Jun 17 2013

Guatemala Day 6

With yesterday being Father's Day, like yours, my Facebook news feed was filled with Father's day wishes and pics of dads.  After getting back home from Guatemala late Saturday night, all I could think of were the orphans that we had met while we were there.   The ones who clung to me, saying "Papi! Papi!", "Daddy! Daddy!" and it broke my heart.  They are longing for someone to be "daddy" to them, someone to be there to protect them, to cheer them on, to wipe away their tears, to pick them up and encourage them to try again… Just someone who will love them unconditionally.  Isn't that we all want?

You don't have to go to Guatemala to find people who want and need the love of a father, you meet them every day.  You may have woken up and looked at someone in the mirror who craves that.  The good news is that we have that kind of love, God is the Father of Fathers, and as hard as it may be for me to believe as a dad, He loves me far more than I love my own children, and He loves you that much too.  God held back nothing in showing you how much He loved you.  He allowed his only son to bear the weight of our sin, so that you would KNOW just how much you're loved, just how much you matter and just how much He cares.  So often we forget that, we engage in our pity parties and self loathing and forget just how much we matter to God.

I learned an extremely valuable lesson from the kids at the orphanage, when I asked them if they ever felt like God had abandoned them, they shouted back with a resounding "NOOOOOO!".  I admit, I felt a bit of that for them, but they didn't!  I believe that we saw a measure of God's grace at work in that moment, many of us complain far more over far less.  I believe the reason that these kids responded with the passion they did was because their eyes are fixed on Jesus, it is when they are not, that we find ourselves sinking into despair.  These children are the teachers, not us.  I am being sent back to you by these children, as a missionary, to remind you that God sees you, He has not forgotten or abandon you, nor will He, ever!

We can honor these children, and more importantly God, by sharing their story.  Take some time today to just think about how much God loves you, and then give it away!  That's what the Gospel is all about, never losing site of how much we are loved, and than sharing that love with those needing that reminder.  I promise that you will meet someone, or know someone already, that needs the reminder the children of Guatemala are sending home with me… "You are NOT forgotten!"

Thank you Shoes for Orphan Souls for making this trip possible!!!

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Jun 17 2013

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Jun 14 2013

Guatemala Day 5

For most of us reading this, it would hard to imagine keeping a family afloat for $260 a month, yet that is exactly what the average family of 6 survives on in the village of "El Cerrito".  As if that weren't difficult enough the community is plagued by violence, and sits under the bridge that sadly has become Guatemala's most popular suicide destination… Just reading this probably has you feeling a bit more depressed than when you started, imagine waking up to this reality everyday.  So what do you do?  Should you allow hopelessness to immobilize us?  Of course not, but how often do we?  How often to we try to insulate ourselves from others hopelessness, so that we don't have to be bothered?

In the Bible, Jesus gave us the distinct privilege of being the ones who take His light to the World, but how often is it that sharing that light is the last thing on our minds?  Jesus said the "you" are a city set upon a hill, a light to all the World, a light that should not be hidden.  Seeing El Cerrito and the families living there is a reminder that people need what you have to give…HOPE!  More than just the shoes that we gave the children yesterday, we endeavored to leave them with a message of hope; all week long we have been sharing the story of Queen Esther, and reminding the kids that no matter where they are, or what circumstances they face, God has a plan for them, that "He has created them for such a time as this" to be used by God.  In fact, God used the children of El Cerrito yesterday, to show us that hope thrives regardless of our circumstances.  We came to encourage them, yet it was God reminding us that life isn't about a pay check, or the size of our house, but the size of our heart.  They were filled with such love, not only for God, but for one other.

As Christians, we are to embrace the ideals of "faith", "hope" and "charity", so often we do quite well with faith and charity, but we struggle with bringing hope, and yet it can be the thing that most often is the catalyst for change in someone's live.  Hope can be a hard thing to grasp because it must be practiced through the virtue of patience, which continues to do good even in the face of apparent failure, and through the virtue of humility, which trusts God even in times of darkness.  Often times we must be reminded of the promise of Hebrews 6:19, 

"We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God!" 

When you cling to that hope, you can offer that hope to someone else in need, and before you think it takes going to a place like El Cerrito, think again.  Hopelessness isn't a condition of socioeconomics, it is a condition of the heart.  There are people that you know, that need the hope that you have, in Christ, so share it!

 

Thank you to Shoes for Orphan Souls and to YOU for helping us make this trip possible! If you would like to do your own shoe drive, you can visit them on Facebook and Twitter.

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Kanye West flagged for Unsportsman like conduct!
Sep 14 2009

Kanye West flagged for Unsportsman like conduct!

Last night at the MTV VMA Awards Kanye West through a tantrum when Taylor Swift won for best Female Video.  He got up on stage and blasted her saying that Beyonce should have won the award.  This seems to be a patteren of behavior for Kanye, and the unfortunate thing is it's a display of poor sportmanship.  Perhaps as bad, Serena Williams had an ugly outburst at the US Open yesterday, again another poor display of sportsmanship.  As much as we would like to throw the book at Kanye, or Serena, I think we all have our moments when good sportsmanship goes out the window.

Their poor behavior was much more public than ours, but I imagine that most of us have had our "moments".  Shining our light as believers isn't always easy, if it was I suppose that there may be a lot more people who would be following Christ.  As a believer, Christ calls to a life of service and self sacrafice.  Watching someone else's failure is many times a reminder of my own failures, and I am reminded of the incredible grace that Jesus extends toward us, even at our very worst. 

That is the Good News that the world needs to know about, and we have the incredible privalage of telling them about it.  Ironically enough, today's KLOVE Encouraging Word is a reminder to all of us, Matthew 5:13 says, "You are the salt of the Earth, but what good is it, if salt loses it's flavor?"  The whole world may not see our bad behavior, but there is always someone watching that God has charged us with reaching.  My prayer is that I don't fail God, and live my life for His Glory even when I think no one is watching!!!

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8/28/2009 1:51:32 AM
Meghan United States
Meghan
This is an awesome blog! It is so cool because I just heard a sermon today on Matthew 5:13-15! This verse is occurring over and over again.. Its such an important thing to remember that we are always being watched..by God or people! We are to enhance the environment as salt enhances food. From the sermon, the pastor said.."You don't say that the salt on the steak was great! You say.. man, that was some great steak! If there was too much salt on the steak, you wouldn't want to eat it. We have to make sure we're not shaking too much salt out the shaker and not too little either." We are the salt of the earth.. lets get some flavor in this world!!
8/28/2009 2:02:05 AM
Clint United States
Clint
Yeah this is a good reminder of our responsibility of grace and forgiveness. It does not excuse their behavior, and I believe that since they are more in the public light they should be held at a higher standard because they influence more people. However, that does not give us an excuse to hate them. Celebrities are human after all. This is the world and we must live in it but not be of it.
8/28/2009 1:12:06 PM
just an observation United States
just an observation
I was disappointed to hear this story talked about on the Scott & Kelli show ALL afternoon. A one-time mention would have been more than sufficient.  Instead, KLOVE, a coast to coast "Christian" radio station gave the offensive performer free publicity.  Next time, remember that KLOVE's motto is "Positive & Encouraging."  Surely there are plenty of positive & encouraging newsworthy stories that don't get any mention.  
8/28/2009 4:23:12 PM
Rob United States
Rob
I too was disappointed that this received so much airtime.  The discussion was more fit for a secular FM station than Klove.  If Kanye is going to be a topic, at least put the discussion in a biblical context.  Please keep the afternoon show positive and encouraging.  
8/29/2009 1:05:40 AM
Lynn United States
Lynn
I am finding it rather distasteful to listen to Scott discuss celebrities behaving badly--Kanye, Serena--when in the same broadcast he is condemning his neighbor over a disagreement they have.  Scott shared too many details to enable this neighbor to maintain their privacy and without giving the neighbor the opportunity to defend himself.  Scott is using his position at K-Love as a tool of intimidation towards his neighbor and that sickens me.  It is the worst form of self-righteousness cloaked in Christianity that I have heard in a long time and it made me turn off K-Love today and leave them a phone message (today is the only contact I have ever made with a radio station in my life, and I'm 39).  It made me feel like a dirty party to malicious gossip to hear Scott discuss what should have been a private matter.  It borders on sinful and is leading all of your listeners on that path right along with you.  I expect better from K-LOVE.
1/2/2010 2:15:46 AM
Dee United States
Dee
I agree that talking about Kane all afternoon gives too much emphasis on Kane.  Use the situation to further Christian ideals of forgiveness and maturity not hatred.  Klove is a great vechicle for growth in the Christian walk and a great encouragement for broken souls.  They are a light in the tunnel of depression, used of God to further the kindgom of God and lighten the load of individuals as they go about their day.  Thank God for Klove!
1/11/2010 7:38:12 AM
Elise United States
Elise
Taylor Swift is so extremely down to earth (now). And when I saw Kanye doing that! I felt sooo extremely sorry for her! Her music video for "You Belong With Me" was wayyyy better than Beyonce's music video. She definitely deserved that award. Kanye was just a bit of a jerk that night. Should we start praying for him?
1/11/2010 7:39:54 AM
Elise United States
Elise
But all in all, yes it was a bit to much. I understand how we should feel pity and draw that issue up on the radio. But, maybe it could have only been discussed for an hour, no longer than that.
1/12/2010 4:26:33 PM
Tim United States
Tim
first of all I have to agree with most everyone who has commented on this story. In the last few years there has been almost no positive news stories on any celebrities, that includes sports figures as well, and as a result, I couldn't care less about what they do. Personally, I don't even want to hear about anyone of them, they make tons of money due to America idolizing them, and yet they act like spoiled rich kids, throwing tantrums, infidelity, immoral, drunk driving, domestic abuse, drug use/dealing. Enough-I like the words of that old Gaither song "Tell Me" Tell me once again about His love. Report something about how a prayer meeting in Haiti, being held on the roof of a boarding house that collapsed during the quake and no one was injured. I want to hear stories of a missionary to Niger who knew of a crippled boy who fell ill and died,and his father couldn't bear to go in and wrap him for burial, after three days the family made him go into take care of him, as he started to wrap him he sat straight up and said did you see Him. The father said who, and the boy said Jesus, He was the one who helped me sit up. the boy is no longer crippled. That is the GOOD news.
3/9/2011 6:37:38 AM
Lauren United States
Lauren
Now that's just downright WRONG!!!!
I LOVE YOU K-LOVE!!!!!!!!! B-D
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