The Other Side Of Love

A few weeks ago in my time with our students during our weekly mid-week worship service we were asking the question “Why Love?”  We answered that question with: “Love is not about getting, love is about giving.”  A few days later I was in 1 Corinthians 13, “The Love Chapter.”  As I was reading through the passage I began to wonder what the other side of love (in this chapter) would look like…

Paul’s words to his friends in Corinth:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trust, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13.4-8a NIV84)

 

My words, “The Other Side Of Love”:

Love is not impatient, love is not cruel.

It enjoys others, it is humble, it is meek.

It is gentle, it is others-focused, love reconciles, and love forgives.

Love seeks justice and invites authenticity.

Love always defends the defenseless, always holds onto faith, always believes, always endures.

Love always wins.

 

 

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The 3 Worst Moments In The (Modern) History of Christianity

The 3 Worst Moments In The (Modern) History of Christianity

The title of the post pretty much says it all.  So grab your “A Bread Crumb and Fish” T-shirt and watch the videos below….

 

Sometimes you get tongue tied, and then there’s this:

 

Some things are better if never done at all, this is one.

 

*Drumroll* And the winner is…..

 

But wait, there’s more! Just in case you aren’t left speechless, here’s the bonus (not necessarily Christian) video:

 

Which ones would make your list?

A Letter To My 22 Year Old Self

A letter to my 22 year old self.

Dear Geoff,

In 2014 you’ll be 30 years old, have an amazing wife, and have two awesome kids! You will have experienced a lay off and find yourself serving parents and students in Texas. You will have seen a lot–suicide, drug addiction, leadership conflicts, and more–in student ministry, but will have more to learn.

Why not go ahead and get a jump on things? I want you to do four things: Serve. Learn. Read. Grow.

Serve, serve, serve. Serve everywhere you get the opportunity. Lead a small group–maybe even a small group of students you wouldn’t think you would connect with. Disciple a student. Plan an event. Clean coolers, clean the bus. Ask what gaps you can fill. Serve wherever there is a need.

Learn. Learn all you can, any way you can. Set up meetings and ask questions. Learn from past experiences and best practices of veteran student pastors and volunteer leaders. Ask parents what it’s like raising a teenager today and what they need from you as a student pastor.

Read. Read often. Follow quality ministry blogs, not just student ministry blogs. Read books, again, not just books about student ministry. Don’t worry about reading what is trendy, read quality.  I am sure these (non-comprehensive) lists will change, but here’s a start…

Grow. Grow as a Christ Follower. Read and study your bible constantly, buy a journal and jot down thoughts and prayers. If you’re not growing, you won’t be going.

Grow as a man. Take responsibility. Assert independence. Leave behind the things of your childhood and college years. Step up. Lead. There will be a time where the little boy needs to sit down and the man needs to stand up.

Grow as a friend. Don’t just acquire friends; be a friend. Be loyal. Love. Give. Listen.

In 2014 you will not be where you thought you would be, but you wouldn’t have it any other way.

 
What would you say to yourself at 22?