Wednesday, August 18, 2010

If You Really Knew Me...

A few Sundays ago one of my favorite pastors, Nick Kimmet, spoke about judgement. As he spoke he mentioned a MTV show called "If You Really Knew Me." Intrigued I watched this show.

Judgement is something we all do. From little things like some one's shoes to bigger things like some one's beliefs or race. I stand up for people who are made fun of because of their beliefs or other bigger issues and I have a strong dislike towards those who do make fun of people for the bigger issues and yet here I am judging people for the little things. Does that make me any better? No, it does not. I would love to think so but deep down I could hurt someone just as much as those who look at the bigger issues.

This show really tests you. And shows you how you really don't know the person you are judging and if you did know, you hopefully wouldn't judge them any longer. I believe that this show has inspired me, specially as a youth leader, because most of the judgment gets worst in the junior high age group, and maybe we can help these students to really look past the outside and really get to know the person inside.

I definitely encourage you to go and watch at least one episode. It will make you think a little more before you judge. I'm not going to promise it will stop you because I don't think it will, but it may help. Specially for all you youth leaders, we see this all the time and can help change it.

The people who run the "Challenge Day" are truly amazing people for doing what they do and I would give anything to be able to go around with them and help change people's lives in such a way that they do.

Here is a link where you can watch a full episode online:

From there scroll down to Watch Video then click one of the Full Episode links.

Warning if you cry easily you WILL cry. I was in tears through pretty much the whole episode. If you do watch this please tell me what you think!

Don't judge me for watching a silly MTV show ;)

Matthew 7:1-3

Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgement you pronounce that you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but not notice the log that is in your own eye?

Monday, August 9, 2010

Being a Leader

Fuel. A word I use so often and yet seem to always get the same response, "Why are you so excited about getting gas?!" Then I explain. I have been a Life Center North Jr High Youth Leader for a little over three years now. About a year in a half as a student leader and the rest as an adult leader. Fuel has definitely changed my life for the better. I have always wanted to help people, and students especially. I believe that everything happens for a reason and my up bringing is one of those.
As I was growing up I did not have the greatest up bringing and used to ask all the time "God, why me? Why if you love me so much would you let this happen to me?" Why, is what I came to learn down the road. He knew I could handle it. And not only just handle it but become a better person from it. I have always loved working with children, but never knew my passion for it would reach the Jr High age students. Man, was I so wrong. It wasn't till I really started getting into Fuel that I knew why I had the past the I had.
I still remember the day it really hit me. Fuel decided to do something a little different by breaking up after the message into a small group. I was very blessed to have Jolen by my side, as our small group was made up of some of the girls that continuously got into trouble. We had been doing this for only a couple of weeks and each time it was difficult to keep the girls on subject or even to talk about what we had just heard, but this particular time they listened. Listened as I told them my story and what had happened to me. Normally I can tell everything without getting too emotion but this time I balled. The girls huddled around me and cried as well. Then all of a sudden they all opened up. One after another. Not interrupting each other like usual, but taking turns.
That is when I felt like everything happened for a reason. To bring me to this spot and to help these students. Those girls are now all in high school and I still text them every now and then to make sure all is well. Now I have a new bunch of girls, in my very own small group. And I feel like I was purposefully placed with these particular girls. Maybe to help them. Or maybe to just listen, I guess time will tell. The girls in my group are all sixth graders so I will get to see them all grow up these next couple of years and I very much look forward to that.
As I explain what Fuel is to others I normally get the "you are a weirdo church person" look. (Which does not effect me anymore, so bring it on!) Or more recently I get the "Why in the heck would you want to do that on a Friday night?!" It's simple. I would much rather be with the people on our Fuel team and the students then I would like to be wasting my time doing what most people my age do on a Friday night and normally regret the next morning.
So I am proud to say I'm a Youth Leader. And those students have taught me more then I probably could ever teach them. They open your eyes, to see past the annoying Jr High age drama into what is really going on in their lives. And that my friends, is why I get so excited to "get gas" every Friday night.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

New Life, New Title =)

As most everyone knows now, I just recently married my junior high sweet heart, Josh Bacon. I find it amusing looking back on all the years we have spent together. We had just recently played the "Remember when..." game and it made us laugh at all our awkward teenage years. The one most brought up however is one I try to forget yet the Bacon side always remembers and always brings it up. I will admit it now and only once. Yes, my dad said I could stay for dinner, but I told them I couldn't. Yes, I was in complete fear that I would have to say grace before we ate. So I left and walked home by myself. Kicking myself the whole way home and practising saying grace so maybe the next time I could do it. However the next time I made Josh promise I wouldn't have to do it.
Gosh, all these years and we have never left eachother's side. I know I am so blessed and I thank God every day for giving me such an amazing person to spend my life with. I read somewhere that only 5-10% of high school sweethearts will get married and less for anyone younger. So I guess I'm in the lucky 5%!
So due to the new Bacon family. I have decided to start blogging more to update the people I dont get to talk to that often.

I can not describe in words how blessed I am. Or how much love our little family has, so we love beyond words.