Originally posted April 10, 2008
My life — at least the “minister” part of my life — typically revolves around writing sermons, playing guitar, playing video games and hanging out with students. I laugh a lot. I make jokes a lot. I make fun of myself a lot. And I love my life. I love what God has given me to do. I wouldn’t change it for the world. I honestly get up every morning excited to go to work and I have to pull myself away from it to go home in the evening. My job brings genuine joy into my life…
Okay, that is how it is 95% of the time. Because 95% of the time everything is good. 95% of the time everyone is happy. 95% of the time I am surrounded by smiling, laughing, happy people who are learning to be more like Christ…
But the other 5% of the time, my heart just breaks. The other 5% of the time I am just overwhelmed by all the “junk” that is out there. If you’re a student — or a hurting adult, for that matter — reading this, I want you to hear one thing… You are loved. You are special. You are wonderfully made. You matter.
There are times — like this week — when I am just overwhelmed by what is going on in so many lives. So many people are hurting. So many people are desperate. So many people just don’t see any way out of their problems. So many people have been tricked into thinking that all there is to this world is pain.
Sometimes I get so caught up in my sermons, guitars and games that I wear blinders to all the pain and desperation going on right beside me until it rears up and smacks me in the face.
If you’re reading this and thinking that no one cares, I want you to know that I do. And you are more important to me than any of that other stuff. Sermons, guitars and games are good but not the most important thing. Please, never think that I’m too “busy” to listen. It’s why I’m here. It’s what God has called me to do. It’s what I want to do.
I know what some of you are going through, but I’m praying for what ALL of you are going through. I love you because God loves you.