Abram’s Journey From Good to Great

Earlier this decade Jim Collins released an excellent book called Good to Great in which Collins identified the difference between good and great in the business world.

In Genesis 12:1-2, we read that God demanded a lot from Abram in order for him to move from a good life to reach greatness.   Upon the death of his father Terah, Abram would have become the leader of the family group. God’s commands to Abram were intensely demanding because they caused him to leave his place, his clan, and his family in a world where such actions were simply not done. Only the poverty-stricken or the defeated would wander; only the landless and the fugitive would move about and leave their ancestral homes.

Sometimes you must leave what you know to get what you’ve never seen.  For Abram the real journey was not the physical distance, but a journey of his heart, motivation and destiny.  I hope you are willing to leave familiar places for the same kind of journey when God tells you to leave.

Aaron’s College Football Preview

Tommorrow night begins the College Football season.   Instead of boring you with the same top 5 list everyone has for the 2009 college football season (i.e. 1. Florida 2. Texas 3. Oklahoma), I want to give some less obvious predictions:

Crompton

– Tennessee’s quarterback Jonathan Crompton will have an all-conference season.

Illinois Iowa Football

– Someone besides Ohio St or Penn St. will win the Big Ten.   Look for Iowa or Illinois to surprise that conference.

Vanderbilt Logo

Vanderbilt will scare LSU to death in Death Valley on September 12th.  I can’t predict a win, but it very will could be.

OSU Cowboys

Oklahoma State will beat either Texas or Oklahoma.  The Cowboys are really good.

Baylor FootballBaylor will beat Texas A&M and Texas Tech, and return to a bowl for the first time in years.  Go Baptist! I mean Bears!

Kentucky will take a step back, but Rich Brooks is still a great coach.
TCU Utah football

– This will be the last year Gary Patterson will coach TCU – my childhood team.   TCU will have another strong season, and some major conference, state school would be silly not to hire him away from Ft. Worth.

God’s Pearl of Great Value

In this short, but beautiful parable most of us see ourselves as the merchant.   We are giving up everything for the gospel.

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. Matthew 13:45-46 (NIV)

Look at this parable from a different angle.   What if God is the merchant who found the pearl of great value?  He found something so unique and so valuable, that he gave up everything to purchase it.

From God’s perspective people are priceless.   To us, people are disposable.
As spiritual leaders we are tempted to label others – lower class, uneducated, snooty, liberal.

When we begin to place a varying value on people, then we forget that each person is God’s pearl of great value.