Archive for May, 2008

Don’t let the process of doing Christian things get in the way of you doing Christian things

You ever have one of those moments where you are so caught up in how something is supposed to be done that you miss the chance to do that something that you were trying to get done?  This happened to me yesterday…sort of.

We had collected a ton of food for the Pickerington Food Pantry over Memorial Day Weekend.  We did this during our 30 hour famine in neighborhoods and during our church services Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.  As you can see in the picture, we reached our goal to Fill the Van.

So Thursday, after getting back from the beach for a few days, I go to the Pickerington Food Pantry to drop off all the food.  No one is there.  But while I am standing at the door, copying down the numbers for contacts, three ladies come to the door, looking to get food from the pantry.  As I walk away making calls on my cell phone, I hear one of them say, “I really need some food for my family.”

I get in my van, still making calls, when it hits me- I have food, I have a full van load of food, why I am I driving away? Ah, its the process.  I got in contact with someone who was going to meet me in about 15 minutes to open the food pantry so I could drop off all the food. And at that moment, I decided to finally do what I knew deep down I should do. 

I drove back to the pantry, and saw the 3 ladies still standing there, worrying about what they were going to do.  I called the ladies over and opened the back of my van.  I told the ladies to help themselves.  It’s not about the process, it’s about meeting needs.  They all walked away with 2 bags full of groceries…and I still had plenty to leave at the pantry.

One lady asked how I pulled off that miracle.  I told it was simple.  We have a church that loves people and wanted to meet needs.  Even though it didn’t go down the way I had planned, it was even better.  Instead of meeting needs through the process, our church was able to meet needs right then, right away.

Don’t let the process of doing Christian things get in the way of you doing Christian things.  I almost did…


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Back to normalcy

Got back Wednesday night from my little mini-vacation to Myrtle Beach.  The family is still there and will be back on Sunday.  It was nice to get a little break, play a little golf (nothing like a 330 yard drive down the fairway to make you feel good), get a little sunburn on the beach (and yes, I used sunscreen) to take some of the tension away before I go into the busiest time of year in youth ministry.  And I must say the view in and out of New Yorks La Guardia airport is really quite cool!  Better than the other 3 airports I flew in to on my 4 flights!

So back to normalcy…

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Myrtle Beach here I come…

I am sitting in the airport right now to head out to Myrtle Beach!  Andrea and the kids are already there (and have been since last Thursday) with her family, and they graciously bought me a plane ticket so I could join them. 

So I am going to jet down, spend a few days with the family and the golf clubs, and then jet back and finish out the week or work!!!

And no, I will not be fasting during this time…

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30 Hour famine Wrap

Well, we made it!  All 14 of the participants in the 30 hour famine completed their 30 hours with no food, only juice and water (And Cail if you read this, Kool-Aid is not juice!!!).  We had a few parents promise their teens that they would participate with them, but most bailed out by dinner time.

The first 24 hours was easy.  I didn’t hear too much complaining about hungry, but the last 6 hours, 15 minutes…man, they were brutal.  And to make it worse, we shared the church during that time with a baby shower.  They had all kinds of food, and the entire building smelled like sloppy joe…torture!!!

But in the end, I think our teens are a little more aware of what impoverished people deal with day in and day out!  And in the reality that during our fast, 36,250 children under the age of 5 died from hunger and poverty related issues, that makes it a little more meaningful!

Can’t wait until next year!  I’ve got some cool ideas to really bring poverty to reality!!!

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20 hours in…

Heading into the homestretch on our 30-hour famine.  And I’m doing surprisingly ok!  But my dreams last night did revolve around food though!!!

Teenagers are not taking it as well as me.  By 7pm last night they were screaming “I’m hungry!” 

I can’t wait until they wake up…

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Pray for the Chapman Family…

Pray for Steven Curtis Chapman and his family.  Their 5-year old daughter, Maria, was killed in a tragic accident.  Apparently she was struck by an SUV driven by her older brother, in the driveway of their home outside of Nashville, TN.

Click here to read the article

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Bachelor for the weekend…

Andrea and the kids left this morning for Myrtle Beach.  Her parents showed up at our house about 8:15am and we loaded them up and off they went.  So that means…I am bachelor for the weekend.

I’ll be flying down to spend a few days with them on Sunday, so I have a few days all by myself…too bad they are all filled up.

Tomorrow we start the 30-hour famine (yeah, I have to go 30 hours without food!) and will wrap up the event on Saturday evening after the service.  Should be fun, excruciating, and eye-opening to what it means to truly be hungry.

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