To have a fierce storm or one of impact, the perfect conditions must exist. There must be the right amount of calmness in the atmosphere and the right amount of pressure infringing upon it. In sports, we know that sometimes a championship team wins when the right people, under the right circumstances, at the right time, come together.
Many years ago in a small town far far away from Plano, TX, I had an opportunity to work in a church. I wore several hats, but the main reason I was hired was to lead the youth ministry. I spent the previous two years working with college students. I was burdened for college students because I made a true commitment to follow Jesus while I was in college.
I will elaborate in my post next week about my experience with college students and what it taught me. In short, I learned that a college student who was discipled well in the Word of God and was seeking to live it out, had the power to do so. Someone who did not know the Word of God seemed to be left to chance. I am not talking about going to church. I am not talking about being around other Christians, or going to fun church events, etc. I am only talking about people who were taught how to study scripture properly and how to live it out.
As my burden grew and other life circumstances taught me about pain and heartache, I was ready for the storm. When I started at the church, I had the right amount of burden and brokenness mixed with youthful ambition and an unwavering conviction that God’s Word prepares young people for life.
The students in the youth ministry didn’t know God’s Word and in my mind they were on track for terrible things in their early adult years. But, they loved Jesus. They also loved the church and wanted to be there all the time.
Now the perfect storm came; they wanted to learn and I wanted to teach them. God did some great things with those students, but most importantly, he is still working in their lives today. God did that. I do not tell this story to brag, but I want everyone to understand what people really need.
I continue to believe God’s word changes people’s lives. As a small business owner, in my work as a chaplain and now as a writer, I continue to believe people all need the same thing. That is why I wanted to create a place where people could come and seek.
This blog is for real people, who live and work in the real world, seeking real answers. Notice, you do not have to believe like I do to read this blog. Either way, I hope you find it interesting and I look forward to interacting with you.
My wife Heidi came up with the name because of the many hats I wear. Chaplapreneur is a mixture of the word chaplain and entrepreneur. I work as a chaplain for an organization, and I am also an entrepreneur. Because of my broad professional experience, you will find I don’t answer questions like the typical pastor. My goal is not to have you attend my church, or think like me. My goal is to help people see Jesus more clearly. Along the way, I will continue to see Him more clearly myself.
See next Monday!!!