Saturday, May 31, 2008

College Basketball and Christianity

The other night I got to play basketball. I haven't been able to play ball for some time now and I've been antsy to get out and do something active.

It reminded me that the Christian life is fun. It's hard too-- don't get me wrong-- but the fact that something is hard does not take away its "fun-ness".

The reason I was reminded of that is because I thought back to my first two years of college. Our basketball coach was insanely hard. I've never done anything harder in my entire life. But guess what? Those two years were probably the most fun I in with collegiate basketball experience. What made it fun? The people around me.

I think the Christian life is similar. There's something special about a group of likeminded people working hard together day in and day out for a cause. As believers, that's what we're doing! We are working through sin issues, fighting through addictions, overcoming adversity, practicing holiness. And even though we fail every day, we ARE IN IT TOGETHER! We bear each other's burdens. We pick each other up. We encourage and admonish and assist each other. We don't take ourselves too seriously because we're dead men! We laugh and whistle and tease because we are filled with the love God has filled us with.

It's a great thing to remember. It's much better than trying to do it alone, which many of us try to do quite often. We're not in this alone. Lean on me.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Thoughts of an Inexperienced Youth Pastor Pt. 2

I love my job.
And here's a brief description of what I'm doing.
I'm working with fun people doing fun things all in an effort to bring people closer to the Lord Jesus Christ.
I am blessed. I have a part in music ministry, which I love doing. I get to work with high school aged kids and I love doing that too.
And, if you are reading this, say "Lord, Help Eric's Ministry!"
Ha! Just by writing that I tricked you into praying for me.
But seriously, I appreciate your prayers.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Thoughts of an Inexperienced Youth Pastor

As I begin this new career, I have such a mixture of feelings. I am so excited to get started and to be in the midst of it and go through it all. I also have a small feeling of inadequacy. Of course, the thought that I am inadequate isn't exactly wrong. The fact is that I am inadequate. To do this kind of work, there is nothing in me that I can apply to this youth group to change it. There is nothing I can do to grow individuals closer to the Lord. And because of this my inadequacy actually comforts me, because I know that God is going to do all the work. I just have to be faithful and obedient, and God will work through that.

It's something that I think I am always going to have to remember-- that God is working. Maybe I can't see it or feel it or even sense it, but if the Word is being preached (pray that I preach it accurately!) then the Holy Spirit will use it. I can't wait to get started because I know I am going to see God do some incredible things in me and to my new home church in Fallbrook.

As my momma always said, God is faithful! He is going to do his work on this earth, and the sweet thing is that he lets us take part in it!