I like dreaming, goal setting and making resolutions. I like having something to shoot for because as the old saying goes, “If you aim for nothing, you’ll hit it every time.”
So as I head into 2014, I’m setting a two goals, or resolutions that feel simultaneously easy to hit and very challenging.
In 2014 I resolve to be faithful and faith-filled.
- I will strive to live in the truth that God isn’t impressed with accomplishments and busyness; that what he simply wants is my faithfulness in all areas of life and ministry. He isn’t worried about how many students signed up for winter retreat or whether or not I went to the gym three times per week. But he is concerned about my faithfulness to my wife, my family, my friends, my ministry calling and my relationship with the Father. In 2014 I resolve to be more concerned about the things that concern him.
- I will expect students to come to faith in Jesus, I will expect adults to join our team and I will expect God to meet my family’s needs. In short, I will strive to live a life of expectancy; one that assumes God’s active presence in every area of my life, instead of being surprised when it happens!
** Five-word reviews of movies I’ve recently seen:
- Out of The Furnace: Heavy drama about family loyalty.
- American Hustle: Lived up to the hype.
- Frozen: Fun. Snowman was best part.
- Anchorman 2: Funny. Too crude for PG13.
- Saving Mr. Banks: Not what I expected. Enjoyable.
- Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas: Joking! Would never see it.
** Christmas Highlights:
- I recently learned that one of my best friends from Junior High lives 5 minutes from my in-laws so on Christmas afternoon I snuck away for 90 minutes to reconnect. The best part was when he busted out an old photo album from our Pop Warner football days!
- For the 8th year in a row, we left the morning after Christmas to camp and ride dirt bikes in the dessert. Instead of camp, I should probably say “glamp” due to the fact that a gracious family in our church gives us an incredible rental rate on 150K RV that is about the size of our first apartment…and way, way nicer.
** Hot Tip: “Youth Worker Discounts” membership
A buddy of mine is helping launch a fantastic new ministry called “Youth Worker Discounts” (Should launch by early February). Here’s the basics:
A $20 annual membership fee does TWO things:
1) Provides the Youth Worker Discounts member (that’s you!) with thousands of discounts nationwide on hotels, restaurants, movie tickets, youth ministry resources, etc.
2) Provides $10 of free youth ministry resources to small, urban, rural and under-funded youth groups around the country! You heard that right, $10 of your $20 annual membership goes directly toward providing resources for other youth groups! Stay tuned, because this should be pretty exciting.
** I’m jumping out of an airplane on Monday. Said I never would, but I am.