a physical and spiritual transformation…

August 25, 2010

A few weeks ago, I made a promise to myself and to a very close friend of mine. I promised that I would go to the gym every single day. It sucked at first, but now, a week and a half later; I am seeing results and loving it. Of course, there are days where I do not feel like going at all, but the above-mentioned friend sort of holds me accountable and reminds me that I promised myself I would go, and for that, I am very thankful.

The Incredible Hulk

Over the last few days I have been doing a lot of thinking about transformation. I saw how quickly the health (and shape) of my body has been changing from my hard work at the gym. This got me thinking about my spiritual life. If I can devote 2 ½  to 3 hours a day to lifting weights, doing cardio, and swimming, then how would my life look if I devoted this much time (if not more) to spending time with God in prayer, in reading His Word, and in serving Him?

It was a scary realization to come to. If I’m going to be completely honest with myself, I have not been growing in my walk with God lately. I have not been spending time with Him.  It has been way too long since I was truly and sincerely seeking Him and striving to grow closer on a daily basis. Sometimes going to a Christian college and having a job that you get paid to read your Bible for will do that to you. It becomes a job and not a desire. I have also been bitter for the last few months and have been completely unmotivated to work on that issue and fix my spiritual life. But that is changing.

Yesterday, I challenged myself to make it a priority to spend as much time with God (in prayer, reading His word, watching and learning from sermons, etc) each day as I do at the gym. It is going to require a lot of discipline and hard work, but so does lifting weights. I’m seeing results from my hard work at the gym, and now it is time to start seeing results from my hard work in growing in my walk with God.

Can anyone relate to any of this? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Post Script – Your prayers are greatly appreciated!

–          paulg


Bad Ideas in Youth Ministry #1…

April 1, 2009

If you are a youth worker, you’ve probably been in a situation before where something happens and you realize that it probably wasn’t such a good idea that you let it happen. I will be continually adding to this “bad ideas in youth ministry” topic, though if I don’t, it means that things are going great and I am a perfect youth pastor. But I’m not, so I will most definitely be continuing this topic…

With that being said, allow me to begin the first installation of my bad ideas series…

After I was done teaching youth group last Wednesday, some of my students asked if they could go play dodge ball in the gym until their parents were ready to go. I saw nothing wrong with this. Dodge ball is always a good time no matter what age you are. When I got downstairs though, I saw that it was a two on two dodge ball match. Two older students against two younger students. Ok, no problem there. Wait, yes there is. One of the older students is an extremely good baseball player. A good baseball player means a well developed arm that is capable of throwing fast moving balls. As soon as I walked in, I saw the ball whip past my line of sight and knock one of the younger students onto the ground. I laughed, as most people probably would…because it looked funny and everyone else was laughing.

dodgeball_logo4001The hurt student was pretty shaken up. It looked worse than it actually was.

The moral of this story is…don’t let your older youth group members who play baseball fire the ball at a younger student. Make sure you pick even teams. This has been an installment of Paul G’s bad ideas in youth ministry. See ya next time…

– paulg

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