I shared this last weekend in our church services as an example of how God might want to work through our lives to bless others, but only if we take that first irrational step. For some, it may mean a radical life change to their everyday lives – for others, it may require letting God bring some radical Life into our everyday lives.
Does this speak to you personally How might this be useful in your ministry? Any applications for students?
Here’s a funny reason why you shouldn’t wear flip flops to the county fair.
That “fair warning” comes courtesy of Mike Kupferer, who reveals the irony is it’s the foot of a parent of a 4H student. This was not her first time at the fair, which makes it even more unbelievable. From his vantage point, “She didn’t seem bothered at all by it.”
that next opportunity you’re about to step into?
There’s going to be some “dung” somewhere in it.
A person whose grumpiness you let make you grumpy, especially as you unconsciously try to make others grumpy about his/her grumpiness.
A broken and flawed person who by now you expect to be unbroken and unflawed. (P.S. Have fun waiting.)
A system that is full of “crap” (pardon me if that offends you) that doesn’t offend you like “crap” should (pardon me if that doesn’t offend you).
A major character flaw in you that affects people you’re trying to impact because it makes them more focused on what’s dangling off of you than what’s coming out of you.
This is the point where I’d perhaps suggest an action step – something you could do get better at this.
Instead, I’d suggest the opposite.
Simply be bothered by it versus walking around with it…
and let Jesus wash your feet.
“…so He got up from the meal, took off His outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around His waist. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around Him. (John 13:4-5)
Maybe you assume the question is, “What is the ‘dung’ you wish other people were more bothered by?”
Then again, maybe the question really is “What ‘dung’ in your own life do you wish you were more bothered by?”
If you’re like me, you’ll be laughing in an instant. I had a few moments where I couldn’t stop laughing, in fact.
Thankfully, the video is over seven minutes long. This gave me a little more time to think about what I was watching.
I’m all for laughing at myself as a Christian. There are plenty of resources that provoke this, such as media that mocks how church can seem like a Starbucks to great blogs like the one Jon Acuff writes. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s walked away from such creative content and thought, “I’m so glad to know I’m not the only one who thinks it’s odd that we slap stick-figure fish on our vehicles, and then war it out with evolutionists by making our fish eat their mockery of our fish.”
So back to the video – as I was having fun enjoying the archaic video game sound effects over mass healing services, I was reminded…
those are healing services.
People with real afflictions came in to seek something from God.
They’re desperate. They’ve been given little hope everywhere else.
Granted, in my right mind I wouldn’t go to such stage presentations that seem more theatrical than spiritual. Then again, am I right in my mind about that? If my kid was sick and I heard a guy was coming to town who has a reputation for healing, would I endure the hot stage lights and his hair-sprayed helmet head so my son or daughter could know the touch of God?
(that’s “Street Fighter” for “Amen!”)
What do you think – as we circulate these with our Christian friends or share them with youth group kids…
are we doing more good than harm… or more harm that good?
I’m sure there will be some quick replies on this, and we may even toss out classic ideas like “Balance… everything in moderation.”
So before you answer, consider:
But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” (Jude 1:9)
But among you there must not be… obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. (Ephesians 5:3-4)
The Scene: Working on the laptop at McDonald’s. A table full of pre-teen guys are trying to eat. The oldest (perhaps a freshman among them) is acting like a social rooster, pecking down the awkwardness of the younger guys, strutting for the girls sitting nearby, nudging the smallest one of out of the booth with his rear end… over and over.
I’ve been praying for several minutes about the best way to respond.
the others all suddenly had to leave. They hopped on bikes and peddled out. He looked like he was waiting for a ride – it was just him and I. I didn’t move toward him, but stood up while holding my drink and spoke.
Me: (slurp) “So, are you the oldest?”
Him: (a bit startled that I’m talking to him) “Huh? Oh, yeah.” (he smiles… like a security blanket… I’m “bigger than he is.”)
Me: “They look up to you, you know.”
Him: (he pauses, as if to realize it) “Oh, yeah. I guess.”
Me: (a half-step slower this time) “They look up to you.”
Jesus used “everyday” material for His parables to tell people about the Kingdom of God.
You can teach your students and leaders to do the same thing by snagging pictures with your camera phone, throwing up on the screen and asking“What message or values does this communicate?” You can even bring them into this process and teach them to engage culture by having them shares the pictures they found throughout their week.
For example, I encountered a “Sinful Colors” display at a local store.
Colors include “Set the Mood,” “Dark Room,” “Mardi Gras,” “Boom Boom” and…. (strangely enough) “Innocent.”
So… what message or values does this picture communicate?