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Wrestlin' With My Mind (or Nike's "Just Do It")

"More people act their way into a new way of thinking than they think their way into a new way of acting." Thanks to David for this quote, which I've heard before but need to be reminded of.

Makes me think of when I was white water rafting with some folks one time. During a break, several of us wanted to jump in the water and swim a little, but the water was SO cold. I sat there trying to convince myself I could just jump in and how much I wanted to swim and that it wouldn't be all that bad and... And there was another guy who just shouted "there's nothing to doing it but just doing it!" And with that he ran and jumped in.

Sometimes maybe we overthink the situation when what we really need is to just get to it.

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Bahamas Mission Trip

This Saturday I leave for a mission trip to the Bahamas. I'm going as part of the Statesboro District youth mission team. This is a group of thirty-five high school students and adults from seven churches in Bulloch and Screven counties. We'll be leaving early Saturday, driving to Ft.Lauderdale, FLA. Sunday we'll take a cruise ship to the island. We'll return the next Saturday.

Before you all start talking about this being a soft trip and giving me the "ooo, talk about suffering for the Lord" lines, this isn't quite a vacation. We'll be helping to rebuild a community youth center that was damaged in recent hurricane activity, leading 'bible school' type activities for some children, and leading some church worship services during the week. The construction work, as far as we know, will involve hanging dry-wall, painting, and some roofing.

I'm excited about this trip for many reasons. I've had a few experiences with going off on 'missions' work like this to Tennessee and North Carolina, but never to another country. I think this trip comes at a good time for me personally, and I expect my experiences next week will be a renewing/refreshing sort of time. I'm sure it will spark my faith and passion. Four of the youth going on the trip are from the youth ministry here in Brooklet, and I'm hoping this helps build some momentum among our teens for this type of service work. Also, Shannon has been to the Bahamas before, wasn't crazy about it, and so this may be one of my few opportunities to go.

If you're interested in following along with the trip, we'll be daily updating at www.statesborodistrictyouthmissiontrip.blogspot.com. I don't know what my time/availability will look like, so I may not update here much next week, but if I get a chance to put a little something up here I will.

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Two weeks between blogging. That makes me sad. I've thought of several things to write about, but haven't had convenient time to write lately. That's what having a glut of activity will do for you. I'll update a couple of things throughout the rest of the week... so, in the infamous words of Wet Willie, "keep on smiling!"

(ps- I don't know if that's THE Wet Willie, but it's close enough to bring back memories.)

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