Find It Only Here On Friday: My Last Breakfast
David “JB” Miller and his wife Cheri make their home in beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona
and have six children and six grandchildren they absolutely adore.

David and Cheri enjoy sharing life together through a variety of ministry pursuits
including discipleship, hospitality, consulting, career support and marriage mentoring.
They also share in many mutual hobbies such as wine tasting, golf, frisbee disc golf,
hiking, cooking, fitness and of course rooting on the San Francisco Giants and Boston Red Sox.

David is a graduate of both Simpson University and Talbot School of Theology (Biola)
where he was awarded degrees in Theology (M. Div.) and Communications (B.A.).
He served in pastoral ministry in the Christian & Missionary Alliance for 22 years (ordained in 1987).
He has been active in numerous non-profit ministries and community outreach programs.
He also has been a small business consultant since 2004,
specializing in boutique lodging, human capital risk management
and business development strategy.

In addition to Life Coaching and leadership development in the local church,
David enjoys the discipline of writing and seeks to passionately and transparently
infuse the incomparable grace and unfailing presence of Jesus Christ in his speaking ministry.

David is also the resident author here at LifeLetter Café
and is today’s featured contributor to “Find It Only Here On Friday.”
His Café exclusive “My Last Breakfast” can be found below . . BUT FIRST . .
the Café thought you just might want to know how an Encouragement Leader like David “JB” Miller
has himself been encouraged in his own faith recently.

In his own words…

There comes those moments when you cross paths with other authentic Jesus-followers.
Though you have nothing in common other than your faith, God reveals a word
and suddenly you become the recipient of gracious words, encouragement and heartfelt prayer.

One such couple engaged Cheri and I this summer
during one of our most demanding and spiritually oppressive weeks.
Affirmation seemed to be flowing right from God’s throne –
a petition for times of refreshing felt like the very words of Christ.

We knew in an instant this was no fluke or random coincidence –
this was a couple in tune with the promptings of God’s Spirit
and unafraid to act in immediate obedience.
What a blessing that still gives us chills weeks later!

 

Today’s Find It Only Here On Friday
“My Last Breakfast”
by David “JB” Miller

 

 

As a Pastor Innkeeper …

I recently learned from a staff accountant that I have prepared more than 6,000 gourmet-style breakfast plates for our guests since the beginning of summer. I knew we were busy, but seriously? 6,000? I couldn’t wrap my head around the size of that number – in fact, I had indeed grown mostly numb to the quantity and diversity of faces that had come our way well before the end of July.

Only a very few guests stood out uniquely in my weary mind by the time Fall showed up . . perhaps none more so than the gentleman who one particular morning surveyed our breakfast buffet counter and our featured breakfast main entree menu (which offered a luscious Belgium Waffle smothered in citrus cream and strawberries) only to make this comment . . “Well, if this were my last breakfast, I probably would say yes to the waffle, but . .”

“If this were my last breakfast” . . the phrase has virtually haunted me since that day. It underscores the fact that we humans tend to believe that “this day” . . you know, the one you are in as you read this, has some sort of guarantee built into it that it will be one of many more. Some of us, regardless of age, believe our life is indeed on an impervious auto-pilot trajectory, entitled to many more days, many more adventures, many more new chapters.

Part of the premise …

behind “Bucket List Believer”, a LifeLetter I published in August, is that the illusion of our lives being tethered to an endless dash allows us to become stuck on our own comfort and success at the expense of accomplishing anything of true kingdom significance. When that occurs, do we not go through most if not all of “our days” with a “this won’t be my last breakfast” mentality?

While my breakfast guest was focused on his own gratification, the same illusion can creep into the mindset of Christ-followers who have said “yes” to a life and lifestyle of epic faith, sacrificial commitment and self-denial . . we have said “yes”, but in a global “big-picture” manner that can easily get chained to the same “this won’t be my last breakfast” mentality. Urgency on any and all levels quickly becomes replaced with preoccupation, complacency and immobility . . all of which funnels downward towards the deathtrap of procrastination and delay.

If we as Christ followers truly believe that we can subjectively reposition God’s mandate for the moment to a more convenient or “appropriate” slot in our future schedule, it no longer becomes necessary to be tuned to the Holy Spirit, to listen to His certain but often quiet voice. The critical kingdom truth is that Jesus desires to be met only in the “present moment” – your recalled Christ connection from a diary or an Evernote page may be helpful and your blocked out study time next week might be of great strategic value . . but all of Jesus waits for all of you and your obedience only and always in the now.

Could it be …

that though you regularly attend church and perhaps even regularly “serve God” in a variety of ways, it has become an all-too-predictable calendar where the only thing truly in control is your will and your way . . and underneath the scurry of it all, though you look amazingly spiritually mature and close to Christ from an outside perspective . . your relationships are off by even just one degree . . and you miss Him . . you miss hearing from Him . . and most of all . . you miss Him touching others . . through your surrendered and Spirit-led “yes”.
Maybe if you were completely honest, you find yourself playing it safe behind a “this won’t be my last breakfast” mentality. In God’s economy safe is usually nothing more than stalled, stunted and stifled . . having a form of godliness, but lacking the power that is yours in Christ.

How do you get back …

or maybe, how do you get to a place for the first time of present-tense intimacy with Christ that unleashes His best for this moment, this hour, this day?
To bust the spiritual blockade of postponed obedience (which is one definition for disobedience) and become available again to all the grace God has made available for this day means you may have to be prepared to start defending your spiritual house from four very dangerous and diabolical thieves whose specialty is ripping off divine-ordained moments:
#1 The Thief of “Yes, But”

The first thief is the Thief of “Yes But”, you know that commitment that you make which has stipulations and conditions and competing priorities attached to it. Jesus has never desired to be “fit into” your life – He came that you might have life, abundant life only truly realized when you settle this truth deep in your soul . . your Father in heaven really does know best and expects nothing short of total surrender to His timing and His priorities in His power.

Another also said, “I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home.”
But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back,
is fit for the kingdom of God.”

– Luke 9:61-62 –

#2 The Thief of Carelessness

The second thief is the Thief of Carelessness, you know, the condition that paralyzes a Christ-follower who is forgetful that each and every day finds all of us in a monumental spiritual battle that far outstrips the conflict and unrest visible to the physical eye on planet earth. Something and typically several something’s are unique to each of our days – you may only have one chance to ignite reconciliation in a broken relationship or only one chance to lead a prodigal home to the loving arms of the Father before they pass.

Are you asking God to show you His complete will in every circumstance? Are you asking a faithful Christ-follower in your family or friendship grid if you are missing anything? Remember, prayer-less is careless.

Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise,
making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

– Ephesians 5:15-16 –

#3 The Thief of Spiritual Insensitivity

The third thief is the the Thief of Spiritual Insensitivity, you know, paying attention to Spirit-led conviction – confessing it to the Father, and if necessary, to others so that you act on it and can move forward in Christ. Some of the greatest encouragement you can offer to others is to speak the truth, humbly and in love, about their selfish choices and/or attitude. Knowing first where you need to be more surrendered to God is always a critical help.

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,”
so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

– Hebrews 3:13

#4 The Thief of Presumption

The final thief is the Thief of Presumption, you know, the subtle inner voice which lies to you that some day down the road you will have another opportunity, another swing – or perhaps, you really don’t have to swing at all – maybe others will respond to the opportunity or need who are better qualified or prepared . . or when it comes to conflict, maybe it will just find a way to simply work itself out. When we experience postponement (ie. a delayed or canceled fight, an unapproved mortgage, a rejected sales pitch until there is time for more review), we are naturally discouraged – sometimes even irritated.

While the Holy Spirit is not strolling around with a “whoppin’ stick”, have you considered that He can be grieved when we make it a habit of pushing the “not now, later” button?

“You do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life?
It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away”

– James 4:14 –

Just what is the value
of driving away these thieves? …

I like to think of it this way: what life-giving change in your marriage might happen today if you are all-in to hearing and heeding His voice? How might you relationship with your parents or your kids pivot for the good? What might change in your neighborhood, in your work place or in your ministry team . . and perhaps most importantly, what might happen in your engagement with even one soul who has yet to trust Christ with their life?

What might happen if you start living like this is  . . “my last breakfast”?

_________

 

More than 200 Pastors and Christian Authors unite together here at LifeLetter Cafe
out of gratitude for what Christ has first done for them
and out of careful, intentional obedience to Hebrews 3:13.
Perhaps there is no better showcase of their giftedness and anointing
than our “Find It Only Here On Friday” column.

You might just want to review the quotes from recent posts below
and click on the titles that peek your interest – who knows –
it might be God’s way of calling you to move closer to being a “real time Christian”
who desires to dismiss even the tiniest sniff
of a “this won’t be my last breakfast” mentality.

“I knew I could choose to lie in a cesspool of self-analyzing misery
or put into practice some tactics I’ve learned for handling criticism and rejection.”
Kurt Bubna
“7 Ways To Handle Criticism”

Those who hold the ladders are as important as the leaders themselves.”
Sam Chand
“Who’s Holding Your Ladder?”

 

“We have nothing to fear when we choose to lay everything out;
exposing and surrendering it to God.”
Brooke Lynn
“When You Expose Your Secrets to God”

“Choices are the travel plans because they chart the course.”
Thomas McDaniels
“Choices and Growth”

“Imagine the fresh start we could have
if we would let go and let God clean regret out of our hearts.”
Laura Rath
“Heart Cleaning”

“I have asked ;Why God?’ many times
over the years of being a Christ-follower.”
Brenda McGraw
“Does God Keep His Promises?”

“Why do we focus on cool services, rocking music, big buildings, and sexy sermons,
but do very little to help babies being mutilated in their mother’s womb?”
David & Jason Benham
“What Doesn’t Break Your Heart … That Should?”

“I don’t know about you, but from time to time
I find myself offering God a helping hand.”
Patricia Holbrook
“Questioning God”

“I’m done resisting God, because it’s usually in the things we resist the most
that He’s reserved the greatest blessings.”
Gari Meacham
“Resisting God”

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David "JB" Miller is founder and author at LifeLetter Ministries. He and his wife Cheri make their home in beautiful Paradise Valley, Arizona and have six children and six grandchildren they absolutely adore.

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