A Need To Refocus (An Update)

So, as many of you know, I started a brand new job as a hospice chaplain almost a month ago. It has been an overwhelming, but awesome opportunity: one I am 100% grateful for and excited about. 

Well, ever since I started this new job full-time, I have let my “passions” slip by the wayside…

It’s just something that kind of happened. When I was unemployed for a year, I had all of this free time. I am convinced that one way I was able to stay sane throughout this whole time was to keep my focus on things I loved. I love to write, I love to try new things, I love things tech, I love to share my thoughts with anyone who is willing to listen.

But, now it is time for me to “refocus” my efforts squarely on my job/career…

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Should I Even Be Doing This?

So this CFO is in a drive-thru line of his local Chick-fil-a and starts filming. When he gets to the pick-up window, he starts berating the server saying that this is an awful company and that it is anti-gay and that she is awful for working at this company and it goes on and on. He later uploads this video to YouTube and…

BAM!

The video goes viral, SUPER viral. 

Not too soon after he uploads this video does the company he works for get flooded with voicemails expressing disgust in the CFO’s behavior, including death threats and bomb threats against the company. Shortly after the CFO was fired and lost his salary and stock options. He had to sell his multi-million house, and his family eventually ended up on food stamps. In essence he lost everything…

A New Era Of Ministry For Me

Since leaving my last ministry job, I have struggled to make sense of God’s will for my life and how to make it through such a long time of unemployment. Along with my emotional state being shattered along with my faith in God; I was met with the stress of not working and the continued bills and financial responsibilities I had to maintain. These were difficult times, but these times also forced me to fix my eyes on Jesus and to seek healing and clarity that only He could give me when I totally surrendered and was open to His plan for my life. In the end, God is faithful and has opened up a new ministry opportunity for me. I couldn’t be happier and more grateful to God for His healing and blessing in my life. This is my story…

My Journey Back To Church

When you have been doing something you love and feel called to for such a long time, and then you aren’t doing it anymore; it’s natural to feel a host of emotions that can test your faith in God’s ultimate plan for your life. For me, those emotions left me with a sense of lostness and the desire to never enter back into the four walls of a church ever again.

So that’s what I did. I stop going to church. I stewed in my anger, resentment, and outright hatred toward anything and everything sacred. My soul was becoming consumed with the weight of darkness. For several months, I completely disconnected from my spirituality. I stopped praying, reading Scripture, worshipping God – all of it. I stopped caring about my relationship with Jesus and I became more and more bitter about Christianity. 

I had never felt these feelings before, even when I was going through some dark times many years ago while I was in college. I never had a moment when I stopped trusting in God, or believing that He had my best interests in mind. But I did at this moment. I was done with God…

Why Religion Gets In The Way Of Love

Healing only came when I surrendered everything I knew and I said, “God, I want to start over.” I determined right then and there to give up everything I already knew and renewed my relationship with God by choosing to clear the slate and recommit to learning, to trusting, and to what true love really looks like.

Evangelicals, Don’t Make People A Punchline

Instead of proclaiming the gospel of narrow-mindedness, judgment, and bigotry; I now proclaim and preach the gospel of love. That gospel of love includes everybody. I was led to a “choice” when it came to my ministry: will I choose to be “right” and do it at the exclusion of entire groups of people or will I choose to be “loving” and reach everyone with the good news of Jesus Christ and the salvation He provides? I decided to choose the latter, for that is what I believe is what Jesus desires of all of His followers.

The Humanness Of Politics: Why I’m Taking A Break

Why? Because I think politics affects us all on such a deep, visceral level that it brings out the best (but mostly worst) side of us. It brings up beliefs, views, and arguments that can go on and on for days until either one person calls it quits or both people break each other down. Politics is a breaking point. Politics serves us not so well. Politics, dare I say, is a necessary evil…