Taz is a young man who blew into our community about a year ago. His past is a rough one and he openly confesses … “I’ve probably done more harm to people than good.”
Thankfully, some kind folks I do church with, saw value in Taz and reached out to him not long after he got to town. They were willing to simply be his friend. We have helped him find furniture for his house, a couple of part time jobs, groceries when his refrigerator would get empty and gave him a ride to church when he wanted.
Recently, my buddy Randy, picked Taz up and invited him to go help work on our Augment House (a house we’re restoring in Childress to give away to a needy family). After about an hour of working on the Augment House and processing everything, Taz looks over and says in his slang the following four sentences …
“I’ve done good for nobody in my life. I grew up in gangs and all we did was do bad on folks. I want to be in y’alls gang. Y’all do good for folk and I likes that.”
How cool is that! It was a simple reminder that you and I can still be a positive influence in the lives of others.
Maybe this would be a good time to ask … “Who are you being a positive influence on in your life?”
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.
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Here are my thoughts about marriage, family, raising children, humor, faith and the life God intended for us all. I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast.
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