Walk This Way -by Danny

WTW_LogoIt’s that time again. CAMP TIME! Next month, we have our Journey Youth camp and Journey Kids camp. First of all, if you are of age and our not registered for these experiences you are truly missing out. I am lucky enough to get to be a part of both. Today though I will focus on the latter, Journey Kids Camp.

We will be using the next two months of Sundays to set up what I think will be a fantastic experience for our children and volunteers. Last year was my very first kids camp and it was a great personal experience. This year we will be using the same format, so anyone who volunteered last year will have a great heads up on how this year will be ran.

This year, starting this month, we are focusing on faith and this theme will extend into July all the way to our camp July 25-29. Walk This Way will explore the life of the Apostle Paul; when he encountered Christ and his ministry. We have some awesome crafts and games to help illustrate the truths of what kind of impact faith in God can have on someone’s life. Not to mention our live drama team, video teachings, and worship.

I encourage you to get your children to this camp. I also encourage you to volunteer. I know kids ministry and especially kids and youth camps have a bad rep, but I will reiterate what I said before: if you are missing these two ministries in your life you are truly missing out. You can register for Walk This Way at journeychurchmo.com.  If you have any question about kids camp don’t hesitate to hit me up on Facebook or email or whatever. If you cannot be a part of our camps please join us in prayer that lives our impacted, futures are changed, and dreams are born.

Danny

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The Sweet Life — by Danny

SweetLife_BrooksYeah, that’s me at one of the top rated beaches in America, with a chocolate chip cookie in my mouth and sunshine and the ocean at my back. I am not going to lie … it was a pretty sweet moment.

What you don’t see is my wife who had to talk me into driving the two and a half hours to get to this beach. You don’t see my friend who requested a pic of me eating a cake by the beach while listening to “Cake by the Beach.” I didn’t have any cake so he settled for a cookie. LOL. What you can’t possibly see from this picture is the fact that my friends allowed us to stay at their house and take over their car for a week for FREE.

There is no way you could possibly figure out from this shot that while I am out of town, I have friends covering any needs that the Children’s Ministry has while I am out of pocket. There is also a friend who is checking on my house and animals so that I don’t have to worry about them and I can enjoy my time off, but you probably can’t see her in the picture, either. Without each one of these people in my life, this moment doesn’t happen.

Whether you are on a journey or have reached a destination, it truly is the people that make the best moments. It was pretty sweet to be on the beach, but the thing I love the most about my life are the people I have in it. These same people know that they can count on me to be there for them when they need me. It is so important that we surround ourselves with positive impact people. Can you look around your environment and know that the people who inhabit it are on your team? People will say “Man you are so lucky to have friends like that.” It is not luck that brings great people into your life. It is a choice to not to settle for people who drain and abuse you.

I believe isolation is the biggest enemy to progress and happiness, but surrounding yourself with people who drain and abuse your relationship is a close second. You can’t have the sweet life without loving people surrounding you. Jesus even surrounded himself with core people so that He could live the sweet life while He was here and even after He rose.

One of my favorite chapters in the Bible is John 21. One of Jesus’ last moments on Earth, and He decides to chill with his friends and eat some breakfast. There is nothing sweeter than having legit friends who care about you and who you care about. There are great people in this world that can change yours for the better.

Danny

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Bumpers — by Danny

Bumpers_BrooksIt only took three chapters and six verses for man to sin. Three chapters in, and we are already looking for the shortcut and making bad choices.

I love the fact I can make my own decisions, but sometimes I wish God would just throw me down the right path. I wish He would just sit one door in front of me and say “Go!” Alas, He wants us to choose to love Him. He wants us to choose to follow Him. He wants true love not forced love. As we pray for guidance, though, he will carve out a proper path for us … a path that will lead us straight toward our destiny, our dreams.

The issue just like with Adam and Eve is that before we are even on our way down the lane we choose to put the bumpers down. You know what I mean when I say bumpers? I am talking about the guards they put up in bowling alleys for kids and … most of the time, me. They prevent your ball from going in the gutter. They guide the ball toward the pins.

What we do, like our predecessors though, is we say to God “I want to do it this way” or we fail to surrender an area of our life on account of fear. Our fears and paranoia will force us to do crazy things. We fear God’s path will somehow hide some fun and exciting things from us. We are so paranoid that by following the bumpers we will in turn miss out on some great opportunities that by our logic God has either missed or withheld from our path.

Let me tell you something: God is not putting up boundaries in your life for you to suffer. Just like bowling bumpers, the only thing outside God’s plan is the gutter. Sure, you will run across some good stuff in the gutter, but you cannot get a strike with a gutter ball. What I mean is you will never see the full potential of that aspect of your life.

If you live outside of the boundaries of your marriage don’t be shocked that your marriage is falling apart. If you live in the gutter when it comes to your prayer life don’t expect to recognize God’s voice in your everyday. We need to understand that God has set a path before all of us, but we are responsible for choosing which way we roll.

“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”
Romans 12: 1-2

Danny

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Once I Was 30 Years Old — by Danny

30YearsOld_BrooksOnce I was 30 years old and that story has been told. Soon I’ll be 40 years old and I can’t help and wonder what that story will sound like. The past 31 years have been amazing … I mean I can really only remember like 20 years vaguely, but it has been an exciting ride.

I think looking in the rearview mirror briefly is a good thing. Look at what you have accomplished, look at how much you have changed, look how much the world around you has changed; it can be mind boggling to reminisce. You start to ask questions like “how did I survive and thrive under those circumstances?” or “I could not have made it without this person or that person.”

We can also look back and see a lot of missed opportunities. Some missed opportunities are not because we didn’t want to do them, but because there is no pause button. Life rolls on and the world keeps spinning even when life looks like a blur and you feel like you are caught in quicksand unable to keep up.

What do you do with all that is left undone though? That’s the question. What do you do with all of the undone dreams and unanswered questions? I believe in evaluation through prayer in these circumstances. What I mean by that is are these questions and dreams affecting my purpose. Has their time passed? Is this still something God wants me to still do or still be asking?

If you look in the rearview mirror, you have to be able to allow some things to fade into the distance so you can get to your final destination. Give up the good for what God has waiting for you. If you seek His answers in your time of confusion, you will get clarity. I don’t want to have 40 pass me by and I am still on the side of the road focusing on landmark moment I should have passed at 31.

Keep rolling. You are just getting started, but you might have to drop some baggage (even some nice looking baggage) along the way. If you want greatness you will have to sacrifice average.

While you’re thinking about all that, take a look at this music video of a new song I kind of like. It was my inspiration for this blog — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHCob76kigA 

Enjoy the ride.
Danny

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Unsteady — by Danny

Unsteady_BrooksStick around. It’s going to be good! I’m talking REAL GOOD. That is what I want to say to you today.

If you are facing an uphill battle for your dream, just hang on a little longer baby! We can get so unsteady crossing that ancient wooden bridge that serves as the pathway over the chasm of doubt and unbelief that separates us from now and our future. That is what it feels like sometimes, right?

God says, “Go over there,’ so you start walking and all of the sudden you’re at this rickety old bridge that connects you and you are literally steps away from greatness, but you can tell those steps are going to be … um, you know. We take that first step and hey it’s not so bad; you are still close enough to turn around, so we continue on and then bridge begins to sway … boards begin to creek and moan. You turn around and notice you are now pretty far from land. The wind begins to blow pretty hard. Things start to happen that were not in your “vision” or “plan”, but you know it is God pushing you forward.

Now it’s crunch time; this is where you have to start fully relying in faith that God will do what He has promised you. This is where the talk becomes walk.

Let me encourage you today: if you are in this spot, let God be your rock. Let God be your staff. Let God be your standard. Let God brace you. The more you lean on Him in this time of uncertainty, the more you will become certain it is His will. When you come to your bridge do not be frightened, be encouraged; your mountaintop is within reach. You just have to reach out and grab it!

Danny

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Our Kids are Orange — by Danny

Orange_BrooksWe have officially kicked off our 2016 Kids Ministry transition to Orange. Orange is a great strategy for meshing teaching in the home and the church. Using this strategy and its wide range of resources, we will be able to equip parents with material to bring the lessons taught Sunday to life every day of the week.

We want our kids to learn how to have a lifestyle that incorporates Christ and His teachings all week long, rather than just attending a service. This strategy, if used properly, can really enhance the dynamics of family time in our households.

See the video below to get a feel for what this strategy is all about! We are currently using First Look and 252 Basics, not xp3 which is included on the video.

Danny

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The Yellow Notepad — by Danny

Notepad_BrooksThis is my yellow notepad. It is my guide for every week. It tells me what to do and what I have finished. If it is on the pad, it needs to be done as soon as possible. Do you have a yellow notepad or something like it? Maybe it’s a white pad or an app or a spouse. (LOL) Brittany is my bonus notepad a lot of the time, too.

We are entering December, which is a very busy month for most people. Whether it is organizing the company Christmas party or preparing for family to stay at your house because it is your turn to host, it can be a very stressful time. Yellow pads fill up fast right about now. We have presents to get, food to prepare, and events to schedule. The pressure to check off each item is sometimes unbelievable. The pressure to over commit is also very strong.

It is OK even during the holiday season to say no. Sometimes I have hard time saying that word so … lets all say it out loud together just to get some practice in and the awkwardness out … ready 1 … 2 … 3 NO! Great job everybody. Come see me on Sunday and I will give you a sticker for participation. Ha. But seriously, I’ve got stickers. Enjoy this season! Be involved, but build boundaries for down time. You will find more joy and be more of a joy to be around.

Make time to fill your heart and not your hands. Spend some quality alone time with Jesus this year. You will be amazed at how He can clarify things for you. He can streamline our wants and needs so we can accomplish more in less time and cut out some of the things that don’t need to be there in the first place.

“Are your hands fuller than your heart? For the heart regulates the hands, if your heart is full, your hands will handle things better.” – Charlotte Gambill

Danny

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