I’m pretty sure Carpe Diem means “Seize the Day” or something close to that. The greatest moments have to be seized. You can’t just sit back and wait for them to show up on your calendar. After one incredibly powerful weekend of church I had the opportunity to Carpe Diem. So I took it! What do you need to “Carpe?”
My daughter asked me a question after our house was broken into a few weeks ago. She asked, “Daddy, if God protects us, then where was He when our house was being broken into?”
I jokingly responded, “Well baby, God was at Lifepoint saving people!”
Then I sat down with her and tried to explain that, yes, God is our protector but that doesn’t mean that bad things won’t happen. What it means is that when bad things do happen that He goes through them with us and comforts us. I told her that our world is filled with hurting people who end up hurting people. I’m sure that the person that broke into our house was probably dealing with a bunch of problems of their own.
What about you? Have you ever wondered, “Where was God?”
- Where was God when my parents split up?
- Where was God when my friend moved away?
- Where was God when spouse died?
- Where was God when my business went under?
- Where was God when I lost my scholarship?
These are heavy questions…ones I didn’t think my daughter would be asking just yet.
Psalm 23:4–4Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
I came home from church on Sunday to find something I was not expecting…our house had been broken into. Apparently a thief shattered the window in my daughters room and made their way through our house. After assessing the damage, contacting the police, and tallying up everything that had been taken the agitation started setting in. What was interesting was not that I was angry about what was taken, but rather what had been left behind.
It was obvious this thief was looking for quick cash and easy to unload items. They took jewelry, all our change from our massive change jar, my camera bag (they left the camera), rare baseball cards, $11 from Riley’s wallet, and other small odds and ends. When all is added up they got off with somewhere in the ballpark of $2500 worth of stuff. We are very fortunate. They could’ve taken computers, an ipad, xbox, and other much more costly items.
No doubt it is a bummer having your house broken into and your stuff stolen. However, what really bothered me is not what was taken but what the thief left. FEAR. For the first time I saw a look in my daughter’s eyes that I had never seen before. She was scared to be in her own house and scared to sleep in her own bed.
Fear has no place in our home.
We sat our kids down and talked about what had happened. I told them that we have not been given a spirit of fear. We will not allow something like this to make us afraid! I also told our kids that we will not be bitter toward the person who stole our stuff. I’m sure that they are hurting and have problems. The last thing they need is for us to be mad at them. So we prayed over our house, our family, and the thief…then we got back to living the Kapusta way…FREE! Oh, yeah…we also went on to baptize 90 people later that day!!! #winning
1The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.-John 10:10 (I think I was actually quoting this as the thief was breaking in)
Next to my sink sits this little Tweezerman tool. I use it about once per week. It has a rasp on one end and a razor blade on the other. Its purpose is simple, to keep the calluses on my hands from building up.
Overtime, after numerous pullups, barbell work, and kettlebell swings, you find your hands take quite a beating and develop calluses.
Wikipedia: A callus (or callosity) is a toughened area of skin which has become relatively thick and hard in response to repeated friction, pressure, or other irritation.
I’ve discovered that most lessons I’ve learned in CrossFit apply to other areas of life as well. For instance, ministry has a way of building up calluses in your life. Overtime, caring for people can develop a hardness of heart. Criticism can wear on you. It doesn’t take too many negative experiences for a person to begin developing a callus toward others or even toward God.
What is really interesting is that in the beginning the callus seems to be a good thing. The pullup bar doesn’t hurt your hand as much with a callus than it does with fresh skin. Swinging a kettlebell doesn’t seem to irritate your hands as much when the callus starts forming.
And then it happens…RIP!!!
In the middle of a workout you feel a tearing sensation and the callus rips off exposing the bright red flesh of your hand. AND IT HURTS!!! What happened??? The callus that gradually built up over time due to repeated irritation begins to dig into the bar and when you least expect it…rip! In my 18 months of crossfit I have dealt with this several times before I purchased a callus shaver. I’ve come to learn that taking care of your hands and keeping the calluses shaved down is one of the best things I can do to protect myself.
What about you?
Got any calluses? Have you built up some thick skin towards somebody who has repeatedly irritated you? How’s your heart? Have you allowed any calluses to build up in your life? Maybe it’s time to shave them down before they rip and cause some serious pain.
I love my church! I just had to get that off my chest! If there is one thing that I took away from my sabbatical it is that I LOVE LIFEPOINT CHURCH! I know that I am biased, but in my opinion, there is no place better!
Monday was my first day in the office since June. During July I was in Charlotte, Boone, Blowing Rock, and California! I was asked today if I was “back in the saddle.” My reply, “nope…I’m on the horse but not quite in the saddle.” No doubt it’s going to take me a week or two to get settled back into a rhythm that works. I am however, excited out of my mind to be back on stage sharing with my church family this weekend!
I can’t begin to express my thanks to my church family and staff for supporting me while on sabbatical. It is so encouraging knowing that I am on a team that truly values my health and my family.
Thank you to my staff and friends that preached in my absence, you guys knocked it out of the park!
Thank you Lifepoint for faithfully attending! I am blown away by the attendance and guests that you guys bring on a weekly basis.
Thank you for giving. Normally, church giving drops in the summer. You guys have stayed faithful.
Thank you Lifepoint for being Lifepoint! I love you guys and gals!
Here are a few things on the radar to be preparing for:
The stories of generosity that have been rolling into our offices this week have been absolutely INCREDIBLE! To say that I am excited about where we are and where God is taking us is an understatement. I can’t wait to share some awesome updates with you on Sunday!
It’s crazy to think that Christmas is less then 2 weeks away. 2 WEEKS!!! This means our Christmas Eve services are almost here. We gave away over 400 Christmas Eve tickets on Sunday. I can’t stress this enough…there are friends, family, coworkers, and folks in our community that WILL come to church on Christmas Eve if someone would invite them. I triple dog dare you to go all out and ask your friends to come. Be sure to grab the tickets you need on Sunday. As of right now we have services at 5pm and 7pm. These services are for kids as well as adults.
I’m also very excited about our Special Christmas Offering that is happening this Sunday. There is no way to put into words how big of an impact we make each year with our Christmas offering. I challenge you to spend a little time everyday this week asking God to show you how much you should give. If you have a spouse and kids, invite them to pray with you. I believe that the seeds of generosity we plant this season will bring a massive harvest in the seasons to come. I am praying that everyone in our church will seek God and do what He says. If we all do that, it will be the BEST. CHRISTMAS. EVER.
I love you guys,
See ya Sunday!