Several days ago I shared about the youth ministry at, Grace Evangelical Church, where I serve as the part-time youth director.

In that post I shared that we were committed to being:
B.iblical
A.uthentic
R.elational
B.alanced

The things we are committed to provide a framework for evaluating whether or not what we are doing is on track.

The other night I attempted to recast the vision with our youth group using four other words:

People – Relationships matter to us. People are a priority, whoever they are and whatever they’ve done. We must love people where they are and for who they are.

Prayer – We have to depend on God through prayer. We must be committed to a relationship with God. We can’t accomplish things apart from relying on Him. The cause is too great and the time is too short to settle for less!

Preaching – We must be committed to the Word of God. We should be faithfully teaching and explaining it. We must be reading it, memorizing it, sharing it, and using it!!!

Purity – We have to be willing to confess sin and learn to walk in holiness. We have to learn to submit and become obedient to what God asks of us. We must have “clean hands” and “pure hearts.” We must be quick to forgive others and restore bridges that have been torn down.

The camping trips, road trips, ice cream nights, backyard barbecues, basketball games, the choir concerts, the wrestling meets, the outreach events, the fun games, you name it…

They all mean little if the heart of God is not formed in our youth. My heart is heavy with a burden for these things! Do we accomplish what we set out to do?

This is what I’m committed to.

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Things have been too busy for me lately. Unfortunately, it is being reflected in several areas. What do you do when you get too busy? How do you stop when it doesn’t seem like you can stop? How do you, “Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10)?” I like stillness and even need it but I don’t do a good job of creating it. Sometimes I even feel “put out” when I have the time.

Several months ago I had an entire day to spend with my daughter. There was one point in the day that I felt put out. I didn’t feel like I could get what I wanted done. To some that makes me seem like a bad dad. To others it makes me human. Either way it was a great reminder about putting my priorities in place.

I love my family, I love my jobs, and I love God. I enjoy what I do (most of the time). I want to enjoy God in everything I do all the time and part of that is putting all of my priorities in place.

“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth (NKJ)!”

God, be exalted in my life…