If you’re like me, before signing up for a job you like to have an idea of what it’s gonna pay.  We are results oriented people and we like to have an idea what it’s going to cost to get something or if its worth paying a price (money, time or energy) to get something desired.  In fact I think this is the reason that we often don’t spend much time praying.  It’s not easy to know up front what we are going to get out of it.   What if prayer is less about getting what we want from God or about getting Him to act on our behalf but about spending time with Him?  What if primarily it’s about allowing Him to slowly shape us and change our longings and desires to be more in tune with His?  What if it takes so much time that it’s difficult to measure or see the difference?  Would you still do it?

Mark Galli wrote a short article for Christianity Today magazine on his experience at Catalyst Confrence (Atlanta).  What he said about prayer in the second half of the short article really resinated with me.

I’d love to hear what you think!


Work without a paycheck?

3 thoughts on “Work without a paycheck?

  • October 15, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Haha, besides the last paragraph intimating that the only place to “lead an organization and disciple youth and share the gospel and pursue justice” is in the Catalyst labs (I sure hope we can figure it out through our individual relationships here as opposed to just conferences), I found an article that has much of the same (and good!) point…

    Relationship with Christ (or in this article, with your children) is where fruit will grow… Not “effectiveness” or “production” on the outside…


  • October 11, 2013 at 5:22 pm


    Why does he keep using the word Lab? Was this conference held in a science laboratory? Were the speakers leading everyone in a dissection of a cadaver? Making a solution of HCL?? No?? Then why is he using this word? More importantly.. Why is he not just using a word that makes sense like discussion, speech, sermon,. Etc.?? So frustrated! Is he trying to sound smart? Is he trying to make it seem like there doing something scientific?

    • October 11, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      Josh- Catalyst is a conference for Pastors/Ministry Leaders. There are spend a lot of time taking about what changing in culture and ministry philosophy / practices. They have a lot of Break Out style discussion groups. These are called labs, precisely because they are talking about experimenting with new ideas or old ideas that can be reshaped. Sorry if it was distraction to you. You can learn more about Catalyst at there website: http://catalystconference.com wanna go next year April 2-4, 2014 in Irvine????


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