Archive for February, 2011

So I was writing the next installment for the pioneer blog last week and realized I am not entirely sure who is reading this and what you would ask or give feedback for. When I released my first blog series it was through a very active community of bloggers, but when I switched to wordpress and facebook it has been more sporadic.

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So here is what I would love to know: What would you ask a fellow pioneer? Maybe we can get some group dialogue going on the subject. I will be taking questions all week either through the comment system on wordpress or facebook or direct to email (steam@expression58.org) and this will help me to form what is to come. In the mean time I am releasing another pioneer blog soon.

Can’t wait to hear from you!

Shawn Bolz

 

I wake up, sitting up in bed excited about all the potentials I felt in my dream state. Rolling over off the pillows (yes the pillows were somehow under me), I stand up and stretch. This is when the full reality hits me again that I don’t have the abilities, money, time, power, influence to accomplish what I was just dreaming. Before I can get depressed I realize I have to pee really bad…great distraction from an inevitably dull thought process. 

Then when I wash my hands (I added that for women), I come out of the bathroom and ask God: “Why do you give us tasks that are always beyond our ability to do and believe for?” I know the answer…if we can do it ourselves than where is the proof that there is a supernatural God living in us? Where is the proof that God is a relational God that still acts and moves and loves through humankind? Then I put on my superman underwear and get ready to start my day (it’s very empowering and comfortable I recommend it). 

This brings up one of the greatest problems with pioneering in any field….you are dependent on your ability to interact with God and bring this substance that is one step beyond “you” to accomplish the greater things you are believing for. The problem it takes a journey that requires faith to believe for the world to change in some specific way or to accomplish some particular goals. Sometimes on this journey we get tired or lose sight or accomplish some of it and there is a temptation is to coast in the good of what we are doing instead of reaching for greatness that comes beyond human effort.

Many groups get tired after accomplishing a measure of Good and stop their journey there maintaining a level instead of reaching for the heavens. Its like the difference of Disney and your county fair. Disneyland went all the way and is still arriving at new levels of greatness, where as your county fair still has its same rides and is good for some cheap fun but ultimately unfulfilling …especially if you have visited Disneyland.

The longer I have done this pioneering thing the more I am aware that I have to not just connect with God but I have to live somehow plugged into this connection continually. Some people call this getting revelation, some people call this having an encounter with God, I just call it overcoming. How can I get past the million challenges that present themselves with trying to do something new if He doesn’t interact with me and make me and overcomer? An Overcomer is someone who sees beyond what is normal, beyond circumstances, beyond what is earthly, and can see into the heart of God that there is always a way forward, up, out, in etc. there is always more there is always a greater. There are always plans of wisdom when the normal says there is nothing left. There is always a heart beating in heaven when the heart stops loving on earth. An overcomer taps into this reality of God and doesn’t just live there but takes his surroundings there.

Pioneering is like a pressure cooker and the longer you stay in the more pressure builds. This means some weeks I am dealing with team crises, all our missionaries get robbed, someone gets deathly ill, we need 50,000 dollars by Friday for some project we took on, we have the fire marshal want to shut our meeting down because of occupancy, we have our technology in the office all break, someone releases a bad report about us, the website goes down for no reason, we have team who decide they are offended at each other and need intervention, we get attacked by another groups gossip, someone has a life breakdown that we have to slow down for, someone has a baby that we have to slow down for, someone just wants to slow down and we have to slow down for them. Bottom line is that life happens all around us and there are a million details that can pull your faith back into human achievement land.

 THE AWESOME FACTOR

One of the toughest experiences you will have is trying to find the balance between managing normal life and having a supernatural experience that translates right into our normal life creating the “Awesome” factor.

The Awesome factor is when things flow beyond and out of your human control and become beautiful to you and yours. Honestly, this is supposed to be our “normal” but we are settling for so much less because of crises control and human management.

So how do we live with the awesome factor being our norm? Have you ever had someone give you unlimited money on a credit card to build what you are dreaming of? That is what you have access to tap into with God…He is giving you an unlimited source of provision to create this awesome factor. The problem is you are responsible for creating the connection to this provision through your relationship with him. The other thing is that this place of provision isn’t just stuff he is buying for you, it is His very nature. You have to connect and know HIM…..then you can manifest that nature to the world around you and from within yourself. Sounds very philosophical but it’s very real.

Most common question: How come this isn’t happening for me? I love God and I believe in him….why do I just have a few moments of this that seem magical and fulfilling?

Answer: Because it costs so much to be present with God all the time. It takes such determination to surpass the normalness of pressing concern to transcend it into focus on the eternal. Sometimes its just easier to be present in the normal and we don’t even think about Colossians 3:1-3 … fixing our mind and affections on things above. We don’t get there because we don’t give the focus to what “there” is.

Leaders and pioneers of anything often get distracted by the tasks or the vision and bypass the goal which is letting the person of God and all of His kingdom rest on the earth around us. The transformer God is beyond the transforming purpose, but it’s so easy to look higher and only see purpose and be driven by that which also eventually causes us to lose the connection to the very one we are trying to do all this work for in the first place. This might describe why families don’t survive many spiritual leaders God pursuit…because they are sacrificed at the altar of purpose…even higher purpose which loses the higher as soon as it becomes the primary objective.

One of our leaders read that there is an “Avatar Syndrome” and it is described as people who are depressed after watching the movie Avatar because they want the same kind of connection to the world around them that the characters experienced in the movie. They want to feel plugged in and part of the great scheme of pulsating life that is all around them and because they feel disconnected they watch the movie over and over feeling less human each time.

When you feel connected to God and the people you are called to it maintains the Awesome Factor we are talking about. You are more powerful than the Avatar creatures and you can plug into the life around you. Whether the process of your tasks to fulfill your goal or vision feels awesome right now, the very connection to God and people can still empower this factor of feeling your living without the full proof in what you are pioneering you feel the reality of it hovering just within range of your work and it is empowering because you know it will come.

I don’t think fullness or even fulfillment can be defined by arriving at the majority (or even all of) your goals. I think fullness and fulfillment best comes when you feel this constant connection to God, people, and yourself which creates a life flow that is just past normal and then you enjoy all of the minor and greater tasks because they are symbiotic with you purpose.

Lastly it takes relationship interaction to maintain deep relationship. That is the same with God, it takes encounters to maintain a life of connection so you should expect God to encounter you all throughout real life. Not just miracles, healing, wisdom, knowledge type experiences, but presence. Expect His presence to come and fill you with joy and encouragement or you will not make it in joy or be a real encourager.

So my little avatars let us go and connect to the world wearing our superman (woman remember there was a super girl) underwear with pride!

So here are some questions:

Do you feel connected to God in what you are doing or has it become just organizational vision building?

Do you feel connected to the people you are working towards this vision with?

Out of a typical month how often to do you experience the Awesome Factor?

How often do other people feel the Awesome Factor from you (meaning not just positivity about what you are doing but they are impacted by your faith and creates faith in them)?

How would you describe your connectivity to God outside of the purpose you are driven for?

Are you sacrificing time with family and friends to do something that doesn’t have the awesome factor present enough? (Back to time management blog)

Love ya lots

Shawn Bolz

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