Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Do You Remember?

It makes total sense that Jesus told the disciples to have communion as often as they want to but to do it in remembrance of Him. Because we forget! I was reminded of this yesterday. I got a call from a guy I literally haven't spoken to in almost 3 years. 3 years ago we were the two tattooed, rough around the edge guys that went on a missions trip to NYC. I was not expecting my life to be changed by going to NYC for a week, but that is where God grabbed me and put a passion in me like no other. The same with my friend. He was calling me from NY where he was running a kitchen at a Christian day camp. He said he was able to see 43 kids come to the Lord last month and just went on and on about how God had been working in and through his life since we last saw each other in NY. I was so full of joy to hear everything that God had done with him. I never knew I would be where I am now either and I was forced to remember yesterday.

I remember the wild, drunken, selfish man I was before Christ saved me from my stupor. I started going back to church and attending Sunday school, I finally started making Christian friends, but nothing really changed I still had my life and my dream and goals. I went to NYC for one week. There in the concrete jungle God changed me. I saw people in a city of 20 mil that had never heard of Jesus. How is that even possible, it is heartbreaking really. I saw homeless men say they live in the shadows and aren't even a part of society, they were so broken. I left NYC changed. When I got back to Jacksonville, I started speaking in the Sunday school class. Then I was given the opportunity along side another friend to help lead. So here I am leading a ministry of college students. I started bible study of 4 outcast of the typical "church" kid. That bible study turned into a huge weekly gathering where social barriers were replaced with a love for Jesus. We met at my apartment, then outgrew that and started meeting in the Southeastern Burrito Company, outgrew that, then we started meeting at Panera. They still meet, every Wed at Panera and are running 23 people weekly! I started having this deep aching feeling for people who did not know Jesus. I had this feeling that there was something more to my faith than just going to church and doing church things. My pastor asked me to move to Indianapolis to help with a church plant.

Here I am in Indianapolis writing about my journey from boy to man. I am enrolled in a bible college, am discipling 2 guys from totally different walks of life, know homeless men by name, and am a vital part of a church leadership team. God has done so much and too much for me to fit into a decently sized blog (otherwise you would be reading for days).

I remember! In remembering what Jesus has done with me, how He has changed my life, I smile and must give Him praise! What is He doing with you, what has He done?


Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Sad Reality

Yesterday after work I went up to Starbucks to get some reading done and grabbed some coffee. I’m sitting there by the window and see Dave walk by. Who is Dave? Dave is the homeless man who walks up and down Mass Ave. That is his area. He is a very polite gentleman. I know him by name and talk to him every chance I get. He is very ill though, I’m not sure from what, but over the last 3-4 months I have watched him lose an unhealthy amount of weight and now he looks like a skin covered skeleton. Dave wouldn’t hurt a fly and he is not aggressive in asking for money or anything at all. So Dave is walking by and I see a young man give him a dollar, apparently so did the Starbucks worker. Dave walks in to Starbucks and gets to the counter only to be told, “I saw you ask for that dollar from that guy, I won’t sell you any coffee!” Outrageous! So I get up go outside and tell Dave I saw what happened, tell him to keep his dollar and walk inside and buy him a large cup of coffee. I walk right outside and hand it to him. It is a sad reality that Dave or men and women in his state are looked at as less than human. We won’t even sell them coffee…

As Christians we live by a different creed though, Jesus says to love your God with all your heart and with all your soul and love your neighbor as yourself (Matt 22:37-40).

How do you love your neighbor as yourself? What does this mean to you?

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Prayer Needed!

Hey guys, I'm applying for the Indianapolis Fire Department. I have an interview on August 5. Last year God did not allow me to get past this point. I have grown alot of the last year and my desire is to still become a fire fighter. My greatest desire is to do His will though. So please pray with me that His will is that I may become a firefighter for this great city. Any prayers are appreciated. There is power in prayer and I know God will answer. I just pray the answer is that firefighting is in His will for me, however, if not I am content to serve the Lord in my currecnt state. Being a firefighter would be totally rad though!

I'm a Big!

So I am a Big now. I am signed up as a mentor in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana. I am very passionate about mentoring children, well, because they are the future, so we need to make sure we are investing in the future. His name is Ramero. His nickname is Tank. He is 7 and full of energy, ideas, and a lot of random thoughts he loves to express. We met last Monday for the first time. Immediately, he sat close to me and would just rest his hand on my leg. He ran to his room to give me a hockey puck he caught in a game that he wanted me to have. He was so excited to have a Big Brother. Wed after my last doctors appointment on my ankle (by the way I am all good, I just have to be careful and wear a brace for the rest of my athletic life) I picked him up and brought him downtown. We played soccer, ate hot dogs for lunch, and then had some ice cream. He is so competitive; we basically had a race to see who could finish their hot dog or ice cream first. Of course I won because I have a huge mouth and even bigger appetite, but I did let him win a soccer game. Saturday we went bowling. It was his first time bowling and he scored an 88! Pretty impressive, he is very athletic, by the second game he had already figured out how to keep his wrist straight and get strikes. Sunday I took him to church with me, and then we went to a Big Brothers Big Sisters corporate BBQ, and finally watched a movie before taking him back home. He is a great kid and I am so excited that God is allowing me to pour into someone's life. Check out the picture.