“Yin or Yang?”

yin-yangBruce Lee, fuzzy fluorescent glow in the dark posters, and China Town are some of the things that come to my mind when I here the term “Yin & Yang” – the balance of life. Although it’s a symbol in Chinese philosophy it sure isn’t an original concept exclusively set-apart for them. I’m not suggesting we all get “Yin & Yang” tattoos on our arm with the scripture reference, “John 3:16” under it, but I am suggesting that we need to find balance in life.

“You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting.” [Dan. 5:27]

Some of us are wound-up so tight that we’re like a nuclear reactor in our homes & jobs – just waiting to explode. It may be time to take a chill-pill.

But this where I want to set up camp for a minute. I was challenged by a question I heard recently. “Are you Efficient or Effective?” We’d all like to think that we’re being effective, but the truth of the matter is that many of us are hardly even “efficient” in our personal lives or job. We can’t sleep, we’re late, scatter-brained, and don’t have time for a lot of extra stuff. You might say, “Yeah, I know people like that, so disorganized. How do they even manage?” [Chuckle, chuckle]. But what about your life? Are you really “effective”? Sure you’re “efficient”. You get to work on time, you fulfill your job responsibilities, and people rarely complain about your hard work, but what’s really going on inside you? Is there balance?

If we had your funeral today would there be anything significant that you achieved in your time on planet earth? Or did you just maintain status quo? It’s not, “Yin or Yang” – “Overachiever “or “Laid-back-peaceful-kind-of-guy” – it’s having balance in life. Here’s my challenge: In what ways are you make a significant impact for the better upon the world around you?

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CHAOS IS TAKING OVER!!

At times it can seem like chaos is reigning.

– Parents are getting out of control
– Local drug dealers are busy polluting Society
– Your best friend just talked behind your back
– Brothers & sisters are driving you crazy
– “There’s no food in the fridge!”
– …and “Why doesn’t anybody CARE!!!???”

Always remember that when it’s super crazy all around you – it doesn’t have to GET IN you. The storm might be raging all around you, but it doesn’t need to get all up ON you! Jesus is your Strong Tower – Run to Him and you’ll be safe. It’s the smartest move you’ll ever make.

Connecting with Young People… ‘How ya doin’?

Listen to it on iTunes:: UNITED YOUTH CHURCH PODCAST

Being in Youth Ministry is no easy task. But I have found a few little nuggets that have helped me in today’s age of technology. Here’s just a few Leadership keys for you::

1. Get all the Love you need from the Lord, Himself. Don’t look for others to “fill your tank”.

2. Keep an eye on your “Devotional Life”. Ask yourself… “How have I been doing lately in my devotional life?” If you’ve been skipping personal Prayer & daily Bible reading chances are you might not have a whole lot to give to young people. But make just a slight adjustment in this area and you’ll notice a huge difference.

3. Get Your Kids #’s programmed into your Cell phone. Edit their last names with a “your youth groups initials” at the end, so they’re easy to find. Send them a Txt when you’re watching a movie, or when you have a chance. They’ll be so excited you did.

4. Consider Upgrading to an “Unlimited TXTing plan”. They’re usually around $15. a month. This way you’re not sweating going over, and chances are you won’t use as many of your cell minutes in a given month.

5. Develop a Greater TXTING/FB/MySpace Relationship with your Youth. For me, I can usually find a half hour somewhere in the evening to connect with (and make “Eternal Deposits”), into the lives of these precious Kids. A couple of quick MySpace comments goes a long way in developing real relationships.

6. [You tell me]::

#1 Priority


Do you have any priorities? If so, how do you know which should come first? Are you right? Is it possible that you’re wrong?

Devotions for January 5, 2008
#1 PRIORITY
Pastor Robb Gorringe
Daily Bible reading: Mark 1-3

SCRIPTURE

And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him. And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils. Mark 3:13-15


OBSERVATION

I keep coming back to this passage of Scripture when I begin to feel like being a Christian is becoming too much of rules and regulations. Here Jesus calls His disciples to merely “be with Him”.

It’s like Jesus was saying, “listen guys, I really don’t have a huge agenda to start a world religion, or to simply “use you”. Right off the bat I want to let you know that I want to hang with you and get to know you, and I want you to get to know me.”

Jesus said in John 14 that if we have seen Him we have really seen the Father. And this is what God is really like. The number #1 agenda is the eternal God wanting to spend time with us. The flip-side is true as well… as disciples of Jesus our #1 priority ought to want to spend time with Jesus.

APPLICATION
When I think of my #1 priority I tend to think of taking care of my wife, my son, [and certainly these are in order], but are they really? Could it be that life get out of whack when I get priorities out of order? I might be criticized by some, but I believe that true disciples of Jesus are to make Him their #1 priority and that as we do – everything else will fall into place. Marriages will be preserved. Our children won’t be neglected. Stress will diminish. Financial worries won’t intimidate us, and perhaps there won’t be as many gray hairs.

PRAYER
“Lord, I come to You today desiring to make you my #1 priority. Let everything else take 2nd place, because if I crown You as Lord of all You will take care of the rest. Today I worship you and believe you are making subtle changes in my life that will launch me into this New Year with supernatural strength. I thank You for it, In Jesus’ Name. Amen”.

Have your priorities been off? Are you making Jesus your #1 priority?