The God of 1,000 reboots

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This Macbook Pro is 6 years old.  I’ve replaced the hard drive.  It is filthy on the outside.  It has dents and scratches.  It still works well, but occasionally I have to perform the most basic of computer tricks to keep it working.  Turn it off and back on again.  For some reason, it’s system needs to reboot to get going again.  I haven’t given up on this computer and plan on using it for a while to come.

I can’t tell you how many stops and starts I’ve had in my life.  Renewed commitment that eventually wanes.  An exercise routine that fades away.  Healthy eating habits that revert to the way things used to be.  Each time brings more guilt than the last.  A more complete feeling of failure and misery.  That I don’t deserve another chance and yet…

You and I are in good company.  Adam.  Abraham.  Moses.  Jacob.  David.  Jonah.  Peter.  Paul.  All great men that at some point(or many points) needed a reboot.  Something happens that causes us to need to reset things.  To find our True North.  What makes it much harder these days is that each of our failed restarts has been documented on Social Media.  Everybody knows we didn’t write that book, keep that blog going, start that business, meet those goals, lose that weight, get that promotion, make that list, amount to anything, etc.  I think we would be surprised how few people are keeping score on us because they are experiencing the exact same thing.  There’s nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to rebooting, restarting, or repenting.  On the contrary, it’s a shame when we don’t do these things.

“I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.”  I believe Jesus meant those words.  I believe our God is one who allows 1,000 reboots to get us to that fulfilled life.  He’s patient with us, forgiving with us, gentle with us, and above all He is FOR us.  As I type this I am looking at a list of life goals I made for my 40th birthday.  At first glance, it is terribly depressing.  I missed the mark on so many.  However, there are so many great things I’ve been able to do the past 2 years, dreams come true, that weren’t even on the list.  That list is not a failure to me now.  It’s simply a missed deadline, and God is giving me an extension.  Do you need to reboot?  Are you afraid that you’ve used all of your chances?  Are you embarrassed by the prospect of announcing to the world that you are trying again?  Today is a new day.  Lamentations 3: 22-23 says,”Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”  Sounds like God is giving you a 2nd(or 1000th) chance.  Seize it.  Own it.  Reboot.  You won’t regret it.

PS.  If you’re trying to figure out how to talk to people about Election 2016 then listen to our episode of the Double Dropkick Show doing just that.

“Booking Brock Lesnar to Wrestlemania 2017”
by Heath Mullikin and Mark Whitman

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The Double Dropkick Show
September 26, 2016
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“JD Walt and Andrew Dragos from Seedbed and the New Room Conference”
by Heath Mullikin and Jeremy Summers

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Groundswell
August 22, 2016

“Groundswell Conversation with JR Woodward, author of Church as Movement”
by Heath Mullikin and Jeremy Summers

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The Groundswell Podcast
August 15, 2016

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In this FREE 3-hour online conference, you’ll hear from national leaders and local practitioners on some the most current research and best practices in the church today.  We’ll be discussing a variety of topics like… how to build a discipleship culture, the lost practice of class meetings & group life, the power of story, formation through social media & technology, multiplying leaders, discipling the neighborhood, and much more.

Date: March 15, 2016
Time: 11:30-3:30 pm
Event: Missional Discipleship Live!
Topic: MIssional Discipleship
Sponsor: Church Multiplication and Discipleship Division of the Wesleyan Church
Venue: Online
Registration: Click here to register.