I LOVE MY JOB!
Tonight was one of those nights that makes me love my job. I could run off the fumes for a month. The night was billed as the grand finale to our Love/Dating series we have been doing this month. This night was initiated by my student leaders so I listened and trusted that sometimes they know what they want more than a balding 25 year old.
We had no traditional lesson or 3 point sermon, just testimonies. Honest, real, testimonies. Some planned and others not and I was blown away. There are times I know God is working and I see it and others I just assume. Tonight I got to hear what God is doing in some great sharing. It felt like we were watching God work in some as they shared and were stretched to let God bless someone with what he had taught them and brought them through.
I am so psyched to see people who are understanding that nothing can be above their love relationship with Jesus. I didn’t move to Columbus, Ohio because I love Buckeye Football or because it is between where my wife and I grew up. I moved here to see a movement begin of high school students reaching and impacting their peers in southern Delaware county and it is beginning. I am so excited for the coming years and the future as a culture is developed and I get to continue to see God work and change people. It is not about HSM or Grace Church, it is about Christ living in people and changing them .
Today I thought I would share something I have been learning about, processing and realizing about over the last couple of years. By the way it would make a great song if someone can write it, I have been trying for 2 years.
We all have friends. We all have old friends and we all have new friends. As I get older and get to know people as well as grow closer and away from others through time, distance, and relationship I can’t help but wonder…Am (was) I friends with a person or just the concept of that person?
I mean that if I became friends with someone because they had the same major as me in college and seemed to have the same interests well that is great. That really was fun for me for a while. It is when they change majors and go through a tough time that my friendship is put to the test. It is when it is not “preferable” or “convenient “ to be someone’s friend that I am truly their friend.
I am realizing that some people never had me as a friend, only a leach. I am trying to be a better friend and not be in love with the concept of a person but the true person for better or worse.
This is just some quick thoughts, maybe I will put this in a more coherent post sometime.
Question: What do Rick Warren and John Maxwell both have in common?Answer: I was terribly let down the first time I saw a picture of them.It’s true many times when I come to respect someone I build them up in my head to look like Fabio and than come to realize that they have no hair or fashion sense, etc.That is why with markartrip.com you get a picture of me on the banner so you can be let down right from the start. There will be no false reality here, the balding, beady eyed, pale, redhead is the best you can do.
Since Malachi was born we have no cooked a meal. Our small group has surrounded us and brought over some sick meals and when those ran out HSM and other people from our church stepped up. Let’s just say that I am not getting skinnier anytime soon.Here is a pic from a meal the other night provided by the Roberts family. I think their personal mission is to see me weigh 300 pounds, but I love em for it. They brought over steak, texas toast, baked potatoes, ice cream cake, grapes, chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate eclair dessert, and the biggest salad I have ever seen.Our church has been a great witness of the way the body of Christ surrounds and loves people with God’s love when they need it. Thanks guys!
Just wanted to let the world know that my mom has a facebook account. Look up Jeanne Rae Artrip and ask her to be your friend…you’ll be glad you did!
ps-don’t ask her about my childhood or embarrassing stories.
I made another video of Malachi for HSM tonight and thought the world may want to see it. This is the first of many times I will exploit my kids:) Sorry my blog isn’t cool anymore, I just like my son too much to post about much else right now.