Archive for April, 2009

The Carrot or the Stick?

We just got out of our N-dub team meeting and someone said something that still has me thinking…

“Are we being led by the carrot or the stick?”

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What do you think that means? Share your thoughts!

The Patient

Dedicated to my friend Jeremy Baldwin

It was something that couldn’t be denied any longer. The shrieks and screams of pain continued to get worse. It was the fear and anxiety that she wouldn’t last another day that propelled him to admit her. One long week of tests followed and finally with the diagnosis made he rested a little easier knowing the odds were in her favor.

It was hard on him to be away so long. Even with the diagnosis, treatments were slow and progress seemed to always take two steps forward and one step back. He visited often, but sometimes the business of life got in the way. Several surgeries took place, of which he was present for all. The blinding lights and small metal tools strewn across the work place turned the bolt in his heart a little tighter. He missed her so much.

One cold and rainy night the Dr. told him his wait might just be over. One more proceedure lacked, and then maybe, just maybe he could take her home. The lightening licked the sky and thunder rumbled the building as they worked. Seeing her opened up had become less and less alarming. The Dr.’s skilled hands worked with little effort… until.

“I can’t see it,” the Dr. said.

See what? He wanted to scream.

Persparation beeded his forehead. He could sense the Dr. becoming alarmed. Seconds ticked by like minutes. Minutes seeemed to take hours. Was she going to be all right? Was she going to make it? He couldn’t imagine not having her. She’d been with him for almost three years. He closed his eyes bringing the image of her sleek body back to his mind. Oh, how he missed the way she felt, the way she hugged the road when he took the sharp turns, the way she rumbled while sitting idly. She had to make it. She had to!

“There,” The Dr. said, startling him from his reverie. In his angst he hadn’t noticed the last part being bolted in. He opened his eyes to see the Dr. dropping her lid.

“Start ‘er up,” he said, dusting his oil stained trousers and wiping a black streak of engine fluid across his sweat stained forehead.

Did he hear the Dr. correctly? He approached cautiously. It had been over a month. He touched her gingerly and slowly sat, turning the key and reving her to life.

A small smile played at his lips. His baby was back.

Can’t Not

When I was just a youth pastor intern, one of the questions I had to answer on my application was:

“Why do you want to work in youth ministry?”

My simple answer:

Because if I don’t, I’ll explode.

Yesterday, I found myself asking if this answer was still the way I felt about ministry.

My simple answer:

Yes.

I just can’t not do this.

What about you? Is there something you just can’t not do? 

There’s Something in the Water

images-4.jpegI’ve learned my lesson.

Never let a stranger into your home. Especially a stranger who told you,

“We want to give you a free gift! Can we bring it by your house and give you a quick demonstration of our product?” 

A free gift? Cool!

In my 22 years of life you think I would’ve learned by now that nothing is free! And indeed it wasn’t. It cost me 2 hours (count ‘em T-W-O hours of my time!) Quick demonstration my booty!

This woman knew all the tricks. She pulled out her briefcase and went to work, turning my kitchen into a science lab. I learned all I’ve ever wanted to know about water purification. She showed me what I was drinking through the tap: a cloudy vile that looked more like toilet paper water than drinking water.

She explained how much money I could be saving in soaps, detergents, shampoos and other products if I had softer water. She showed me through her flip charts that drinking MY water might cause cancer! She then told me how much her water purifier cost:

12,000 Twelve THOUSAND dollars???? Are you kidding me!

“But think of the money you could be saving!”

Lesson learned. Never let a stranger into your home. Especially a stranger trying to sell something.

Have you ever experienced something like this? How do you handle pushy sales people? 

Brain Dump

ist1_8183124-intelligence.jpgThis is going to be a busy three weeks:

  • This Wednesday: The launch of our 1-3-1 model for SWITCH (Also it’s tax day!)
  • This Friday–Saturday: Overnight leader retreat with 40 of our adult leaders
  • Next Wednesday: SWITCH back in small groups (save me now!)
  • Sunday April 26th: Memorial Marathon–26.2 miles. (Kill me now!)
  • Tuesday April 28–May 2nd: Orange conference in Atlanta GA.

After May 2nd I think I will be able to breathe again. What about you? Need to brain dump?

Gotta Have it!

If you haven’t added your name to yesterday’s post, please do so now… and then tell me, what do you gotta have?

coffee.jpgIt’s the one thing I MUST have everyday…

What about you?

Orange Experiment–Roll Call

I’m doing some research from my blog for the upcoming Orange conference at the end of this month.

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Here’s what I need you to do:

  • Leave a comment with: your name, what you do, and where you’re reading from….

If you’ll do that for me, I would greatly appreciate it!

One of those Weeks…

Ever have one of THOSE weeks…

  • Unmotivated
  • Unfocused
  • Unsocial
  • Tired
  • Can’t think
  • Therefore, can’t get any work done

That’s how my week has been. Hopefully next week will be better!

What do you do when you have weeks like this?

What makes you…

 ist1_6502562-1-credit-sunrise.jpgCome Alive? 

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