Saturday, November 03, 2007

Jasper Speaks:

TGIF!!!!!!!! I love Bread Co Fridays. I especially love Bread Co Fridays that come with me leaving school at 10AM! Woot! The YS convention starts today and the ONLY reason I am here at all is because my Am Lit research papers are due. I can't wait to be gone. Ben and Amber's flight has taken off. I should get to the hotel close to the time they do then we are off to the convention. I am not coming in on Monday because of the convention either! Double WOOT!

Several kids didn't turn in their research paper today. That is both frustrating and sad. Frustrating because we literally have done NOTHING else for the past three weeks in class and sad because the youth of today care so little about actually doing anything. At 300 test points you beasically flunk the quarter if you don't do the paper. I am not a hard grader AT ALL so just turn the frickin' thing in please! basically this pictture represents their grade at the moment:


Rant over. Have a good day.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Jasper Speaks:

God has been trying to teach me so much over the last three years. I can't believe that we have been gone from Maine for so long. God has brought a lot of "almost" to my life. Most of the time I get very upset about that. I have called it "dangling a carrot". You probably have experienced it. Those are the times that what you are praying would happen is right within your reach and then ---BOOM! The shoe drops and it doesn't happen. Those times can really hurt. I have grown a little gun shy in the process. I am trying to learn to just be quiet and trust God through it all. That can be rather difficult.

I think that God is trying to change me. I don't like to be changed. I like to be the same ole Jasper no matter what. Fortunately, God has much to say about change in my life. The last three years have been a study in that --- a long, hard study. As many in ministry can tell you, there are times that you do "Christianity going through the motions". That is when you are a "professional Christian". It doesn't mean that you are not a "real" Christ follower but it can mean that you fall into this rut of loving God in a "professional" way. It means that you fall into a routine with him and not always in a good way.

I think "professional" Christianity is characterized by things like your quiet time being preparing for your next message; your prayer life consisting of almost all supplication for the people you serve and your service being limited to those things found in a job description. When we live in that "professional" christianity, change can be hard in coming.

For me, God threw me out of that "pc" place and back into the "real" Christian world. In the last three years I have had triumps and failures galore as I try to figure out being a "real" Christian. Sometimes I have felt as though God will not let me return to my heart (full-time ministry) until I start living some lessons. One of those lessons is trusting that He has a plan.

My favorite verse in the Bible is Jeremiah 29:11 and anyone who knows me even a little well knows that it is my life verse. I love the idea that God has a plan for me. I need to know that the things going on in my life are happening for a purpose. Knowing and living like I know those Truths are two separate things. Perhaps the "desires of my heart" are being held back until I can start living the Truth more completely.

Today, I am a little bummed out about things in my life. It has been a rough couple of days. I know there is a plan. I want to live like I know there is a plan. Sometimes it is just so difficult to change.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Jasper Speaks:

Sometimes things just stink.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Jasper Speaks:

So, I have been doing this whole, "ANYONE BUT HILLARY in 2008" chant for quite awhile now. I am not pleased that she is leading in the polls. She is polarizing and not the type of person that could even begin to bring the country back together. Besides, she was already president once.

Anyway, I am not the most political person out there but I am going to take a step out and say that I am behind a candidate. If the election was today and I could vote for anyone who has announced that they are running, my vote would go to ...


I really love what he stands for. The only thing I may take issue with is his tax reform but I am willing to listen. Otherwise, I am very impressed with him. You should go to the link above and see what he is all about. He is slowly rising in the polls among republican candidates and I want to help get the word out about him.

In a race fullof Hillaries, Obamas, and lukewarm conservatives, this man is making me take notice.

End of my political rant for the day!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Jasper Speaks:

The Dead Sox won. That makes me sad. Congrats to my New England friends. I was happy about the World Series last year.

We had our lock-in on Friday. Becky did a really good job! In my nearly 18 years in youth ministry, this was the first lock-in ever where I fell asleep. It was only for a little while but it did happen! YIKES! I think the early mornings I have to get up have really screwed up my system. I NEVER have done that before. Part of it came as result of being the "life stick keeper" during Commando and spending like TWO HOURS ALONE in the youth hall. I made it through the game but crashed and burned right after. Oh well. I still love being a YP.

This week is the week of the Youth Specialties Convention! I am excited! I am working a half day on Friday and next Monday and then next Thursday and Friday are teacher work days and I work two hours on Thursday and three hours on Friday! I can't believe that Thanksgiving is so close!

Ben and Amber --- can't wait to see you. Do you know how you are getting to the hotel? When does your flight arrive? Any baby needs? I will try and call you one night this week if I don't hear from you! WICKED excited that you are coming!


Many of you Dead Sox fans are people I love ... A LOT. But this is precisely why I grew to not love your team.(But I do love you!)

Cardinals fans don't act in a way in which the police have to be called.


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A Child's Gift of Lullabyes
By Emile Pandolfi
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Jasper Speaks:

I have really overslept for the past couple of days. I am spending a lot of time reflecting on some things. I wonder if I don't always stand my ground enough. I am thinking back a couple of months ago when I was certain I was right about something but I backed down. The problem is, I didn't handle it the best to begin with, but I am certain I was right.I caved quickly. I have not felt completely "right" since then. I believe part of it is because of my missteps and part is because of the way it was received. Oh well.

Today I am having a pretty slow day at school. My juniors are typing their research papers and my sophomores are watching a movie. Surprisingly I am pretty much all caught up on my grading so it is a pretty easy work day. I will be out a half day Friday and Monday so I need to work on sub stuff but overall I am stylin'!

I am excited about the drama and worship teams from the youth group leading the service on November 11th in the evening. I just hope we have the time we need to practice.

Well, I do have some things to do. Hope you all have a great day.

BTW --- Amber, The Adam's Mark doesn't have a shuttle but Kendra's hotel does. I think we are going to call you tonight about saving some money on a cab.