Posts from July 2020

Posts from July 2020

The Power Of A Yes-The Heart Behind The Song ‘You Have My Yes’

I woke up one morning to find a very complete song (two verses, two different pre-choruses, even two different bridges and a chorus) all forwarded to me before 4 am. Somewhere in the middle of the night, ‘pops’ (that’s what I call Pastor Tolu) had stayed awake, working on these lyrics (and I’m wondering why it couldn’t wait till the next morning?) But on the flip side actually, about two weeks before then, right after a Sycamore Surge Prayer Hangout that…

Day 7: The Refocus Cheat Code

Bible Reading: Matthew 14: 22-33 As we round off on Surge Refocus today, I want to share a cheat code with you! Have you ever used a cheat code? Isn’t it interesting what a cheat code can do for you? It’s amazing how a cheat code can make a game or task so much easier, and propel you way beyond the literal walk through that everyone else is entangled in and struggling with. I’m thinking around a whole lot of…

Day 6: Refocus Your Mind

Bible Reading: Philippians 4:1-13 When I started to play tennis, it didn’t take long to appreciate how deliberate and intense the game is! One of the things that particularly hit was that in tennis, every single hit you make is a different shot and must be deliberately worked out. Even if they look similar, a tennis player would tell you how that he is constantly resetting before each new shot. He’s constantly trying to reset his feet and body positioning…

Day 5: Refocus Your Love

Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 13:1-8 Have you ever had a movie-script kind of situation that ended with love making a way through for you? Maybe you were in a very tough conversation with a dear one, and then when you thought it was a hopeless standstill, love came through?  Or maybe you went the extra mile for someone you love and it proved to be a game-changer?  Or maybe it was I the power of generosity… There are probably a…

Day 4: Refocus Your Loyalty

Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 23: 8-17 Have you ever done something way beyond yourself for someone and didn’t get the appreciation and recognition you expected? Like going out of your way to create an incredible surprise moment for your spouse and then she just texts you ‘ok, noted’ where you were expecting some love and gratitude lines from Jupiter or Mars. Imagine being one of David’s mighty men in our reading today. You basically overheard the king saying with longing…

When The Heat is On- The Story Behind The Song ‘Furnace Faith’

I remember having to concede that it was actually really happening- each one of the dreaded COVID symptoms was no longer just on lists on the TV or the internet; I was now ticking them all in my body in quick succession. And right about then, my wife’s body too. And some of the closest people to me, who were at my house at the time. Have you had any of those moments of checking yourself in line with the…

Day 3: ReFocus Your Consistency

Bible Reading: 2 Kings 13: 14-19 It probably happened to you- I think it was every one of us, that started out a new term as a school student with the ‘fresh page ginger’. Your first page of the book was the neatest thing in the world! You would use three Colours of pens to create an unrivalled beauty: green for the date, red for the topics and blue for the notes. Your handwriting was like a typewriter! Then as…

Day 2: Refocus Your Enthusiasm

Bible Reading: Philippians 3:1-21 I remember one of the habits my brothers and I had growing up. We called it ‘pinching’ things around the kitchen. Mum could shout things like ‘did anyone take meat here?’ And a sincere reply could be something like ‘No, I just pinched a little!’ Pinching was so subtle that if you were the uninformed, you wouldn’t even know anything had happened to the meat. There were ways to pinch fried beef that wouldn’t give you…

Day 1: Refocus Your Wonder

Bible Reading: Exodus 3:1-15 Have you ever visited some astonishing scene in nature? Maybe some waterfall that you kept staring at, trying to figure out. Or maybe one of the wonders of the ancient world. There you stood with your mouth wide open, leaking out tonnes upon tonnes of awe! But I guess some days later- or maybe hours or minutes later- it had already become a distant thought. Your mouth is now well closed, or maybe just busy muttering…