Pool water. 

Welcome to the last day of 2016! With how this year has gone, it feels like an accomplishment. I’m not gonna list off all the things I did this year, nor am I going to post my hopes for 2017. I’ve done that the last two years, and inevitably I end up looking back and wondering if I could’ve done more. But what I am going to focus on is living. 

Living is like looking at a pool for the first time and preparing to jump in. Life is standing at the edge, but living is engaging the pool and jumping into the water. I don’t ever want to be caught standing on the edge, I want to be found swimming in the pool. I don’t ever be caught going through life and simply be going through the motions. I want to be in the fight, in the trenches, helping the homeless, preventing LGBTQ suicides, helping others live life. 

That’s my goal for 2017. 

#livefree 


Foundations, Next Steps, and Words (oh my!)

“Of all that is good, sublimity is supreme. Succeeding is the coming together of all that is beautiful. Furtherance is the agreement of all that is just. Perseverance is the foundation of all actions.” Lao Tzu

 

So I have officially been unemployed for 7 days now. I feel like in those 7 days, I have worked harder than the last 7 weeks. Packing out my 1988 Chevy Nova, moving everything that wouldn’t fit in the Nova into storage, as well as just the drive from Florida to Atlanta was intense. I took the weekend to crash, think, and prepare myself mentally and physically for the next step.

 

Speaking of Next Step, that seems to be the buzzword for 2016. Yes, we need to have an ordered list of goals and how to get there, but we can almost get lost in that list. I don’t want to just “know” what the next step is, I want to do the next step. And the next step.

 

That almost perfectly describes what I am in Atlanta so far. Next steps. Setting Goals. Achieving things. It has been slow yes, but progress is rarely ever fast. This is the foundation.

I live in Georgia now.

“There comes a time when you have to dream, you have to dare, you have to go.” -Anonymous

Wednesday evening, which at the time of this writing was just 2 days ago, I rolled into Atlanta Metro. I stuffed every corner and cubbie in my 1988 Chevy Nova, and put the rest into storage, and took off on this new adventure.

Back where I came from things were great! I was working at a company that care for me and the community, I was making the most money I’ve ever made in my life, I even bought my dream car twice. But no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I needed to do more. That I needed to stretch myself further. It’s almost like I hit the limit of what I could do with my life where I was at, and now it was time to move. On the real though, it wasn’t an easy decision to just pack up and leave. Especially when circumstances required me to make that call in just 5 days, with two weeks after that to completely pack up all my belongings and move. But I did it. I’m here. And I’m ready for what comes next.

So what is this next? No clue. My resume is set, I have an apartment here, and I am actively pursing that next. I plan on writing all of my new adventures here. Cheers to starting the new year early!

What to do when your leader does something wrong

To say that this is my first post in a while would be an understatement. I created this space over six years ago, but it’s been well over three since I’ve don’t anything with it. So an introduction is definitely in order.

Hi, I’m David. Welcome to my space 🙂

I’m 26, live in Florida, and have 2 rescue dogs.

I’m a Christ follower, ginger, and youth pastor aspirer.

Now onto what I want to say:

I’ve had several people that I report to, that I am responsible to, that I am in the charge of. And unfortunately, sometimes those people that are over me fail. They make mistakes. They need to be forgiven. Now I know that you’re reading this and thinking “Well dang, you have NO IDEA what happened or what happened to me.” And I would have to agree, I don’t know where you are at or your situation. I don’t know what you went through, or what the circumstances are. But what I do know is this: if you live life for any length of time, you are going to have people over you, or that you look up to, fall. And it’s hard, but there are three things that I have learned.

  1. Pray.

As a Christ follower, my first response should be to pray. Pray for healing, pray for those involved, pray for those who it effects and will be affected.

  1. Plan.

Think before you speak, and know before you go. If you are in a position of leadership and have to deal with the situation, prepare what you are going to say and how you will respond. Exploding and flying off the handle are rarely, if ever, warranted. But in all seriousness, this is something that I struggle with: thinking before speaking. Sometimes in close quarters you can simply converse with someone in a gut-level way. But when a leader has fallen, and you’re called to help, you need to be ready.

  1. Plop.

Once it has been dealt with, drop it. Yes, there are consequences for one’s actions. Yes, there is trust that has to be rebuilt. But rehashing and bringing the offence up at every possible turn isn’t going to help them, and it certainly will not help you. When we try to punish someone over and over again in our minds, it does nothing to them but everything to us.

This isn’t a perfect list, and it won’t work for everyone, but it’s something that’s helped me. And I hope it helps you.

Grace and peace,

David

Thoughts On Series: Christianity

Currently there is a conference convening in Atlanta, Georgia that consists of roughly 60,000 college-age students from all over the United States. The stated goal of the conference is to end slavery, in all of its forms, all over the globe.

Truth be told, this is a good goal. Motivating the most dynamic age group in our country and mobilizing them as a force for good is a brilliant feat. But what is more amazing is the redefinition of Christianity that is currently going on. Attending this conference form all over the United States, are young men and women from many different denominations united for the cause of Christ. There is no talk of Methodism, Catholicism, or Baptist Doctrine. Its simply 60,000 students, give or take, united in Jesus name. This redefinition is significant because it is this generation that will become the future leaders of our churches, our nation, and our world. If they are actively reevaluating what they believe, why they believe it, and how to properly execute their belief system through their actions and decisions in society, it will drastically change the image of the church in America. It will change how we view outreach, community involvement, as well as how we treat visitors who visit our churches.

Denominational devisions in our churches function just like partisanship in Washington. It doesn’t. It doesn’t allow for cooperation, and it prevents collaboration between churches who independently work to impact a community. Coming from the viewpoint of living in the only state in America where three of the top five citys for crime are incorporated, there is a obvious practical application in daily life. The snag is, trying to reach out to others, invite others in, and be the light that I believe the Bible, as well as Jesus Christ himself talk about, without alienating the older members of the congregation. How do we, as the self-described Jesus Generation, redefine our faith in our churches without excluding the older members? Comments are welcome, because I have not yet found a satisfiable answer.

I know that no matter what happens, there are people my age and younger who hunger for a faith that is real. Not a rule book, not a dogma, but a relationship and a faith that they can hang their lives on. Something that is genuine, not a religion. And something that they can take root and grow deep in. Its an exciting time. I won’t always post things of this variety and length, this is simply a subject that I have been pondering for some time.

First Day, First Post

Well, Happy 2013! Its been a long 2012, and I have made a ton of changes. First I moved back to Michigan. I need to spend time with my family, and to be there for the very serious decisions that I need to be in Michigan to be a part of. As for my New Year’s Resolutions, first, I need to get a job. Second, I need a new car, shooting for a 2007 or newer Chevy Suburban 2500. 🙂 Third, I need to get my finances healthy. I have a crapton of debt, as well as student loans. 2013 will be the year that I get healthy physically, spiritually, and economically. It’s also the year I want to write my first book. Can’t wait to see what happens!

Days Off

If there’s one thing that I have learned about myself over the years, its that I am no good at sitting still. I always have to be doing something, or I just don’t feel right. Like today, I have the day off, and I cannot just simply relax. I feel the need to blog, clean my room, clean the car, (which is much needed since putting the Christmas tree in the back seat) and finish the back yard. Relaxation has never been easy for me, but I’m gonna try.
Someday.

Shifting into Fall

Well, it’s that time of year, time to break out the hoodies and start brewing the hot chocolate. (Or, if you’re a Yankee like me, hot apple cider.) In about five days, the weather will drop by about ten degrees and I am very excited. I will be visiting the fair that is in town this week as well, and I cannot wait! Look for pics soon J

Labor Day

So, today is Labor Day, and in proper form, I will be working all day. Even though we are in the throws of a Presidential election season, and people are divided, I am proud to live in a country where I have opportunity to grow and succede in my career.
Happy Labor Day!