“Chad, when are you guys going to have kids?”
First of all, this is a really good question! Julia and I have been married for 2.5 years and you would think that we would have already started having kids. I’m 31, she’s 28. We’re both getting a touch older…
The simple answer is NOT YET. However, I do ask her daily “When are you going to give me a child woman?” to which she replies, “Can you help put these clothes in the laundry basket?”
So we’ll see…
“When are you guys going to leave youth ministry and go plant a church?”
Well, let’s get one thing really clear… I LOVE YOUTH MINISTRY. I’ve been a youth pastor for over a decade and have absolutely loved every second of it. I have no plans to leave young people any time soon, quite simply because they still mean the world to me! And I am in no hurry to carry the responsibility that they carry. I live a great life. In fact, I’m having the time of my life! When God see’s fit, He will let me know that my days with young people have come to an end. Until then… it’s football games, cafeteria’s and long talks about so and so’s dating life!
“When were you first called into the ministry?”
Like I said, I’m a pastors kid. At almost every camp or conference I attended growing up, the guest minister was always prophesying over me that I was called into the ministry (Really can’t tell you how many times this happened). That was cool and all but unfortunately, I had NO DESIRE to be in the ministry. Growing up I was more concerned with what the FAB 5 and Tupac were doing then with what God was trying to do in me.
All that changed my sophomore year in high school at a Promise Keepers crusade. One of the few times in my life that I have heard God speak to me audibly. From that point on, it was no looking back!
“What’s your best practice?”
Anyone that knows me knows that my life is rooted in Daily Devotions. I was introduced to Daily Devotions (the Life Journal) when I was 19 years old, in bible college. My best bud from Hawaii, Aaron Cordeiro’s dad invented the journal. When he showed me how to do it, I had no idea that it would become my daily routine for the next 12 years…
Now of course there are COUNTLESS mornings that I have missed and I by no means am trying to paint you a picture of a PERFECT devotional life (I actually miss quite a few days). BUT devotions have been my best practice. It has led me to fall more in love with Jesus. Reading the Bible has allowed me to understand God better…which has allowed me to desire Him in greater ways than I would have ever imagined.
I’m careful in emphasizing this point too strongly because I don’t ever want people to make their relationship with the Lord about religious duties such as Bible reading. Devotions, to me, is not about checking off a box to say I’ve done my devotions… it’s about sitting at the feet of Jesus and listening to what He wants to say to me! When I approach the Bible with that attitude, the whole experience is fresh and riveting!
“Chad, how did you get so buff???”
Wait for the next blog… I’ll explain!