A Drink with Jesus

This link will take you to the redemption stories of some of the people that God has called to his own…my story is in there as well…

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5 Things I’ve learned from 5 year olds.

Me, I’m a teacher. I love it and hate it all at the same time. I pray for a heart that revolves around Jesus and for an attitude that radiates Jesus while at work. I teach 5 yr olds, I have breakfast with them, I sometimes have lunch with them but I ALWAYS have issues with them. Through out the day the relationship that the 5 year olds and myself as the teacher have ends up being parallel to the relationship that was given to me by Jesus with Jesus. Here is what I’ve learned about myself.

1. Constant redirecting

“Focus” Telling a student to focus is a constant in my life. Then I am reminded of how many times I have lost focus on Jesus. How often does the Lord have to tell us to “Focus”? (Matthew 14:30 Peter lost focus of Jesus)

2. Dependence

The dependency of a student in kindergarten to their teacher is immense! From working around a computer to the unbuttoning of the pants. Oh! The dependency to our Savior is much greater! We were dead in our transgressions but Jesus saved us from sin! We are dependent on Jesus because we can’t do it ourselves! (Galatians 2:20 we depend on Jesus and his finished work on the Cross)

3. Patience

One of the qualifications to teaching kindergarten should be “Tremendous Patience”. Every time I have to excercise patience (and I often don’t) I stop to think of the tremendous amount of patience that the Lord has for me! I mess up all the time, I drop the syrup in the morning, I break computers, I forget where I need to go and what I need to do ALL THE TIME! I am reminded of how much patience I lack, and how much patience He has…and I am thankful. (Mark 4:40 “have you STILL no faith?”…patience)

4. Joy

As a 5-year-old you don’t have much to worry about. You don’t sit and worry about what you will wear the next day, what you will do, where you will go…you pretty much just do. You are as joyful as they come, whether it is from talking to an imaginary friend or from getting a sticker. I learned that I am nowhere near as joyful as they are, and I miss it. I have so much to be thankful for, so much to be joyful for because of Jesus and his good gifts and I miss the picture…BE JOYFUL…(James 1:2…PURE JOY)

5. Love

No matter what the situation they know how to love. They hug you, they give you high fives, they miss you when you are out. They know how to love. So, I ask myself…”Do you love in such a way”?…I don’t…Father teach me to love the way a 5-year-old does. (Mark 12:31 “…You shall love your neighbor as yourself”)

All in all, my students have taught me more than I could ever teach them…

are you being taught?

3 Things the Gospel is Not

Working through much junk of what we have been taught the Gospel is, I was made sick to my stomach. The Gospel that is being shared in America today is NOT Gospel. Health, Wealth and Prosperity is not what the Gospel is. It is not a new car in my driveway, it’s not a “rub the lamp to have the genie make your wishes come true” theology.

The Gospel is not your story.
It is the Gospel that MAKES your story good news. Your story DOESN’T make the Gospel good news. So, stop sharing your story as gospel and start sharing the Gospel in your story.

-The Gospel is not the flavor of the week.
You don’t go into a Gospel driven church and ask for what tastes good this week! It is NOT an ice cream shop. Gospel is forever and Gospel is truth and truth offends. Stop asking for the palatable and pray for the transformation that the gospel brings.

-The Gospel is not selfish.
“hide it under a bush oh no! I’m gonna let it shine.” Truth spoken by a childhood song! Stop hiding the gospel in your life and share what has been freely given to you! do you light your lamp and cover the light? Or, does the light light up your room?

The Gospel is The Father sending his son Jesus to a fallen world (because of sin). Jesus taking off his kingly robes to wear the garments of a servant. Be born of a virgin, grow in wisdom and in stature (Luke 2:52) not counting equality with God something to be grasped (Philippians 2:6), lived a sinless life for 33 years, and was murdered on the cross by people he created in order that we may taste freedom through his completed work on the cross! That is why we live, that is why we breathe, that is why we get to be a part of his story…he is the Hero we were all waiting for!
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2nd Corinthians 5:21

I am not a Blogger

So, first off…I am not a blogger. I have never blogged in my life (is blogged a term?) I really enjoy writing and I really enjoy being able to think through thoughts while writing. At one point I was writing and sending out encouraging emails and such and it was recommended to me that I start a blog. This was about a year and a half ago. So, here I am. Lets see how this goes.