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The Patient

Dedicated to my friend Jeremy Baldwin

It was something that couldn’t be denied any longer. The shrieks and screams of pain continued to get worse. It was the fear and anxiety that she wouldn’t last another day that propelled him to admit her. One long week of tests followed and finally with the diagnosis made he rested a little easier knowing the odds were in her favor.

It was hard on him to be away so long. Even with the diagnosis, treatments were slow and progress seemed to always take two steps forward and one step back. He visited often, but sometimes the business of life got in the way. Several surgeries took place, of which he was present for all. The blinding lights and small metal tools strewn across the work place turned the bolt in his heart a little tighter. He missed her so much.

One cold and rainy night the Dr. told him his wait might just be over. One more proceedure lacked, and then maybe, just maybe he could take her home. The lightening licked the sky and thunder rumbled the building as they worked. Seeing her opened up had become less and less alarming. The Dr.’s skilled hands worked with little effort… until.

“I can’t see it,” the Dr. said.

See what? He wanted to scream.

Persparation beeded his forehead. He could sense the Dr. becoming alarmed. Seconds ticked by like minutes. Minutes seeemed to take hours. Was she going to be all right? Was she going to make it? He couldn’t imagine not having her. She’d been with him for almost three years. He closed his eyes bringing the image of her sleek body back to his mind. Oh, how he missed the way she felt, the way she hugged the road when he took the sharp turns, the way she rumbled while sitting idly. She had to make it. She had to!

“There,” The Dr. said, startling him from his reverie. In his angst he hadn’t noticed the last part being bolted in. He opened his eyes to see the Dr. dropping her lid.

“Start ‘er up,” he said, dusting his oil stained trousers and wiping a black streak of engine fluid across his sweat stained forehead.

Did he hear the Dr. correctly? He approached cautiously. It had been over a month. He touched her gingerly and slowly sat, turning the key and reving her to life.

A small smile played at his lips. His baby was back.

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Can't Not

When I was just a youth pastor intern, one of the questions I had to answer on my application was:

“Why do you want to work in youth ministry?”

My simple answer:

Because if I don’t, I’ll explode.

Yesterday, I found myself asking if this answer was still the way I felt about ministry.

My simple answer:

Yes.

I just can’t not do this.

What about you? Is there something you just can’t not do? 

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Can’t Not

When I was just a youth pastor intern, one of the questions I had to answer on my application was:

“Why do you want to work in youth ministry?”

My simple answer:

Because if I don’t, I’ll explode.

Yesterday, I found myself asking if this answer was still the way I felt about ministry.

My simple answer:

Yes.

I just can’t not do this.

What about you? Is there something you just can’t not do? 

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There's Something in the Water

images-4.jpegI’ve learned my lesson.

Never let a stranger into your home. Especially a stranger who told you,

“We want to give you a free gift! Can we bring it by your house and give you a quick demonstration of our product?” 

A free gift? Cool!

In my 22 years of life you think I would’ve learned by now that nothing is free! And indeed it wasn’t. It cost me 2 hours (count ‘em T-W-O hours of my time!) Quick demonstration my booty!

This woman knew all the tricks. She pulled out her briefcase and went to work, turning my kitchen into a science lab. I learned all I’ve ever wanted to know about water purification. She showed me what I was drinking through the tap: a cloudy vile that looked more like toilet paper water than drinking water.

She explained how much money I could be saving in soaps, detergents, shampoos and other products if I had softer water. She showed me through her flip charts that drinking MY water might cause cancer! She then told me how much her water purifier cost:

12,000 Twelve THOUSAND dollars???? Are you kidding me!

“But think of the money you could be saving!”

Lesson learned. Never let a stranger into your home. Especially a stranger trying to sell something.

Have you ever experienced something like this? How do you handle pushy sales people? 

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There’s Something in the Water

images-4.jpegI’ve learned my lesson.

Never let a stranger into your home. Especially a stranger who told you,

“We want to give you a free gift! Can we bring it by your house and give you a quick demonstration of our product?” 

A free gift? Cool!

In my 22 years of life you think I would’ve learned by now that nothing is free! And indeed it wasn’t. It cost me 2 hours (count ‘em T-W-O hours of my time!) Quick demonstration my booty!

This woman knew all the tricks. She pulled out her briefcase and went to work, turning my kitchen into a science lab. I learned all I’ve ever wanted to know about water purification. She showed me what I was drinking through the tap: a cloudy vile that looked more like toilet paper water than drinking water.

She explained how much money I could be saving in soaps, detergents, shampoos and other products if I had softer water. She showed me through her flip charts that drinking MY water might cause cancer! She then told me how much her water purifier cost:

12,000 Twelve THOUSAND dollars???? Are you kidding me!

“But think of the money you could be saving!”

Lesson learned. Never let a stranger into your home. Especially a stranger trying to sell something.

Have you ever experienced something like this? How do you handle pushy sales people? 

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Brain Dump

ist1_8183124-intelligence.jpgThis is going to be a busy three weeks:

  • This Wednesday: The launch of our 1-3-1 model for SWITCH (Also it’s tax day!)
  • This Friday–Saturday: Overnight leader retreat with 40 of our adult leaders
  • Next Wednesday: SWITCH back in small groups (save me now!)
  • Sunday April 26th: Memorial Marathon–26.2 miles. (Kill me now!)
  • Tuesday April 28–May 2nd: Orange conference in Atlanta GA.

After May 2nd I think I will be able to breathe again. What about you? Need to brain dump?

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Lies+Lies=>Truth

ist1_3015755-genius.jpgHere’s an equation: 

If you believe a lie long enough, eventually people will begin to believe it as truth. 

I haven’t been able to get this saying out of my head. Dave Ramsey used this saying when he spoke at LifeChurch.tv this past weekend to describe what people believe about money. But ever since hearing it I can’t seem to get out of my head how true it is when it comes to insecurity.

Let me give you an example: Whatever you believe about yourself, be it low thoughts of yourself, high thoughts, no thoughts, eventually that’s what people will believe about you too. Understanding this concept is so vitally important.

  • If you don’t believe that what you have to say matters… others won’t believe it matters either.
  • If you don’t think you can do something… others won’t think you can do it either.
  • If you think you’re insecure, you will act insecure… causing others to believe you’re insecure. (A lie)
  • Add some of your own…

Whatever you believe about yourself is how your actions and behaviors will follow your line of thinking. What we believe about ourselves determines our behaviors, and in turn effects what others believe about us as well.

Do you agree, disagree? Have you seen this play out in your life? 

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Lies+Lies=>Truth

ist1_3015755-genius.jpgHere’s an equation: 

If you believe a lie long enough, eventually people will begin to believe it as truth. 

I haven’t been able to get this saying out of my head. Dave Ramsey used this saying when he spoke at LifeChurch.tv this past weekend to describe what people believe about money. But ever since hearing it I can’t seem to get out of my head how true it is when it comes to insecurity.

Let me give you an example: Whatever you believe about yourself, be it low thoughts of yourself, high thoughts, no thoughts, eventually that’s what people will believe about you too. Understanding this concept is so vitally important.

  • If you don’t believe that what you have to say matters… others won’t believe it matters either.
  • If you don’t think you can do something… others won’t think you can do it either.
  • If you think you’re insecure, you will act insecure… causing others to believe you’re insecure. (A lie)
  • Add some of your own…

Whatever you believe about yourself is how your actions and behaviors will follow your line of thinking. What we believe about ourselves determines our behaviors, and in turn effects what others believe about us as well.

Do you agree, disagree? Have you seen this play out in your life? 

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Today is your LUCKY day!

clover.jpg Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Today is your lucky day… read below:

The Orange conference currently has 2,909 people registered.  If they get up to 3,000 registrants today, then they will give the church that registers person number 3,000 four free registrations to the conference AND preconference.  

Soooo… Tweet this, repost this to your blog, register for the conference here and get the word out! If you wanted to go to the conference and didn’t think you could, this could be your lucky day. 🙂

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