my advice

I had an enlightening conversation about a passage of scripture with a student in my office today. This has never happened before, especially since I teach at a secular state university. Since I was spiritually water boarded, funny, this has been happening more and more. People get wind of the pastor path I’m pursuing and suddenly they want me to pray for them (what?) or listen to them (freaky!) or advise them on problems (as if!).

Let’s just say it’s been a cray cray couple of weeks.

Today I offered to share my thoughts on Matthew 6 with a new group on campus called Young Life.

About Young Life

Young Life doesn’t start with a program. It starts with adults who are concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. These relationships don’t happen overnight — they take time, patience, trust and consistency. So Young Life leaders log many hours with kids — where they are, as they are. We listen to their stories and learn what’s important to them because we genuinely care about their joys, triumphs, heartaches and setbacks. Loving kids rega​rdless of their responsesWe believe in the power of presence. Kids’ lives are dramatically influenced when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God’s love with them. Because their Young Life leader believes in them, they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose. This is the first step of a lifelong journey; the choices they make today, based upon God’s love for them, will have an impact on future decisions — careers chosen, marriages formed and families raised — all ripples from the time when a Young Life leader took time to reach out and enter their world.

Text courtesy of Young Life @

Since I couldn’t attend the meeting, I did a short video. This group is struggling with the concept of finding their “perfect soulmate” and were set to discuss Matthew 6 this evening. Here’s the part that applies:

Do Not Worry – Matthew 6

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Text courtesy of Bible Gateway @

Here’s my take as a pastor-in-training, but mostly as a mom and wife and educated human being who’s made a lot of mistakes and has managed to come out the other end pretty dang happy.