Sawyer and his new friend ... from last year's trip.
Want to step out in your faith and do something that will challenge you in every way? Want to go experience an amazing opportunity to serve? Want to go love on some beautiful people?
I will be going back to Honduras this December, and I’d like to invite you to come with me. Here’s the information…
DATES: December 6th – 12th
COST: $1500 (covers everything but a few lunches)
PEOPLE: I have room for 25 to go on this trip.
Tuesday – Travel Day
Wednesday – Jesus Banquet at the Dump
Thursday – Service project at the Casa de Esperanza
Friday – Market to purchase food and deliver it to Buen Samaritano community (like this).
Saturday – House Building
Sunday – House Building
Monday – Travel Home
On Wednesday we’ll be taking part in what is called the Jesus Banquet. It’s a banquet where we serve a meal to the poorest of the poor from the Tegucigalpa dump. We’ll set up tables and serve people a plate of some of the best food in Honduras. The idea came from Jesus when he said … “When you give a banquet, don’t invite your friends, brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors … but when you give a banquet invite the poor, the lame, the crippled and the blind, and you will be blessed.”
If you’re interested in going, or want more information … feel free to contact me at my email address. Here’s a video from a past trip…
“Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding…”~Proverbs 3:13
Life is about learning. Learning from mistakes, victories and others makes me a wiser and stronger person. I’m always trying to learn things from everyday events. Little lessons hidden among daily events and activities. Some of the things I learn are beneficial and others are not. But as I see it … as long as I’m learning, I’m growing. So here are the things I’ve learned this week …
I learned that the second best job in the world would have to be that of an “official ice cream taster. ” I was asked this past week to be the judge of a homemade ice cream contest. Yip, you read that right. I still get chills just thinking about it. And get this, when I finished … they thanked me for helping them. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I should have had to pay them to get this job. Oh, I know you noticed that I said, “second best job in the world” because the VERY best job would have to be “official bacon taster.”
I learned that sometimes the best compliments are the ones that were never meant as compliments. Yesterday I preached a lesson on a very TOUGH subject. I dreaded it, fretted over it, didn’t want to do it … but knew it had to be said. It was one of those lessons that I didn’t want to preach and I knew they wouldn’t want to hear … but it still needed to be said. When it was over, I had the standard comments like “Nice sermon,” and “You stepped on my toes,” and “That touched my heart.” I’m always thankful for feedback on things I preach, but when it came to this really tough sermon, the best two comments yesterday were, “I just want you to know I didn’t like that one bit.” I smiled and replied, “Thank you. You obviously got the point because you weren’t supposed to like it at all.” The other one was a first in my books, “Dude, you really kicked me in the crotch this morning.” I laughing about that one. BTW: To my church family … please come back next week. I promise no more sermons like that … for a while.
I learned that it’s best to let the kids have their own lingo. I try hard to stay current with the words, music and movies that my children are tuned into. Lately my 15 year old, Connor, has been using the word, “Sick,” in reference to something he REALLY likes. For example, he was at Six Flags this past week and said, “Dad, the new roller coaster is SICK!” Translation, “Dad. the new roller coaster is AWESOME!” I thought I’d mastered the word so I tried it out on Lea and told her, “Hey babe, your outfit looks really SICK today.” For some reason it didn’t sound as “cool” as when Connor says it. I think I’ll let him keep his own word.
Wednesday I’ll give you all the details on the Jesus Banquet and the trip to Honduras this December. I’d love to have you go with me.
“I’m finding it hard to squeeze some quiet time with God into my daily schedule.” Grrr, if I had a nickel for every time I heard someone say the previous statement, I’d put all that money in a bag and whack them over the head with it.
Let me just simply say that if you can’t find even a little bit of quiet time for God each day, then it’s time to give your ‘to-do’ list a major overhaul. Hitting the ground running each day is not spiritually healthy. You have got to take some time to just be still.
Busyness is the arch-enemy of spiritual growth … AND if Satan can’t get you to give in to sin, he’ll be content with keeping you really busy.
So if you’ve acquired the unfortunate habit of trying to “squeeze” God into the corners of your life, today is a good day to reshuffle the items on your priority list.
I still remember it like it was yesterday. The music went from loud to soft, the lights were dimmed and the disco ball in the middle of the room made little colored lights dance on the skating-rink floor. It was then that the DJ said, “Alright it’s couple skate time, and girls, it’s your choice.” That meant this time the girls were the ones who asked the guys to skate with them. Girl’s choice for couples skating was the one time of the night that every young teenage boy waited for … including me.
I always knew that brown-eyed girl named Lea was cute, but I didn’t know she was smart too … until she skated over to me, took my hand and said, “Wanna skate?” I immediately got BIG butterflies in my stomach. My heart felt like it was going to beat out of my chest as we skated together to some random Bee Gee’s love song. I remember thinking as we held hands, “She has GOT to be the girl for me … because our hands are sweating so much.” In my head I begged for the song not to end, but it did. That was one of the places that love began for a couple of young kids.
The skating rink was the big hang out for us when we were teens, and so it was a big part of the memories that we have of “falling in love.”
A few years back I thought, “What could I do to surprise Lea for our anniversary?” So I called that old rink where we used to skate, which had been turned into a day care for kids. I told the man on the other end of the phone that my anniversary was coming up, and I was hoping to surprise my wife with a few circles on the old skating rink where we’d fallen in love. He told me he still had some old skates and the stereo system still worked, “Why not?” he said. We set a time to be there, and I told him I’d bring the music. Lea was a little confused when I told her I was taking her out for our anniversary, and she needed to bring a pair of socks. She was surprised when we showed up at the skating rink. I handed the nice man a CD that I’d burned as we laced up our skates. He turned the lights down low and we spent the next 20 minutes skating by ourselves to songs from our past.
She held my hand as we made slow circles around the rink skating to some old Bee Gee’s love song. I knew she was still the girl for me, because our hands were sweating so much. In my head I was hoping that those 20 minutes would have lasted a bit longer. When we left, I thanked the man and tried to pay him. He wouldn’t take my money.
The “old days” of falling in love are on my mind because today we celebrate our 23rd anniversary. What’s amazing is after twenty-three years and four children later … that little brown-eyed girl still gives me butterflies. And if we hold hands … yep, they’ll still sweat because there’s no doubting it … we’re in love.
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