As a fun joke, some friends of mine were challenged to a kickball match. The theme song of the challenge video was Fort Minor’s “Remember the Name (parental advisory).” Here are the lyrics from the chorus:
This is ten percent luck, twenty percent skill
Fifteen percent concentrated power of will
Five percent pleasure, fifty percent pain
And a hundred percent reason to remember the name!
They got me thinking: what things in our lives are worth adopting this attitude towards? Unfortunately, I have a pretty low pain tolerance. In general, I avoid situations that are uncomfortable for my body, mind or spirit. But I think there might be something to this. The writer of these song lyrics says painful moments outweigh pleasurable moments 10 fold. That doesn’t seem like the kind of life I would enjoy living. But what we see here is an example of someone who sees beyond the current situation. Jesus lived the same way:
“looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God”(Hebrews 12:2).
He set aside everything that felt good and easy so that He could live out the fullness of what The Father had called Him to. Understand, this wasn’t in order to get God’s approval. Rather, this was living from a place of God’s approval. We must be very careful not to twist this into a gospel of works. But James got it right, show your faith by your works (James 2:14-26).
Perhaps, Paul had it right:
“To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me” (Colossians 1:29).
May you work hard in this life with God’s strength so that many, many people can Remember The Name of Jesus.
I recently started reading Circle Maker , a great book on prayer by Mark Batterson. Here’s a testimony about God restoring hope in my life.
On a particularly frustrating day in the coffee shop, I was crying out to God. As I prayed, I felt led to Exodus 3 and read about Moses’ encounter in the burning bush. I can’t stress how important it is that we “turn aside” when we sense something is different. There are so many encounters in life we are missing because we aren’t present. At any rate, it says “When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush” (Exodus 3:4). God is taking note of what we do and when we intentionally turn toward him, something great happens. He calls out to us. His words create. It’s worth listening to what He’s creating.
As I was contemplating this, I started flipping through Batterson’s text and a chapter jumped out at me: “The Favor of Him Who Dwells in the Bush.” With that kind of connection, and wanting to “turn aside,” I started reading. Turns out, the entire chapter is about a church that started a coffee shop after 8 years of prayer, overcoming a plethora of invariably difficult circumstances including 1) a building that was 3 times their budget, 2) changing zoning laws, and 3) neighbors in aggressive opposition. They are now rated #1 in the DC metro area.
This story gave me such a refreshed and renewed vision for what He wants to do here at Aroma. Rather than imagining the worst, my rekindled desire is to see God’s best played out here at Aroma and I’m excited to pursue that with all the worldwide Aroma Family. We also had 4 days of relatively high sales in a row since that day.
I don’t know what the future holds for us at Aroma, but I do know the “favor of Him who dwells in the bush” is on all of us who are willing to “turn aside.”