Thursday, April 21, 2011
The Cause Within You - Matthew Barnett
I have taken teens on a mission trip to serve at the L.A. Dream Center, and I have heard Pastor Matthew speak. So I was very interested in reading his first book.
I enjoyed and found very informative the stories about how the Dream Center began and the lives it has touched. However, I don’t feel that I’m necessarily any closer to finding and living my cause out (I thought for years I knew what it was but now am not so sure). So from that perspective, it didn’t really deliver for me. Other than to say serve where and when you can. Which, you know, don’t all of our causes boil down to that.
And I appreciated this take on prayer from Pastor Matthew. He is talking about how he takes snatches of times and moments to pray instead of a set half hour or so a day.
“For years, I thought such an approach was wrong – maybe even blasphemous. After all, you have
to be in a secluded, quiet place to pray, don’t you? Sadly, my relationship with God suffered because
of all the rules and limitations that colored my view of prayer and my understanding of what a
relationship with God is all about. Once I realized that God is portable, flexible, and that He is in the
ordinary circumstances and everyday occurrences of my life, having a dynamic relationship with Him
became much easier – and a whole lot more fun and practical.”
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