Chewbacca Mom is still in the news

Candace Payne AKA “Chewbacca Mom” is still in the news. She has redefined the definition of “Internet Famous”.

In a little over two weeks, her original Facebook video has had over 150 million views. She’s gotten gift cards from Kohl’s, been on a variety of tv shows and a trip to Disney World to meet Chewbacca.

The latest and craziest news is her two kids along with herself and husband have been given full scholarships to Southeastern University.

When reading the comments though about the scholarship it was so disheartening because a LARGE majority only responded in how unfair it was and complaining because it wasn’t them.

Some verses of the Bible are difficult to understand but some are easy to understand but hard to apply. Romans 12:15 is one of the later “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.”

When we choose to rejoice with those who are having good fortune, we win! When we choose to be bitter about perceived unfairness, we lose and risk the danger of becoming bitter over anything and everything.

Choose joy and that doesn’t require an out of stock Chewbacca Mask.

The World Needs You to be the Best You, You Can Be

You are one of almost seven billion people on our planet. You’re not that special, yet, you are.

The world needs you to be the best you, you can be. Not many of us are going to change the world or be remembered by more than friends and family twenty years after we die. We have to make the most of the opportunities and skills that we have and that means becoming the best you that you can be.

Mark Twain wrote, “The only person that likes change is a wet baby.” I think that’s true for most of us. We don’t like change because most of us want comfort and don’t like being inconvenienced. But if we want to be the best we can be, we have to make the necessary changes to continually become better.

You can change the world of your neighbors, coworkers, friends and family though by being the best you possible. Be kinder, think of others needs, more than your own, read more, ask better questions, exercise, set big goals. Your purpose is not to compete and be better than others, it’s to conquer yourself and be better than you were.

What small changes can you make to become better in various areas of life?

Write them down and focus on one area, the one that would make the biggest difference.

After you’ve made progress, add something else but no matter what, make the changes in you and you will make your world a better place.

Youth For Christ MidWinter

Had fun seeing the Morales’ & Vergara’s (The Staff of Parent Life Lubbock) last night during the Youth For Christ MidWinter staff conference in San Antonio.

I’m here for a couple of days working the National Network of Youth Ministries (NNYM) Booth. It’s exciting days because Youth For Christ (YFC) and NNYM now have an official working partnership that is being unveiled to the national staff of YFC.

Renee and I joke that we helped begin the national partnership since we became friends years ago and I joined the board and now serve as the chairman for Parent Life Lubbock. :-)

So please pray for Renee, Abi, Devin & Mike over the next few days, that they’ll be renewed in their calling and have greater clarity and vision for how to best do ministry in Lubbock!

February 2016 Prayer Update

February 2016 Prayer Update

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Easy Way Send me $100 & You Get $100 Too

Last year before Christmas, I started driving a little bit for Uber.

One of the surprises I got was after I made my first 5 trips, I got a $100 bonus and the friend who referred me got $100 too.

I texted him and thanked him for the bonus $100 and asked him he had been driving too. He shared that he had never driven for Uber but I was the 10th person who he had referred so he had made $1,000 from Uber without ever driving. He started driving occasionally after we talked.

I’m still raising support for my ministry with The National Network of Youth Ministries but occasionally drive because every little bit of extra money helps. I’m a night owl so it’s easy to stay up late and make a little money when I’d either be asleep, reading or watching a movie.

Driving for Uber requires a four door car that is under ten years old and doesn’t have any cracks in the windows and car insurance.

After the fifth trip, you get a $100 bonus and I get $100 when you use this link to sign up with Uber.

October Prayer Guide

No Student Should Pray Alone

September Prayer Update

30 Day Prayer Guide

6 Truths to Remember During Hard Times

6 Truths to Remember During Hard Times written for Youthworker Journal Sept/Oct 2015 Issue.

August Prayer Update

Coaches Corner – August 7-12, I am traveling to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin for a two-day training event with Lead 222. I’ll be learning to help coach youth workers across Texas and New Mexico. Go to for more info.

Workshop – I’m traveling to Lovington, N.M. at the end of the month to provide a personalized training event to an entire church with focusing on every member being in ministry based on Ephesians 4:12.

Full August Prayer Update

Prayer Update for June/July

Prayer Update for June & July