I’ve written before on here about some of my favorite podcasts. A few weeks ago Scott Kramer, one of the pastors at our church and a friend of mine, recommended finding some ministry podcasts to listen to while working out or occupying your spare time.
I took the challenge and have found myself learning and being challenged with a variety of new and interesting messages. One of my favorites is from Pastor Erwin McManus of Mosaic Church in Los Angeles.
McManus is an interesting figure. I’d recommend any of his books you can find. He’s a mix of scholar, pastor, communicator, encourager, and cultural architect.
His message last week was on knowing and asking God for exactly what we want. He stated his belief that some of us ask small because we are afraid of “proving God doesn’t exist.” We feel like we need to protect God by lowering our expectations when, in reality, more and greater things than we’ve ever dreamed await us.
He mentioned a friend who was retiring at an early age. He had asked this friend why he was choosing to retire. The man’s responded that he was ready for a quieter and more peaceful life. He wanted simplicity.
McManus commented about the nature of the man’s ideas and that he personally wanted to stay active, leading a community in a loud and noisy world until “the day the chariots of fire came to get him from Heaven.”
He then said something that struck me directly in the heart.
He said there were younger people listening to the message who had hit “retirement” long before leaving their twenties.
It was like a card house falling, a lens sharpening into focus. The statement vocalized my state of mind quicker than anything I could have said at the moment.
I’d spent years lounging in the lull of simplicity, of sitting back and sitting on dreams, of the easy road holding off chances to make a dent in the universe.
I’d thought myself not good enough to dream, beaten down and hopeless, just happy to survive another day. Worry had ruled far too long.
Those days are over. It is time to start on the first steps of a new journey. It is time to get back in the game.
So I’ll fight with words, new projects, new books and bigger dreams. With a desire to inspire anyone who takes a moment to read and find hope.
Are you with me? Check out Mosaic’s podcast and stream the message titled What Do You Want? I promise you will not be the same.