A happy voice

I was at a 30th wedding anniversary last night with some amazing people. Had some good food and great laughs.

Firstly, when the couple shared a bit about their lives, I couldn’t help but notice the tapestry that has been woven by God even when we are unable to see the bigger picture or understand the process which at times can be extremely painful. Yet it is only with hindsight that when we look at the weaving through time can we understand what God was busy doing.

Secondly, our lives and struggles are unique and it’s no use trying to compare ourselves to anyone because it is yours. So the sooner we get to accepting it the better off we will be. So own it because no one else would be better suited to live it. Besides it was given to us by God even though at times we wish we wouldn’t want it.

Thirdly, if by the time you die and you have five true friends, you are blessed. Friends whose presence does not only offer a safe environment but is a safe environment that allow you to be completely vulnerable and share your deepest pain and fears and joys without fear of judgement and envy. One such person alone is worth gold and i was blessed and privileged with such last night.

My prayer would be that you too May have such blessings that makes life worthwhile.

This is my voice… A happy one 🙂

A Camping Experience

Two tent camping week ends in a row… I can officially say I am tired… and sore… and challenged… and blessed.

Let me tell you of my second camping experience which was a youth camp at Berg River Resort. That in itself should tell you that you are going to be tired after the experience of which I am. It should also tell that you will be sore of which I am too. It should also tell you that you will be challenged, which makes it three out of three so far. And ultimately it should tell you that you will be blessed, which made it a 100% experience for me. Four out of four.

The theme of the camp was unity. I guess it can be looked at from various angles, but this was specifically amongst the youth group itself. It began a little rocky, but I will be leaving out the nasties (because I can haha) and be telling you of the nice things. Because after all we like hearing about the nice things hey?

Things I have once again been reminded about:

  1. Young people are not afraid of adults. They do not despise adults. The thinking that youth cannot get along with adults is a MYTH! All they want are adults who care about them and not for wanting to get anything out of them but who actually, legitimately and honestly care. Yes, I would love for them to accept Christ as Saviour but if that is the only reason then you have missed the boat. It is more than just a spiritual conversion we should desire, but a holistic experience and transformation.
  2. No-one, I mean no-one is too far from grace that God cannot change. Not even Manenberg! When you hear Manenberg, I’m sure you think gangs, drugs, wine, murders etc. etc. But you know, when God hears Manenberg, he thinks souls, potential, what can be! It is a truth and reality that I have seen and experienced.
  3. Sometimes the biggest problem in youth ministry is youth ministry itself. We become so program driven and focussed that we miss the small subtleties that is so important in relationships. The eye contact. The 5 minute chat. Getting into their world and allowing them to direct our thoughts and yes even our programs. Sometime we can be the biggest enemy in youth ministry.

So how do we get around these challenges? Simple! Get into the ring and face them head on. Let them know that you are there and that they matter. Everything matters and not just their spiritual condition. THEY ARE IMPORTANT!

So when is the next camp?

Please!

What are they thinking?

This year….

I have struggled. I have fallen but have stood up again.

It might not have been easy but I am up!

The bruises are still there, I can see them and so can many others.

I have loved and lost. I have laughed and cried.

I have grown, clumsily at times and not according to what the media sees as hot or cool.

But I am me!

I learned and at times I may not have understood but even that has been learning.

I studied. I studied hard.

At times I may have given up but I continued.

I pushed through. At least I hope!

Now another year looms but the old has not yet passed!

Will I be successful?

If I have not made it…

Please do not call me a failure, because I already feel like one.

Please do not compare me to anyone because I am me, warts and all.

Please do not tell me “I told you so” because I know where I am and who is to blame.

Please do not cry, I have shed many tears already and it won’t help my case. 

Please… just be there for me.

Let me know it will be okay.

Let me know you still proud of me.

Let me know I am still loved.

Let me know it doesn’t end here and that life will go on.

At this time of the year, teenage suicide soars! Let us not be part of the reason!

The Digital Story of the Nativity

I just had to upload this!

 

For more weird and fascinating Nativity stuff check out Marko’s blog

 

Tis’ The Season To Be????

December has arrived.

The year is nearly at an end.

The time of the year for festivities have arrived?

The world goes on vacation and celebrations happen.

Why?

This clip has been circulating around the net and I thought it gives a nice “Christmas in a nutshell”. So if you don’t know the meaning of Christmas… have a look.