Where To From Here (Series)

Where To From Here?

It’s a question that’s been bouncing around my head for a while now. I’ve mostly used it as a leadership reference point. Though it has so many applications when considering your next move.

The reality I often find myself in is before I know where I’m going I need to know where I am. We often end up in the wrong place because we don’t take enough time to know where we are. For example, how many people do you know ask themselves ‘how did I get here?’ This relationship, this job, this life? Knowing where you are requires challenging why you’re there and that requires asking hard questions, challenging conformity, compromise or maybe laziness.

Maybe your values or lack of them have brought you to where you are. I recently read a quote by clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson who wrote

“If the world you are seeing is not the world you want, it’s time to examine your values.”

Asking the question ‘Where To From Here’ is a starting point. A commitment to confronting where you are. By simply asking this question you position yourself to reset. Reset your priorities, your focus, ultimately the exercise will help you change direction, walking toward where you want to go.

So, where to from here? I love what the prophet Micah said, ‘I will look for the Lord, I will wait for God, my God will hear me.’

Our busted and broken humanity often sees us walking through life like nomads. Walking around, bouncing off life’s walls from one hurt to the next, one disappointment after the other, relationship, choices and all manner of other things.

Asking ‘where to from here?’ inspires reflection, aligns desires with reality. Asking ‘where to from here?’ stops to listen.

What is God saying?

Where is God leading?

Notice Micah’s pause… I will look to God. There’s the pause, the question, where to from here God?

Then, the confidence, ‘my God will hear me.’

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Dream Again

In August of 1963 Martin Luther King boldly proclaimed ‘I have a dream…’ – he stood up to speak for the hopes and aspirations of a generation, he called for freedom and his words continue to inspire today. But it all started with a dream.

I’ve been thinking about dreams lately. I believe God has placed within the human soul the desire to dream, to hope for things that are beyond our reach though not impossible. That we could dare to see into our future and imagine is a wonderful thing.

But there’s a hard reality, if you can’t see you can’t dream!

If you’re blind, you’re future doesn’t exist.

In the Gospel of Mark we meet a son of Israel who is blind. His only future is to beg along the road side hoping for a random act of kindness. In the dirt he can do nothing but lift his hands and hope for the little that he lives off. A good day for him is the offering of somebody else’s bread crumbs. A bad day is the promise of the same tomorrow. You can exist without a dream, but it’s not a life.

One day while sitting along Jericho’s road, on his knees and in the dust he hears a sound. The man from Nazareth is passing by, it’s not the first time a Nazarene would have passed but this time it’s different. This time it’s the one they call Yeshua. Prophets come and go, same declarations, same rhetoric but His words aren’t so empty. So he goes for broke and begins to shout. “Jesus, son of David”

They quickly move to shut him down, but he’s all in now and shouts louder.

As the story goes Jesus stops and restores his vision. Now, he has the ability to see; now he has the ability to dream again.

Do you have a dream? As a pastor I meet people who feel just like Bartimaeus, alive but not living, blind and without a dream.

If you study the name Timaeus or Timai in Aramaic, it means ‘highly prized’ – I know you know this but you are Timai. You are highly prized. You’re precious and valuable. You matter. And your dreams matter too!

You might need to ask Jesus like Bartimaeus did, help me see again. Restore my dreams so I can live.

And He can.

Keep chasing light!