What's Philip's Question?

Though it is not Philip's question, it is sometimes the question we wish someone was really asking.

Though it is not Philip's question, it is sometimes the question we wish someone was really asking.

When I lived for a short while in Costa Rica I became a proficient Spanglishista and I discovered a couple of great Tico (native Costa Rican) sayings:  the first was !Pura vida!  Which is shorthand for 'pure life'.

(Thanks to digi-pals at http://www.bestcostaricantours.com/about/puravida.html for the deeper dig):

"But where did Costa Ricans take this phrase from? According to a study of the expression, a film called Pura Vida came to Costa Rica from Mexico in 1956, directed by Gilberto Martinez Solares. In the movie, "Pura vida" is the expression of eternal optimism used by a comic character, played by the actor Antonio Espino, who unfortunately can't seem to do anything right. While a small population used it then, the phrase "Pura vida" was used nationwide by 1970.

Associated with many different English interpretations like "pure life", "take it easy", "enjoy life", "all good", "purity in life", "hello", "goodbye", "this is life!" and many many more. The point is that foreigners truly don't have a true grasp of the meaning of "pura vida" as they are not Costa Ricans themselves.

Pura vida! Means that no matter what your current situation is, life for someone else can always be less fortunate than your own. So you need to consider that maybe...just maybe, your situation isn't all that bad and that no matter how little or how much you have in life, we are all here together and life is short...so start living it "pura vida style."

Pura Vida:  Is there anywhere in your life it isn't?  Where you're struggling with what my friend Adam famously called, "selfish entitlement rooted in anger"?

Apologize, baby!  Or forgive; let it go:  pura vida.  Shakespeare said, "The time of life 'tis short, to spend it basely, 'twere too long."

Read this from my brilliant bride on how she got her joy back:


The other magna-pregunta was 'How do you go?'  (?Como Te Va?).   Related, in that, hopefully, pura vida is how you roll.

I love how Spanish has an upside down question mark before their question to let you know a question is coming.  While I don't know how to make mine flip:  ?How do you go?  

I love a better question, I really do.

They're often the questions that catch you off guard.  

Not Philip's question, "How do you go?"

My son was being turkey-esque at the end-of-the-school year.  His sister was trying to help him with something and he was having none of it. 

When I finally remembered to stop judging him and just ask, Holy Spirit said, "It's not what you think it is.  Ask him Philip's question."

Philip's question is:  "How is you heart?"  You will rarely get out of or far into a chat with Philip without that question making an appearance.  And somedays it is tough to answer.

And when I asked my son how his heart was, the tears and the harsh realities of young life began to well up and out of him as we sat in the boat out on York Pond and I pretended to fish, while really learning again to care for and hear his heart.  Comfort sees and cares, those who know remind me.

People won't often answer questions they're not asked.

So, How is your heart?  Who needs you to ask them that?  Who do you need to ask you?

A friend of mine went to a higher learning mecca that rhymes with Oxford and one assignment called for sending someone who would know the answers a list of questions.  I didn't like them.  So, I said, I don't like these and I don't want to answer them so I'm not going to.  They were sort of shame-y 360 degree what areas do you suck questions that leaders are taught to ask all over the world.  I sent him back what I know to be better questions--how are you awesome and where are you rocking?  And what does God think about you?  To my conviction, we invest way too much daylight concerning ourselves with what we are not, what we don't have and what's wrong with us.

The leader of their group apparently moved past my questions and responses pretty quickly by pretending my friend had ignored the assignment.  

But my friend said, "Megs, do you know how they describe apologetics over there?"  My English accent is quite a bit better than my 3/4 box-step, but how they define apologetics, I admittedly didn't know.

He said, "Asking better questions."

Like I love "When was the last time you asked God the question He was asking you to ask Him?"

Between meetings I went for a walk on the railroad tracks a few weeks ago and I found all these pieces and spikes meant to fasten the railroad tracks to the ground littered every hundred yards or so. I felt like one of the boys in Stand By Me.   There was trash, there were flowers and bugs.  As I strolled, it became a sensory paradise.

And I realized I hadn't really been exploring in a few weeks: really looking a la Daniel.  Last time that stood out to me, my eldest and I were in Steamboat up in the mountains and my senses were ridiculously alive.  

Loving Steamboat--the question is implied in the reminder I've set in my phone:  Make it memorable.  This waterfall isn't even halfway up the path to Long Lake and we would know.  We saw us hike it.

Loving Steamboat--the question is implied in the reminder I've set in my phone:  Make it memorable.  This waterfall isn't even halfway up the path to Long Lake and we would know.  We saw us hike it.

It is spiritual exercise which always involves our imagination and still deeper attention.  It is where you can hear the Holy Spirit whisper, "Did you catch that?" in the sudden breeze.

Just taking a few minutes to peer more closely at something you've passed by a zillion times. Closer.

Aspens.  Wow.  Upon closer inspection, many of them have initials carved in them--and they whisper.  They sound like waters.  Supposedly King David would hang his harp in the trees and go to sleep listening to the strings played by the nght breeze.

Aspens.  Wow.  Upon closer inspection, many of them have initials carved in them--and they whisper.  They sound like waters.  Supposedly King David would hang his harp in the trees and go to sleep listening to the strings played by the nght breeze.

We so need it. It is how we learn to hear Him and each other.
There is hidden treasure out there; I guarantee it.  Get a metal detector or a magnifying glass.

The Bible says you don't have because you don't ask.

My challenge and question to cap off today is: are we asking, 

                 As Kings


Do you care if I just get started?

That was the question a young pastor asked me as he came into the chapel where I was sitting a few years ago after he told me what I'm about to tell you.  

He said, "Megs, people I trust, trust you.  Do you care if I just get started?"  

And I want to say the same to you.  

If you made it here, people I trust, trust you.   So, welcome, friend or friend of friends.   Do you care if I just get started ? 



One of my favorite Proverbs is the Divine Invitation "it is the glory of the Lord to conceal a matter and the glory of kings to search a matter out."  

That is my aim here:  to unlock heart people who are looking to find themselves by helping them learn how to hear from His heart.

The Meggisons, my Heart's people

The Meggisons, my Heart's people

Proverbs 16:16  How much better it is to get wisdom than gold!
            And to get understanding is to be chosen above silver.

Gang, We don't need more information:   We need more revelation.  

In The Plight of the Christian Artist, Denny Gunderson wrote, "Hidden between the lines and behind the words there lies an expression of reality as viewed from the poet's perspective. The true poet is really a prophet. His gaze looks for things that others miss."

I believe detecting the Divine--discovering the heavenly/spiritual realm and how it can be walked out by abiding in our relationship with Jesus is one of the greatest unexplored territories left in our world:  like caves, oceans and space.   

The Holy Spirit began helping me to recognize this so-subtle but really catastrophic global economic crisis called lack of engagement.  First, I stumbled across the Gallup State of the American workplace statistic (and report) which claims, "70% of U.S. Workers Not Engaged at Work"  

If you do the math, lack of engagement at that level can cripple a company or a country.   In the economics of love it can cripple a life.

Then, I find myself on Biblegateway.com, reading, "In the book Move: What 1,000 Churches Reveal About Spiritual Growth, authors Hawkins and Parkinson describe research conducted on 250,000 people at 1,000 churches. The study looked at 50 different factors that impact spiritual growth (defined as loving God and loving others). Their findings? “Nothing has a greater impact on spiritual growth than reflection on Scripture… If churches could do only one thing to help people at all levels of spiritual maturity grow in their relationship with Christ, their choice is clear.  They would inspire, encourage, and equip their people to read the Bible—specifically, to reflect on Scripture for meaning in their lives…"

And the Great Nudge started in like He does, connecting a lot of seemingly disparate pieces of my life and I finally realized:  Spiritual Growth?  "Inspire, encourage, equip people to read the Bible--specifically, to reflect on Scripture for meaning in their lives...":  That's me!  I do that!  I love that!  No, I mean, like, I love that--that's my jam.  And that is actually a Biblical key to engagement:  Do you lean-in Love it?  

For the last sixteen plus years or so, every week I meet with a lot of people from literally all walks of Life--from millionaires in my commercial real estate work to pastors to suicidal teens to last stage cancer patients; most asking really hard life questions (some out loud; some through choices).  As my best friend Jorgie says so poetically, "there are a lot of Unwept tears out there."  And in this unrecognized stage of grief, there is avoidance.  I heard a specific metaphor last week on the news:  the average American's screen time jumped in the last year by one hour.   If we don't believe squandering destiny and killing time are the same thing, we have a foundational issue.

So here, we are developing revelatory Chews and Eddies--anytime access tutorials on topics you help choose in areas you need God's heart to help you choose in life more wisely.  Chews are essentially aiming revelation and the heart of Biblical engagement at low-cost microlearnings (audios, videos and white papers a few minutes in length).   

Chews are shorter by design and intent like Proverbs because Meditation is your mind chewing on the subject like the cow chews its cud:  cows really digest what they eat.   What is He wanting to share with you?  What themes keep recurring?   (Below is a sample chew on hidden meaning in names.)  We live in a land of forgetfulness but repetition is the mother of mastery.

Thanks to the staggering interactive technologies and media available, we can create highly personalized tutorials with relatively short turnaround.    

Eddies are longer-length topical E-courses.  They're called Eddies because eddies swirling motion in the ocean cause nutrients that are normally found in the much deeper waters to come to the surface.  A rich metaphor for revelatory teaching, I think.

This devotional blog will serve as my home base.   

So I am going to use me and where I try to start with people as an example of "what 'I' mean."

So here is a `finding your story' introductory Chew-- topic `what do they call you'?

Everyone calls me Megs. 

"Who do we think we are?" is a big deal.   Especially if we think wrong.  

Transformed and transfigured are the very same word in Greek (when Jesus was on the mount of transfiguration and glowing is the same word as Romans 12:2 where we are transformed by the renewing of our minds.)

Ephesians 3:14 reads "For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name."  Selah (pause and ponder).

Zodhiates in his phenomenal Key Word Study Bible writes about the Greek word for name, onoma, as "name, from onemi, to help, because the name helps us to know the thing.... (Strong's G3686; drilltoy found: http://biblehub.com/ )

I was in a prophecy room in Kansas City many years ago and a young man I had never met before began to prophecy.  (*What I mean when I say prophecy is he was having a conversation with God about me.  He says His sheep will hear His voice and the Word tells us that His thoughts towards us are as the sands of the sea; prophecy is a few divine grains of sand that we get to take back to Him to build the castle).

Anyway this young man says, "I hear as an anthem over your life 'Who is like the Lord?'  'Who is like the Most High'?"  Remember, I had never met him and it didn't occur to me until weeks later:  that's actually what my name means. 

It is a quest, my quest here and it is a question.

"Who is Like God?" is what Michael means in the Hebrew.  (I used to be mocked in "who is like the most high?" by trying to get more high than everybody around me in pride or like, hey, man, who is like the most high right now?)  
But He calls me Michael--like the Archangel.  AND HE KNOWS ME BETTER THAN I KNOW ME.  Do I believe Him?
I should!  God believes no lies.
And what He calls me is a question?  So wild!   (There is an actual position in Germany I learned about--the one who is there to ask questions--this is my kind of consulting gig--finding and asking better questions; especially the ones maybe no one is asking).
One author believes Michael denotes an inquiry after the identity of God and suggests his main mission is to inspire humans into seeking the identity of God.  
So, Megs; comes from Meggison, which means Maggie's son or Margaret's son.
 Margaret means "pearl"; so, Meggison means Son of Pearl.  
So Megs actually means Pearls.

What do people call you?   Should they?   The Holy Spirit once asked me, "Who have you given permission to tell you who you are that I haven't given permission to..?"

Now remember what I said about God's thoughts towards us are as the sands of the sea? 
Pearl is literally sand over time made through irritation.  (Love is patient, first.)
My middle name is John; don't want to leave that out.  John means "God is Gracious".  I've developed a special relationship with all the Johns in the Word and their stories--especially John, the disciple Jesus loved; He wrote the gospel of John, the letters of John, and the Revelation of Jesus; He was the one who hobbled down front towards the end of his life, turned to the congregation as an old man and said, "Little Children, love." and sat down.  And, of course, the concept of grace and its meanings are central to who I am.
Put it together and you'll know a lot of what I really care about is seeing God in people, trying to answer the question that is my Onama--my name, it helps me to know.  And because it is what he calls me:  it helps you know you, too.  
"Who is Like God?
God is Gracious
Son of Pearl"
Son is a picture of a generational focus; a relationship with Pearl as a symbol of wisdom and it is the very substance of the gates in heaven, in the book of Revelation.   Megs is my nickname--pearls.   That's what we are digging for and what we will be offering and what He always helps us to find.  It is the glory of the Lord to conceal a matter; the glory of kings to search it out.
What's your name?  It is a great place to rediscover what you're doing here.  Ask the Holy Spirit.  (Meggison can sound a lot like--Mega-Son or medicine; another meaning of Megs is millions).

If you want more specific revelatory/poetic R and D help in pursuing your name, company or organization's "meanings", I'm happy to try to help; we can create a build to suit chew for you.  You can reach me by clicking on the send an email to Megs tab above!  If we don't really know who/where we are it is very difficult to get who/where we are going.

But if you're curious, start with Google and research it yourself; look at the generations before and around you if you're working on a family history or genealogy project.  Look for name meanings in Scripture; the Word is alive and the stories are deeper and sweeter upon closer inspection.  Ask the Holy Spirit to help.  

I have a lot of favorite people but I am married to my most favoritest (as a tee shirt nearing my collection reads, "education is important but pizza is more importanter").  I dedicate this space to she who took and shares my name, my sweetheart, Miss Christine, without whom and the Holy Spirit, this safe space would still be stuck in my head.  I can't imagine any gift in heaven will be as sweet as she is to me.   We've been married for almost fifteen years.  She is really smart and so lovely (check out her site christinemeggison.com) .  I'm York, Tess and Jack's Daddy and I couldn't prouder of any of them but will be for sure again tomorrow.  Here is a final thought and prayer.