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A Special Podcast- For Today

Hey everyone,

J.A.M here. [Joel, Alyssa, Matt]. We made a special podcast this morning talking about embarrassing moments in school and the current events that are happening right now in our world. Yes… it’s two totally different topics [and head space’s] but we want to encourage you talk about anything and everything… together!

#pizzawednesday

 

Prioritize: Session 7- Some Stuff To Do and Read [And listen to!]

Stop! PRIORITIZE!

By Schmeefy (Matt)

 

Sunday intro

 

Easy–God first. Done.

If it were that easy prioritizing wouldn’t be a weeklong topic and honestly writing about this is tough because I fail at this monthly weekly daily. Yeah, daily. WE ARE HUMAN! No matter how many F’s or L’s we take in a day, God gives out more than second chances and we have the opportunity to try again tomorrow. Thank God! Try to make that a priority this week.

 

Monday meat

 

Family, friends, school, sports, church…how are you supposed to balance it all? It wasn’t too long ago that Joel, Alyssa and I were in your shoes, and actually we still are. It just looks a little different. By no means do any of us have it all figured out and always prioritize perfectly every day. You probably have heard “seek first the kingdom of God” for the Bible says this in several passages but if you’re like me I tend to seek first what I’m going to have for lunch or what I’m going to do instead of my homework. Don’t be discouraged because our God will never give up on us and will always let us seek the kingdom even if it isn’t always first.

If you went to our Spring Treat in last April then you were introduced into the topic of being in constant presence with God; another thing that is definitely easier said than done. In a world surrounded by busy schedules, technology, and pressure to succeed, it’s no wonder why we struggle with putting God first and seeking His kingdom instead of checking stories on Instagram and SnapChat. How about checking the stories of Abraham, Moses, and Jesus–their stories don’t expire after 24 hours. However, we tend to forget them in less than 24 hours.

 

Tuesday talk it out with someone

I wish everyone had the same opportunity to talk this out with a 3-6 year old but chances are slim that the youngin will be able to relate to your crazy schedule and how God fits into it all. That being said, feel free to try that if the opportunity arises (and is appropriate!) but for most of us, talk it out with a fellow student in middle or high school, preferably someone that doesn’t go to Malibu Pres but you know is a Christian. Don’t be weird about talking it out like I would be. Ask normal questions and share your answers too so it isn’t one sided. Good luck! Make a friend or strengthen a friendship today through this!

 

Wednesday research it

Look up Brother Lawrence. Who is he? How does he relate to the topic of prioritizing?

Thursday reflection

What would help you put God first throughout your everyday life? Think of 3-5 things to do. If nothing comes to mind right away, ask a parent or friend for their thoughts on the matter. Or feel free to ask God what He thinks. He knows a thing or two about this.

 

Friday live it out

You made it to FRIDAY! More like Fri-YAY! Now is when you get to take what you have talked about, researched, and reflected on over the last couple days and put it to action. Ideally, the goal is for you to live it out every day but let’s start with today and see how it goes. Deal? Okay, of your 3-5 things you thought of yesterday choose 1 or 2 to really focus on today and live those out.

 

Saturday You Recap it

Week 6- Make The Little Things Matter

By Schemeefy Boy

 

Sunday intro

Patience. We all lose it and become frustrated when others don’t have it. I don’t invest in stocks partly because I am a broke college student but mostly due to my lack of patience. The topic of “Making the Small Choices Count” is more than monetary choices; for me it’s recognizing that what I do today will affect me tomorrow. Just like prioritizing, it takes planning and a consistent practice of your planning.

 

Monday meat

 

Have you ever heard the phrase “don’t sweat the small stuff”? Well, I think there’s good intentions behind this saying can be misread as the small things don’t matter. Really it means don’t overreact about little things–it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t put forth effort in seemingly small tasks. Some of the greatest opportunities in life may come from something that seemed small and unimportant. Think of a full-grown tomato plant in a garden. It was once a small seed and I am no gardener but assuming that it was properly taken care of for some time it then produces a tomato. The gardener invests in the seed and knows what will result if he is consist in his seemingly small actions. We’re different in most cases. We don’t know the end result of a small act of kindness or on the other hand, a small act of neglect or negativity. We may never know.

Another idea or concept of the importance of small actions is the butterfly effect. The most common explanation is along the lines of; if a butterfly in Germany flaps its wings today, a month later it may cause a hurricane in Mexico. It seems unlikely that the two are related but it’s impossible to prove that they aren’t. *insert mind explosion here* Hopefully that’s a good enough example to explain it. In other words, it’s the happening of an insignificant event or decision made that has a significant result. Pretty crazy to think that this is true, especially when it comes to history.

 

Tuesday talk it out with someone

Talk with a parent about a decision they have made that seemed small but resulted in something big.

 

Wednesday research it

 

You may already know some but research a couple parables in the Bible that could relate to our topic this week. Mark them down so tomorrow we can reflect on them. Also, since we’re already looking to the Bible, find some passages that show Jesus having patience and some that show Him being impatient.

Thursday reflection

Read the parables you found yesterday. How are they similar? How are they different? Think of how the parable would be told today instead of 2000 years ago.

Now read the passages about Jesus being patient/impatient. Same first two questions; similar? Different? Is impatience a sin? Why/why not? Look back at the passages.

 

Friday live it out

During the school year Fridays are the best but in the summer they can lose their glamour and excitement. Bring it back and live out what we’ve looked at this week. I’m not saying think about every little decision you make because there’s a lot (like 30,000) of decisions made daily by you. However, take the time to slow down and recognize that God has given you the ability to make small choices, big choices, and everything in between. There’s a reason for this; any choice can lead to a significant result.

Saturday You Recap it

Week 5- Everything Is Meaningless…

Sunday Intro

“What’s the meaning of life?” An age old question that some might think will never be answered. But fear not, we have Scripture. Want to figure out how to impress your friends into believing you’re a philosophical genius? Read on.

Monday Meat

My favorite book in the Bible is Ecclesiastes, and I’m aware that this could be a pretty weird statement. If you have one of those Bible that has titles for big chunks of verses, you’ll notice that the title for Ecclesiastes might be something like “Everything is Meaningless.” Later we read things like, “Wisdom is Meaningless,” “Pleasures are Meaningless,” and “Toil is Meaningless.” Pretty uplifting, huh?

The thing is, sometimes I totally get this. We work, we try to find enjoyment in things, we stuff our brains with information. Then at the end of the day I find myself thinking, well, I have to do all of that stuff again tomorrow, and what’s the point? I feel like that guy Sisyphus who was condemned to pushing a boulder up a hill just to let it roll down and do the whole thing over again. This sentiment is reflected in Ecclesiastes when Solomon writes, “So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me.

Have you ever thought about the meaning of life? The first few times I did it made me dizzy. But here’s why I love Ecclesiastes so much; it gives us an answer, and maybe you already know it.  “A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” (Ecclesiastes 2:24-26)

Soren Kierkegaard, known as the father of Existentialism (a philosophy centered around existence), held that humans needed to consider their need for God in order to have a truly fulfilled human existence. I think this is what Solomon is talking about in Ecclesiastes. Without considering God in pondering our meaning of life all of those things, wisdom, pleasures, toil, everything is meaningless.

So I ask you, where do you find your meaning? Maybe if you’re feeling like you’re constantly pushing a boulder up a hill and watching it roll down again, you can look up to God at the top of that hill and say, “I’m doing this for you. I find meaning in this work because of you. Thank you.”

Tuesday Talk it Out

I think this would be a good week to talk with some peers your age, who might look for meaning in things similar to yourself. Discuss the places where you might be placing too much meaning, and ways in which you can redirect that to God.

Wednesday Research It

Sometimes I just open up my Bible to a random page and try to find random inspiration from whatever is written. In doing this, I don’t think much about the context or about who has written the words I’m writing. Uh, I guess God wrote the whole thing so it doesn’t matter, right? In this particular scripture referenced this week, King Solomon is believed to be the speaker in Ecclesiastes. To me, King Solomon is kind of one of those names we hear in Scripture and don’t think much of. Today, do a little research on King Solomon and why he might have written from the perspective he did in Ecclesiastes.

Thursday Reflection

Think about the meaning of life!!! Next time someone tries to stump you by asking you what the meaning of life is, you’ll blow them away with an answer.

Friday Live it Out

Live today with the mantra of God being your reason for living. In every task you complete think, thank you God for allowing me to do this in your name.

Saturday Recap

Look over your studies and conversations from this past week. What has been the most meaningful thing you’ve learned? What have you learned about yourself? What has this meant for your relationship with God?