Sunday, November 23, 2008
Every year the Genesis staff sponsors a turkey outreach in which we raise money and food to deliver as many possible turkey dinners into the community as we possibly can. Well this is the completion of my first year on staff and that means this is my first turkey outreach on staff. You know it doesn't really look all that difficult from the outside. Well not to say that it is all that difficult, but it's just so much bigger than me that it feels overwhelming. Maybe i just described what it is like to do something that i need God for. I am the kind of person who focuses on the thing i am doing in the moment. For example, if it is Saturday and i am watching football than THAT IS WHAT I AM DOING. Just ask my girlfriend. So for the last couple of weeks this outreach has been on my mind pretty heavy. Now that it is over i must say that i am releaved. Not because the "work" is done but because our mission has been accomplished. That sounds corny but it is the truth. We set out to serve and bless people. There has been so much build up to this day that it is nice to get here. All that to say, today was great and it was awesome to see our volunteers and deliverers pull through so strong. I only hope this is one of many turkey outreaches that i get to work on in the upcoming years. I'M OUT!!!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
WoW!!!! It's so amazing when the spirit of God moves in a place. Kind of weird because the spirit of God is ALWAYS moving in EVERY place. One place that he moves is our heart. I'm not talking about the organ that pumps blood to our vessels, but rather the core of our being. Last night at Genesis I truly believe that as a whole we recognized God's existence in our core. It's revolutionary when this happens because it brings us to a point where we can make life changing decisions. I'm speaking at an elementary school chapel this friday and I am trying to rap my mind around what kind of impact a large group of excited elementary school kids can make in this world. I've been thinking for about 3 hours now........ You see when we recognize Gods spirit our own possibilities become his, and our potential expands tremendously. How do stay in that moment though? How do stay in close proximity to God? I typically think about a lot of things and blow most of them off, but this one i just can't. I've got to know the answer here. Because i want it, because i need it. God is convicting me of some things and i have learned one thing about convictions over the last day or two. Our convictions give us an oppurtunity to be obediant or disobedient. I want to be obedient. I believe our obedience to God allows us to discern his spirit and his prompting in our lives. I want to be prompted by God in all that i do. I don't know these are just some random things that have been going through my head. Something about writing stuff brings me some clarity... LOL. But i hope this reaches all of you somehow. LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!!! Keep it cool my baby
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
It's been a while since i have updated. Things have been good lately. I am leading a small group formed around the book Crazy Love written by Francis Chan. It's amazing the way a small group can change a persons heart. There is something about this group that attracts me. I think it may be the openness that we feel while we are there. It seems to be that the more i hear about these guys lives the more i care about them. I genuinely want to see these guys glorify God with there lives. I want to Glorify God with my life. This book is effecting me more than i thought it would. Honestly it's affecting me more than i wanted it to. I think sometimes we get so comfortable with our mediocre view of God. He is so big that my use of eloquent and well thought out descriptive words fall far to short to explain him. I cannot glorify God with my words but with my actions I can. What if my thoughts towards God cause me to actually change my actions. That is my thought lately. What if...... 1) i begin to live with a kingdom mindset 2) i step into god's plans rather than waiting for him to step into mine
I am realizing more and more that my possibilities are so limited without God's provision. I want to be apart of what he is doing. I want to be used in his movie. In his book Francis Chan says, "the point of my life is to point to him." He couldn't be more correct.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Lately i have been thinking about my life and what kind of results i am producing. Last Friday i spoke at a chapel and i urged the students to live like God wants them to produce kingdom results. How big of a thought though. If i lived like i had the responsibility to produce results outside of my realm of possibility than who's to say what my life would look like. I imagine it would be much more extreme. I would go as far to say "Dangerous." Have you ever been around a dangerous person. They're great and terrible to be around, because they realize that they have a responsibility to produce big results with there lives. Being around these kind of people make you feel better about yourself and at the same time make you want to be better than you currently are. What if we could all catch the same vision that these people have. My life is not my own. I was made FOR the king of kings and BY the king of kings. I don't know, these are just some thoughts that i have been challenged with lately and can't get out of my head.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
If there is one day to spend the last day of summer i think i was able to accomplish it. It has become a theme for me over the years to try and spend my last day of "freedom" doing something that is worth doing. Today i went to the beach all day and played tons of volleyball and frisbee. It was cool because i learned a few things: 1) chelsie is better than volleyball than i thought 2) No matter what, if i don't wear sunscreen i will get burnt 3) every time i go to marble slab i remember how awesome it is. I'm sure i learned a lot more than that but those are just a few things. Tomorrow school starts and i am going to do my best to stay crazy motivated, knowing that this is my last year (possibly ever in school). Wow that is such a crazy thought. On another note church was really good this morning. Pastor Fred has been really pushing us to catch a vision and follow it these last couple of weeks. Saturday at the leadership meeting he said that having a passion that is given from God is an honor and needs to be treated as such. How often do i treat my gifts, passions & desires as an honor? I think sometimes i act as if they are created by me and for me. God's word says that all things were created BY GOD and FOR GOD. Man that is exciting to think about though. If i can humble myself to live on that one principle than my potential will not be my own but rather God's potential. Well i need to take a nap and think about this thought. HAHAHAHAHAHA
Thursday, August 21, 2008
This summer has been absolutely amazing. This morning i headed up to Trident (BOO) to buy my books for the upcoming semester and i realized that summer will officially be over in close to 3 days. The exciting news is that i only have 7 classes left and I will be finished with the goal I have set for myself. This may not come to a surprise to many but the excitement i had on the first day of class in high school is slowly but surely fading. I remember trying to pick out the coolest outfit that would impress hopefully everyone, waking up way to early and spending way to long getting ready. WOW!!!! I was a goober, but i bet you did the same thing. Right? Now that I'm in college i try to wake up with just enough time to put close on and make it to class within 5 minutes after it starts. You don't want to sit in a trident class before it starts because everyone just stares at each other really weird. I'm not really sure why it just tends to happen. But, all this is to say is that school is starting soon and I'm having mixed feelings. I'm happy to almost be done but i wish i could wake up tomorrow and be walking out of class for the last time. Well wish me luck!!!!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Once upon a time I used to be somewhat descent at ping pong. If you don't know, this a game of skill not necessarily athleticism. Apparently I need some more skill. I just got beat by a friend of mine 3 out of 5 games. I know that is not all that bad but he kind of whooped me the games that I lost. I'm not really sure why I am still thinking about this 30 minutes after we have finished playing but i hate losing at ping pong. It's like you lose and then you have to look the other person in face and know that you are the loser and not them. And then you do everything you can to challenge them to another game knowing that there's a good chance you will be defeated again. Why I put myself through such torment I do not know. Maybe it's because the few times I do win it just feels "oh so good"!!! Okay well if anyone wants to teach me there ping pong skills just hit me up...... HOLLA