Running with Christina

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various

This morning was a beautiful day to run outside. After all the snow storms and cold weather, it was nice that the weather was getting warmer. As some of you know, Christina loves running. She has mentioned that it is her way of “getting away” and being in her own sanctuary. For me, I am trying to stay healthy and live to see my grandchildren, Lord willing.

We ended up running together at Gallup Park. It is really different from running on a treadmill. The scenery was great and the Spring air filled my lungs. After this run, I was inspired to plan for the half-marathon. But there is one glitch. The race starts at 8AM and Sunday Celebration starts at 10AM. This means that I have to run 13.1 miles under 2 hours. Hmm… maybe the thought of making it on time for church will push me to run faster. The only other thing that will motivate me to run faster is a dog chasing after me… HA!

The Original You

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Viewpoint

As I talk with other pastors and church leaders, I am finding out that one of the things that we struggle with is comparison. I guess it is pretty obvious. Sometimes it is easy to look at someone else’s ministry and wonder why God is “using them” or “blessing them” more than my ministry.

The natural thing to do is to start mimicking them or even implementing things that have worked for the other ministry. The scary thing about this is that we can do more damage than good.

When I look at my journey, I realized that there were many times when I wanted to be like someone else. On one part, it is understandable because I was still trying to find my identity and discover more of how God wired me up. Then on the other hand, I found myself with the need of repentance because it was just my desire for fame and glory that fueled the comparison.

Now, I am slowly realizing that the best “sweet spot” in ministry is when we are able to know who we are and then flow out of that security. It is amazing to see how “different” so many pastors and leaders are from one another. In fact, this adds to the mosaic of the Body of Christ. If we were all grey in color, how dull would that be? We need some neon blue and hot pink.

I came across a video that Ed Young, pastor from Fellowship Church made that included Joel Osteen, pastor from Lakewood Church. It was emphasizing the important point of being who God created you to be. It is very clear that Ed Young cannot be Joel Osteen and Joel Osteen cannot be Ed Young. They are from the opposite ends of the spectrum but they both have high respect for one another.

Check out this video. Ed does a hilarious impersonation of Joel.