Further thoughts on responsibility

July 12, 2008

The following is a collaboration of miscellaneous quotes on responsibility.  For additional thoughts on the importance of responsiblity in the life of a young person, check-out “What’s the big deal about young people being responsible” and “Are you living your part?”

Abigail Van Buren,

If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders

Booker T. Washing,

Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him, let him know that you trust him.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer,

Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.

And my favorite of all is from Theodore Roosevelt,

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat. 

It is not the critic that counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.  The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly, who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds.


Are You Living Your Part?

July 11, 2008

If you are a young person reading this, have you asked yourself, “Am I living my part within the body of Christ?”  “Am I playing my part and living my role doing what God has made me to do?” 

Did you know that regardless of your age, maturation, skills, giftedness, and whether or not you have gone through puberty, that you are a part of the body of Christ? 

Ever since reading Do Hard Things and conducting some additional research upon the importance of responsibility in the life of a young person (see “What’s the big deal about young people being responsible?”), I was reconsidering how God does not divide the body of Christ into age categories.   

For example, we read in 1 Corinthians 12.12, 14, and 27 in the New Testament, 

For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ…For the body is not one member, but many…Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.

After reading this little blurb on the body of Christ, we must ask ourselves, “Has God set an age limit for a Christian to become an official part of the body of Christ?”

After reading this passage the resounding answer to the question is NO! 

With that being said, why don’t you take 1 1/2 minutes to watch the following video clip:

Since there are no age restrictions made by God in regards to one’s participation in the body of Christ, everyone needs to consider that:

  1. Everyone is a part of the body regardless of their age, sex, nationality, and feelings.
  2. Since everyone is a part of the body they have a purpose in it to serve God, for the fame of Jesus.
  3. If you are not living your part, then everyone one of us suffers, including myself, adults, and silverheads. 
  4. You, yes you, are the eyes, hands, feet, shoulders, and mouthpiece for Christ!

In reiterating the final message of the video, “ARE YOU LIVING YOUR PART?

If not, “Why not?” “Have you considered that your lack of participation is causing others to suffer?” “Did you know that if you are not living your part then you are missing out on what God has in store for you?”   

Since you are important and vital to the the body of Christ, then why not consider being more of an active part of it? 

If you worship with us at Perrow, then why don’t you click here and see how you can get plugged in! 

If you have any questions feel free to get a hold of me.

Are we not allowing our kids to grow up? Part 2

May 20, 2008

In my first post with the same title I addressed this issue by introducing the question, “Are we creating an environment that encourages a young person’s maturation, independence, and productivity, or are we creating an environment that further extends their childhood years of dependency, leisure, and laziness to the point that many believe they will earn a living as a professional Middle School student?” 

With this question in mind we looked at the recent notion of adolescence and its psychological affects upon young people and our Western society by postponing adulthood to an undetermined point in the future yet to be determined. 

But this has not always been the case.  Young people have not always been placed in such a non-influential position.  If we were to look back into history and observe a few select cases today, we would discover that “young people often accomplished great things” (Robert Epstein, The Case Against Adolescence, pg. 13).  In my opinion, young people are still capable of doing so today. 

With this in mind we’re going to look into 1 Timothy 4.12 and the call of God to young people in breaking this societal hold of low expectations and responsibility.  For my next post we will look at this passage and the call of God to the Christian community in not looking down upon the youthfulness of young people.  For now, let’s look at the former of the two points.          

In 1 Timothy 4.12 we read…

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Almost the Final, Survivor Challenge Update

May 15, 2008

Even though last night marked the end of our Survivor Challenge, I am still waiting for the scores from all of the teams. 

Last night was a wet and enjoyable night!  Thank you Benji for pouring a whole coffee can of water down my poncho!  I really appreciate. 

After a wonderful meal prepared by Bill Lamachia (Chicken Parmesan) we welcomed several new guests, mostly coming from Putnam County.  Although I graduated from Nitro High School, I still have nothing but love for those of you representing the Dots and Generals. 

After worship and the lesson stemming from 1 Timothy 4.12 on “Breaking the rope that hold’s us down” (more on this later) we had an excellent challenge in the Water Cup Relay.  The object of the challenge was for all of the teams to line up in a single file line behind an empty coffee and three plastic cups with holes punched in them.  At the other end of the field, nearly 20 yards away, was a cooler full of water.  The first person in line for each team had to grab one plastic cup, race to the cooler full of water, fill-up their cup, run with it over their head, and pour whatever water was left inot the coffee can.  Whoever had the most water in the coffee can after 15 minutes was the winner.   

Last nights winner was team Azul, with all the other teams tying for second. 

After the final scores are tabulated, it looks as if the Flaming Flamingos and Independents will be battling for the top nod and a team party. 

Then, one individual winner will be selected to win a $100 gift certificate.  The individual winner does not have to be a part of the winning team but they had to earn the most points throughout the past 6 weeks. 

The final results will be posted sometime towards the end of this week or the beginning of next. 

So I encourage you to check back later. 

Are we not allowing our kids to grow up?

May 8, 2008

Back in January of this year I posted a blog titled, “Are our kids growing up to fast?”    In a general gist, I dealt with the issue of allowing our children certain priviledges without them having an adequate maturity level to handle them.  For example, purchasing them a car and allowing them to drive or allowing them to spend a lot of unsupervised time with a member of the opposite sex in a dating relationship.   

Over the past several weeks I have been considering a similar topic with a twist, “Are we not allowing our kids grow up?”  At first glance this question may seem as if it is posed only to parent(s) and guardian(s).  However, this question is much deeper than that and has many more implications than just for the family.  The answer to this question concerns teachers, church leaders, youth workers, public and private schools, YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, and churches to just name a few. 

What do you think?  Are we not allowing our kids to grow up?  Are we creating an environment that encourages their maturation, independence, and productivity or are we creating an environment that futher extends their childhood years of dependency, leisure, and laziness to the point that many believe they will earn a living as a professional Middle School student?


Some argue, such as Robert Esptein in his book titled, The Case Against Adolescence: Rediscovering the Adult in Every Teen said that…

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post fall retreat

November 19, 2007

What a great weekend at the Bluestone Camp and Retreat Center in Hinton, WV!  It was such an enjoyable and life changing experience for some!  The area was gorgeous.  Fall was in full swing and the view of the hillside nestled up against Bluestone Lake was amazingly breathtaking.   

The vast majority of us arrived late on Friday evening, while some others even arrived later.  By the time that we arrived at the camp, Priscilla Maxwell had already prepared a fire, coffee, and hot water for cocoa.  Kudos Priscilla!  After we had time to settle down for a few moments and warm up the cabins, everyone unloaded their belongings to then rendezvous back at the lodge for some hangout time. 

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November 15, 2007

For those of you in The Journey, or for parents or other adults within Perrow Church, who are interested in writing or sharing about anything, just let me know and I would love to include whatever you have.  You can call me or send me an e-mail at jessewisnewski@perrow.org.  

Happy writing!