So my church is having a 24 hour prayer event. It is when our church is open for 24 hours so that people can come pray and worship. This 24 hour prayer they are focusing on the government in prayer. It has been amazing to see the hearts of the people to hear God's word for our nation and cover those in authority in prayer.
Thursday night I was in the mall and i was waiting for my family to show up because we were going to watch Kung Fu Panda 3 (cool movie by the way). I was inside waiting at the entrance because my family was in the parking lot about to come in. As I waited I just began to watch people. As I watched God started to speak to me about all of us. I watched as people walked by. Some were on a mission. They were seeking a certain goal. Some were just enjoying the company of friends. One guy walked by me arguing with someone on the phone and a girl walked by me with tears in her eyes. I watched as people interacted with one another. It was interesting to think about how each one of these people had a story. They had a background that brought them to where they were now. Stories can be so undervalued.
Each individual story is filled with beauty, tragedy, and breathtaking complexity. Isn't it crazy to think that we flock to hear the stories of the famous, but we ignore the stories of those around us. We live our lives in suspicion believing that the people around us are either for us or against us and in the chaotic chase to build our group up we ignore the fact that everyones story matters. Everyone in this world plays a part in the events you see today. What would it look like if we valued everyones story as though they were the most important person in the world. I think it is insane how I gauge people daily based upon a value I set in place, but who is to say that the president of the United States is a more valuable and important individual than the guy standing on a corner with a sign asking for money. I believe we were all made in God's image and with that comes the value of the creator. What if I valued everyone to the degree that God sees them. I would care about everyones story. There are so many moments I miss because of my preconceived biases on what value is in society. I praise the movie star and miss the veteran in my midst. I talk about the basketball player and ignore the elementary teacher. Everyones story matters.
It is a different way to think, but in that way of thinking is wisdom and freedom. I begin to love people like God does and it brings me into beautiful relationships with amazing people. I think that it is a change of perspective. Instead of valuing the outcome I value the story. I look at everyone and say they all have a story to tell and I want to hear it. Even deeper is the realization that I have a story to tell. I began to think about my story last night. If someone asked me what my story was what would I tell them?
My story is valuable too. We all need to realize this about ourselves. I see so many people sell themselves short and it is because they don't realize they have an amazing story to tell. My story goes like this. I was born into an amazing family. My grandparents are generous with their wisdom and they love God. They taught me the value of commitment and living life to the fullest. My Mom and Dad are amazing. They have encouraged me to dream big and live amazingly. My Mom is a pastor at our church which is unheard of in many churches having a women as a pastor. My mom is courageous. My Dad loves people. He taught me to listen to others story and help them get where they are going. My brothers and sisters taught me to enjoy life and pulled me out of my comfort zone. They are my biggest critics and my biggest fans. My friends are amazing and my extended family is as well. I have always wanted to be a pastor. I want to unleash people into their calling and I want to push them deep into their potential. I am a musician at heart and love the heavenly language of music. When I hear music I hear something words can not describe. This is me.
The question is what is your story? As you start to list your story off you begin to realize the beauty and great purpose in your life. Write down your story, think about it. You matter. Today go and ask those around you the simple question: what is your story? Get to know who they are listen, learn, and love.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Hey guys, so I have been on this journey of worship for a while now in my life. I haven't posted since last week though, it has been busy. This journey through worship and what it means and how it affects my life has really been amazing. This past week I have stopped listening to anything but christian or worship. Not because its a rule, but because I felt like that is what God has wanted me to do and it's crazy to see the results. I have realized that my life is surrounded by worhsip opportunities. It doesn't just happen on wendsdays and sundays it is always. When you spend a week worshipping and seeking Gods presence you realize that is where you belong. In the old testement there were priests and the priests would offer sacrifices up to God and do the stuff that God had told Moses to tell them to do. When you read the Bible you see in 1 Peter 2:9 that we are a royal priesthood and in Psalms it says bring sacrifices of praise and in the new testement to offer yourself up as a living sacrifice to God. It is placed inside of us to belong in Gods presence and as christians we are called to be a royal priesthood. We don't sacrifice animals we instead offer our day and us as living sacrifices saying ok God do what you want to do through me and we offer up sacrifices of praise. Praise his name with how you live. And I also realized that through the priests the peoples problems were brought to God in the old testement. So people who had no relationship with God would go to the priests and the priests would stand in the gap and be the ones who brought Gods presence to the peoples problems. Do you know people who could use a touch by God? Of course you do so as christians you bring Gods presence and the people around you get a taste of it and they see the Lord is good. In Gods presence people are changed and amazing things happen.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Hey everyone hope everything is going great so far in the week for you. So like I said last post the youth conference is coming up and this year we are talking about worship. I love worship. Really I love music. All my life I have been surrounded by worship and yesterday I was thinking about when I was younger and it is crazy how many memories have music in it. When I was younger I remember a lot of worship music being played and although I didn't really know the words and understand it I loved listening to it. Rich Mullins, Lindel Cooley, and as I grew older Third Day all of these artist I still remember. I remember riding in the car somewhere while My Deliverer by Rich Mullins played. And I remember going to the church in Pensecola that Lindell Cooley lead worship. These are all wonderful memories and my love for worship has grown as I have grown. Now I listen to Hillsong, Bethel Live, Jesus Culture and occasionally I will listen to some older stuff. So needless to say I am really looking forward to this conference. So the next blog posts until camp I will be focusing on worship. Today I want to focus on the aspect of looking deeper and realizing how great God is. Have you ever taken a step back to realize how amazing God is? You don't have to look far. Everyday we walk by and are surrounded by awesome things. For instance our DNA. Do you realize that DNA is a amazing thing? It stores your bodies information and is in Gazillions of cells in your body. Crazy. Or the fact that in space are so many beautiful sights. Like Nebulas and supernovas. Amazing. Its crazy to think about, but many walk by and ignore these things. Take time and realize the amazingness of God's creations around you. This reminds me of some of Rich Mullins lyrics from the song If I stand. He says," There is more that rises in the morning than the sun, More that shines in the night than just the moon, More than just this fire here that keeps me warm and a shelter that is larger than this room" There is way more amazing things out in the world that God made. It is amazing so take a pause and realize how great God is. Psalms 19:1-4 The Heavens declare the glory of God the skies proclaim the works of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; Night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the world." Have a great day, Jarrod
Monday, January 21, 2013
Hey Happy Martin Luther King Jr day!!! Hope you have had a great day and have been having a awesome week. Winter youth camp is coming up woot woot. I am ready for it and ready to see what God does in the youth. Today I was reminded of all the things God has done in me and all of the dreams that God has put inside of me for Cabot and my school. I want to see peoples lives changed for the good. And people that are stuck in darkness to experience freedom. Today we are all reminded of what happens when a man acts on a dream. It can be powerful. What would happen if you acted of dreams that you have? You could be the person that has a dream and by pursuing that dream makes a huge impact in this world and sets people free. Amazing. So what are you're dreams? Do you know? If you do I challenge you write them down and follow Gods lead in seeing them through. It would be amazing to see what happens if we did that.
" Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent" -MLK Jr.
So make a change. Dream again and act on that dream. Nothing is impossible for those who believe and act on it. Have a good day, Jarrod
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Hey peoples, this year I hope to do stuff on here more. I am excited about this up coming school semester. I start tomorrow. I have accounting 1, Macroeconomics, college algebra, English 2 and a History. It's going to be a good semester. Last semester was cool, I got to meet a lot of people and experience going through school with Gods guidance. It was cool. I learned a lot. I learned a lot about letting God work through me. I realized also that sometimes me just being there helps things and me being me helps things. One time in between classes I ran into one of my classmates and he wasn't at class so I started talking to him. I asked him where he had been and he told me that he missed because his dad had died that morning. That floored me, I didnt know what to do or say. Me and this guy had talked quite a bit during the semester so I wanted to help somehow. I mean what can you say though? The guy was really upset and I knew he needed peace and the Holy Spirit to comfort him in this time. The last thing I wanted was to say something that everyone says and have no power to accompany it. To me that is like telling someone with violent pain it's going to be alright and giving him nothing to ease the pain. So I prayed for him and just walked with him. I prayed that he would have peace and that the Holy Spirit would comfort him. The whole time I was thinking about what I should say. Then I heard the Holy Spirit say for me not to say anything, so I didn't. At the end of the walk the guy turned to me and said thanks and told me it meant a lot to him. I realized that me just being there helped. It was the Holy Spirit moving through me. It was cool, so from then on I just let the Holy Spirit move through me and impact the people around me. Even if I didn't talk I realized me just being there and being me helped. It's not something I have to try desperately to get it is something that is already in me, but I choose whether I do it my way or Gods way. When I do it Gods way things happen. It is cool to see. Maybe this is something for you to think about. You just being you and letting God move through you makes a huge impact in peoples life around you. Hope you have a great sunday and monday.
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Hey so I finally got back to my blog. I just remembered the other day I had one and I was thinking about it and realized I wanted everyone to know whats going on in my college life. So hopefully I can be more consistent with this. So college has been going great. I have been noticing a lot of people actually just talking to me and telling me about theirselves. It is crazy cool. I can see God opening doors for me to reach out and change lives which will result in a changed college. I am excited to see where this college career leads and ready to see stuff change. Hope you had a great day today. Heres some music. Its time to go off and change things.