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I did nothing

Tonight for youth group I felt like I did very little preparation, yet the final product was completely God glorifying. I would have liked to have been a high school youth tonight. I have to admit though I struggle at doing a good job with the message for the preschool-5th graders in the evening, between the after-school chapel and middle and high school message. It will be good for them and me when the afterschool program takes a break for the summer, so that I can work on focusing more on the preschool-5th grade youth group message.

I did nothing

Tonight for youth group I felt like I did very little preparation, yet the final product was completely God glorifying. I would have like to have been a high school youth tonight. I have to admit though I struggle at doing a good job with the message for the preschool-5th graders in the evening, between the after-school chapel and middle and high school message. It will be good for them and me when the afterschool program takes a break for the summer, so that I can work on focusing more on the preschool-5th grade youth group message.

Caucasian majority?

Tonight during a discussion I realized how strange "we western white folks" expectation of our "black friends" to speak "like everyone else" aka "us white folks" is. I've heard middle and upper class caucasian adults and youth, including myself, make comments about the success of "people who are black" who are willing to speak the language of "middle class." But, why aren't "we" willing to take the time to learn how to speak the dialect of some of our black friends? And why is it considered so off to everyone when a white person speaks like a black person? I remember a day this past fall when I was spending time hanging out with one of my young friends and her family and housemates and I "slipped" into speech patterns that made me &…

living life with steps of faith

I sit down to write and then I erase my thoughts because I write them out of pride. And then I look up and read the top of this blog and the words "living life with steps of faith" radiate within my thoughts. When you are living life with steps of faith, you can't look back and wonder how those steps could have or might have been taken differently. Instead you look forward or reflect upon the present. How does a goal-oriented person live life with steps of faith, knowing that sometimes those steps of faith may lead one to do things that do not seem most logical according to the world's idea of success. What if those steps of faith are steps that will take you down a slower route that won't give you as much "security" according to the world's standards? What if others cannot understand your steps of faith?

When Noah built the arc, how did he feel about his retirement fund? When Paul embarked upon his mission journey, beyond planning on reaching…

Normal

There comes a time in life when you realize that you are normal. You may live an exceptional life, but you are still normal.