Leadership Lesson Learned

Wow…that is my most impressive alliteration title I’ve written yet!

We had a leadership camp for some of our students in JH and HS and we spent the week listening to different leaders share what they know about leadership and life. One of the speakers gave us a list of things to remember as we try and lead others and one thing stood out in particular. He said to remember that,

“Nobody cares how busy you are.”

While that may seem like a trite lesson on leadership it really hit me. How often have I explained to someone how busy I am (and almost always as an excuse of some kind)? Everyone is busy and the truth really is that people don’t care when we use this as a copout. I’ll definitely try and alter my vocabulary from now one to avoid this one.

My Development at Disneyland

Those of you who know me well know that I have a deep love for Disneyland. Seriously, I tried to go there whenever I could while I was in Cali for school. After my recent graduation, I took the time to enjoy another day at the “Happiest Place on Earth.”

I have included my evolution in skill at the Buzz Lightyear ride. For those of you who haven’t been on this attraction, you get to shoot at different targets and accumulate a score at the end. Not only is my beautiful wife by my side…she also improves her scores quite a bit as we go. Here is a shot of my first attempt at it months ago…

Here is another attempt from last Saturday that is slightly better…and is my favorite “action” shot of me:

And finally…here is the picture proof of the fact that I achieved a score high enough to rank myself among the elite of Disneyland.

My Issues with Trust

So I realized that for awhile now, I’ve had major issues trusting God. Not in the sense that I don’t believe in Him or that I don’t want to follow Him. Much deeper issues–let me explain.

I often listen to and observe what is going on with our country and get internally frustrated. I’m not a huge person for politics, mostly because I’m not educated on the issues enough to really know what I’m talking about, but I react my own way like most other Americans. When I see how we allow immigration to the point that I wonder when I’ll be the minority, when I see how people continue to get more and more tired of what they perceive as “God” and what religion has become in America today, and when I realize that other movements like Islam and Mormonism seem to be growing at a much quicker rate that Christianity…I realize that I don’t really trust God.

I don’t really trust Him because I get an uneasy, worried feeling whenever I think about these things. I wonder what role I should play in “making things right” but I’m left overwhelmed and confused. I was reading a Psalm the other day when God really laid this on my heart. It says:

“Arise, Lord, in your anger; rise up against the rage of my enemies. Awake, my God; decree justice. Let the assembled peoples gather around you, while you sit enthroned over them on high. Let the Lord judge the peoples…Bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure–you, the righteous God who probes minds and hearts.” –Psalm 7:6-9

So, while I don’t know what the future holds, and especially what my role should be–I know that God is the ultimate One in control and that He will be the perfect judge in the end. That makes the future a lot easier to accept.

Curse Exxon

If you’re like me than the rising gas prices continually gets under your skin. I don’t understand why nobody does anything to stop the prices from getting so ridiculous. Unfortunately, there aren’t many options that we have to improve the situation. However, I did get one little gem from a buddy of mine. Click here to go to a website that allows you to type in your zip code and see the cheapest gas prices in your areas. $5 here we come…

For all you Video Gamers out there

If you love playing video games you have probably experienced the tension of explaining yourself (and your time management) to others. Most people just don’t understand the passion. Especially most women. My friend sent me a link of a video that hits way close to home. If you have a significant other in your life you should make her watch this too. Click here to watch it.

My Message at Ironman

Last thursday I spoke at our church’s weekly bible study for men with 200+ guys. I spoke on “The Helmet of Salvation” from Ephesians 6. It’s fun whenever I get the opportunity to be involved with things outside of just the student ministry. If you feel so inclined you can find the download link here and listen to it. Just click on the message from 4/06. I’d love to hear feedback on it.