Snooze: Part Four
All or Nothing (or something in-between) • January 28, 2018 • Mike Ashcraft
It's impossible to experience God's faithfulness if we allow our faith to remain a system of belief rather than a call to action. Christ invites us into an extraordinary journey, but the only way we experience it is through faith. There's a big difference between thinking things over and overthinking things. We've got to decide to decide, even when we don't know what the result of our actions will be. A decision provides a step. The step we take is called faith. It is in that place where we experience God's faithfulness. Faith is always seen in the future.
Snooze: Part Three
Rise & Shine • January 21, 2018 • Mike Ashcraft
In life, we face crossroads all the time. Situations present themselves that force us to consider, decide, or choose. How will we respond to what we see? Will we stick our head in the sand and pretend like it doesn't exist? Will we distract ourselves from the decisions before us? Or, will we view these circumstances as an opportunity for growth, change, and transformation? The hour is at hand. Life moves forward whether we want it to or not. Even though we love the safety of “what has been," the growth we ultimately crave, doesn't reside there. A crossroad can catalyze change, but only if we're willing to pay attention. To watch and pray is designed to empower action. Christ’s call to “sleep later” isn’t a call to hustle, but rather wake up. God's direction always requires our response.
Snooze: Part Two
Avoiding Futility • January 14, 2018 • Mike Ashcraft
The problem with resolutions and promises lies in their "all or nothing" belief system. It's either perfection or utter failure. One either fixes everything entirely, or they've dropped the ball completely. The reliance on ourselves never produces the change we hope for, which in turn amps up our disappointment and frustration. Here's the hard truth: no matter how strong we make it, our flesh is still weak. If it were capable of transforming our heart and altering our character, there would be no need for Jesus. Our hope for change begins by thinking process over perfection and promises. Rather than promising to commit, we commit to depend. Before we can submit our will to His, we must believe what we've received in Christ. To watch is to fix your eyes on what is true about ourselves and the hope that Christ provides
Snooze: Part One
The Desire To Avoid • January 7, 2018 • Mike Ashcraft
We ignore the buzzer going off welcoming us to a new day. Instead, we tap the button, roll over, and convince ourselves that we will get out of bed eventually. All of those hopes and dreams we put off for another day. We’ll get around to finding our life’s purpose a little bit later. We pass off the responsibility for things like developing our prayer life, restoring a broken relationship, getting our finances in order or decluttering our closets to our future self. If we put off taking action long enough, we will eventually go back to sleep, and all of those hopes and dreams fizzle out. So, how do we stop hitting the snooze button, take action and work on the person we want to become in 2018? If we're going to change our behavior, it begins by changing what we see.