One Big Idea

Posted: December 4, 2010 in Uncategorized

So I’ve got this big idea and I’m not sure where to start or where to take it. I’m not sure how deep this rabbit hole goes. It’s something that I’ve kicked around since this summer, but I’m not sure where to go with it. It’s one of those ideas that, no matter how hard I try, or in this case, how little I do about it, won’t go away. Where this is going to go? I’m not sure. What it entails, I don’t think I’ve even scratched the surface. I can tell you this: I can’t lay down to go to sleep without thinking about it. I can’t get away from this idea. I’m not sure where to go next.

I do know that it’s something that I have to pursue. It’s something that, if left unsought, I will regret. So, I’ll put in my due diligence, and when I’m ready, I’ll share this with everyone. Until then, if you’re the praying type, please be praying for God to reveal Himself in this venture. Thanks.

PS- This has everything to do with my Ministry at Community, and not my desire to be anywhere else. So if you just read that and thought I’m planning on moving anywhere, think again!

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A thought occurred to me the other night as I pulled into my driveway. I left church after Middle School Youth and drove home, not an uncommon occurrence. My drive takes about 3 whole minutes, just long enough for autopilot to engage. If you include the turn into my driveway, it takes me exactly 4 turns to get home, 4. There are some nights where I just drive home, and I don’t even have to think about how to get there. Sure, synapses are firing and there is brain activity, albeit very minimal, and this particular Tuesday evening was no different. I can recall driving from my parents house in Fountain Valley to Hope International University, a distance of about 22 miles which included 4 freeways running in 2 separate directions, north and south; there were Sunday nights where I got to Hope and I don’t even remember the moves I made to get there.
So what? I think our spiritual lives mimic that sort of apathy. I don’t say that to be mean, and if you’re reading this and you’re upset, then good, but, if you’re reading this, and you can identify, let’s get to the root of the issue. God is a God of passion, of love, of meaning, of purpose (it’s not my intention to argue purpose or will). American society is one that says if it can’t keep your attention for a certain amount of time, then it isn’t worth the effort. So, sadly we expect God to entertain us; we expect Him to pursue us but that simply isn’t the case. We’re spiritually bankrupt because we expect Christianity to be easy, it’s not.
As a church, we’re bankrupt because we engage the autopilot on Sunday. Just like we have our routine Monday through Friday, we have our routine on Sunday. It may differ greatly from Monday through Friday; maybe we’re not screaming as much at our families, or maybe we scream more because we’ll be late to church. Inevitably, in our autopilot state, we’ll choose the wrong way to get to church and we get stuck behind the one person not in a hurry. I bring that up because we treat our spiritual lives much the same. We get stuck in autopilot mode and miss out on what God is doing. As sad a comparison as it is, we start to look like the church of Laodicea (Revelation 3.14-22).
The church needs to take a serious look at Jesus’ instruction in John 15. A branch cannot function apart from its source, so to, neither can the church operate apart from its source, no matter how well programmed or well tithed it might be.

This week is busy, to say the least. I’ve got a Network Meeting with the other Youth Pastors in town today, Christian Club @ Hemet High tomorrow, I’m going to Hope on Thursday to see my best friend from my time at Hope preach at Chapel, and Saturday’s the craziest of all: I’m performing a wedding @ 3, then speaking for my friend Josh Quale and his youth at their winter retreat Saturday night on top of all of my other responsibilities this week. I’m excited about what God is doing in our Youth @ Community, both Tuesday and Wednesday nights!

Getting ready for the wedding, I came across this video about John Wooden and his loyalty and devotion to his wife, his school, and his city. I was struck by the fact that for the last 25 years, since his wife passed away March 21, 1985, he writes her a love letter on the 21st of the each month. This meant a lot to me, as a husband, a father, a pastor, a follower of Christ. I love Kristi, my wife, and Karleigh, my daughter more than I can even express, and could never imagine living 25 years without Kristi. As I prepare for the wedding Saturday, I’m charged with communicating the commitment that these two people are making not only to each other, but the family that they’re creating that day. So hit play and let me know what you think.
Z

New Post This Week

Posted: February 1, 2010 in Uncategorized

The title says it all! For now, check out my buddy Jeremy at  www.tomorrowsreflection.com.

It’s been a while…

Posted: October 26, 2009 in Uncategorized

So it’s been far too long since I’ve posted anything. Since my last post, Kristi and I went to Santa Cruz with her family for vacation (I fell in love with Santa Cruz), I’ve been to DCLA with high school students, Hume SD with middle school students, I went to Tennessee for Rebecca and Cedric’s wedding, I went to Magic Mountain and Raging Waters, then Karleigh Rose Gibson decided she wanted to hang out with us 3 weeks early! It’s been a wild 6 months since the last time I posted. Our church launched our second campus at Tahquitz High School on the other end of town. So it’s been exciting to say the least! Here are some pictures for you to catch up.
Z

 

Moron, pt. 2

Posted: May 28, 2009 in Uncategorized

So, a year ago, I posted this blog about a guy named Cyrus Yazdani, aka Buket (I know I spelled it wrong, but apparently Cyrus doesn’t know how to spell, good old California Public School System). I was amazed at his brazen arrogance, tagging in the middle of the day and then posting his videos on YouTube. I thought it was a comedic story so I wrote a short blog about it.

Well, here we are, a year later, and good old Buket was caught again doing some more tagging. He was on probation, after having been released for time served when the police caught up to him. What baffles me is that he continued to paint his name everywhere even though he knew that when he was caught, he would be tossed back into prison and left to rot for three years. And sure enough, almost a year to the day that I heard about Buket, there he was on the news again. So enjoy your time in Prison Cyrus, ___________________________ (insert inappropriate prison joke here).

Vacation ‘09

Posted: May 17, 2009 in Uncategorized

This past week, Kristi and I took a much-needed week of vacation. We didn’t go anywhere crazy, we stayed home Monday, and Tuesday left for Palm Springs, CA (La Quinta to be exact, but unless you’ve been there, have you really ever heard of La Quinta? I’m guessing not). So we stayed at a really nice resort, the La Quinta Resort (Which the city of La Quinta is named for). We had an amazing night, we got to chillax by the pool that afternoon, and then we shooby-doobied on down to Ruby’s where we had a good dinner.

Now, I love my wife dearly, and usually we’ve got a give and take when it comes to movies, I’ll take her to see killer awesome movies, like Star Trek, and she drags me to see total pieces of crap, I mean chick flicks, and this trip was no exception. We previously went to see Wolverine, which was pretty good (don’t email me and tell me how terrible you thought it was, you’re a nerd, and it wasn’t bad for what it was, IMAGINATION!!!!). So if you’ve kept up with my entirely scientific method of movie choices, you’ll see that it’s clearly Kristi’s turn to pick the movie. So Tuesday night, we went to see the Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. I know, you’re proud of me for even admitting I saw it, but truthfully, it was, probably, one of, if not the worst movie I’ve taken my wife to. Matthew Mcconaughey was all fake tanned and gross; and here’s a shocker, the plot was insanely predictable (am I the only one that knows going in how these movies are going to end, because they all end the same). But I digress.

So Wednesday, I got up after having slept in, and we had breakfast at Panera, one of my favorite places and I noticed my leg was really itchy. I look at my leg and I had 8-9 bug bites on my left leg, 3-4 on my right, and 2 on my left arm. What the heck! I got eaten alive in my sleep at this supposed fancy pants resort. We got moved to another room, which the girl promise was much nicer, which it wasn’t. We got moved to a room with a couch instead of a chair with an ottoman (the chair was way more comfy). Wednesday night, Kristi and I had one of the most amazing meals of both of our lives. We went to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, and it was absolutely awesome. Truthfully, it wasn’t the most expensive meal I’ve ever paid for, but I preformed a wedding last weekend, and that helped quite a bit. Our steaks were amazing, cooked perfectly and they just about melted in your mouth.

Thursday, we took an uneventful trip to SD to go to Ikea. We bought a sweet desk that we promptly had to return because it didn’t fit in the Accord, so sad. It’s interesting, this is the first time in my lifetime that I’ve gone on vacation and been excited to return to work. I say that not because I didn’t enjoy every second I spent with Kristi, because I did, I say that because I love my job. I love that I get to serve God on a daily basis. I work with fantastic people that have a heart not just for this church, but for God’s Kingdom and we get to serve Him together! This summer is going to be amazing, but crazy, so let’s have some fun!
Z