So Thanksgiving was good.  It was good to be with family, eat tons of awesome food, and take a break from reality.

Spent a lot of time 0n the road and that is a lot of time to think.  I really believe that December is going to be make or break for Uth Force.  It is time to take the gloves off and come out swinging.  Time to take this ride to the next level.  The break has been nice but students are still going to hell and it is time to do something about it!

December is going to be a record setting month!

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Sunday, November 30, 2008 Posted in | | 0 Comments »

Had a great Thanksgiving week.

Ate way too much Thursday and Friday

Really missed having a Youth Service Wednesday night.  It was nice to have a break but I missed Uth Force.

Fried a couple of turkeys this week.  That is one of my favorite things to do.

It is officially the Christmas Season.  I refused to listen to Christmas music, watch Christmas movies, drink a peppermint mocha from Starbucks, or do anything else associated with Christmas until after I saw Santa Claus in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Spent a lot of time on the road the last couple of days.  I am ready to be home and return to my routine.

Had a Thanksgiving meal with my Pastor and his family this week.  Good food and lots of laugh.

I am speaking in the morning.  Very excited and very nervous as well.

Have you heard about all the violence that happened Friday for a deal at some stores.  Are you kidding me?  People please.  Can we get anymore greedy?

Going to be one of the craziest weeks of my life!

Hope you are having an awesome weekend!

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Saturday, November 29, 2008 Posted in | | 0 Comments »

I want to introduce you to some of my close friends.  They not only encourage me and love me, but they also inspire and challenge me.  Let me introduce you to some awesome blogs.

Justin - this dude is one of the greatest thinkers of our times.  The way God speaks to him is really awesome. I look forward to his blogs every week.

Chris - my best friend for over 10 years.  The most creative and smartest guys I have ever met.  Please ask him to blog more.  We need what is locked up inside of his brain.

Stephanie - her passion is contagious.  I can not wait to see what God uses her to do.  She is already changing her world.

Barbara - one of the most loving encouraging people that I have ever met.  She knows just what to say and when to say.  Everyone needs a Barbara Graves in their life.

Stacie - probably one of the sharpest young ladies I know.  Keep your eye on her, she will be making a difference.

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I heard a song this morning that was my favorite when I was a teenager. As I listening to the words and reflected on my early teen years, I realized the song was not that great and neither were the words. My mind began to reflect on my teen years and how different life was then. Back then, my goals and aspirations were so different. I was a different person, unashamed of being me, but never really grasping who I was and what I was capable of.

God has begun to use my experience this morning to challenge me with some things. My past is not another world away from my present and my future. Rather, God has started a deep process in me to blend my worlds together and show me the evolution of Paige Gordon. There are dreams and goals that God has planted in me and I am in a growing process. Sure there are days when I feel like God is plucking dead leaves from me, while other days I feel like I have grown 2 feet in one day. No matter what the season looks like, the process continues.

Without even realizing it, I am beginning to live out my first "Remix." There are things from my past that have acted as a catalyst to my present. My prayer is that each day God adds new people, things, and experiences to my life. This "Remix" is going to be better than the original.

As you count your blessings this week, make sure and thank God for all those things in your past that you have forgotten or are ashamed of or you treasure. What does your "Remix" look like? Who are you becoming?

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008 Posted in | | 0 Comments »

I am thankful for the call that God has placed on my life.  I get to work with the generation that is going to change the world and I get paid to do it.  There is a passion in my heart like never before for students.  Uth Force are hands down the best students around, I can not wait to see how they are going to impact the South Atlanta area.

I am thankful for my family.  I have an awesome wife.  She puts up with way more that she has to out of me.  My Dad and Mom are some of the greatest people I know.  I thank God on a regular basis that He gave me the parents that He did.  I am truly blessed with all of my close family from my sister and brother-in-law to my father-in-law and mother-in-law.

I am thankful for my friends.  Seriously, I have the best friends in the world!  There is not a bad day that goes by that I do not get some kind of call or text of encouragement.  My friends are some of the most selfless people I know.

I am thankful for my Pastor and his family.  Pastor Steven is not only a good friend, he is an outstanding Pastor.  I know that he has my back at all times.  There is no way to put a price tag on his support and encouragement.  I can not wait to see what God does through him in this community.

I am thankful for Stockbridge Assembly of God.  I am serving at one of the best churches in the state.  They are truly a light in a dark world, from feeding the hungry to providing a place for for people to find employment and get training.  It is not the perfect church but it is the perfect church for imperfect people. 

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Monday, November 24, 2008 Posted in | | 0 Comments »

1. Best Youth Convention in several years.

2. I am convinced that Uth Force has some of the most awesome students and leaders in the world.

3. I learned that one of the qualifications to be a Papa John's delivery driver is to live in the basement of your mother's house and know klingon .
4. Josh Heirs and his band did a great job with worship. Mark it down, Josh will be a well-known name as a worship leader one day. Great guy with a huge heart for God and for students.

5. I love Christ Chapel's facilities. Having an in-door football field and hockey rink is a Youth Pastor's dream.

6. Great to see and talk to Youth Pastors from all over the state that I do not get a chance to see but a couple of times a year.  So glad to see and hang out with Barbara, Stephanie, and Stacie some too.  I LOVE THOSE PEOPLE!

7. Saturday morning Paige took all of our leaders to Starbucks for some chill time. I really enjoyed my time with the students. We laughed and took pictures before service started, it was really fun. The leaders enjoyed their time away as well.

8. When I woke up Saturday morning our hotel room had a funk lingering in it that would gag a maggot. I had never smelled anything like it.

9. God used something Saturday morning to solidify some thoughts, dreams, and ideas I have for the future. Strap in and hold on, it is going to be a fun ride!

10. I can not believe I get paid to do what I do. Are you serious? This is not a job, it is my life. I could not see me doing anything else. I really do want to be in Youth Ministry for many years to come.

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We are in Macon this weekend for Youth Convention

Was in an awesome service last night.  Saw a ton a students passionate for the presence of God.

I am convinced that I am the luckiest Youth Pastor in the world.  Our students rock and we have the best leaders anywhere.

This week was a blur.

Thursday I went from Stockbridge to Gainesville and back.  Then Stockbridge to Macon and back.  It was a long day.

I am so ready Thanksgivng.

Frying some turkeys this week.  One of my favorite things to do.

December is going to be awesome!  The Unbelievable Series and Blizzard is going to rock.

After we drop students off this afternoon I got to run back up to Gainesville to drop off inflatables.

Our room has a FUNK in it this morning.  Are you kidding me?  Can boys really smell this bad?

Do not have much to talk about today.  Kinda in zombie mode.

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That not all people express their love and care the same way. I need to give them the space to be different than me.

Passion should never over ride the plan. When you hear God speak and lay out a plan, STICK WITH THE PLAN! Do not get ahead of yourself or God.

If I want Uth Force to go to the next level then I have to be willing to go to the next level first. I have to pay the price spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I can not lead where I have not first been.

I can not be scared of taking hits. No matter how hard I have been hit in the past, no matter how many times my clock has been cleaned, if I am going to make an impact, I am going to have a spiritual bulls-eye on my back. My attitude has to be....BRING IT!!!!!!!!!

That by being a big people pleaser that I am making people bigger than God. That at times I worship what people want instead of worship God.

Everything that happens in this season is preparation for my next season I am about to walk in to.

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Friday, November 21, 2008 Posted in | | 0 Comments »

Last night was another great youth service. The students of Uth Force are awesome and they really pressed through last night. I believe we are being prepared for an awesome month in December. We are all getting excited about the Blizzard of 2008, which will be our first outreach night.

This weekend is going to rock. I am excited about hanging with the Uth Force students who are going with us to Youth Convention. It is going to be a blast! We have a great group of students and leaders going with us to Macon for two blow out services.

Here are some things we talked about tonight:
This was the last week of the Mixed Signals series as we talked about narrowing the gap between what we say we believe and how we live. We looked at Peter's life in John 21, when he was frustrated and went back to fishing. We fall into the traps of mixed signals . . .

When we go back to past pursuits and re-establish old reputations-Peter found frustration in his old profession and lifestyle when he went back to fishing.

When we recognize Christ's miracles, but miss Christ the man-the disciples spent 3 1/2 years with Jesus but could not recognize him from 100 yards away. We should love Jesus for who he is not what he can do.

When we separate love for God and love for people-you show your love for God by the way we love people. The reason God does something in you is so he can do something through you for others.

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Youth Convention is November 21-22 at Christ Chapel in Macon, GA. Cost is $60 and that covers registration, gas, hotel, and two meals. You need money for Saturday lunch, snacks, and shopping. We will leave from the church at 4:30 p.m. on Friday and return around 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

There will be a cookout and movie night at our house December 7th. The fun starts at 5:30 p.m. Free burgers and dogs. Invite a friend and see you there.

New series in December is Unbelievable, you will never look at Christmas the same.  The theme for Youth Service on December 3rd is Redneck Ghetto Christmas.  Bring your best Redneck Ghetto Christmas Decoration.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008 Posted in | | 0 Comments »

I want to come from a very personal place this week and be transparent with some of my own issues. Currently, I teach foster parent classes for the Department of Family and Children's Services. As part of our curriculum we teach on separation, grief and loss. As my co-trainer taught, my mind wandered to my own situation in life. Through the moving process and transition in my family, I realized that I have encountered a deep separation and as a result grief. It hit me like a ton of bricks! I am in the grieving process and it is a natural part of life. God began challenging me to stop denying myself the opportunity to grieve what I have lost and those I have been separated from.

The stages of grief are very different and are not concrete. You can move forwards and backwards through the stages and even become stuck in one stage. The stages are:

  • Denial (this isn't happening to me!)
  • Anger (why is this happening to me?)
  • Bargaining (I promise I'll be a better person if...)
  • Depression (I don't care anymore)
  • Acceptance (I'm ready for whatever comes)
I am beginning to grasp that separation and grief are closely related and they do not go away. If you ignore how you feel, your emotions and thoughts will build up until you explode. I am coming to a place in my life where God is teaching me to deal with life day by day. I am learning that I am not alone in this journey of life and it is perfectly natural to feel conflict. Grief should only last for a season though and it is imperative that once the process is over and the lesson is learned, you must move on.

Are there things in your life that you are grieving? Are there issues in your life that you have not dealt with that might be causing you conflict?

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Heart over talent
I am tired of people telling me how good they are and how much they can do. I feel like when God measures a person He doesn't put the tape measure around their head to see how smart they are and He doesn't put it around their arm to see how strong they are. He places the tape measure around their heart. Man looks at the outward ability but God always looks at the heart.

Wisdom over knowledge
Education is great. The older I get, I am understanding that you can not teach wisdom, though it can be learned. The ability to know right and wrong and not only choose right but do right. The ability to meet a person and not just hear their words but see their motives. Wisdom is a precious commodity in a world that is bankrupt in understanding.

Quality over quantity
You have to be careful with this aspect of life, especially in ministry. There is a fallacy in life that bigger is always better. Not true. Ministries can be large in number and small in results. We can shift our focus from building lifelong followers of Jesus to having large churches, youth ministries, or organizations. We can be a mile high and only be an inch deep. The problem with this is that you will come crumpling down during your first storm.

Passion over experience
I do not care where you have been or what you have done, you can not teach or learn passion. Passion can be caught, it can be contagious, but there has to be a small amber burning to fan into a flame to start with. It is easier to contain a fire or keep a fire burning, than it is to light a fire.

Results over advertising
There can not be inconsistencies between your words and your actions. There can not be a gap between what you deliver and what you promise. The way you live will scream so much louder than what you say you believe. We need to quit sending mixed signals with our lives.

Understand my heart, I am not saying any of these things are bad or wrong.  I am just shifting my priorities a little.

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Last week I blogged about the people that I needed in my life and thought it would be a good idea to write about the people I do not need in my life this week.

The Whiner
- the person who is not happy with anything.  They are constantly complaining and you can never make them happy no matter what.

The User - the person that only has a friendship with you to get something from you.  They are consumers, they take take and take some more.  When they have used you all up they are done with you.

The Snot - the person that nothing is ever good enough.  They think they are better than everyone else and above everyone else as well.  They place such a high value on their life that it belittles everyone else around them. 

The Wimp - the one that is scared of a fight.  They will not stand up under opposition, or fight for a cause.  They will usually take both sides just to keep away from conflict.  The problem with these people is they do not know what they stand for themselves.

The Self-Centered - the one that thinks the entire universe revolves around them.  Every decision they make has a personal agenda.  They have not learned yet that a selfish person's world gets smaller every day.

The Passionless - the unmotivated, the one without a cause.  These are the people that will not get fired up about anything.  They are passionate about being passionless.  They usually have no direction and can not be counted on to the lead anything.

The Insane - the person that does the same thing over and over again and expects the results to be different.  They never change their methods of operation but yet expect the outcome to change.  These are the people that usually stay frustrated and annoyed.

The Narrow Minded - the person that has not changed the way they think since the 6th grade.  They will not negotiate anything in life because they do not know what their non-negotiables are.

The Flake - the ungrounded, unrooted person that thinks they have to speak to every situation or problem like they are an expert.  They refuse to take advice or wisdom from anyone else and will not be accountable either.

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Monday, November 17, 2008 Posted in | | 1 Comments »

So I wanted to share some blogs that I have read this week....

Barbara Graves wrote about choosing perspective here.

Mark Batterson wrote about criticism here.

Brad Cooper blogged about be comfortable with constant discomfort here.

Stop by and say hello to a friend of mine that is new to blogging here

My blog reading has slowed down some.  I have cut back to about 15 blogs that I keep up with.  I love reading what other people are doing and their perspectives of life.  What are some good blogs you have been reading lately?

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Sunday, November 16, 2008 Posted in | | 0 Comments »

It was a busy week and next week does not look to let up.

Went and watch the new James Bond movie with Justin.  It was really good.  Awesome to hang out with him this weekend.  Miss him a lot.

Monday seems like a month ago.

Tuesday I spend the afternoon with some good friends in Macon.  We laughed and talked Youth Ministry, it was awesome.

Also Tuesday I ate at a chicken wing buffet.  Are you kidding me?  A chicken wing buffet is like a Chuck E Cheese for a fat boy.  It was awesome!

Uth Force was rocking Wednesday night.  Those guys and gals blew my mind with the way they handled God changing gears on us and responding with authenticity and transparency.

Our leaders meeting Sunday night was stinking amazing.  I walk away with so much excitement I could not sleep Sunday night.

There are some HUGE things coming for Uth Force.

December is going to be CRAZY I promise.

60 days until....

I called Thursday a marathon day!  I closed my door and turned up the music and just got so much done.   I was exhausted when I got home but it was worth it.

I love my Pastor and his family.  I am so grateful that God has called me here and bless me to work with and for some awesome people.

Youth Convention is next week and I am really excited.  Going to be a great weekend and we are carry a good group of Students.

I am so ready for Thanksgiving.

I am really excited about today.

Hope you are having an awesome weekend.

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Wednesdays are my favorite day of the week. Youth Service tonight was not only awesome but fun. I am impressed with Uth Force students' ability to be transparent and open to God doing some deep things in our lives. At the end of the service the excitement in the air was electric as we talked about upcoming events and what is in store for us. Strap in and hold on, it is going to be a fun ride.

Here are some things we talked about:
Sometimes our past situations and problems bog us down as we try to move forward in life. Paul challenges us in Philippians to forget what is behind and press toward the mark.

When we live in the past, we life on the defensive. We have to defend ourselves against ever getting hurt or feeling pain again. We put on masks or put up walls and loose our real selves along the way.

When we live in the past, we find our identity in our pain. We are afraid if we let go, then we will not get any attention or know who we are anymore.

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Youth Convention is November 21-22 at Christ Chapel in Macon, GA. Cost is $60 and that covers registration, gas, hotel, and two meals. You need money for Saturday lunch, snacks, and shopping. We will leave from the church at 4:30 p.m. on Friday and return around 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

There will be a cookout and movie night at our house December 7th. The fun starts at 5:30 p.m. Free burgers and dogs. Invite a friend and see you there.

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December is going to be rocking. Our series will be "Unbelievable" and we will have a Christmas theme every Wednesday night. Stay tuned for more details.

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I had the privilege of playing and singing at a funeral today and my mind has been ruminating ever since.  Life is so short and I take so many things for granted.  As I sat and listened to people talk about the deceased, I began to wonder what would people say about me when I am gone one day?  What legacy am I leaving?  Am I really enjoying each day or are the days just a blur in space and time?

There are so many days that I tend to fast forward through my day.  I pack too many things onto my to do list and I just make constant plans.  My life is truly going in a fast forward motion right now and I am not really sure how to stop and enjoy each day.  When I am old, I want to be remembered not for the things I did or said or even who I was, but for the people who are changed because my life affected theirs.

God is challenging me to find a happy medium between the fast paced life and stopping to enjoy life.  I need a balance in my life so that I can not only accomplish the dreams and visions God has for me, but also so I can live each day the fullest with no regrets.

Live well, Laugh often, and Love generously.  Make today count!

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The encourager - someone who always has kind things to say. Someone who will always lift your spirits no matter what. It might be with a phone call, text message, email, notes, or a smile. They have this natural instinct of knowing when you need encouragement the most.

The fan - that person that is always cheering you on no matter what. Everyone needs someone rooting for them even when you are behind in the game.

The one who is not impressed - these are the people in my life that I call when I need someone to bounce an idea off of. They are not scared to tell me that my idea is stupid or needs some improvement. They are the ones that are not scared to speak into the blind spots of your life.

The voice of wisdom - someone that has been here and done this. Someone that has taken the bumps of life so maybe you would not have to. This is not always the loudest voice in your life and you have to go and seek it out. You might even be surprised where you find it.

A Paul - a mentor, someone that God has linked you with to pour into your life. Someone to mentor you, train you, love on you, stretch you and mold you. Everyone needs a Paul in their life no matter how old or young you are.

A Timothy - someone you can pour into to. You need to be a Paul in someone else's life. Do not horde all that has been given to you. Do not be afraid to give it to someone else. You might not have all the answers but you do have something to give.

The doubter - the one that tells me I can not do it. There is something about doubters that I love. Why? Because it kicks my intensity level up. It pushes me to try even harder, work even longer, and dig in even deeper. Everytime someone tells me that I can not do something, it makes me believe that we can do it more than ever.

The true friend - that person that is always in your life. It does not matter how long it's been since you have seen them or talked to them, you can pick up right where you left off. It is that person that you can always count on to be there for you no matter what.

A lot of my friendships and relationship blend into two or three of these categories but I need them all in my life so I can move forward and accomplish what God has called me to do.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008 Posted in | | 0 Comments »

The more I progress in life, the more I am understanding that life is about two things. Relationships and choices. Think about it. I believe that the key to being successful and the key to finding happiness is wrapped up in those two things.

Choice is a power. It is a power that is abused and taken for granted. Everyday we get up we have something special. A choice. I am not talking about choosing what we are going to eat for breakfast, choosing what to wear, or where to get coffee from. I am talking about choosing life. Embrace the day. Make the most out of everything that God has given us. Weighing all the options and making good choices. I believe that the power of choice is the most powerful thing in the world today.

Relationships are the key to life. I have heard all of my life, "show me your five closest friends and I will show you your future." Nothing will determine your destiny more than the people you do life with. The only thing that will carry with you into eternity is relationships.

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Monday, November 10, 2008 Posted in | | 1 Comments »

Have you ever had one of those days where motivation is hard to come by? I do not necessarily have a bad attitude today or anything, I am just frustrated about some things. Is it okay if I rant and vent a little bit?

Here are some things I do not understand....

Why people try to make God more like them instead of trying to be more like God? Doesn't that bring God down to our level and make Him small.

Why people say they are "called" of God or "live" for God but never change the way they live? Doesn't that defeat the purpose. You can not carry out God's agenda and your own, it will never work.

How can people be a disposable commodity to other people? How can you just cut someone out of your life when you do not need them anymore or they can not do something for you anymore? I understand growing apart but using someone until you get what you need out of them, that is a different story.

Why people see a train wreck coming and stay on the tracks? People refuse to listen to people when they are trying to give them solid wisdom to help them out. The sad part is the people that try to help usually get run over by the train.

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What a great weekend, it went by way to fast.

Really enjoyed my bike ride to the mountains. Got some rest, did a lot of thinking and brainstorming. Heard God keep reminding me to "stick with the plan."

Posted a few pics from the ride on my last post. Some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen in the mountains.

Week went by really fast because of my trip.

Have our fist Leader's Meeting tonight. I am so excited to share ideas and vision. Got a lot to do between now and then.

Wednesday night was really cool. Had a different feel to it, but was good.

The election feels like a lifetime ago. A lot of people have been rocked by the results. Do they thing God is that small or has never been in control. He is not caught by surprise.

I am really shocked at how fast it all happened Tuesday night. I was thinking that it was going to take a couple of days.

Met with a friend on Tuesday to plan our annual Broomball night in January. Should be a blast.

Hope everyone had a good weekend.

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This weekend I am in the mountains with my Dad, my brother-in-law, and some really good friends on our motorcycles.  It will be a couple of days of riding, relaxing, and clearing my mind.  The company is going to be good, the scenery awesome, and I am expecting God is speak so awesome stuff to me.  I will post some pictures when we get back.  See you then.

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Tonight was a really cool night.  I was excited to see the momentum maintain without the theme nights or give-a-ways.  It felt like the night went by really quickly.  The students amazed me with the ability to handle a heavy message and really step up to the challenge.

Here are some things we talked about:
Everything communicates.  The clothes you wear, the music you listen to, the friends you hang out with, everything communicates.  The words you speak do not communicate as loud as the things that you do.

What you integrate communicates - you are always downloading something.

What you eliminate and tolerate communicates - sex really does sell.  It has sold a lot of people into spiritual slavery.

Who you imitate communicates - you have to decide everyday to be imitators of God.

What you illustrate communicates - anyone can live an impure life.  Anyone can live like everyone else.  It takes someone special to be a leader and not a follower.

How you evaluate communicates - When you reject the Word of God, you reject God, not man.

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I had the pleasure of meeting some new people this week and our discussions have spawned some thoughts in me that I would like to share. Our discussions about life in general, getting married, finding a job, having children, establishing in a community, have led me to question the status quo. Have you ever felt like there was a certain thing you were supposed to do by a certain age? For example, you have to graduate from college by age 22 and get married by age 25? Or maybe even you have to start your family by age 30 or you might be too old for children and career?

Who makes up these rules and why do we keep badgering ourselves and others with these figures? I came to the startling realization this morning that life does progress in stages, but our uniqueness and our path for life is not easily compartmentalized. God created us to be beings created for worshipping Him, loving on others, and to serve the world. How did we come to create this formula for life that strays so far from God's intended purpose with us?

Well, I have decided that I am going to continue challenging the status quo and I am not going to live up to these societal trends of compartmentalizing my life. I want to enjoy my life, my marriage, my ministry, my (future) career, and my (future) children. No longer do I want to be enslaved by someone else's idea of what my life should look like and how I should progress on this journey. God has given me big dreams and promises that I want to see come to pass. So just because it doesn't fit the mold, doesn't mean it isn't right or beautiful.

Are there things in your life that challenge the status quo? Are there society imposed goals that you have been holding on to rather than the dreams God has for you? Please be encouraged today that God's dreams and plans for you are far greater than a societal formula for life. So dream big, love deep, and believe God for an awesome journey.

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The older I get the more that I realize that life is tight rope.  The problem I believe is not walking it, the problem comes when we stand still on it.  There are a lot of issues that seem to be rolling around in my soul right now that I wrestle with.

Can you really love without an agenda and serve without motive.  Is that possible?  Is that Biblical?  Didn't Jesus have an agenda and motive?  Can you change the world without an agenda and motive?  I believe the question should be can I love without pushing my personal agenda and can I serve without it benefiting my selfish motives?  The key is who is at the center of everything that I am doing.  What is my driving force?

Would I rather be formed or found?  I heard this statement a month ago and it is really haunting me.  That question has caused me to check myself, check my motives and my agenda.  It has cause me to take a long look at not only what I do but why I do it.

I am finding that life is and will always be a tight rope.  Life is a balancing act.  You will know when it gets out of balance.  The neat thing about the tight rope of our lives is that there is a safety net.  You can make mistakes.  No one requires you to be perfect.

What are you trying to balance?

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Let me start off by saying that insecurity is something that I wrestle with on a daily basis. I worry about what I look like, I worry about what people are thinking about me or saying about me. I worry if I am doing a good enough job or not. Insecurity has been an issue in my life just about all of my life. God is speaking to me lately about this issue. The problem with me is where I find my security. If I only find my security in myself, then I have every right to be insecure, but if my security is found in Him then insecurity is not an issue.

Here are some issues with insecurity...

It will keep you from doing what God has called you to do. You will have yourself convinced that you are not able to fulfill the call that is on your life. You will talk yourself out of every situation that God has called you to because you feel you are not worthy. Listen, the old saying is still true, "God does not called the equipped, He equips the called." If we could do it on our own, He would not get any of the glory.

It will keep you from having meaningful relationships. If you are constantly worried about what everyone around you thinks, you will not be able to build any authentic relationships in your life. If you are only worried about pleasing other people, then you will keep putting on different masks and acting different according to who you are hanging out with. The issue with trying to please people all the time is they become bigger than God in your life and sometimes even become God.

You loose the sense of uniqueness that God created in you. God wired each one of us as individuals. That is the neat thing about your life. When we start living as a crowd and like the crowd to please the crowd, we get away from God's plan and purpose for our lives.

You will not help facilitate other's dreams around you. You will constantly be worried about if they are going to be more popular than you, make a bigger impact than you, be more liked than you. You will never help other people reach their full potential.

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I am looking for some good Youth Ministry Blogs. Anyone know of any? I keep up with about 30 blogs on a daily basis and only about 4 of the are Youth Pastors, so if you got the hook up - SHARE!

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Saturday, November 1, 2008 Posted in | | 1 Comments »

This week can be describe as two words.....organized chaos!

Felt more at home and settled this week than any other week.  I am loving living in Stockbridge and being on staff at Stockbridge Assembly.

Wednesday night was amazing!  I feel like we have some strong momentum in the right direction and are starting to hit a groove.  Uth Force is blowing my mind right now.  Every Wednesday night just keeps getting better.  But I feel like we have not seen anything yet.

I know I have said this a lot lately but God is speaking some HUGE things to my heart.  I believe this week that I have dreamed bigger and set bigger goals than I ever have in ministry.  This is going to be a fun ride.

Thursday morning I got to speak to the Henry County High School Football Team.  Four young men received Christ!  That is stinking awesome!  God is getting ready to open some cool doors for us.

Spent most of the day Thursday getting ready for the Harvest Festival.  Wow!  That was a lot of work.  Spent 48 hrs working for a 3 hr event.  It was well worth it.  Saw around 1,500 people come through our campus Friday night.

Stockbridge Assembly knocked it out of the park!  The volunteers and worker for the Harvest Festival were awesome.  It was one of the smoothest events I have ever been a part of.  I can not say enough what a privilege it is to work with Pastor Steven, Nikki, be a part of the leadership team and church family here.

Today is the "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party."  For those of you that do not know what that is, it is THE Georgia vs. Florida game.  I get more worked up over this game than any other for the year.

It's officially no shave November.

I am going to be a lazy bum all day today!  

Paige is down in Albany attending class at Albany State to wrap up her Master's Degree today.

Tomorrow night we are going to church with her parents in Calhoun, GA.  Very excited about that.

Next week is going to be crammed with meetings and will fly by.  I am going to be in the mountains on my bike next weekend!  Looking forward to some time to think and clear my mind.

Hope you are having an awesome weekend!  Holla!

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