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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Me and Jesus

As I was on the plane heading to Malaysia I had a lot of time on my hands (25 hours of flight time to be exact). So I watched a few movies, followed the in flight map, tried to sleep and gorged myself with succulent airline cuisine.

The whole time I kept thinking about the pain and hardship that the young people of the world are faced with as a result of poor choices that are made without guidance, input, advice and especially the standard of God's Word.

I've also been wondering why God led me to get involved in the prison ministry like he has, when all of my ministry involvement over the years has been with young people, and as I was 30,000 feet in the air somewhere in Russian airspace it hit me.

God has me working with hardcore prisoners so I can catch a glimpse of what hurt, pain, hardship and loneliness is all about. This glimpse not only captivates my heart and inspires me to share God's truth with them, it also allows me to share these insights with youth leaders around the globe of how critical their role in the lives of their young people really is.

Then as I was sitting there making this connection in my mind, a song by the band Stellar Kart came on my mp3 player. It's called "Me and Jesus" and it helped to solidify the reason behind why God has me doing what I'm doing these days...He's got me involved in rubbing shoulders with people who need to know that even at the lowest point in their lives, they are not alone, they've got "me" and Jesus. I will be there as best as I can but that's pretty fragile...Jesus on the other hand, is solid...He'll always be there for them.

Who are you rubbing shoulders with that needs to hear that you're there for them, and even more...Jesus is there for them?

This video helps to give a picture of what my ministry is all about.

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