This line was shared with me early when I got into ministry: "More is Caught Than Taught". For the last couple years I have thought about how true this statement is. I have invested the last eight and a half years of my life into spreading the Gospel; mainly to students. Over these years I have seen hundreds of students come and go through the doors of our church. As I think back to my internship and the hundreds of students at Eastlake Church that we ministered to there is only one student I keep in contact with.
After Eastlake Church I helped out with a church plant just north is a cool city called Encinitas. I have to say that I have loosely kept in contact with one family from that church. Being at South Hills Church for the last, almost, seven years I have had a chance to share the truth of the Bible with lots of people. I think about these last seven years and I have a hard time believing that any of them can remember more than ten messages that I have shared. Ok, lets be honest, I think we would be hard pressed to find someone who remembers more than five of the messages I have preached here. To be honest, I would be stoked if there were a handful of people that remember one of the messages I have preached at our church.
|(Indoor Skydiving with Spencer, Travis and Nick)|
If there are a few people that remember one of the messages that I have preached and have acted on that truth of God I would be very excited. I would more excited to hear about students who have changed the direction of their life because we have spent time with them. I really do think that preaching on Sunday is super important but I think that people are more prone to remember the things we do off the stage. See I think that if you spoke with some of the students in our church they would share that they learned more from me on a road trip to snowboard or out on the lake. They could probably tell you how I acted at Hume Lake when we played paintball
or a conversation we had at the lunch table.
I guess what I am trying to say is our lives are an example for Christ and people are watching our every move. I want to be known for how I lived my life off stage. I want people to remember how I acted in tough situations because I chose the high road.
So good and so true!
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