New Year's Resolutions is not a bandwagon thing for me. It is somethings that I enjoy doing every year. I believe by setting goals for myself and then looking back throughout the year helps me stay focused. In 2009 I met all my goals except one. This year I have broken them down into categories of physical, spiritual, emotional, and education. I know that it sounds crazy but I believe that it is the best way for me to become who God called me to be in 2010.
- ► 2011 (41)
- ► 2010 (190)
- ▼ 2009 (323)
Around this time of year a lot of people start reflected and looking forward all at the same time. Some people are ready for 2009 to get out of here with promises of a better 2010 and others are hoping for the same results in the new years as they have seen in the former. I believe that we it is healthy to look back during these time of seasons. The best way to learn where you are going is to see where you have been. Learn from your mistakes and be energized by your victories. Look at the valleys you have walked through and know that you can do it again if it is necessary and breath in the mountain tops again and be refreshed.
- January 6 is the date when Christmas decorations should come down. Supertitions say that it is bad luck to leave it for another day or take it down before that date.
- If you are under the mistletoe with someone of the opposite sex, you should be kissed. Otherwise, you will both have bad luck.
- At midnight on Christmas Eve, all the doors of the house should be opened to let out evil spirits.
- You must eat something leafy and green on New Year's Day. That will bring you money or riches during the year, and you won't have to worry about paying bills.
- Your house should be clean and there should be no dirty clothes in the house on New Year's Day. This is for good luck.
- The first person to come into your house on New Year's Day should be a man. Anything else is bad luck.
- A candle should be placed in a window to burn all night long from 12 o'clock midnight. This will guarantee the household's luck for another year.
We have had a great Christmas but I have to be honest, I am sort of glad it is over.
Got a Kindle from Paige. That thing is awesome. Been reading like a wild man.
Spend a couple of days in North GA with Paige's parents and we are in South GA with my family.
Ready to be back in Stockbridge this evening. I love seeing and visiting with family but I love being home as well.
Monday was a fun day. Thrive students and leaders went downtown Atlanta to ice skate and then to Southlake Mall.
Tuesday I cleaned my office and wrapped some things up for this year. We had our staff lunch at Red Lobster. I really get to work with some of the greatest people in the world.
Tuesday night Paige and I went and saw Disney's Christmas Carol. I had heard mixed reviews but I loved the movie. It was probably my favorite one.
Looking forward to some rest and planning this coming up week.
Really excited about Wednesday night's service and Thrive New Year's throw down.
Hope you are recovering from the Holiday Hangover.
I just wanted to tell you thank you for journeying through this advent season with us. Thank you for allowing us to share snippets of our life with you. It is our prayer that you were blessed, that you embraced this season in new and fresh ways, and that God was glorified in the highest way possible.
This is it, the last week of the Advent Season. Actually there is only 6 days left until Christmas. My goal this season has been to find intimacy in the middle of the busiest season of the year. I challenge you to not only reflect of the story of Christmas found in Luke 2 and Matthew 1, but reflect of the things that are in our lives. Lets heighten the awareness of the things that are going on in our lives.
One of my favorite people in the and one of the greatest Kid's Pastors in the entire world wrote a couple of posts about Santa Claus here and I wanted to weigh in. I have some thoughts about all the Big Guy from the North Pole:
We finally have internet in the house again! Today is a good day!
- We decorate our Youth Center like a snow storm hit it.
- We have a have free pizza and drinks for every students that comes.
- There will be snow cotton candy.
- Every student will leave with a Christmas present from Thrive.
- We have special guests that come help us with worship.
- There will be a dramatic message that goes with the theme.
- Lots and lots of students from all over Henry County.
Today is "Gaudete Sunday." Gaudete means rejoice in Latin. Even we were lighting an Advent candle in the wreath today it would be the rose colored one. This week we take time and reflect on the joy that the coming of the Lord brings. That the Lord came to bring joy and fullness to us all. We are called as His followers to do the same for those around us. In a season that is full of consumerism and commercialism, it is our responsibility to point people to the message of the season. It is our call to be the candy that is light in dark places.
I am in the middle of one of the most stressful chaotic weeks of my life. I will be okay, I tend to work better when there is pressure.
My Father-in-Law is one of my heroes. He has made HUGE investments in my life and in my ministry through the years. He believed in my and loved me when I was even lost. Caryl Martinez is an awesome man of God, an incredible Pastor, and a good friend. I say all of that to tell you that years ago he introduced me to a saying. "Keep the main thing the main thing." Over the years this phrase periodically has come back around and kept me in check. It is guardrails in my life, keeping me on the right path.
- Not getting ahead of God in tough situations.
- Being a better Follower of Jesus than a Youth Pastor or Leader - not leading the Ministry of the Lord come before the Lord of the Ministry.
- Remembering in is about Jesus changing lives, not how many people sit in seats.
- Preaching the Gospel of Truth more than any fancy new sermon series.
- It is about being real more than being relevant.
- It is about being formed more than being found.
- It is not about me at all.
Going into the second week of Advent our prayers deepen a little bit. This week the candle that is lit in our hearts represent hope. All throughout this week maybe we can pause and take a deep breath and exhale the words, "Lord my hope and trust is in you and you alone."
It was a crazy busy week that is honestly a blur.