Chasing Geese

I heard them squawking from far in the distance, then looked up to see two Canada Geese flapping across the sky at dusk. They might have been a couple, but if I didn't know better I'd say one was chasing the other. 


They were floating in a nearby pond, having a lazy evening when the one goose said, "look at that, a dolphin in the pond," and pointed down to the water with his beak. When the other goose fell for the fake out and looked closer, the trickster lifted out of the water and stood right on top of the other, submerging her in the mucky pond-water. Then he flapped his hardest to get a head start! As they flew across the sky just above the trees, one was yelling, "get back here, you jerk!" And the other was laughing so hard he could hardly stay in the air. Their going to lay their eggs soon. Those ducklings have a silly daddy. 

 

Prologue

Inspired by the book Ideas Are All Around, I see stories in everything now. 

Like, the girl who puts her shoes on the wrong feet every single time. She doesn't seem to care, she is asked to get her shoes on, so she does.

Why worry about the details of which shoe goes on which foot? Just go. 

She should get things right before she moves forward. But to her, moving forward is the right thing to do, regardless of where your shoes are. 

I'm going to write a bunch of short stories, some will be good, others will be terrible. It may not work but at least I've got my shoes on and I'm moving forward. 

 

God Loves you...like, seriously...YOU.

God Loves you...like, seriously...YOU.

Throughout the story all that we see is a continual emergence of God within the worst moments of our lives. War, famine, slavery, idolatry, abandonment, abuse, greed, gluttony, and the presidential campaign of 2016...believe it or not, God is still with us. 

I'm beginning to understand that God doesn't love me despite who I am,

he loves me because of who I am!

A Renovation

A Renovation

Do you know anybody that has a renovation project in their house that hasn't been completed? It just sits there half-finished, or it's being worked on one little bit at a time.  I completely understand why DIY projects don't get completed.  When you've done the fun part of tearing everything apart, you're then faced with reality of the amount of work ahead of you. 

Looking ahead at the amount of work it will take to reach the goal can either motivate you or paralyze you. 

Pick up your staff

Pick up your staff

The thing I'm most passionate about is being in front of people and inspiring change through public speaking - it's what I'm made to do, it is what's in my hand.  

So I'm sitting here, trying to figure out how to turn this passion into a project and I just want to quit. I want to stop. I want to shut this all down and find a steady-paycheck-job.  Why?

Because I'm just so afraid.

You, be you.

You, be you.

The best thing you can do as a Youth Worker is to understand what is in your hand and focus on growing and leading well in that area.

Moses was a shepherd, that's why he had a staff in his hand, that's why when he asked about how he was going to do what God wanted the response was, "WHAT'S IN YOUR HAND?"  In other words, "MOSES! Don't you know who you are and what you're made to do?"  

This Changes Everything

This Changes Everything

When you decided to get married you did it because you couldn't hold back this romantic love you had for this woman.  Then you got married and you thought this was about meeting your needs, like she was supposed to fill all the gaps you had in your own life.  Then you became responsible to care for another human being that was completely helpless without you and your wife.  

And you're (only) 22 years old!

You can't spell Adventure without "ADVENT" - Hope

You can't spell Adventure without "ADVENT" - Hope

Hope is like a balloon, we blow it up more and more and more and more, with each breath the tension grows a little greater with expectation, more and more and more.  We hope for better lives, better jobs, good schools, a great marriage, safe lives for our kids, we hope for crime to stop and violence to disappear, we hope for something better - another way.  Then,