Sun, August 01, 2021

O Great God Who Chooses Me

O great God who chooses me

Who calls to me and picks me

Who looks past all of the things that other see

Those things that cause them to pass me by

O great God who choose me

Who calls to me and picks me

Even when I am running from you

Even when I am hiding from you

Even when I don’t want to be found

O great God who chooses me

Who calls to me and picks me

who invites me into work of eternity

after I have turned away yet again

who come to me after I have messed up yet again

O great God who chooses me

Even after I have chosen my will over yours.

O great God who chooses me

Who calls to me and picks m

I lift my heart and my hands to you

I come offering who I am to you

And asking you to take this small gift

Take these few loaves and fishes

And break me

use me to feed and to clothe

And to love

I come knowing full well that I will still run sometimes

Knowing in my heart of hearts that I am not strong enough

Or patient enough

Or brave enough

Or confident enough

To continue to go where you are leading

But knowing that—beyond all reason—

You are the great God who chooses me

Who calls to me and picks me

and right now, in this moment I lift my life to you in worship and in praise.

O great God who chooses me

Who calls to me and picks me

Today I choose you.

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About Me

I don't have all of the answers and some weeks it feels like I don't have any of the answers. I forget students names sometimes and say stupid things that hurt their feelings. I often find a good word picture or object lesson and build the lesson off of that instead of the other way around. I have put the finishing touches on a Wednesday night Bible study on Wednesday more times than I can count. I don't always pray as much as I should and I never study as much as I should. I try every new youth ministry model that comes from the "experts" and I have had at least 3 mission statements over the past 5 years.

But I love students ministry. I love watching teenagers as they serve God. I love to see them worship and forget about themselves for a while. I love seeing someone wake up to the love of God if only for a little while. I love to see them out serving their community and sharing the love of Christ with others. I love to be a part of their lives and I love seeing the world through their eyes. Like I said, I'm an average youth pastor.


For almost 20 years now I have been trying to add creative ideas for use in the local church. In the early days was just a place to publish some scripts, but it has become a collection of creative ministry resources for youth ministry and worship.

I began writing a blog more to process my own thoughts more than anything else. As I started writing the comments that I got back from people amazed me. As I was honest with my struggles most of them would write and say “Thank you.” “It is just nice to know someone else struggles with these same things,” was a common response.

So this has become a place where I share the struggles and successes of being in youth ministry. I hope that you find something that God can use in your life and ministry.


Thank you for coming to check out Everything here is free to use in any non-commercial way. Feel free to use the resources without giving me credit. If you are want to republish an idea let me know and I will probably give you permission.