There are a lot of people that God has used in His transformation of my life. Reggie Joiner is one who has left an irreversable fingerprint on the way I see Family Ministry.
Through the book Radical, God used Pastor David Platt to change my entire outlook on the charge God has given His Church to reach this world with the Gospel.
In the video below, Reggie and David discuss the importance of short-term mission trips. If you are a student or the parent of a student, hearing numbers like $680 and $1500 almost immediately eliminate the possibility of your involvement in trips like Collide Mobile.
Please watch and prayerfully consider being a part of what God is doing through the students of North Rock Hill Church.
Yesterday was my oldest daughter’s eighth birthday. That just doesn’t even make sense.
I’ve been a dad for eight years?!?!
Savannah Grace, you’ve been a challenge from the start.
You took the longest to be born.
You walked, talked, ran, jumped, climbed earliest.
You are fearless, curious and imaginative.
You’re talented, intelligent and beautiful.
In a word…you’re incredible.
I’m beyond honored to be your dad.
I love you so very, very much.
I watch the History Channel a lot. It's no surprise for Anita to find me in the living room at midnight watching some old documentary. Odd I suppose but better that than other things.
In 2008 a motion picture by the name Valkyrie brought a little known story about the German Resistance during the tyrannical reign of Adolf Hitler. Today I was watching a presentation on Operation Valkyrie and the stories of countless lives effected by the July 20 plot.
What stood out to me were two interesting details in the aftermath of WWII.
First was the German Resistance Memorial. This memorial can be found in a courtyard of the Bendlerblock. The very place where Colonel Stauffenberg was executed after Operation Valkyrie failed.
The interesting detail is that this is the only place in Berlin where German soldiers who served in World War 2 are honored. The past is a painful scar for Germans, but these men are revered because they could not stand by while millions of innocent people were being murdered. I hope to see this place for myself one day.
Near the end of the documentary a quote was shared by a child of one of Valkyrie men. The quote was from Theodore Heuss. Heuss served as the first President of the Federal Republic of Germany post WWII. He said "This legacy has been given to us, but the task has yet to be completed."
How true this is of us today. This resonated with me in regards to the Church. We have a great history. Men and women for generations have given their lives so others may know the love and grace of God. May we remember that this legacy is a gift of our Savior Jesus. The task is very far from complete.
Remember that guy….
That way too eager kid who thought who knew exactly what to do…
the twenty-something year old…
the one who was convinced you should just let him lead…
who kept pressing and pressing for opportunities…
the guy who only finally listened when his job was on the line…
who failed to filter his blog, twitter or facebook comments…
the one who was bewildered by why he hadn't already been asked to speak…
yep, the "entitled" one…
who would soak up the praise from his adorers…
and flipantly cast off the concern of his authorities…
the guy with something to prove…
with the anger problems…
with the chip on his shoulder…
with the "I'm just being transparent" excuse…
sorry about that.
He's an idiot and I'm trying desperately to do away with him.
You were right, he was wrong.
My life up to this point has been filled with a myriad of different people. Despite what voice they choose to proclaim in my life, they have all done the exact same thing…
they keep me going.
Those who doubt, you challenge me.
Those who believe, you humble me.
Those who hate, you fuel me.
Those who follow, you strengthen me.
Those who lead, you inspire me.
My friends, you uphold me.
Those I've disappointed, you remind me.
My enemies, you entertain me.
My family, you renew me.
My Lord, you gave life to me.
Just felt like celebrating the path I've walked and dream about the path ahead. I'm a blessed man.