breakdown for the remainder of the best week ever

Ok, ok – the best week ever always seem to turn out to be one of the worst.  At least, towards how I feel.  Unlike normal (which is meaning that I don’t really get sick), I feel as if I might be getting a fever or something.  Oh well, I am going to ignore it like I always do.  If I do have a fever, I rather not know about it, because then I will be conscious of it, and make myself “feel” sick.  Ignorance is bliss, eh? 

Anyways, this week has been really good so far, but as the weekend approaches, there are a lot of things going to happen.  Let me break it down for you: 
Thursday
coffee with Jeff (last minute add but still awesome nonetheless)
getting worship media items
guitar lessons (loving it because only 2 today)
neighborhood watch meeting (the potential is staggering)
LOST (wow – climax of the week – if you haven’t found out, there is an 8 minute 15 second recap for free on iTunes. – free

Friday
sleeping in
guitar lessons (still adding students so not exactly sure how many on Friday)
Poker night (kablamo – that is what will happen to other people’s plans – they will get blown up by my mad skills)
Also, I will likely rewatch LOST with Will and some “others”. 

Saturday
Small group (potentially 18 people might be here – including kids)
Cloverfield spoof (yep, our church is doing a Cloverfield spoof to promote an upcoming series – if you can make it, come on)
sleep
rehearsing with the Chris for the gathering on Sunday

Sunday
doing our first setup with sound and media (pray for things to go smoothly)
2nd preview service (don’t know what to expect – God is good, what else matters)

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best week ever

“What do you do with the pieces of a broken heart?
And how can a man like me remain in the light?”
 – M. Ward (from his song – Chinese Translation)

I like these lyrics.  I don’t know why actually.  Oh well who cares.

I have been getting a lot of good insights from other bloggers.  It has sparked me to be more creative in my walk with God. 

So, this week is eventful and exciting. 
Let’s see, here are some of the things on the horizon for me:
Preview Service #2
Creative meeting – planning out the year for the church as far as vision and direction goes
Neighborhood Watch Meeting – excited because I can potentially meet hundreds of Fork residents
More guitar lessons are added to my roster – enjoying and also, financial goodness
February – yay for the shortest month of the year – this year the 2nd month gets bigger because of leaping
Super Bowl – or as I call it, the Patriots viciously beating the Giants
Poker Night – or as I call it, Jason destroying all other competitors
Small Group – this is exciting because if all can make it, we could have 18 people out, including kids
and finally, LOST starts back again – no other words can be said for this one. 

Dang, this will be the best week ever. 

tired of sitting

Ok, ok.  I am fascinated by how much God is calling me to do in my life.  It is sparking me to a determination to serve and give of my life.  I am simply not capable of resisting this call anymore. 

Disgusted by the laziness that stirs in my soul, I am going to relinquish and throw off the desire to sit in a chair and not stand for something.  I am going to stand for my King.  Stand for His church (tangent time – God hit me with a great thought the other day – the Patio is His church, not mine – this is something I don’t think about enough). 

Paul says, “I am not ashamed of the gospel.”  I am praying that at the moment.  I am praying that for my life.  I am not ashamed so I will go to the far reaches of the world.  Or better, I will stay where I am at until everyone I know comes alive through Christ in God.  I will work my tail off until the vision that God has given us becomes a reality. 

One thing that sparked this encouragement to work my tail off was a new church just starting.  Watch their intro, I hope it gives you chills just as it gave me: 
www.storytellerchurch.com

They simply made a video that fit their culture.  What can we do, what can you do, to hit our culture in the middle of the eyes with something creative, relevant, life-altering that will push them to a decision for God and His church? 

books

I have been in a chaotic state over the past 2 weeks.  Chaotic in the realm of time management, stress, as well as spirituality.  I have been at a place of discovering new things.  The newness of the house, the new job, etc.. It is great but trying. 

And I believe that God is bringing about a change in my life unlike anything that I have ever experienced.  I just want to say that I am ready and willing to go out now. 

I want to update on some books that I am currently reading: 
Starving Jesus by Craig Gross and J.R. Mohan.  – Awesome book about getting off the pews and into the world. 
The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs. – This book is by a guy who once read the encyclopedia for a year and tried to discover things in it that most don’t even know.  He tried to live out the encyclopedia.  This book is the journey of him doing the same for the bible.  Amazing things happen to him over this time. 

Two books that are shaping me in new ways.  These books are helping me to thinking more critically of my faith and how or why I live it the way I do. 

things on the horizon

Ok, I just want to say we are back. 

The “we” I am referring to is the leadership team of the Patio.  We are back together again.  We had a meeting/hangout time tonight.  And I must say, that it was a great time of conversing.  A lot of ideas were sparked my way.  I believe that it was a time of encouragement and creativity.  I have a lot of thinking to do over the next few weeks and I am glad to be spending time with other people who are excited about bringing out new things in our church.  We, as a church and as cultivators of discipleship in Reedy Fork, have great things on the horizon.  I trust and I am praying that God will continue to blow our minds with the things that He is going to do. 

thinking more

I am realizing more and more how much I need to think about what I do.  Most days, I go about without even thinking or planning out what my day should consist of. 

All this thought has been stemmed from writing out a job description for myself.  I have been given the task of figuring out who I am and what I can contribute to the team.  What makes me a benefit to the Patio team – is basically what I am coming up with.  And man, I must say, there is not much.  It is such a blessing to be a part of a team that can use you no matter what or where you are in life. 

That said, I am excited about this week.  I have been enjoying the guitar lessons that I have and I have also enjoyed getting more this past week. 

Well, my advice for each of you is to come up with ways that you can think or dream about what you feel God is calling you to do.  Good day. 

words from jonah

Ok, so I went to this worship thing the other day and didn’t really enjoy it too much.  I thought that it was kind of boring and irrelevant as well as quite long.  I don’t know if my heart was in the wrong place or whether or not it was the event or just me.  Either way, I got something out of it that changed me to the core. 

So regardless, the speaker brought up a good verse that hit me to the core.  In Jonah 2:8, it says, “Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.”  Man, oh man, it hit me hard.  I almost started crying as soon as he mentioned it. I don’t understand really why it affected me so much but it did. 

It made me think about how I seek after things that please me rather than things that force me to seek after God.  I wish I could say that in all my life, I seek God.  But most of the time, I am seeking my own pleasures.  So my prayer is to please God in all that I do.  My prayer is to go after God with all that I am. 

Meditate on this verse over the next few days:  “Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.”