What It Takes

Tonight a young man in dreadlocks, probably a college kid, came by the house to give his spiel on saving the environment. Now I don’t know about your town, but here in the wonderful creative town of Austin, TX, you can’t throw a rock without hitting one of these guys. But they are nice enough most of the time, and genuinely care about the world God created for us. So I usually give them a few minutes. He explained that with the transition to digital TVs, millions of TV sets will soon be obsolete and headed to the trashdumps. Now I know that you know that you can buy some apparatus which will allow you to continue to use your old rabbit-ear TV from college, but I understand what he meant. He told me about how much lead was in the TV and would soon be in our landfills. I could help just by signing my name. And giving a small donation. In lieu of the donation, I could write two letters to the governor. He would be back to pick them up at 8. I hesitated, but you know, I can write two letters. That doesn’t take that much time and it’s for a good cause. So, I did. I came in, told my wife, she laughed at me, and then I sat down and wrote two letters. I don’t ever write letters. I had to go find envelopes.

Anyway, that got me to thinking about what spurs us into action.  In our Christian lives, our heads know about so much more good to be done than we actually do. I wonder what would spur us on to actually do those things. One of my passions for the last 5 years has been World Vision.  You can learn more about it at www.worldvision.org. But I started sponsoring a little girl in Uganda because my friend Eddie Carswell just walked up and asked me if I had ever considered it. I got involved in a ministry that is now central to what we do simply because someone asked me. I became socially and politically active tonight just because somebody came by the house and asked. So what would it take for us as the church to begin to live out the commands of Christ that we already know and understand?  And what would it take for the world around us to be changed by the truth we are sharing and living?

 “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” Romans 10:14

I wonder what would happen if we were as brave as the young man who came to my house tonight. I wonder what would happen if we believed that God wanted to save a human soul as much as he believed in saving the environment. It is amazing how successful communication can be when we just use our words and tell people. And it’s amazing that we think the truth will spread when we are not the ones sharing it. 

Todd

Hide-and-Seek

You remember being a kid? Like a little kid? Kids are so funny, especially when they play hide-and-seek. My little girl hides in the same place every time we play. I will have just found her, I’m closing my eyes, starting to count, and she goes right back to the same place. My little boy, while two years older and wiser, will hide in different spaces, but once he has been there for 15 seconds or so, he will start making noises, leading me to his spot. The amazing thing about kids and this game is that they want to be found. That is the whole point. The point is not to win; it is to be found by the one who loves you.

And it’s the same with keeping secrets. We’ll buy a secret present for someone. We’ll agree not to talk about it. We’ll walk in the door and they’ll walk right up to that person, saying, “Guess what we got you? A candle!” Or whatever the incredible gift we chose was. They can’t even get to their room without spilling the beans. They will share their favorite secrets. They will even tell us when they’ve done something wrong. It is naturally in their nature to be known.

Many times I wish we held on to this attitude as we grow up. Instead we learn to deceive and practice secrecy. And I mean practice! We get better and better at it until even those closest to us only know part of who we are. And then we feel alone. I wonder what my life would be like if I wanted to be found.  If I trusted the One who loves me. I wonder what my world would look like if I came seeking to share those places that I could easily hide in the dark? If I looked forward to “spilling the beans”?

“For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light.”

Luke 8:17 (ESV)

God already knows our secrets, but He still wants us to cry, “Search me and know me, O God!” There is something amazing that happens when a child seeks to be found by their Father.

Todd

Cornerstone Festival Request

Hello Friends. It’s Todd. If you came to see the Christmas Tour 08 edition this last winter, you will have already made the acquaintance of Andrew McKinney. He was the singer who was not Anthony Evans and he played bass for most of the tour. If you missed the tour, Andrew is basically my little brother. He is very dear to me and I lived with his family for three years in Houston. It was during that time period that I wrote and recorded Grace Like Rain, so it’s a pretty special time. Maybe I should move back there. Anyway, he is an amazing godly young man and is in a band called Darcy. I am passing on his email below and I would definitely appreciate you guys supporting him. As you know, I don’t ask you for much. Now, I am not a professional myspacer so the link he speaks of may not work. You may have to do it the old fashioned way and copy and paste it. I know, such work. But thanks so much for doing it and supporting a group of great young guys. Thanks.

Todd

PS The PS at the bottom is from Andrew so you can celebrate with him, not from me as I am already taken.

Hello Everyone,

So, some of you might know me and others might only know me as Joe McKinney’s son but you should all know that I am trying to earn my living as a free lance musician. The band that I have been playing with (Darcy) for almost two years now has been entered into a contest to play the Cornerstone Festival just outside of Chicago. This is one of the largest music festivals in the U.S. and the kicker is with your votes we could play the mainstage. The top vote getter in the new band showcase will get to play with some very prominent bands on the mainstage of the festival.

So what I hope your asking now yourself is how can I vote? Well I’m so glad that you asked. If you were to create an account at the cornerstone website(no spam or info required of you) you can go to our page and vote every day. My birthday is coming up in May and this would be an amazing (and free) gift. If you could make it apart of your internet habit to vote daily it would vault us to the number 1 spot and we would play the mainstage. We are currently ranked 5th. Please help us become number 1. Thank you so much for your time.

Just click on the link below to get started.

http://www.cornerstonefestival.com/newbandshowcase/Darcy/

Much love everyone,

Andrew McKinney

P.S. I’m engaged to Monica Segui and have clearly worked my way up!!!!

Your Thoughts on a Thought on Good Friday

What would this weekend look like through the blood-stained tint of the cross? If we could put on glasses when we wake up tomorrow and spend the day seeing how the cross affects each life we encounter, each action we choose, and each moment we spend, how would it look to us? How would it change our perspective? And our choices? I hope it would change them greatly. I fear it would not change them at all. I fear Christ has hung for so long on our mantles that His cross is no longer is our sight. Just as over time we grow used to the wonders around us, and their magic dissipates in our lives.

A friend of mine went on a mission trip to South America. He came across a spot where he had the most beautiful view he had ever seen with his eyes. Mountains and forests. Trees and flowers. The best of God’s creation. But in the midst of it, he saw a soccer game. These children did their best to follow a ball around a field and kick it. They were not distracted at all by the beauty around them; in fact, they did not even notice it. In the midst of the pinnacle of God’s creation, they were fascinated by a manmade leather ball.

My kids are amazed. By everything. Sometimes it seems silly. But many times I wish I was still amazed by those things. I am so callous to all around me that I don’t even notice. I hope we are not like that with the cross, but I’m fairly sure we are. Let us pray that God will open our eyes. This weekend may we see our entire world in the shadow of His cross. And be amazed.

Todd

Your Thoughts on a Quote

Wow, the last two blog posting were advertising CD sales! I’m never a big fan of that. Well, let’s hear more from you again.

“A man can no more take in a supply of grace for the future than he can eat enough for the next six months, or take sufficient air into his lungs at one time to sustain life for a week. We must draw upon God’s boundless store of grace from day to day as we need it.” – D.L. Moody

Todd