worship in waiting rooms

Worship In Waiting Rooms

Fluorescent lights. A little girl screaming while her parents tell the receptionist they think her leg is broken. A woman with a bloodied face holding back tears while speaking with a police officer. Names being called and codes being read over speakers.

The emergency room at its finest.

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Learn, Fight, WIN

“You owe it to your philosophy to learn how to win.”

-Morton Blackwell


More often than not, we are apathetic about our learning and our advocacy. We pass off reading and growth of knowledge as something we are too busy to do, and fighting for a cause becomes a task for everyone else. We don’t even think about winning, because we are too busy passing off the tasks that lead up to it.

In any area of life, there is a simple algorithm that must be followed: LEARN :: FIGHT :: WIN. You can’t fight for something that you don’t know about, and it’s no use fighting if you don’t know how to fight to win. It’s a three step process that’s crucial for every victory in your life, from the political to the personal.




You and you alone are in charge of your learning. No one else can force you to do it, no matter how hard they may try. If you want to remain in the dark for the rest of your life, that will be the simplest route to take. However, if you want to strive for knowledge, it will take work.

Read. Constantly. Read everything you can by everybody you can. Read books; read journal articles; read websites that interest you. If you don’t read, you don’t grow.

Talk and listen to people who are smarter than you. Learn about the mistakes of others. Get varying opinions and attend conferences and trainings. There is no wrong way to learn something and to gain knowledge; you just have to start.




Knowledge without the inclination to fight will just result in snobby people who contribute nothing when it comes to changing the world. If you are passionate about something and you’re gaining knowledge, you need to take the next step and fight.

Become a political advocate. Strive to implement the health changes you’ve been reading about into your life. Fight to follow Christ in step with what you’re learning from Scripture.




Finally, you can learn all you want and struggle to be a fighter…and still never win. Winning takes strategy, intentionality.

To win the battle against sin, it may be simple to just learn a lot of Scripture and try your absolute hardest; you could argue that you were both learning and fighting at that point. However, victory comes from the Holy Spirit through the cross of Christ, and therefore, even your learning and your fighting will not continuously end in winning.

If you are on a campaign, you may be well read on political philosophy and have your volunteers out door knocking every minute of the day. However, unless you utilize proper campaign strategy and tactics, you will have a very well intentioned campaign that ends in loss, not victory.

You may have realized by this point, but LEARN :: FIGHT :: WIN is not a chronological thing – it is circular. Although winning usually comes as the conclusion to preceding actions, learning and fighting go hand-in-hand. We should be engaged in both at all times.

Learn, fight, win. See change in all areas.

a story of uprooted identity and palm trees

A Story Of Uprooted Identity

Sometimes, I can’t help but feel sorry for uprooted trees, even if they are simply waiting for a plant lover to put them in a more permanent place. Trees are wired to root deeply into things, and having such roots exposed and unattached seems like it would be a scary and raw thing.

I mean, if trees had feelings.

Trees are pretty good analogies for our identities. We sink the roots of our soul into what we think will provide a permanent spot. We plant ourselves into what we think is best.


“We sink the roots of our soul into what we think will provide a permanent spot.”


If I’ve learned anything in the past week (and the past years of life), it is that God is not content with simply allowing you to find your source of identity in anything outside of Him. Sure, roots in other places may prop you up for a while, but that only serves to hide the fact that you’re slowly but surely dying.

In this past week, a huge part of my life was suddenly gone. It left without warning, and there was no time to steel myself for its loss. It just HAPPENED.

The sense of wandering and lostness I felt after hearing this news was terrifying. If my foundation is to be Christ and Christ alone, why was I so shaken by losing this part of my life? Why did I feel as if I lost a section of my identity at the same time?


“If my foundation is to be Christ and Christ alone, why was I so shaken by losing this part of my life?”


I suddenly found myself feeling a lot like those uprooted trees I had sympathized.

Paul was well aware of the human tendency to sink our roots and find our identities in everything and anything but Christ. Writing in Colossians, he urged,

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” (Col. 2:6-7, emphasis added)

In having my soul disentangled and uprooted from the place where it sought identity, I may feel raw or lost, but that’s not where I have to stay. A clean start, a brand new beginning, a chance to preach to my heart once again where my identity lies. That’s what this is.

My identity is in Christ. It always has been, it always will be. Only there am I fully Kelvey, fully human, fully alive. Sometimes, it takes being yanked away from a false source of identity to remember that.