Randy's Ramblings

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

I Had a Dream!

The other night, I had this crazy dream. I think I know what it means, but I'll throw it out here to see what y'all think.... FIRE AWAY!

I dreamt that I was in jail. I don't know why - that wasn't part of the dream. The dream started when we (all the inmates) were re-entering the cell block after some sort of recreation time. Strangely, I entered a holding area outside my cell, but the door to my cell was locked so I could not enter.

As two other inmates entered the holding area, I knew I had been set up by the guards. The two inmates were upset with me and planned to work me over good. They said to me, "Someone's been fixing all the broken chairs in the student center and making then look all nice." (Apparently this someone was me.)

They continued, "We'd been using those chairs as motorcycles and we don't like anyone messing with 'em?" (I did say this dream was crazy, right?)

As the two inmates stepped towards me, I woke up and the dream was over.

I'm interested to hear what you think of my crazy dream... any dream interpreters out there?

Friday, July 22, 2005

"I don't know why corn is corn; it's just corn!"
-Rebecca Bennett

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Cool New Technology!
I am definitely installing this on my TabletPC! This is one of the coolest software add-ons that I've seen.

This software allows you to 'fold' windows out of the way to drag and drop files between folders! Check it out HERE!!

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Just another confirmation...
Tonight was just another confirmation of the fact that ministry is not about big programs and huge numbers, but about doing life together. We got together for a Picture Party tonight - those of us who traveled to Monterrey, Mexico for a mission trip last month.

We had a great time of eating together, sharing photos and tubing on the lake. There was no agenda except to share pictures and hang out together. It was awesome!

I have to admit that I feel a little stupid - maybe slow is a better word - for taking so long to figure this out. I've been in conversations about this concept so many times over the past few years, but it just never made it from the gray matter into practice...

Friday, July 15, 2005

Messy Ministry, One Life at a Time...
I've come to realize as I reflect on my past 8 years of ministry that the areas where I have focused my energy haven't lined up with the areas where I've seen the most fruit.

Let me explain: The majority of my energy in ministry has gone towards building programs and events to impact a number of people (hopefully a large number). I set up worship experiences, Bible and book studies, mission trips, beach parties and other special events, all hoping to draw the big crowd and to have be greatest impact on the most possible students.

But the area where I've seen the most fruit over the past few years has been in those relationships where I've invested a lot of individual attention. Unfortunately, I didn't invest in more of those relationships.

I remember a student that I met in the high school cafeteria. He was a bit of a social outcast, was abused and living with a foster family. We spent a lot of time together eating lunch, going to movies and hanging out at my house. That was about four and a half years ago. Now he's a member of a church, holding down a good full-time job and looking for an apartment.

There was another student that I met while he was working on his G.E.D. He had gone to church as a kid, but drugs and a lot of scrapes with the local sheriff's department had brought him a long way down another path. We spent time reading the Bible together and just hanging out. Now he's going to college and hoping to enter the ministry.

God gets all the credit for the change in these guys' lives. It's just cool that He let me get in on the game. I wish I would have spent more of my energy over the past eight years on these types of relationships and less time and energy building programs and events...