Yellin Timber

It’s going down.

I’m yellin timber.

You betta move.

If-someone-yellsA phrase that keeps showing up in my life is, “You find what you’re looking for.” So true.

Life happens and it happens fast! One hundred miles an hour, or 160.9 kilometers per hour. It’s fast. When life is moving that fast, it’s hard to catch a glimpse of many things. Some times you have to squint to block out all of the stuff that’s fuzzy and distracting.

Only then can you see clearly. Some times you see something you weren’t looking for if you’re eyes are open enough. But typically you see something familiar, something you’re looking for. Your eyes are drawn to it because you are familiar with it.

If you are not familiar with it, you typically don’t see it. It passes you by. You see what you’re looking for. Everything else flies by.

So, if no one is in a forest and a tree falls, does it make a sound?

I would say so.

Just because, maybe, we didn’t see it, it happens. No one yelled, “TIMBER!” But the noise was there.

If you were there, you would have heard the tree beginning to fall, by hitting other branches of other trees nearby. You, or someone else, would have yelled, “TIMBER!”

If you ever hear someone yelling “TIMBER!” at the top of their lungs, what becomes your reaction?

For me, a bit of adrenaline begins to flow through my veins. My fight or flight conversation in my brain is on. Flight wins. I look around for that tree that’s falling!

I betta move!

I hope we are able to see that there is a tree that is going down. This is an action happening. It is current. It is now.

That tree that tries to decipher for us what is right and what is wrong, it is actively going down. I would encourage you to yell, “TIMBER!” For the sake of others, and yourself!

People have to know. It’s time to MOVE! We better!

This brings me to a verse I came across recently. It is tucked in to a passage that talks about listening to authorities and such. I tend to cruise through this part because I can’t not listen to authorities, right?

I’m good here, right?

Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. – Romans 13:5

This verse is right after the follow your authorities bit and right before the paying your taxes bit. Shortly after this the passage talks about owing only one thing to someone.


Owe love. That’s it.

But this new law, or new covenant is given to our brains to wrap around it and be governed by it.

Love. The law of love.

Can my conscience be cool with submitting to others, by the law of love? That’s a tough question!

This verse, by itself, yells “TIMBER!” to anything that I see as worthy of value in this world. It takes away power, money, sex, a house on a hill with a white picket fence and 2.4 children, legacies, and anything else I want to ‘work on.’

That’s my timber. What’s yours?

What do you need to yell “TIMBER!!” to?

When you do, throw your hands up and dance. You have a Partner Who wants to spin you round and round. You’ll find what you’re looking for. Or Who you’re looking for…

Enjoy the dance!


  1. Michael King · April 25, 2014

    Yes! Down with that rotten, rotting tree. It’s unsafe for all things living.

    Jess & I are getting a bunch of trees cut away from our house soon because they are dying, dead. They are only good for burning or trampling on. The living trees are staying. They give life. They protect life. They create new life.

    Much love brotel dip.

    • marklchampion · April 29, 2014

      Enjoy life brother. Glad the old trees are coming down! Making way for light to shine on the growing trees! Much love to you!

  2. gunnarblog · April 25, 2014

    I first I thought this was a post about the greatest franchise in MLS history, the Portland Timbers, and I got excited. But then I read what you wrote, realized it wasn’t, but yet, I am not disappointed at all, because what you wrote is good, and lifegiving. Good reflection on that verse!

    • marklchampion · April 29, 2014

      Ha! The Timbers are going down, that’s for sure. Glad you were encouraged anyway! 😉

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