18 February 2008

Does This Make Me Look F.A.T.?

Tonight -- at Healing Place Women -- Pastor Dino spoke to us about being F.A.T.

Now, before you get all huffy, let me clarify:
As women of God, we should WANT to be F.A.T.

Wow. Talk about a message to hit home!
Despite all my efforts and ambitions to be "all that God has called me to be," I sat there wondering,
"How F.A.T. am I, really?"

(from my notes:)
-->When I give my word, do people believe me?
-->Can people count on me?
-->Do I carry out my promises, even when there are "crises" and distractions all around me?
Hmmm... Ouch.
-->A disciple of Christ is really called to a life of availability. Jesus didn't wait on those who made excuses or who asked for more time (to sell a piece of land or to go bury their father...); He chose those who were willing to drop whatever was in their hands (even their livelihood -- their fishing nets!) and follow Him.
-->We need to tone it down and stop being such drama queens about every little inconvenience in our life.
3 Baby Steps to Simplify Your Life:
*Go low-maintenance for a while. You don't have to be on-call or on-display 24/7.
*Begin to minimize the ME, so you can maximize the OTHERS.
*Pray & then watch & see. Keep your antennae up. -- Let go of your personal agenda and focus on the agenda of God.
... Getting a little uncomfortable here?...

Be open to God's direction and guidance; you never know from where it may come.
Often God will use OTHERS to speak His message to us. If we are always focused on ourselves, we're gonna miss it!
Those who are always looking "down" on others, may miss seeing Jesus.
"When you did this for the least of these..."
Lord, help me to always be teachable!

What an amazing lesson! I was writing as fast as I could, it was so good, I didn't want to miss a single point. I hope this post of Pastor Dino's message speaks to you as much as it did to me.
And I hope that you, too, can become very F.A.T.


Dawn said...

hmmm... I wish I was F.A.T-er... in the sense that you write about.

Lesley said...

Ouch, those were my toes he was stomping all over!! The available part really hit home for me!

What would this world be like if He had been too busy and unavailable for us?

Father, I pray that I can become more "available" for YOU and for doing Your work. Help me every day to be on-call 24/7 for YOU!

Lesley :-)

Aleica "Red" said...

Leaving this remark here, so I know you got it. It is worth a date night. It's worth paying the babysitter and everything. It moves really fast. It started at 10:30 and at 1/2 past midnight, it was over. It only felt like a 45 minute movie. I just expected more because it's been hyped in the media for the last 6 months. But, it is a really good movie. I'd see it again and it's worth seeing in the theater because of those special effects.

I really wish I could have gone to that and heard about being fat. I miss HPC.