Pete Fair and I spent 3 days in Harrogate, at European Leaders Advance. A gathering of 1700 leaders from across Europe, to meet together, worship Jesus and learn from our spiritual fathers within the Global Legacy Network. Over these 3 days we found ourselves drenched in wisdom and fresh revelation and insight into the bible and Father's heart for us all. 3 days that have and will continue to change me to become more like Christ.
On the second morning, a spontaneous anthem arose in worship, of
“THERE’S A YES IN OUR HEARTS THAT ECHOES THROUGH ETERNITY, SIMPLE OBEDIENCE CHANGES HISTORY.”
and a call to this simple obedience, what were we going to lay down? What was worthy of Him?
Instantly my time sucking iPhone games jumped into my head. I got on my knees and tried to reason it through. 2 of these games I've played day in day out for years and climbed high in ranking… but for what really? Someone had already said yesterday about being on your phone and not being present in the room, which had hit me, as I know I’m not always present with my daughter. I’ve often thought "what does she think of Daddy always with my head down giving my phone the attention that she deserves."
IN that moment of wavering on my decision, that moment of reasoning a way around deleting them all, Mike (a good friend of mine I'm sat next to) puts his hand on my shoulder, unaware of the inner dialogue battling inside of me, and with that Pete also places his hand on my other shoulder…. It’s time. I get out my phone and delete all games, paid ones and high ranking. GONE. Given over to HIM who is worthy of it all.
And then FREEDOM….!!
On average I believe I’ve played those games every day for at least a year, for about 2.5 hours a day. Times that by 365 and it comes to over 912 hours. Divide that by 24 hours in the day and in the last year I have wasted 38 solid days. That's over a month of continually play... for what?! How different would my life of been, my Family’s and city if that time I’d spent in prayer, or Father's presence, or in the Word or even reading character transforming books?
Choosing to not look back with regret, or live in shame of my present, I take this act of simple obedience and excitedly look at this next year to come having just gained 38 days to not make the same mistake again and to bring change in my life and the lives of those around me.
SIMPLE OBEDIENCE CHANGES HISTORY.