Thursday, July 30, 2009

Ruined By The Call

You gotta love a quote from "The Yac":

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Why not?

Friday I got the offer to join one of our CFCSM leaders, Jimmy, for a round of golf at a course near our church. From the first tee shot I took (straight into the woods), I knew it was going to be a long day of playing bad golf, but a great day of laughter and bonding. It was great getting to know Jimmy better and getting a feel for where he's going to fit into some of our fall ministry plans. Anyway, everything had been going perfect when all of the sudden on the 15th hole, while standing in one of the many bunkers I had found that day, I started to feel a few rain drops. I barely had time to get out of the bunker before it was like someone had turned open a giant faucet above us and it began to pour. We quickly grabbed our clubs, got in our carts and drove to the next tee. We sat there shivering and soaked waiting for it to pass, when something beautiful happened. We all looked at each other with small grins and must have asked the same question in our heads at the exact same time. "Why not?" So with giant smiles and me giggling like a kid again, we hopped out of our carts grabbed a club and teed it up. For the next three holes, we played completely drenched in this down pour as if nothing was wrong at all. We laughed, hit out of puddles, and felt like kids again. Other players would drive by us on their way to the club house and shake their heads like we were crazy. We just waved and smiled.
Crazy? Maybe. Worth it? Completely! Lately I have been trying to ask myself the question that I all to often forget to ask. "Why not?" I mean sometimes I think I forget to give God credit as a God that is capable of doing anything. Sometimes I am too busy at looking at my limitations and not God's lack of limitations. So, whether it be planning our upcoming year in the student ministries department or just playing golf in the rain, I pray I don't forget to stop and ask "why not?".

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Texting Teen Tendonitis. Seriously?

Ok, working with teens I know they text.... alot. But this is wild!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Ready To Stand?

On Wednesdays, I don't go into the office until 1:00 because we have youth group until 9:00 at night. So today, Chrissy and I decided to take the girls to a local theater that shows free "kid friendly" movies on Wednesday mornings. Today was "Horton Hears a Who". Even though my daughters had seen it a few hundred times, they were as excited as hyper as ever. So, we loaded the van and eventually got to the theater and settled in for the film. It was a delightful story (this was my first time seeing it), with some really funny parts. Just as it got to a very crucial part in the movie, something strange happened. A large black band appeared on the screen that blocked out almost the whole picture. We could still see just a small sliver of Horton on the top and bottom of the screen, but tha was it. Here's where I was surprised. We sat there for a good 3-5 minutes in this sold out theater and not a person did anything. Finally I heard one lady sitting down front with her kids yell out "It's not working!". Like that was actually going to get the attention of some magical theater employee that would hear her over the movie and come to the rescue. So I looked at Chrissy and said "I'll be back." I got up with everyone watching me, made my way to the isle, down the stairs, and left the movie to go get someone to help us. After informing a near-by employee, the movie was quickly fixed.
Later, thinking of the whole experience, I couldn't help but think about how it relates so much to Christian culture. How many times do we as Christians know there is a need in our community, country, or world, and yet feel like "oh it'll get worked out eventually" or "Someone else will do it" or "I don't actually have to get up and do something, but if I make enough noise it will help"? When does it click in our mind that we need to stand up and take charge and say "I'll be the one to tell my coworkers about Christ" or "I will get out of my comfort zone and go to a poverty stricken country to help work in an orphanage for a week or two" or "I'll be the one to invite that student that no one talks to at school from school to youth group".
God's calling us. I'm ready to stand are you?

Thursday, July 09, 2009

If Grace Is An Ocean, We'll All Sinking...

Man, what a great song with a great story. Here's a taste of the lyrics, but I highly encourage you to watch the video.

"We are His portion and He is our prize,
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes,
If grace is an ocean, we’re all sinking.
So Heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss,
And the heart turns violently inside of my chest,
I don’t have time to maintain these regrets,
When I think about, the way…
He loves us,
Oh how He loves us,
Oh how He loves us. "
- John Mark McMillan