Life is too short to waste on self-pity.

imageOne of the people who has influenced my life the most is Bill Badal. 14 years ago I spent 6 months living in his basement and interning in the youth ministry he was leading. Bill is one of the most gifted leaders of people I have ever met. People are drawn to him and he takes time to know them and invest in their lives.  Continue reading “Life is too short to waste on self-pity.”

Young leaders can be draining.

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I grew up through Sunday school and youth groups. I remember the first time we started a youth worship band, (although it was called praise music back then. I am not sure when we made the switch). We were pretty terrible, I played guitar which always involved awkward silences between the chords. That was around 20 years ago and the result is that to my knowledge most of the people in that band are still involved in music teams today. A small investment in a few young people with some potential and limited ability has led to involvement in churches later on. I remember at the time thinking we should be leading the church songs every week. We were cooler than the older people. I even quoted a verse, you can probably guess. 1 Timothy 4:12, ‘ don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young.’ Continue reading “Young leaders can be draining.”

Land of Our Sojourn

bread“I will sing my song, in the land of my sojourn.” Rich Mullins.

Rich Mullins was a Christian singer-songwriter through the 80’s and 90’s. Rich died in a car accident in 1997 but left a great legacy behind in the lives of a lot of people. Google him; you will not be disappointed. I rarely like Christian music but I like Rich’s music because it is a mix of real life pain and struggle with a silver lining of faith. Rich, like many of us wrestled with his faith in a heaven-dwelling God when faced with the pain of a life on Earth but he never gave up on the hope that he had found. He wrote a song called Land of my Sojourn. It is about life in America as one who believed his real home was in another place, a place where all is good and there is no longer any pain; an eternity with Jesus. Until then he would sojourn in the USA. Continue reading “Land of Our Sojourn”