up; he brought only a willing spirit.
SUPERNATURAL: What we have is not important. It is WHO we have.
Shammah became a hero because he was willing to stand and be used instead of fleeing in fear. Heroes are made in a lifetime, but are manifested in a moment.

The challenge for both you and me is to take our moments in time and use them to prepare for that timely moment when we will have to stand and be a hero. God wants to use you to rescue people; to do great things. Are you ready?

Think of Shammah this for the rest of this week, and see if there is something you can do to prepare yourself for that heroic, God moment.

Blessings and Preparation,


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