What a trip!!

I do much reflecting. Mostly about where I am in Jesus today. Today was a bit different. As I was looking through my pictures of shaving cream on my face and on my head. Dressed in whacky costumes. Acting like a fool in public… I realized what God has done in me.
I grew up in a broken home, somewhat violent, and much abuse, both physically and mentally.
I won’t go into detail except that I never lived in one house for more than a year, and went to a different school about as much… I couldn’t make friends because I would have to leave… which drove me into a shell of loneliness and depression… If you asked me to speak in public, I would shut down. Go up to a complete stranger and strike up a conversation? UNTHINKABLE!!
It wasn’t until I submitted my heart and soul to Jesus Christ that I began to notice a change. I started slowly wanting to be around people (although, part of me is still struggling with that).. And noticed that people actually liked me! I grew up with kids that picked on me for my height, my looks, my behavior… and besides my dad telling me how stupid I was, my self-esteem was pretty much non-existent. So God has used that, to make me humble, to accept all the garbage that comes in my life, but to not shut people out, and to actually share myself with people.
These Pictures? That’s not ME… That is God IN ME…
That is God working in my spirit, in my bones, in my flesh, making me this wonderful creature that I was intended to be.
Stuck on myself? NEVER! I still don’t take compliments well, I still run into problems with self-esteem, and I am still a little shy, unless I am behind the cloak of the Spirit of God.
It’s a wonderful life…especially when you allow your mind to reflect. Look at my pictures.. look how shy I was, look at me now, and tell me that 1, God doesn’t have a sense of humor, and 2…LOOK at all the power He can work in a stubborn, abused, lonely, depressed, and boring individual…
Yeah. I’m pretty proud to be a child of God!
2 Corinthians says, “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things have passed away, BEHOLD….ALL things have become new!!! Praise God!

“He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.” Psalm 2:4

Mike’s Monday Meanderings

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“Mike’s Monday Meanderings”
I shared this on Our Youth Group Facebook today, felt that maybe it was also pertinent in our lives as believers!
Colossians 3:14-16
“And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul talks about the CHURCH being ONE body.
What does this mean? I’ll give you my take on this, and you can pull from it what you want.
If you cause injury to ANY part of your body…your hand, feet, eyes, ears, anything… Do YOU feel pain?
Of COURSE you do!! We ALL do!
Such is the way that the church is supposed to be!!
When one of our students feels pain…(death, troubles at school, at home, etc..) WE feel pain. It HURTS!
Darlene reminds us at Youth every week to look around, see who’s missing… Why is that? Is it just to show that we have a bunch of people that we don’t have there? NO! It’s so that we can acknowledge that there had to have been a reason, and it wasn’t God that kept them.
What about at church? Someone that’s not been there, or not there that Sunday?
So, we feel the pain of our brothers and sisters who are not there, we pray for them.. AND if we have their PHONE NUMBER..we could text or CALL them and ask them if everything is okay.
Whenever someone is missing from CHURCH on Sunday, either myself or Darlene, sometimes both of us, will text that person or persons and ask them if everything is okay..
We missed them, we prayed for them, we LOVE THEM!!!
The first part of this verse is PUT ON LOVE! Sure, we may not feel that NATURAL love for a person, but thru Christ Jesus, we CAN feel that love. We are putting ON Christ! So Put on Christ, LOVE that person that is missing.. or even in your family..
Dad isn’t home all the time, maybe everyone in your house is fighting. Maybe you don’t get along with your brother or sister!
Maybe your brother or sister did something so dumb you want to thump them, but PUT ON LOVE! Pray for them, LOVE on them, let them know that because of Jesus, you are THERE FOR THEM!!
I hope and pray you guys got something out of this. Apply it to other things in your life, apply it to church, youth group, HOME.
Read 1 Corinthians 12.

Put on Love. Show Christ. BE THE BODY!! Whether you are the arm, leg, foot, hand, or eyes… Jesus, who is the HEAD called us to be the body. Find your niche. See where God wants you to be. Live in Unity and Spirit.
Your Life in Him will be phenomenal when you don’t make it all about you! Good Day People!!