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We’ve all been there. In some place. During some season. We got complacent and started coasting. We felt like we knew what we were doing. We were doing just enough to get by. Maybe put it on auto-pilot too often. And over time, we lose some of that fire, that drive, that passion and desperation we once had.

Some of us rediscovered that desperation and passion through unfortunate life experiences. In those difficult moments or crises, we became desperate for God to do something…ANYTHING! But, all too often, that momentum ended too.

But does it always take crises and tragedies and suffering to awaken us to do something about our restless complacency? Are we simply victims of our circumstances and dependent on bad things to make us the kind of people who are hungry for God to move in our lives?

What would it mean for us to become desperate people? What would it look like to desire God more than anything else in our lives? What attitudes, habits, and disciplines have people who experienced the desperation engaged in to express their longing for God to move in a powerful way through them?

And how does Ash Wednesday figure into all of this? Why do we give up things for Lent? How do these traditions factor into our lives today? What is their value?

As we prepare to gather on Ash Wednesday and enter into the Lenten season, journeying towards Good Friday and Easter, we are going to engage these questions. We will see how people throughout the Scriptures were awakened out of their complacency, moved out of their restlessness, and experienced God in powerful and precedented ways. We are praying that we become people who are desperate for God to move every day.

As we begin this journey together, I encourage you to reflect on this prayer from Sir Francis Drake. My pastor, Dan Yeary, shared it during NPHX‘s morning service yesterday and it reminded me of the first time I heard it in a message from Pastor Craig Groeschel at a Catalyst Conference.

Disturb us, Lord,

when we are too pleased with ourselves,

When our dreams have come true

Because we dreamed too little,

When we arrived safely

Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord,

when with the abundance of things we possess

We have lost our thirst

For the waters of life;

Having fallen in love with life,

(When) we have ceased to dream of eternity

And in our efforts to build a new earth,

We have allowed our vision

Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,

To venture on wilder seas

Where storms will show Your mastery;

Where losing sight of land,

We shall find the stars.

We ask you to push back

The horizons of our hopes;

And to push back the future

In strength, courage, hope, and love.

This we ask in the name of our Captain,

Who is Jesus Christ.

Join us Sunday night, February 12th, for the beginning of our new Crash series, Restless People. 

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7 thoughts on “Restless? Don’t worry; you’re not alone!

  1. The date for the new series is “January 12th”?

    Hey it’s the Monday after the Super Bowl and as I write this even I am tired! Of course I have been up since 4AM this morning – Men’s Discipleship Meeting @ 6:30AM.

    Seriously, I am all for anything that inspires us to develop a deeper, stronger and more intense passion for our LORD. I am also in favor of things that move us above and beyond the glittery, seductive, corrupting and temporal mirages of this present existence we know. If only we could all be a little more restless and could follow it through to where our hungers are driving us – to an end place of true contentment!

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  3. Thanks for the comment! Crash is an alternative to our Sunday morning service at North Phoenix Baptist Church. We are one church committed to one mission and vision, offering two different worship styles in two different venues. Crash is different stylistically in terms of our style, music, and sermons. You can get more info on Crash at http://www.nphx.org/crash and North Phoenix as a whole at http://www.nphx.org. We would love for you to join us some Sunday soon!

  4. Hi Scott,

    Thanks for the clarification. We are members at NPBC and I have been wanting to come to a Sunday evening service. Will stop in soon and see if it’s for us. We love NPBC!

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