VBS SEC Style

This week our church is doing Vacation Bible School. Growing up, it always seemed like an oxymoron to me. “Vacation” and “Bible School” do not belong in the same sentence much less the same phrase. Vacations were about going to the lake or going to Six Flags. Bible School was about learning how to pronounce “Habakkuk”. However, when my parents informed me I would be attending Vacation Bible School starting around 6 years old, I got super excited. Mainly because I stopped listening after they said “vacation” and immediately started to swing from the ceiling fan. My parents had to correct me in that this wasn’t going to be a vacation but rather more like Sunday School except with snacks and music and crafts. They did a good job reeling me in with the “snacks” bit, but the conversation was confusing to say the least.

Here, let me show you how it was. I’ve enlisted the help of all 12 SEC head coaches to demonstrate…and a few others:

Parents: “Aaron, you’ll be attending Vacation Bible School this week.”

Me: “You serious!?!”

Parents: “Yes. We’re glad you’re excited. All your friends will be there too.”

Me: You better not be messing with my emotions!”

Parents: “We’re not. And it’s going to last all week.”

Me: “Please Mom and Dad, be tellin’ the truth!”

Parents: “Believe us. We are.”

Me: “OH YEAH!!.”

Parents: “Son, you don’t need to act that wild in church.”

Me: “What did you just say!?!”

Parents: “You don’t need to act that wild.”

Me: “No no no, the part after that.”

Parents: “…in church?”

Me: “Yeah, that part. What do you mean by that?”

Parents: “That’s where Vacation Bible School is always held.”

Me: “Oh…I see.”

 

Parents: “You seem disappointed, son.”

Me: “Wait, so we’re not going on vacation?”

Parents: “No vacation, just church.”

Me: “I think I feel sick.”

Parents: “If it makes you feel any better they’re going to have snacks.”

Me: “Come again?”

Parents: “They’re going to serve snacks there.”

Me: “Ok I’ll go and be good.”

Meanwhile there were others eavesdropping in on our conversation…

“Man if I knew there were going to be snacks I would have never left the SEC.”

“Why do you think I wanted in so badly?”

“Did someone say snacks? What’s going on up there?”

I was just kidding on the last three. But the rest is how it went down. And now I like Vacation Bible School. The End.

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Welp…I’m out of jail.

Just kidding. That’s not the reason it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. I’m just lazy. Lazy but talented, though.

Much to everyone’s surprise, I don’t own this shirt…yet.

I’m sorry to all of you who were regular readers. I guess I’m sorry to the non-regular readers, too. Although I am kind of lazy, most of my free time has been devoted to another project I’m working on. I don’t want to give away too much but it also has words and it rhymes with “novel”.  If you like reading this blog, you’ll more than likely enjoy my book. If you don’t enjoy the blog, you’ll probably get the last laugh because the book might not even get published. We’ll see, though. It has a good message so maybe it’s in God’s plan. It’s a while before I begin to even think about publishing so I’m just taking it one step at a time. I’ll try to get the first chapter up here sometime when it’s close to being finished. I would like some feedback. But positive only; I can’t handle negative feedback. It hurts my feelings.

But enough about me, let’s talk about you. Do you ever feel discouraged, small, worthless? I sometimes do. But God has shown me that he uses people like that. And not only does he use people like that, he mainly uses people like that. God doesn’t want nobility or established kingdoms to do his will. He wants the humble. And here’s proof:

Abraham: Abraham was a nomad. He didn’t stay at one place for very long. He was 75 years old when God called him. And this wasn’t when they were living for 900 years and 75 looked like 25. Abraham only lived to be 175.  That sounds impressive but lifespans before the flood (just a few generations) were 4 times higher. That’s like your grandparents having a lifespan of 80 and you having one of 20. The point is he was still old, even back in those days. I’m sure he felt like an old worthless man who lived in a tent. But God saw worth in him. Enough worth to bless the whole world through him.

Jacob: He was the youngest of twins so the blessing of his family was supposed to go to his older brother. Even though he and his mother were mischievous and he was the youngest, God used him to be the father of the twelve tribes of Israel.

Joseph: He was the second youngest son of Jacob. He was favored by Jacob so his jealous brothers beat him almost to death. He was sold to Egyptians and later his brothers bowed to him unknowingly. The Israelites went to Egypt because of Joseph.  They were protected because of him as well but when he died, so did their protection.

Moses: Moses was abandoned by his mother for a short time as a baby. He was a murderer and he was afraid to speak to Pharaoh because of his lack of eloquence. Even still, God used him to lead the Hebrews out of Egypt.

David: David was the youngest of his brothers and wasn’t considered by his family to be picked by Samuel. He was a shepherd boy. God used him to be the greatest king of Israel.

The Prophets: All of the prophets were common people, yet God used them to deliver his most important messages.

The Disciples: All of the disciples were common people, yet God used them to follow his Son.

Paul: Paul blasphemed God then God used him to be his greatest missionary.

Jesus: ” The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone.” Psalm 118:22

These are just a few examples of many people God used who seemed unimportant and unusable. So if you feel that way, cheer up, because God’s looking for someone just like you to do his most important work.

“God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” 1 Corinthians 1:27

I hope this was an encouragement.