What I Can Change

What I Can Change

I have recently gotten into reading Twitter in the morning. It isn’t a good place for me to be, for sure because after I read it I spend my whole shower trying to think of what I can shout into the void to stop the madness. It seems like Twitter has become an old school mob that is almost literally tarring and feathering people and then celebrating when they are run out of town. Into that void there are a few voices on both sides trying to speak calmly and have a real discourse, but most of the people are just trying to shout and shame anyone who has ever made a mistake or who doesn’t agree with you.

So I sit in the shower and try to figure out how I can help.

Today it hit me. I can’t help Twitter world. I can’t help internet outrage or the people who are fueled by it. I can’t stop people from destroying lives because of one video or from yelling instead of listening.

But there is something I can do.

What I can do is share Jesus with people, anytime, every time. What I can do is be the hands and feet of Jesus reaching out to people one life at a time. We have moved into this world of social media and everyone having a platform and I think I have forgotten than real changes don’t happen when you shot into a megaphone, they happen when you are willing to walk across the street to help your neighbor.

My epiphany this morning was to stop worrying about internet things and start worrying about right here beside me things. That is how God is calling me to make a difference.

Talking to Students about the News

Talking to Students about the News

I have discovered that I need to continually remind myself to not talk to students about what is happening on the news. Not that I never want to talk about them, but I don’t want to over talk about it.

You see in a world of twitter and facebook where it feels like everyone is just shouting past everyone else it is a pretty heady thing to have a captive audience who wants to listen to you and wants to give believe what you say. So it is so easy to talk about what you have been trying to get traction with on twitter all week.

But I keep reminding myself that this is not my mission. This is not my goal. My goal is to tell them about Jesus and learn more about Him. True, sometimes that means that I talk about thinks that are in the news, but most of the time that means just keeping my mouth shut.

Beastmaster is on Amazon Prime

Beastmaster is on Amazon Prime

So I am watching this movie again and I have a few thoughts:

  1. I watched this a whole bunch as a child. It must have been on HBO or something, but I know I watched it quite a few times
  2. Watching it again I can’t believe I am not warped even more than I am from watching this thing. It is pretty dark.
  3. In the first 3 minutes a witch like sucks the baby out of a woman by magic and makes it go into the belly of a cow, and people keep watching this movie.
  4. How cool would it be to have the little ferret people as friends!
  5. I have to admit I probably cried the first time I saw one of them die (come to think of it, I don’t remember half of the really weird stuff in this movie, but I do remember that the little ferret dying made an impression on me.)
  6. People living in a post Lord of the Rings movie trilogy world don’t understand what it was like for fantasy fans back in the day. Fantasy movies were dark, cheap, and weird.
  7. There are weird bat people in this movie who clean people of everything but their bones in this thing!

I guess that is all of my thoughts for now. If you haven’t seen Beastmaster it is probably best that you avoid it, but if you have seen it take the time to check it out again. You will enjoy remembering how delightfully terrible it really is.

Why I do what I do

Why I do what I do

As I sit here in my office I am about 30 minutes away from Marshal County High school. This morning there was a shooting there. A student of the school showed up with a gun and shot at his classmates killing 2 and injuring several others. In the past 6 months there have been several other shootings at schools including on in Italy, TX that happened yesterday, that I hadn’t even heard about until today.

Right now it is 2:02 and I, like so many other parents, am counting the minutes until school gets out so I can see my kids and give them a big hug simply because I still can. As I sit here one thought keeps coming into my head.

“This is why I do what I do.”

There are lots of reasons why I am a youth pastor. It is where my skills have lead me. It is a whole lot of fun. It’s easier than being a pastor. It is amazing to see students worshiping God, especially those doing it for the first time. But when it all comes down to it the reason I do what I do is because of days like today, because we are living in a messed up broken and dark world and there are millions of teenagers who need to see the hope Jesus offers and for some God only knows reason He has sent me to take the light to them.

This is why I do what I do.

I do it because I walked through dark times, through bullies, and parents dying, and my own stupid mistakes, and I know how dark life can feel at times. I do it because in all of those times I always knew that I had hope because I always knew that God was with me. I do it because while I always knew those things I also know that there are so many kids right now who don’t have Jesus walking with them, they don’t see light at the end of the tunnel, they don’t see the hope that God brings. I do what I do because these students need to know that while this world is broken and messed up ultimately this is not all there is. There is a God who loves and cares for them, and ultimately this broken world is not our home.

As I have gotten a chance this past year to spend some time in the middle school I have found students who are desperate for someone to see them, to care about them, to speak good things into their lives. My heart breaks each time I walk out of the building because I know that there are so many more of them than I could ever help. But the reason I do what I do is because God has put in me a deep desire to see teenagers find Jesus, to find hope, to find real life that only God can provide.

On a day like today I am reminded again.

This is why I do what I do.

Snow Days!

Snow Days!

 I have been working to add some new stuff to Nailscars.com ever day again, but I am currently in the middle of a snow weekend which looks like it is going to move into a 5 day weekend for my boys. This means I have been spending more time at home and less time sitting in front of a computer.

I have a few new things I am working toward, most of them are Good Friday Worship Experience related, but I have a few other things I want to put together too. Hope you are having fun and staying warm if it is winter where you are.