Spend your greatest amount of energy loving God and pursuing His nature, likeness and presence.
Whatever you have left over use it loving others with a supernatural affection. Seek to see what God sees in them.
Mind your own business. Everything else is garbage. If you still need something to do… watch TiVo… or read a book.
On a Wednesday night, late in the month of January, the year 2004, I “asked Jesus into my heart” as the young preacher put it. It was a youth service in the main sanctuary of a church that I was attending for the first time.
Months later I would secretly dream of one day teaching young people the way this man did (not that I ever actually would). Battling insecurities and feelings of unworthiness to be any sort of “called”, I attended and graduated from Bible College.
Today, March 18, 2011, I sat in my office, with my Bible, and studied. I prepared the first of many messages that I will share with this AMAZING group of young people. Thinking to myself, all the while… this is my job?
Overwhelmingly honored. Slightly scared. Incredibly excited.
Lord, I remember dreaming and hoping; I don’t remember asking… but, THANK YOU, for just knowing and answering.
Its a six letter word that feels more like four most of the time. I am a creature of habit. I have a specific meal that I order at every restaurant. McDonalds, number 7 plain with a diet coke and BBQ sauce. Pasta Pomodoro, tortellini soup and a side Caesar salad. Starbucks, tall vanilla latte. I control what I can.
Unfortunately change happens. Or, not unfortunately. Sometimes I think the fear of change is worse than the actual occurrence.
The greatest change I ever experienced happened in youth ministry. A youth pastor gave me the chance to make a decision that would affect every other decision I would ever make.
How can we fear change when our greatest hope is to affect change? Embracing and believing that the change coming to my life will have eternal impact on the lives of a coming generation.
"Don’t listen to them when they say, your just a fool, just a fool to believe you can change the world" - Carrie Underwood