Friday, December 18, 2009

Jasper Speaks:

How You Can Tell Mine Is The Youth Pastor's Office

This is the sight that made me first consider that my office was a bit different from everyone else's. Not every office comes equipped with a two litre of Mountain Dew, a Traffic cone, a fake velvet hat shaped like a football, a vat of ping pong balls and a plunger adorned with Madi Gras beads!

Our Senior Pastor has a beautiful picture of George Washington bowing in prayer on his wall. The Youth Pastor feels more in tune with a velvet Elvis! I mean come on, GW was just a President --- Elvis was THE KING!

Walk into our Minister of Education's office and his bookcases are crammed with books. The Youth Pastor finds room for his extensive Pez collection and some favorite stuffed animals.

I don't want people to get bored so I put up this Uth Stuph poster with every line I have ever used as a Youth Pastor immortalized thereon.

The Music Minister's office is full of stuff that makes music beautiful in our congregation. The Youth Pastor's office has a St. Louis Rams Dancing Bobblehead doll that sings the Monday Night Football song.

Our Children's Minister keeps a heater at her desk because she thinks the office is always cold. Me I have a fan at my desk. Mostly it is because there is a picture of my smoking hot wife next to it and we need to cool the room as a result! (And Yes that is a giant Bart Simpson Pez Dispenser guarding the beforementioned hot wife pic!)

I do have enough sense to hang my degrees so that students at least think I am smarter than they are! Yeah, that doesn't always work out like I wold like. :(

My license and ordination to ministry so that people can confirm that I am a "real pastor"!

I know Jesus didn't stay dead so I have this cool RIP MJ hat to remind me that everyone else does!

And on a more serious note ...

The Youth Pastor keeps pictures of his wife and kid on his desk so he remembers what is more important than office time.

The Youth Pastor has pictures of his parents, the most faithful Christian servants he has ever known, to remind him that when the going gets rough, God goes with you and that real life heroes do exist.

And finally, a reminder given to me by those parents on the day of my ordination. I am not the one in control, He is.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Jasper Speaks:

So another Christmas party is in the history books. I am a little sad as I reflect on our night. We had fun. Lots of fun. Still, in the end I feel like the fun trumped the savior. I want our ministry to be about Christ. I want Him to always be the center of all we do. Tonight I felt a bit like He was tacked on at the end. I long to disciple REAL followers of Christ.

Sometimes I get frustrated with teens. I want them to get when the fun stops and the seriousness begins. I have to remind myself of two things. One, they are VERY young. Two, as the leader, I set the tone. Sometimes I am better reminding myself of the former than the latter.

We had fun. Still I am sitting here asking myself, "what if we had made tonight a worship service and not so much a party".

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Jasper Speaks:

The Best Part

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Jasper Speaks:

Tuesday Night:

Sitting: At our home computer in my made for me comfortable office chair

Waiting: For Kendra to come downstairs so we can spend a little time together

Glad: That there seems to be substance in my mentoring relationship with one of our guys

Needing: To get out of debt

Reading: NOTHING! I am on winter break from seminary and plan to enjoy it by reading something I pick out!

Avoiding: Someone I need to forgive who I am frustrated with for just playing church

Enjoyed: Playing with Jackson and telling him a Jackson story then tucking him in bed

Preparing: For tomorrow's youth group Christmas party

Drinking: Nothing at the moment

Snacking: Just ate Kendra's homemade peanut butter chocolate balls

Trying: To be the man of God He wants me to be

Ending: The seminary stress. That's good!
Jasper Speaks:

Christmas is my favorite holiday. It always has been. I love the music. I love the lights. I love the smell of my hot apple cider recipe going on the stove. I love to give gifts. I love to GET gifts. I love Christmas parties. Heck, I love to HOST Christmas parties. I just love it!

I know I don't stop to consider what all it means enough. Like many others I get caught up in the fun of the season. So, I am hoping that I can take some time this season and just read God's Word and reflect on His Amazing love. I pray that I can take some time and think about how He really and truly loved ME enough to come to earth and live a human life. I want to remember what that truly means. I hope you do too.