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Worship Wednesday: We Won’t Be Shaken

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Worship Wednesday

Just about every communicator on the planet likes to create and use metaphor as a way to make a point. Often times they employ a technique of divide and conquer, meaning they divide people into 2 groups by saying something like there are really only 2 kinds of people in this world, people who like M&M’s and people who like Reese’s Pieces.

This is obviously just a silly example, but what I have learned over the years is that most of the time, there are 2 types of reactions from people when you engage them in a discussion about The Creative Order.

Most of the time, its confusion.

So what’s The Creative Order, you’re asking?

Well, watch the lyric video below and you’ll begin to understand.

Still wondering what The Creative Order is all about?

Proverbs 16:33 says this, “We may throw the dice, but the Lord determines how they fall.”

Starting to get it now?

The Creative Order speaks to our identity, but more than that, it speaks to what we allow to form our identity, what we base our identity on.

It alludes to why, as Christians, we could ever sing such words as “We Won’t Be Shaken.”

Even in the face of hard providences, and the darkest nights of the soul, these words resonate, bringing peace and comfort to those in need.

When The Creative Order is in balance, reconciled, settled, or however you want to put it, our identity isn’t shaken when circumstances don’t go our way.

It’s precisely in those moments we believe and develop a deeper understanding when James 1:2 says, “Dear brothers and sisters, when trouble comes your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.”

Joy?

No, not just joy.

GREAT JOY!

If you’re following along with me, then you can imagine what comes next.

Extravagant Worship.

Yep. That’s right.

The Creative Order becomes the basis of how we can worship not in spite of our circumstances, but because of them. [love others by tweeting that!]

All throughout the bible you read story after story of men and women who talk about being chased, killed, attacked, hungry, having no home, abused, thrown in fires, tossed to lions, betrayed, and yet there is always a line somewhere that follows that says something like, yet I will praise The Lord, or I will worship The Lord.

They had it right and for a long time I always looked at them as being supernaturally different because of it. But I’ve since learned that they truly were just people, ordinary people, like you and I, who were invited into a larger story full of excitement and glory. Somehow they caught a glimpse of that glory, and it settled things once and for all for them!

The Creative Order is the reason why my world has been turned right-side up! It’s the reason why I wrote The Awesome Manifesto. (which I would love for you to have for FREE, see below!) And it’s the single greatest reason why I have more peace and joy in the midst of circumstances than ever before!

The awesome news is that you can too!

Here’s some questions for you today:

Is your ability to rest and find joy being stolen? Are you not able to worship because of the circumstances you’re in? What does The Creative Order speak to you?

For me, engaging with you is everything! None of this makes any sense without it, so share your thoughts in the comments below, or email directly at josh [at] thejoshcollins [dot] com!

Posted on: June 12, 2013

The #1 Way To Find Clarity In Life

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Church, Community

Rounding out this weeks’ posts about community, I wanted to share something that has changed my life forever. Something easy but yet difficult and something extremely important.

I was once again reminded of this the other day from my community.

Its the #1 way to find clarity in your life.

Keep It Simple.

I’ve heard other versions, where by some people add a (Stupid) to the end and then use the handy acronym of KISS to sell it, but I can’t afford to pay Gene Simmons, and if indeed the idea is to Keep It Simple, then that last part is superfluous.

And I know all about superflous things, because I used to be in a band called that.

And we rocked.

Hard.

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*Photo by MinimalWall, Creative Commons

But seriously though, every time I start trending towards the 8 yr old version of myself, all full of drama, I’m reminded of this and take a step back.

This reminds me of how I’m called to live, careless in the care of God.

I’ve began, over time, to understand just how much freedom and peace there is from adopting this, and integrating in my life.

Then comes the magic.

Margin. Clarity. Sobriety.

The things that start to become so clear and easy to see, were the very same things I couldn’t quite figure out before.

Its awesome.

Do you need to remind yourself as you enter this weekend to keep it simple? Can you see how this could be the step, you’ve been missing? And that on the other side, is the peace you’ve been longing for?

Posted on: March 22, 2013

The #1 way to Create Peace and Joy in the Midst of the Storm

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Misc

What I’m sharing today, at absolutely no cost to you, can in fact change your life.  

If you let it, that is.  

The power is ultimately up to you.

I have experienced an incredible amount of things in my lifetime.  I have seen tiny villages in Tibet from the peaks of mountain top monasteries  to brothels across the street from The Ritz Carlton in Kuala Lumpur.  I have witnessed the most amazing miracles of provision and the deepest, darkest nights of the soul.  All of which have brought me to the here and now, offering what perspective I can on finding peace and joy in the midst of the storm.

And the #1 way to create that peace and joy in the midst of the storms of life, I’ve found can best be described by quoting Step 3 of the 12 Steps of ACA.

“Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God, as we understand God.”

Make no mistake about it, there is a direct correlation between our incessant desire to control and the upset of joy and peace in our lives.  Not only do we experience this in our lives, but in every aspect of culture, business, church and all other forms of society and communities that we engage.

Its thru the process of letting go and finding peace or serenity as the 12 Step Process suggests, that opens up the pathways in our heart to rest, which ultimately lead us to finding joy.

One of my favorite scripture verses which remind me of this is:

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30(NLT)

I can’t say enough about how my life experience has proved this to be true time and time again.  I have found that the moment when I begin to grab the reins and seize control, is the very same moment, I begin to experience most, the feelings of anxiety, doubt, and fear.  All of which are diametretically opposed to joy and peace!

What areas of your heart are you refusing to let go?  

What circumstances of life are your holding tight the reins, in an effort to control and munipulate?

Before you is an invitation, an invitation to peace and joy, how will you respond?

As I stated in the beginning, this simple message can change your life…

If you let it…

Posted on: March 15, 2013

The Importance of Learning to Ask for What We Need.

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Misc

Have you ever just sat and asked yourself, “What do I need?”

I was coming home from an event over the weekend, and I began to think about what I needed. Its kind of a strange line of thought, I suppose, because not many of us entertain these kinds of thoughts.  We don’t often just make time and ask that of ourselves.

Well, I do now and let me tell you why.

Several years ago, I went on a retreat and it completely changed my life.  The experience was so awesome, that it has become yet another one of those rare, unique markers that identify who I am.

And one of the most important things I’ve learned and still take away from it, even to this day, is the power of learning to ask for what I need.

The reason why this is so important is because:

The Power is in the Asking, not in the Receiving.

Now let me be clear, asking for what we need and asking for what we want are two totally different things, and to confuse them, well, only leads to confusion.

I practice this, honestly speaking, by having a Needs Journal.

In this journal I just start every page by asking myself what do I need. Sometimes, those entries start to take shape like simple lists, other times, they just end up being tears, or even prayers of some kind. Either way, its a process that I believe ultimately, leads me to a safe place of being present and known.

Which is what I’m all about!

Have you ever experienced someone, in an effort of knowing you, asking you if you needed anything?

Its kind of awkward isn’t it?

I mean, we’re taught and pulled by the ways of southern culture, to be accommodating, and being in need, most certainly is not accommodating, not too mention, the cultural push towards pride and self-sufficiency!

But the beauty I’ve found, is by being willing to acknowledge that first we have needs, and then by naming them, we create safe places, which lead others into authentic experiences of us and the world as a whole.

Which begs the question, do you create safe places?

Are you BRAVE enough to look into the closets of your heart and ask yourself what you need?

I can promise you this, there is freedom, peace, joy and most of all, safety on the other side!

Posted on: March 12, 2013

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