June 29, 2010

The Communication Model Revisited

Posted in Revelations tagged , at 9:32 pm by askandimagine

So if you have studied communication at any point you will have heard of the Communication Model. The main components being the sender, receiver, noise,  the message, and the channel the message is sent through (oh yes I passed my exam on this). Here is a visual for you visual learners:

Here is the thought. Although we intuitively understand that in order to communicate there must be someone who is sending it and someone who is receiving it. What we fail to grasp is the idea of noise. Yes it is the obnoxiously loud tv, endless chatter or laughter, the relentless fire truck siren and I could think of so many more, but we fail to grasp the spiritual ramifications.

I have to be entirely honest and admit that this thought initially came from Will Hart. I heard him speaking through a webcast at a conference some time ago. I don’t remember entirely what he was speaking on, but I do recall him saying something that could be taken in a good way or bad way – to build up or tear down. He made it clear that he was speaking in love and if you are feeling condemmed those are not the word coming out of his mouth. Over and over he said this as he shared a message filled with conviction. It stuck with me for some time. Recently I connected this idea with the Communication Model. Often when we are communicating in many ways we forget on a deeper level to block out the noise around us and focus on the actual message.

Just think about the last time you were offended at what you thought someone was saying that they really weren’t. This most definitely includes nonverbal communication. The cashier at the grocery store. Surely she doesn’t like you. She didn’t say hi and is not even looking at you. We have to give people the benefit of doubt. Maybe she is having a bad day and her mind is preoccupied right now. Yes she should be exerting excitement, smiling and being super friendly to her customers, but we have to be people of mercy.

The next time it seems like someone is dishing out hate toward you, don’t receive it. It is just NOISE! It’s the enemy trying to mess you up and get you to fall into a trap. Try your best to look deeper and see what the real message is that they are conveying. This is especially true when you are actually having a conversation with someone. Ask some questions.  Don’t take in any condemnation that is coming at you. Most likely it is not from the person. Even in the case where someone is not acting in love, we don’t have to take that in. BLOCK IT OUT!

June 23, 2010

Scripture of the Day: Wait for the Vision

Posted in Scriptures tagged , , at 12:54 pm by askandimagine

For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

Habakkuk 2:3, KJV

June 18, 2010

A New Sound: Darrian Sommerville

Posted in God Music tagged , , at 12:18 pm by askandimagine

This past March, I had the privilege of going on a mission trip to Atlanta, GA to serve the GA Tech campus with a group of college students from my local church.  There we teamed up with The Father’s House and the campus group Global Outreach. Darrian serves on the worship team and is active in campus ministry. He has recently released a music CD that I  HIGHLY ENCOURAGE  you to check out and purchase. It is truly annointed.

from: http://www.darriansummerville.com/

You can preview the sound under the media tab once you enter the site. CD purchases can be made from CD Baby.

Scripture of the Day: He knows my path

Posted in Scriptures tagged , at 12:05 pm by askandimagine

But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.

– Job 23:10

But he knows the way that I take;
when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.

June 8, 2010

Trash to Treasure

Posted in Fun Times, Hidden in the Word tagged , , , at 1:08 pm by askandimagine

Saturday morning I experienced my first Trash to Treasure sale. This is basically the mother of all garage sales! It is filled with unwanted item – some new, some old – that students mostly were throwing away upon moving out of their dorm in the spring. [In fact, this year there was over 31 tons of stuff to sort through!] Shoes, sneakers, shirts, skirts…bathroom gear, bedroom gear,..fans, stands, pans…ipods** yup for dirt cheap…. and the list definitely goes on.

It’s the saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” in action. People literally camp out all night to get in line and ready to run to find their treasure. Yours truly, didn’t arrive until quarter to 8, yet somehow I did manage to get some items that I needed around the house and a few clothing items, which I did have to digg deep for. It was great!

Interestingly, not every has the same appreciation and excitement for bargain hunting as I do. When I go to Goodwill, I could spend hours searching each individual item on the clothing racks. You really have now idea what you might find. People don’t always throw away their belongings because it has been used and abused, but maybe because they have had a change of heart or who knows why. I got 2 brand new shirts for $2!!

So I have this question for you: How much are you willing to search for a treasure even if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for?

Maybe it’s not played out in garage sailing (pun intended), but consider your walk with God. How much effort are you willing to put into searching things out in His word? How about seeing His hand at work in every situation? Sometimes it requires a harder knock at  the door, but the word says the door shall be opened. I love Proverbs 25:2:

“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter;
to search out a matter is the glory of kings. “

What wondrous mysteries are hidden in the Lord!  He hides them and we get to find them. A more intense and meaningful game of Hide and Seek. I encourage you to keeping seeking the Lord on the matters He is speaking to you on, exhaust the topics that are resonating in your heart. If you can’t think of anything, start with reading a bible story you have heard over and over. If you haven’t read it for yourself in the text, you will be surprised at what you find, just be sure to look very closely : -)

June 3, 2010

Scripture of the Day: A Heart that Burns

Posted in Scriptures tagged , , at 12:08 am by askandimagine

They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

– Luke 24:32