Ben —  July 18, 2012 — Leave a comment

I’ve chosen “Simple” and John 13:34 as my go-to for 2012, because I tend to complicate things and when I need to make the choice to love, I don’t.

Here are just a few examples of this before putting my One Word into action:

  • Small group discussion time, I rush through the questions and completely miss out on conversation.
  • When they needed me the most, I stop talking and try to avoid a friend because of their “sitch,” and how uncomfortable it makes me feel.
  • My neighbor is outside. He’s divorced, he’s lonely and he’s cranky. He needs and longs for conversation. I hurry into my garage and into my house.
  • My other neighbor is out pulling weeds. I don’t know his name, and I don’t know anything about him, simply because I’ve never made the effort.

Of course, in all of these true instances my wife and/or my children or somebody was watching. I am not proud of the legacy I am leaving behind. So in thinking about on my “One Word” for 2012, I’ve decided to dedicate my once a year post to complete this series, about ”Apo,” and his legacy. Continue Reading…

Venezuela ~ Day 9

Ben —  July 1, 2012 — 4 Comments

7 hours of sleep never felt so awesome, and for all the wrong that has gone on for the past 27 hours, I think our team is in great spirits considering. Last nights devotion on the small peninsula on the beach will definitely be a memory none of us will ever forget. I wouldn’t trade that moment for anything.

I’m a little nervous about what God has in store for us today, but I think our team is pretty resilient and we can face almost anything at this point.

I just want to be hugging on my family all kinds, just like the rest of us. Continue Reading…

Venezuela ~ Day 8

Ben —  June 30, 2012 — 1 Comment

We are all blessed beyond measure, as we know. Doing a short-term mission trip and being able to completely place your trust in God would normally be a challenge to most. Coming to Venezuela for the 13 of us is no exception. Especially after hearing about some people on our team who struggle with letting go and letting God, including me.

The best example so far was the travel day to come here. It was not as smooth as we would have liked, but in the end we all were ok and we’ll have memories that will last a lifetime.

I pray that today will be as awesome, and that we all get home safely. Continue Reading…

Venezuela ~ Day 7

Ben —  June 29, 2012 — 1 Comment


Want to know what it looks like in a Venezuelan hotel? Yeah… me neither.

If you’ve ever struggled to get connected with a group of people, in any stage of life, I would highly recommend going on a short term mission trip.

My good friend and trip leader Mark tells us all the time that if you’ve ever bought into the “community” aspect of doing life with a group of people, think of a mission trip as a “small group” on steroids. On all of the trips I have taken, I have made life-long friends with every team, as well as the people who live in the countries I’ve visited thanks to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. It’s truly amazing.

So, 4am? Usually for me it’s a no thank you. If it means we get to take a 4 hour drive with some of the dopest people I know, then I’m all in. Continue Reading…

Venezuela ~ Day 6

Ben —  June 28, 2012 — 1 Comment

Our last work day, followed by a fiesta at night.

I can’t WAIT, I’m seriously pumped!

For those who followed last year’s trip, one thing I have noticed this year is that I don’t feel I’ve necessarily connected as much with the boys/men as much as I did. I plan on doing as much “connection” as possible today, but paired with finishing work. I say this because last year that’s what I remember most.

Of course, that is what I “think” I would like to do, but God may have something different in mind…

…and I’m ok with that.

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