Are You Serving? Or Being Served?

13 10 2011

This past week I became a youth leader in a Jr. High youth group and absolutely love it! After 2 days of being their I knew that these were the people God was telling me to invest in. He has called me to serve. He has called us to serve.

I go to a Christian university and it’s easy to just do Christianity. We are required to go to convo (basically chapel) 3 times a week and then some of us go to church Wednesday nights and Sundays. We have Bible studies all over campus and prayer groups every Tuesday night. We pray in class and the teachers aren’t afraid of the gospel. All of these things are great! And I appreciate them a lot! But, it’s not good to simply let people serve us. We can’t sit and wait for people to feed us the word of God and only invest in our lives. We must invest in theirs as well! Jesus said…

“If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” Mark 9:35 (emphasis added)

We need to serve. But here’s the catch, you can’t just pray that God will help you invest in peoples lives. You have to be willing to work at investing in their lives by intentionally reaching out to them. It’s not always the easiest thing to do, but then again, God never called us to live an easy life.





Hello?

10 08 2011

Our relationship with God can feel a lot like playing phone tag. You call Him but He doesn’t seem to answer; you can’t hear Him. A little while later He calls back but you don’t hear Him. You, in a sense, hit “ignore”.  Then you call Him again and you get the same response. He calls you and He gets the same response. This cycle can go on and on and frankly, it’s frustrating. We want to hear Him but the problem is we don’t want to listen. Maybe it would be better to say that we simply don’t listen or don’t know how to, but we, as Christians, cannot hit “ignore.” We must talk and listen to the God who created us. Our lives won’t work without listening to Him, but we must listen! He doesn’t always get in our face about things. Sometimes it’s His still small voice that we must find. Sometimes it’s in the quiet that God is revealed.

Take a step back and find a quiet, calm, place to pray, listen, and read your Bible. Spend some much needed time with God. Don’t get frustrated when that time is hard. It’s hard to get the world out of head to focus on God, but when we do it satisfies.

“O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” Psalm 63:1





White Water Rafting and God

20 07 2011

Today, I went white water rafting with my brother and future-sister-in-law in Colorado down the Arkansas river. About half way through the trip, our guide pulls us along side the bank and says we can get out and jump off a rock across the river. To get there, we had to jump off a smaller rock, into a currant, and swim to the other side. You had to swim hard and as if you were trying to go up stream to keep from getting swept down river. Once we were on the other side and had our fun jumping off the rocks, we had to jump off a different rock, into the same rough water, and swim back to our raft. It was a lot of fun and when we all got back to the raft one out of breath lady asked, “So what class rapids did we just swim through?” Our guide just looked at her with a puzzled smile and answered “That was a swift current.” A few of us chuckled at that one.

I thought about this scenario, and realized this can be applied to our lives. Just like the woman thought the water was worse than it was, we also tend to think the things we go through are worse than they are. The water was rough and hard to swim through, just as our circumstances can be hard to get through. But sometimes stepping back and looking at it gives us a different perspective. God can also use people, like the guide, to bring us to reality and say “It’s really not that bad.”

God is there for you when you are in the middle of the swift current. Reach out and grab His hand like Peter did when he walked on water (read Matthew 14 for full story).

“Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “Why did you doubt?”

Matthew 14:29-31

Just my thought after a fun day of rafting!





Ohh Graduation

29 05 2011

Every spring this thing called graduation comes around. In the past, it’s been a time for other people to leave. This year it was my turn. Yesterday, May 28, 2011, I graduated from high school.

It’s bittersweet really. It has a taste of bitterness because people are leaving, life is changing and even though we have plans, those plans tend to change. God’s hand overtakes our lives and He doesn’t always do what we think He should do.

But it’s sweet because this stage of life is over and it’s time to start a new one. I, and the rest of the 2011 grads, get to move on to the next part of life that God has for us. It’s an opportunity to step out of our comfort zones and trust Him.

I have many fond memories of the past 4 years, as I’m sure all of us do, but I also have some not so great ones. I’ve made friends, but I’ve lost friends. I’ve learned from my mistakes, as well as my successes. I’ve pushed God away, and I’ve pulled close. But overall high school hasn’t been too bad.

So for the seniors reading this, I want to leave you with something simple; this life won’t always be easy but as followers of Christ, we are made for it. Glorify God in everything you do! And keep your eyes focused on Jesus! Love God. Love People. After that, nothing Else matters.





Ohh Valentines Day

13 02 2011

Tomorrow is valentines day. Or Singles Awareness Day as my friends and I like to call it. But here are something you might not know. Valentines Day is named after St. Valentine who died on February 14th 269 A.D. The Emperor, Claudius (manly name, right?), wanted a bigger army and thought that if the young men didn’t get married they would be more likely to enlist. Well, that didn’t work because the men still wanted to get married. St. Valentine, being a priest, would secretly wed people in a back room lit by candles. One night they were caught. The couple got away but Valentine didn’t. He was thrown in jail, and later murdered, for not obeying the emperor’s law.

I’m not completely sure about the next part, but I read that he befriended the jailers daughter and wrote her a note the day he was put to death. They say he signed it “Your Valentine.” Since that was his name it didn’t mean anything except a signature but it is said to be the reason we write Valentine Cards.

Even though Valentines Day does have a lot to do with love, it also has a lot to do with a guy who stood up for something. I think that’s pretty cool.





Girls

12 12 2010

Girls are very relational. Now, that’s not an issue until relationships go wrong.

When somebody does something to a girl, her reaction isn’t to figure out how to fix it. Her reaction is usually to go talk about it to her girlfriends. That’s bad. You all have probably seen girls rip people apart because of something that happened. In our defense everybody has this problem, but girls can be malicious about it.Gossiping is never the answer, and it usually makes things worse.

Girls have this problem called cattiness. The words I would use to define catty would be: Gossips, Jealous, Mean, Dramatic…you get the picture.  It’s not a good trait, and I think that all girls have been catty at one point or another. I know I have (unfortunately). Some girls thrive on it though. They look for the next bit of “juicy gossip.” Who’s going out with who, who likes who, who’s saying this about me. It’s dumb, really. There’s no point and it usually doesn’t concern them. A girls mouth is her worst enemy.

Have you ever heard a conversation that went something like this…

Lisa-Oh my word. Did you hear that Seth and that Jenna girl are dating?

Nicole- WHAT!? She doesn’t deserve him! She is such a flirt!

Lisa-Oh I know, and did you hear what she did to Mary? It was horrible. And she’s not even very pretty…

Maybe you haven’t, but being a girl, I hear this type of stuff all the time. It’s hard not to engage. It’s hard not to impute something that you heard at lunch or in class. At the same time, I get tired of hearing this stuff. I sometimes feel like saying “Really? Do we honestly need to talking about this? It has nothing to do with any of you.”

That’s one thing I appreciate about  guy friends. They aren’t like that! Way to go! =D





Pointless facts

30 10 2010

For the first time in a long time, I’m having writers block. I’m not happy! haha So, since I couldn’t come up with anything to talk about, I decided I would give you a bunch of pointless facts!

  1. Porcupines float in water!
  2. In Rhode Island it’s illegal to bite off somebody else’s leg. (And you would want to do that why?…)
  3. In Indiana it’s illegal to sniff glue.
  4. Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour. (yay?)
  5. In Ontario you can’t drag a dead horse down Yonge Street in Toronto on a Sunday. (pahaha!)
  6. In Harper Woods Michigan it’s illegal  to paint sparrows and sell them as parakeets. (I bet somebody tried that..genius really..haha)
  7. Leonardo DiVinci invented the scissors. (huh! Who knew?)
  8. Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks; otherwise it will digest itself.
  9. In Tennessee You can’t shoot any game other than whales from a moving automobile. (Waaah?)
  10. About 13 people die each year because of vending machines.
  11. In Juneau, Alaska  the owners of flamingos may not let their pet into barber shops. (ok, who owns a flamingo anyway?!)
  12. Donald Duck comics were banned in Finland because he doesn’t wear pants

I feel as if my brain just melted out of my ears from the pointlessness of these things. Ah well! They made me laugh! =)