This past Tuesday I was out at Midway High School working with their Marching Band. The band is about halfway through their performance and competition season. Part of the way through practice, I began to notice a lot of tension and nerves within the students. Before the end of practice, some of the tension boiled over. After helping the students and staff deal with a conflict, it hit me: this kind of thing almost always happens in groups at the midway point towards their goal. Now, the students, parents and staff had......
What do you do when you are busy, over-worked, stressed, anxious, depressed, feeling down or just plain worn out? Is your first instinct to reach out to someone for support, encouragement, comfort, and companionship? Or do you tend to hunker down, keep to yourself, and trudge through whatever life has thrown at you until you can make it to the other side? For whatever reason, I’ve noticed a tendency among people throughout our community towards isolation when life gets tough. That is, when we feel down or depressed, we isolate ourselves. When......
God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit. (1 Corinthians 10:13, The Message) Lately, I have sure felt pushed past my limits. I’ve been overwhelmed…working hard, volunteering, helping other people, planning, training, leading workshops, reading, watching children, writing….this list could go on and on. I’ve been on this roller coaster of tired and energized and tired again. I’ve been anxious and contented. I’ve been disappointed and surprised. I’ve been overwhelmed and underwhelmed. I’ve been both happy and sad…and often at the same time! Well intentioned......
Freeway, Week 2 – Awareness – Pulling Back the Curtain of Your Life Devotion 1 Take some time to consider the following questions. Write down your top 3 answers for each one, even if they are duplicate answers (especially if they are duplicate answers!). What is causing you to worry right now? What are you concerned about right now? What causes you stress? What is keeping you up at night? Are there any connections between the things you wrote down? What do you notice about your answers? During Sunday’s Message, Pastor Jason......
One of the gifts of being a pastor is the invitation to walk with folks through the difficult times of life. Because of this gift, I get to hear how folks are dealing with tough situations. And I value every thought idea and word shared. They give me amazing insight into how we humans cope with life through both the good and not-so-good. Part of being a pastor who cares about folks journeying through difficult times is checking in on them. So, I often find myself asking a question like, “How are......