Growing up I was a huge fan of professional wrestling. My grandfather got me hooked and to this day I still get entertained by this sport that is always packed with drama to entertain the masses. As a kid I would dial in each week to see what was going to happen between some of my favorites ongoing battles and just as one battle would begin another one would pop up and start again. But what I like most was the chance to see them use their “finishing” moves. I can still remember watching
Junkyard Dawg do the THUMP. (front facing scoop up power-slam)
Diamond Dallas Page “DDP” do the DIAMOND CUTTER from the top rope.
The Original Sting do the STINGER SPLASH right into the SCORPION DEATH DROP.
The Sandman (Hardcore Hak) end the match with the kendo stick to the throat known as WHITE RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP
Ultimate Warrior do the ULTIMATE SPLASH (running and diving onto a facedown opponent)
and Goldberg use the SPEAR and JACKHAMMER (vertical duplex power-slam) on everyone.
As a kid I would get super excited to see my favorite do what they did best but sometimes even the best would fall short of victory. As a Christian we are God’s favorite in a ongoing battle with evil, sometimes we come out victorious and sometimes we fail and fall short of victory. We all have a finishing move, the move that God waits for us to use. That move is called PRAYER. God wants us to use this move as much as we can.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 says Never stop praying.
1 Chronicles 16:11 says Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.
Philippians 4:6 says Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
How often do we go through “battles” or wrestling matches in life where we choose to not use our FINISHING move? We know that we can overcome evil but we try to in our own strength. We have the power to finish it and give it over to God the One who can finish it off, but we have to believe and have faith in our FINISHING MOVE called PRAYER.
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The Bible tells us just how to be the best parent, yet many times we try to parent our way, learning as we go. If we would just resort to the Bible we would see that the answer is right in front of us.
TALK TO THEM | Deuteronomy 6:5-7
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
PRAY FOR THEM | 1 John 5:14
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
SHOW & TELL | Psalm 78:4
We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.
CREATE HABITS | Proverbs 22:6
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
Someone recently asked me ” How did you stay so relevant in Children’s Ministry for over 15 years?” and got me thinking so I have compiled a list:
10 ways to never grow up and think like a kid so that you can stay a relevant Kidmin.
1. Learn Patience!
2. Window shop at Toys-R-Us monthly.
3. Watch cartoons.
4. Have kids of your own
5. Pull out your old GiJoes, Barbies, Transformers, Baseball cards and Pogs just to “reminisce your childhood”
6. Color with crayons and/or paint with your fingers.
7. Watch Nickelodeon’s Kid’s Choice Awards Show in March
8. Play video games that are popular with the kids (Minecraft, Angry Birds, Just Dance etc…)
9. Explore go on hikes to discover new things.
10. The most important one of all: Get involved in kid’s lives and learn to ask.
I have been reading “Go Small” by Craig Gross and in the beginning of chapter 9 it has 5 very profound words that really make you think.
“Life is not an emergency”
How often do we treat it as one. We rush around not taking time to enjoy God’s creation or the people who God has put into our life. What would it be like if we didn’t rush around and what would it be like if everything that is in front of us was important.
For many it’s hard to not rush through life, I am one of those. I move towards completing goals, getting stuff done that I don’t take a minute to reflect on life, give thanks for what God has done and make the most of every situation. For myself I recently created an “Emergency Action Plan” so that when I begin to rush I take a second to see how it fits into my life.
1. Linger: Take in every moment and be intentional to make the most of every situation.
2. Love: Love God, Love others and give thanks for those that surround you, encourage you and complete you.
3. Listen: Gain wisdom through listening to others and take a second to breathe and listen to God as he directs your paths
4. Lay Low: Take time to get away and spend one on one time with God, Pray, seek guidance and strength.
I first posted this back on September 5, 2012. I wanted to repost it because I have had a few people ask why I celebrate a whole week for my birthday.
Here it is ….
This past week has been what I have been calling my birthday weekend. I started pushing a week or weekend festivities a few years ago and it has been hands down one of the best things I have ever done. Let me explain, I got this idea from a friend of mine that ever since I have known him celebrates a whole week. I started watching how he pulls off a whole week of celebration and I started to realize it was more than just a selfish antic. He uses his week to invest in the lives of others.
He starts off promoting his birthday as “Birthday Week” a few weeks out by bragging that it is coming up or that he wants to do certain things for his birthday week. When he does that it creates conversation amongst his friends and co-workers. Once people start to catch on they start inviting him to places or things that would make for a fun time, like sports games, restaurants, parties, and before you know it his week is filled up, something to do every day or every night. Each event he has the chance to invest in the lives of others. This is a way to build relationships disguised by a selfish birthday week antic. This idea is so brilliant, I had to give it a try.
I started doing this a few years back and through it all, I have met new people, built relationships with friends that I currently have and done things that are strong memories etched in my brain. It’s your birthday, make memories!
When you’re on the journey of life sometimes you have to cross bridges that you never saw coming. Sometimes the bridge to what lies ahead is concrete, solid and you are sure of it and your ability to make it across. Then you get to some that are rickety, full of gaps and scary looking. Those are the steps that are the hardest to take. This week I was able to finally tell others of my next FAITH STEP. It is a bridge that looks scary but I know to get to the place God has for me this is the bridge to take. In fact I am positive this is the bridge because of the certainty I get from seeking God.
Here it is: I am making a transition to a role within my church that is much needed —> Pastor of New Media and Communications. I am excited because I get to help communicate the vision, mission and culture of our church and I get to invest in the leaders of our church. This is a HUGE Step of faith for me. I have been in Children’s Ministry for 15 years and have seen God work through all of it. But God is clearly asking me to follow His leading. So I step out in faith.
My family and I are really excited to be taking this step and look forward to what God has for us. Over the next couple blog post I want to share more of what I am learning as I am taking some steps of faith. Stay tuned….
Here is a video explaining this step of faith to the volunteers of our children’s ministry.