I got to spend this past weekend at NYWC (National Youth Workers Conference).
IT WAS AWESOME.
Basically it’s a bunch of Youth Workers from all over the country getting together in one place to worship God, encourage each other, and hear some fantastic speakers (Mark Batterson, Rachel Held Evans, Bob Goff, Shane Claiborne, and Pete Wilson all spoke). It is always great to hear about what God is doing in His church and praying about what He will do. It was such a blessing to get to worship with people from all over the place who have such a heart for both Christ and teenagers.
Here are some of the quotes from the weekend that I was quick enough to write down:
“We want more revelation, God wants more obedience.” -Mark Batterson
“GET OFF YO’ BUTT! GO CHANGE THE WORLD!!!” -Harvey Carey
“We (Christians) want to be known by what we’re for, not what we’re against.” -Rachel Held Evans
“Want to know your calling? Do less of what you stink at.” -Bob Goff
“Jesus didn’t hold everyone accountable, He held them close.” -Bob Goff
“God doesn’t pass us notes, He passes us people.” -Bob Goff
“If we keep telling people that they’re thirsty when they’re not, they won’t know where to go when they are.” -Bob Goff
As you can probably tell, I really wrote down a lot of what Bob Goff said. #LoveDoes #AMEN
I left the convention center on Sunday feeling renewed and energized in Christ Jesus. God is so good! And He’s got me. I pray that I will never lose sight of that fact. One of the great things about being a follower of Christ is that I get to wake up every morning knowing that what happened yesterday doesn’t matter, that God has got today under control, and that tomorrow can worry about itself.
“WE ARE YOUR CHURCH, WE PRAY REVIVE THIS EARTH!” -Rend Collective Experiment
TAKE IT EASY!
P.S.: If you want to see some serious white boy dancing, check out the link at the bottom. This is me prior to the final session on Sunday afternoon. Video Creds go to my dude Devin Clark (@DevPClark on that twitter).
My Original Blog
Well, I finally was able to access my first blog “Real Talk.” I posted a whopping two posts on that bad boy when I was 18. You can check it out, it really doesn’t show much personality or wit, or really anything worth reading. If curiosity kills the cat, go take a look.
“When you sow your wild oats, you hope for a crop failure.”
I was just going through my really old tweets and came across this. My Grandma said this on May 9th, 2012. The more I think about it, the more I know she is right.
Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in endless praise
Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.
Take my voice and let me sing,
Always, only for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.
Take my silver and my gold,
Not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
Every pow’r as Thou shalt choose.
Take my will and make it Thine,
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own,
It shall be Thy royal throne.
Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee.
An old hymn that just came to my mind tonight. “Take My Life and Let it Be.”
I consider myself a creative person.
There really is something about creating something that is from my own thoughts and imagination that I find to be incredible.
That’s why I love to write.
For me, writing is how I express myself. My thoughts flowing from my head through my hands and down onto a piece of paper or onto a screen pumps me up. Reading something that is completely mine, that came from my own head, is so cool whether anyone ever reads it or not. Taking a blank sheet or screen and filling it up with whatever I want gets me excited. There really is something beautiful about being able to take something that has absolutely no prompt, no expectations, no grade coming in the future, and do whatever I want to do with it. Having complete control over the outcome of something gives me comfort. I am the only person who can make it awesome or can screw it all up, and I know that going in. It’s exciting, plus if I do screw up, nobody will ever find out, and I can start over or throw it out. It doesn’t matter. It’s mine, and I like it like that.
I don’t want to give anyone else the pen (or the keyboard).
Isn’t that the problem with God sometimes?
God wants the pen. He wants to write our story.
We come before God with a lot of stuff already written on the page of our life. Stuff we’re not always proud of. Stuff that keeps showing up. Stuff that is holding back the story that we are trying to write. The beautiful thing is that God doesn’t care. God can crumple up that piece of paper and start over. It’s God’s story after all. We are all God’s creation. He created us. We are in His image. We are God’s paper, and when we let Him, He is going to write some awesome stories with us. We are a blank sheet before God, and He can do whatever He wants with us, we just have to surrender the pen.
Let’s let Him write our stories, and some crazy awesome stories they will be.
God is Good!