a meaningless quick list of places I used to shop at for "cool clothes" but don't anymore.
- Chess King: During my 80's "skinny tie" phase.
- County Seat: During my 80's "Marty McFly" phase.
- The Gap: During my 90's "90210" phase.
- Merry Go Round: During my 90's "I'm-into-girls-named-Kiki-who-follow-me-around-because-they're-trying-to-earn-a-sales-commission-but-I-don't-care-if-that's-their-motive" phase.
Isn't it funny how some things really matter at a certain point in your life? Like being cool or looking like you're the greatest thing to grace this planet? I just found out via email that I won an iPOD Shuffle from a vendor's booth at NYWC. A part of me wants to go, "WOW! I'm an iPODer now!" Then I wonder, "Did I just get cooler... or trendier?"
The same thing happens in ministry, too. Sometimes we get so concerned with being different than someone (or something) else that we never really figure out who we are. Just today I had the privilege of spending some time with the youth pastor at the church... one of my old positions "back in the day." This guy is doing some great stuff, and what's cool is that I can see some direct ways where he's built off of the foundation of the past while adding his own spin here and there. On the other hand, I've also seen situations where the next guy/gal comes along and is so determined to be the "anti-guy/gal-before-him/her" that the whole ministry is built on trying to prove how cool he/she is.
And sadly... I've been that guy. Both of those guys, actually.
And then one day... you're just comfortable being who you are. That is, the person whom God made you to be. When this happens we move from being a rebel to becoming a revolutionary... actually having a voice for something instead of an agenda against something.
Hmm... being yourself.
I think that'll do.
- Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:1-3)