Friday, May 18, 2012

You probably think this post is about “Dream big” or “Follow your dreams”. It’s not. It’s about a ridiculous dream I had last night. If there are any Josephs or Daniels reading this, please help me here. I dreamed that I was at the inauguration of the Russian President. It happened to be Gorbachev. Not sure if I was invited, but it didn’t seem to matter. Security was lax and it was a very casual affair – a hundred or so folding chairs on a lawn. Gorbachev was speaking, but nobody was paying attention and he didn’t seem to mind. I was wearing a pair of shorts and a t-shirt which didn’t seem to bother anyone except this harsh Japanese guard who took me to a room to be interrogated. When I got to the room, there were 7 young Russians, say, in their 20’s. They weren’t friendly, but they weren’t rude. They flipped on a movie and the 8 of us watched it and I woke up.

CAFO and Saddleback

Saturday, May 5, 2012

I just returned from the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) Summit at Saddleback Church in Los Angeles. It was great to see many friends in the adoption and orphan care community. It was also a time of personal reflection and refreshment. What a privilege to worship God at Saddleback with thousands of others who share a passion for the cause of the orphan. I’ve had the opportunity to worship in this country from L.A. to Manhattan; from Minneapolis to my home church in Austin. And around the world - from Voronezh, Russia to Suzhou, China; from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to London, England. Everywhere, I experience a unity of spirit and purpose. And what is worship? It’s more than singing. It’s more than occupying a seat in a building on Saturday or Sunday morning. I believe worship is designed to reinforce our position of humility before God and to reignite our passion for service. In the first chapter of Isaiah, we read that God hates ritualistic, check-the-box worship. Instead, He says: “Learn to do good; seek justice; help the oppressed; defend the cause of the orphan.” These are words to savor.