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A Confession

September 24, 2010 1 comment

I’m not super compassionate…well, kinda.

I have to be honest, I get tired of reading articles and whatnot about people in America who are struggling financially. I mean, I know that is a real ordeal going on. God has been very good to my wife and I. As the recession was going on – we never felt it. We were very well taken care of. Even now, as my wife can’t find a job, we’re doing great.

But I have to be honest again, as I read about people who have thousands of dollars in student loan debt and they can’t pay it off, I don’t have much compassion. As I read about the spiked poverty levels recently in America, I had very little compassion and tolerance. Why? Because the Americanized culture is so materialistic.

As I read about people who have $90k in debt and they can’t find a job, it’s hard for me to look on them and go “Oh, you poor soul” because I question financial decisions leading them $90k into debt. It gets even worse whenever the interview talks about them having to make their car payments, which anyone who knows anything about cars knows that you should never finance a car because you pay much more on it than what it is ever worth.

But yet, I am compassionate. Most recently, as I was in Haiti, we were driving through the streets of Port-au-Prince, and I saw a little cafe. Now, don’t think Starbucks, or some other little local place like we have in America. Think of a block building with no one in it and it says “cafe” on the top. My assumption is that someone owns a small little restaurant there with no tables and people can come in and buy some food. I began to think – “How many of the Haitians that I have come to know over the past four years have ever sat down and said, ‘Let’s go out to eat tonight!'” It hit me of how there are SO many things in America that we have that the rest of the world doesn’t.

I struggle with this. I struggle with materialism.

I’ve heard people say, “It doesn’t mean we should deny ourselves a treat every now and then…” and in a lot of ways, I agree. But I have to ask myself occasionally – “What if I denied myself that $6 I spent at Sonic on ice cream each time and sent it to Haiti to feed a family?” Which is more beneficial?

Now, the other side of me has compassion for America. I know that there are people who are working hard and trying to get jobs and they are still not ever getting a leg up. I know this is a tough economy for the majority of people out there. I know that some people are really trying. There are exceptions to every rule, of course. But I argue that for most people, it can be looked at from their history that they never really tried. The decisions that are made usually lead people to where they are in America. I know plenty of people who make great decisions with their money. (READ: They don’t spend money that they don’t have.) Those are the people who haven’t felt a pinch from the hurt economy. I know one guy who lived that way. He lost his job last August. He didn’t have a job in June. And he wasn’t hurting at all! Why? Because he was smart with his money. Materialism was there, but it was still a distance away because he recognized that he couldn’t live like the rest of the world.

This is essentially a big ramble, but my hopes are that people who read this do a little self-examination. Are you really a good steward? Would I have compassion on you? (Probably not. I’m a jerk. And you’re probably not Haitian.) I have to work on my compassion for sure. It’s a weakness.

If I cannot love my neighbor in America, then I have no business loving my neighbor elsewhere with someone beside me hurting.

What mission fields do I miss in America?

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The Bible

September 11, 2009 Leave a comment

Starting next week, this is what we’ll be studying with my youth group.  The Bible.  Pretty rad, huh?  Who would have thought we’d study the Bible at church?

Anyways, I’ll be digging into the canonization, beliefs, fluidity, etc of the Bible.  We’ll see how that goes.

In other news, I haven’t read a book all summer and I am slacking on most things that I should be doing.  

How’s that for awesome?

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Thoughts

April 27, 2009 3 comments

It just so happens that I don’t really neglect writing as much as I neglect writing in THIS blog.  

Run 4 Haiti has really brightened my days.  Thinking about ditching apologetic yp and just moving all my thoughts over to run4haiti.  

Thoughts?

(If there are no thoughts, that would be my first sign it might be a good idea…)

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Out of town

April 22, 2009 Leave a comment

For those of you who happen upon this blog occasionally, I have not had a good, in-depth, update in quite some time.  I don’t know what it will take to get me back into it.  

This weekend, I am going out of town though.  I’ll be running the 2009 Country Music Marathon in Nashville, Tennessee.  It will be my third full marathon.  That’s 26.2 miles of pure torture.  I soak it up.  I love it.  I live for it.  I thrive on it.  

I’m nervous.

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Passover

April 8, 2009 Leave a comment

Really? I update this about as frequently as some of the worst church signs I’ve ever seen.

Anyways, tonight with the youth group, we’re experiencing Passover. No sacrifices and blood on the doorframes, but instead, I’ve prepped the items for the traditional Passover meal and will go step by step to explain it to them. I am super excited.

I got most of my information from the Jews for Jesus website, including a 40 minute video explaining how Christ can be found in the Passover. It was a very interesting video and I am super excited about the lesson tonight.

The thing that stuck out to me the most, I believe, was how the video closed and his heart for the Jewish people.

Jesus Christ, found in the Passover feast? It’s utterly amazing to me.

Likewise, I love the glimpse of Biblical history the meal actually gives. Hopefully, tomorrow, I can give an in-depth look as to how it went.

New Haiti Video!

February 12, 2009 Leave a comment

Just want your honest opinions on this video, so check it out and review it and tell me what you think! Plus, if you want to get involved, please let me know!

Free Running Movie

October 27, 2008 3 comments

I’m a member at RunningAhead.com – yeah, I’m a nerd and I track every mile that I run, for every minute, for every day.  I enjoy it.  Nonetheless, there is a gentleman on the site who is not only an exceptional runner, but he has a site RunToWin.com and he is giving away a new release about Fred Lebow who has had a profound impact on the New York City marathon and the world of running as a whole.  So, if you’re a running fan, and want a chance at a free DVD, check out the site by clicking this link:

http://news.runtowin.com/2008/10/27/want-a-free-dvd-of-run-for-your-life.html

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