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8I know I distressed you greatly with my letter. Although I felt awful at the time, I don’t feel at all bad now that I see how it turned out. The letter upset you, but only for a while.9 Now I’m glad-not that you were upset, but that you were jarred into turning things around. You let the distress bring you to God, not drive you from him. The result was all gain, no loss.
10 Distress that drives us to God does that. It turns us around. It gets us back in the way of salvation. We never regret that kind of pain. But those who let distress drive them away from God are full of regrets, end up on a deathbed of regrets.
11 And now, isn’t it wonderful all the ways in which this distress has goaded you closer to God? You’re more alive, more concerned, more sensitive, more reverent, more human, more passionate, more responsible. Looked at from any angle, you’ve come out of this with purity of heart. – 2 Corinthians 7:8-11 (MSG)
Things I love about these verses:
- Pain can either guide you to God or away from him. It’s your choice (vs9)
- If you choose to go towards God then you gain from the pain and their is no loss. “God never wastes a hurt” no loss means it was all beneficial. Every bit of it. (vs9)
- We never regret that kind of pain. I’m going through a divorce. I hate it. So does God.(Mal 2:16) I don’t want it. It hurts. It’s not my choice, but this pain has ultimately brought me and others closer to God so I don’t regret the pain I feel. (vs10)
- If you choose to move away from God then you will regret it and you wasted a huge opportunity to grow closer to the best friend you’ll ever have (vs10)
- Look at the fruit that comes into your life if you will draw near to God in your pain (vs11)
It reminds me of proverbs 24:
No matter how many times you trip them up, God-loyal people don’t stay down long; Soon they’re up on their feet, while the wicked end up flat on their faces. (proverbs 24:16)
If you constantly seek God with all your heart no matter what problems happen in your life you’ll ultimately be ok. It’s the second you give up on God or turn away that you end up flat on your face full of regret.
As you know if you’ve been reading my blog or know anything about me, I LOVE technology. I am a huge fan of www.youversion.com. If you have never heard of it or used it you’re missing out. As the community of user continues to grow you have access to God’s word but also many people’s different views of scripture. They can share a video, picture, link or text about a verse that they think relates to that verse. Definitely go sign up and add me as a friend. My name is TIMLEM on youversion.
Now this next part really excites me. YouVersion announced yesterday that they are introducing a new feature called YouVersion Live. This will enable churches/conferences to share bible verses/notes live with people using their mobile device or laptop. It also enables them to particpate by answering polls and other interactive features. I know it will be a while before we get to this point (especially in SouthWest Virginia) but imagine a day when we no longer have to print bulletins instead we pull out our phones and have access to the notes and scripture. I already do this using Evernote on my iPhone during church. Rather than taking notes on some piece of paper and going home and losing that piece of paper (I hate keeping up with paper – I learned that bad habit from Greg) I can just take notes in Evernote and then when I think what was that verse Jimmie mentioned last year in that message about pain, I can just search for it and find it instantly. (longest sentence I’ve ever written)
Anyways, see the video below for a sneak peak from ChurchCrunch.com:
I love it when companies understand it’s all about the customer. I could go all spiritual here and say the Church needs to be all about Jesus and reaching the people he dah dah dah, but I won’t.
I just recieved this from Netflix:
So I’ll enjoy my %3 off my bill and once again sing praises of Netflix and how awesome they are. I love being a Netflix member!
What other companies have you seen that go out of their way to take care of the customer?
Ever since I was 8 or so I can remember having a computer in the house. Now for today’s culture, that’s no big deal at all, nothing special. However, in 1986 or so that was rare. I’m thankful my grandfather wanted me to have one so that I could get started on one at an early age. I have always been obsessed with technology and computers.
That is one of the reasons I love twitter. I remember being a kid and going on a trip and meeting people and being sad because we would never hear from each other again. That doesn’t happen now. Now you share IM screennames, twitter each other, read blog posts, follow on facebook/myspace. The world is a much smaller place now.
Watch this video about Ashton Kutcher, twitter, and Malaria. There is a line that he says that I loosely quote, “now we are in a time where a single person can have as large of a voice as huge news network.” I am thankful that we have this technology. I know a lot of traditional churches fight technology, but those same churches are usually the ones that circle up and show their butts to the world. How is it wrong when people are genuinely coming to Christ through technology. Just look here, here, and/or here. Amazing stories of Christ at work through technology. Especially this video. God’s hands and feet are being shown to the World through twitter.
So watch this video then ask yourself, “What message does God want me to share with the World?” (literally… the world)
I realized this morning when having my quiet time that today is April 20th. It made me think that 12 or 13 years ago I was celebrating today’s date. April 20th = 4/20 or 4:20. ATTN: parents, student workers and others. Do you know what 420 means? Read here if you do not. 12 years ago on this date I was in High School organizing a big camp out/party disguised as a Interact Club Community Clean Up Project.
I read this morning in my quiet time something that made me think about my past as well. “Three things amaze me, no, four things I’ll never understand—… why adolescents act the way they do.” Proverbs 30:18,19 Yesterday Jimmie talked about how if you really accepted Christ into your life then you WILL see a change in your life. (click that link, it is AWESOME) He is too big and too awesome to not influence change in your life. He said that you ought to be able to look back and see how you have changed.
Well today is a reminder of how I have changed. I used to be a druggie and all I focused on was drugs, partying and girls. Now I focus on God, partying (the good/non-destructive kind) and girls, the 3 in my life that God has given me. My wife, Alisha and my two girls, Mia and Tyra.
I don’t know what your struggling with letting go of today or really giving to God, but I do know this. “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7 I promise that if you let Him have control you won’t be disappointed.
Watch this (skip music if you want – but Highway to Hell is awesome) if you want to know more about this or ask me.
Hello all blog readers. Today marks the dawn of a new day. I have decided to stop letting twitter create a blog post everyday to my blog. I am going to step up my game on here. The main reason I kept it was for my family. My Grandpa and Mom were reading them pretty faithfully.
Now if anyone wants to read my twitters you can either sign up for twitter by going to twitter.com; send “follow timlem” to 40404 from your cell phone; go here to see my most recent updates; or click here to subscribe to my rss feed for twitter.
Well it was almost a year ago when I wrote about me leaving Virginia and moving to Houston. Now, today is my last day here @ The MET. I’m moving from Houston back to Virginia. So why? Did I make a mistake? Did I not hear from God like I thought? Noooooo.
Houston has been an awesome experience. I have been challenged and have grown a lot while here. I feel like God called us here for many reasons:
- Being away from our extended families has been an awesome experience that I think everyone should experience. It has helped us to mature as a family and also to depend on God and ourselves more. Also it has helped us to appreciate having our families closer and we are looking forward to being with our families again.
- God has used this time to first challenge our marriage and test it and now it is growing stronger than it has ever been and I know it’s going to continue to do so. I love my wife more now today than I did when we dated or early on in our marriage. There have been times where I couldn’t have said that. 😉
- God has used this time to restore my confidence. I went through a hard time with so much on me at Highlands that I felt like I wasn’t good enough because I had too much to do so everything suffered. Here it has been healthier and God has shown me that he has given me many talents to use ONLY for HIS Glory, not mine! (this is not a slam on Highlands, we were just understaffed)
- God has restored my love of music. I went through a two/three year phase where I only touched my guitar when I HAD to practice a song. Now I play on a weekly basis for the fun of it and I have grown a lot as a musician. Also the vocal lessons I took while at the church seemed to have helped me a lot.
- To help bring some organization and structure to The MET Student Ministry Worship Arts. I feel good about the time I have had here and I have hopefully impacted some students lives here. A few of come up and thanked me for something I said/did/preached and that was awesome to hear. Thank you those of you who know who you are!
- God gave me an experience – another chapter in my story. There’s not too many people in tiny Abingdon, VA who can say they packed up and moved 1,000 miles away to follow God.
- He also gave me an opportunity to be a part of a large (350) student ministry where I can take what I learned/observed here and apply it to wherever I go.
One of the biggest things in my opinion has been that God showed me how lucky I am to have an awesome wife like I do. She has stood by me through a lot of crap. I KNOW that God has impressed on me that I am to do whatever it takes to allow her to have her time now. We have been married for almost 10 years and she has stayed home and raised our 3 kids and now she wants to finish college so that she can have a careeer of her own. If that means I stop working in ministry long enough for her to go to finish college, then that’s fine with me.
One of our struggles here has been financial. Anyone in ministry knows it is hard to survive on youth minister’s salary (any minister for that matter) but especially when only one spouse is working and you have a five person family to support. So if Alisha goes back to college and is able to do nursing, then that takes some of the pressure off of me and frees me up to do ministry as a vocation again.
So what’s our plan? You just heard it. That’s about all we have. We feel like God has released us from where we are. Neither one of us have a job lined up. We are trusting God that where He guides, He will provide. For now our plan is to find a job, get Alisha in school and I’ll probably volunteer at Highlands Fellowship. Would I work there again? HECK YES! It is an awesome place and I feel like sooner or later I will work there again. I have missed Highlands and all the people there that I would consider my family.
I’m not sure my fragile blogger ego can handle knowing all the people that quit me on twitter. Isn’t ingnorance bliss? My own best man in my wedding stopped following me.
So Josh, what’s up man? you can talk about your kids and when they have soccer games but I can’t post a pic of my daughter for my family who lives 1,000 miles away? Or maybe it’s because I don’t refer to my kids as numbers?
Actually since you can’t hear my sarcastic voice – I’m joking around. Josh I like the idea of numbers for kids – works great for twitter especially if you have as many kids as you do. Maybe you’ll follow me again one day Josh and Greg. Until then, I’m still gonna archive my life for myself if for no one else.