Posts by Deanna Young

The Fear of Missing Out.

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Marketers know how to get our attention, don’t they?  They create a sense of urgency in us by creating the feeling of missing out on something.  And we are a society of not wanting to miss out!

What if we don’t have one of the limited edition Christmas Barbie® Dolls?  If we can get an additional six-pack of socks for free why wouldn’t we do it?  We may never be able to find another garlic press as cheap as this 50% off one!

We are bombarded daily with newspaper ads, magazine ads and emails touting our next best deal.  The secret advertising genie in the sky knows that we looked at that gray pair of boots and now every time we go to Amazon, the gray boot ads are mocking us.  How did Kohl’s know we were looking at the latest style of blenders on Amazon?

There is constant bombardment of advertising reminding us we could be missing out.  And a lot of times, we fall for it.  We don’t want to miss out on the latest and greatest deals whether we need them or not.  We convince ourselves that we will wear the snake-skin jacket one day because it’s on clearance and we will NEVER find it that cheap again.

We go ahead and buy the one set of silverware because we get the other set free and what if our silverware gets bad one day and we need a new set?  YIKES!  It could be devastating.

Not really.  But I will tell you what could be devastating.  I will remind you that missing out on the greatest deal in the world could result in devastation for life.  And that, my friend, is a big deal.

What we don’t want to miss out on is a relationship with Jesus.  The rewards are out of this world.  They are heavenly.  It really is to die for.  (Enough puns and on to the real thing! 🙂 )

Yes, the only thing we need to make sure we don’t miss out on is a relationship with Jesus.  I guess it’s sort of a 3-in-1 kind of deal – God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  It doesn’t really cost us anything except a life of following the most powerful being in the Universe.  Jesus doesn’t care how much money we have or how many snake-skin jackets or rolls of toilet paper from Costco are in our closet.  He only cares about YOU and ME and spending an eternity with us in this awesome place that we certainly don’t want to miss.

The devil wants us to have a fear of missing out on the worldly things and exchanging salvation for devastation.  But Jesus….He doesn’t want us to miss out on anything that He has for us.  I pray you don’t miss out on heaven.  Take His free offer today and secure the lifetime warranty of not missing out.

An Intern + An Idea = Inspiration!

A great big SHOUT OUT to our Bucket Buddies Intern, Erin Shafer for an amazing evening of worship and fundraising for Bucket Buddies!

Erin is a student at IUPUI and asked to be our first intern for Bucket Buddies Mission.  She has set the bar so high!!  Not only has she set Bucket Buddies up on social media and created “#bucketbuddies” but she has filled buckets, delivered buckets to both Riley Children’s Hospitals in Indianapolis, organized donations and most recently hosted an amazing night of worship raising over $1,200 for Bucket Buddies Mission along with a large amount of donated items to be placed in buckets.

Erin asked me if she could organize a fundraiser and boy, did she!!  Our 2-hour night of worship included music from Melissa Wiggins, Staci Records and the New Point Christian Church praise team.  From there we enjoyed refreshments including cookies in the shape of buckets, compliments of cookie designer and baker, Anna Grote (contact me for her information if you wish to hire her for your next event) as well as many silent auction items!

It was a night to remember inspired by Erin and blessed by God.  Thank you to all who donated time, money, items, talent, energy and location to make the night a success!!

 

What A Good Day To Try Again.

“Good Morning.  You’re up early.”

” Yes.  Thought I would get up and try again today.”

I overhead this conversation in a hotel lobby while eating breakfast.  It made me smile.  But I thought it could be my conversation with God, frankly.

Thought I would get up and try again today.

What a powerful sentence.  How many times do we wake up and dread getting out of bed? Dread going to our jobs?  Or dread facing the problems and issues of the day?

Sometimes we think we just can’t do it.  You know, try again today.

But we can.  It’s a new day.  A new set of 24 hours.  A fresh start.  Your heart’s still beating.  Your lungs are still breathing.  It’s another chance.

I’m not going to look at all the things I have on my to-do list today.  I’m not going to remind myself of all the worries in my life.  I’m not going to let the heaviness of this world weigh me down today.  Nope.  I’m going to get up and try again today.

I know that every day I will sin and every day I will be concerned about something.  But today I will try to do better.  Today I will try to love more like Jesus.  Today I will send every negative thought packing.  Today I will trust God has it all under control.  Today I will pray more and worry less.

Yes…today is a good day to get up and try again.  Who’s with me?

 

Oh I Didn’t Think Of That.

Food. Drinks. Plates, Cups. Napkins. Pictures. Cake. Cupcakes. Cookies. Balloons. Streamers. Memory Box. Cards. Gifts. Tables. Chairs. Tablecloths. Decorations.

WHEW!  There’s a lot to think about when planning a party.  We celebrated my father-in-law’s 90th birthday this past weekend with well over 100 friends and family.  As we were beginning the planning several months ago, ideas were flowing.  It was easy to throw out the ideas.  The details were what became more tedious.

As time drew closer and we talked to our caterer, she reigned us back in a bit on our food ideas.  She is the one with the expertise and gave us things to think about that we hadn’t thought of.  She knows how to set up the food line, knows what foods go together and how to make the setup of the room flow smoothly.  We hadn’t thought of all that.

We found there were a lot of things like that as the party planning went along that one or the other of us hadn’t thought of but another one  brought to our attention.  Frames for pictures for the tables. Scissors to have on hand for decorating.  An extra helium tank for the “larger than we thought” balloons.  Extra napkins and forks for the cupcake table.  There were a lot of things to think about to pull off a successful event.

Every time something came to mind and the phrase “I hadn’t thought of that” raced through my brain, I thought about life and how I fight to control situations to make everyone happy and things to run smoothly.  I thought about how I tell God I trust Him but then I try to do things on my own.  I feel like He gently taps me and says “but what about this?”  And I reply, “Oh I hadn’t thought of that.”

He knows every little detail of every little thing we do, we plan, or we have done.  And the good news is that He already thought of it.  He already knows that we will mess up.  We’re going to screw up this perfect little plan, but He says “I already thought about it.”  He’s probably saying, “I knew you’d mess this up, so I have a way to steer it back on course.”

I’m so thankful that God’s ways are better than my ways.  I’m so thankful He’s already thought of every little detail to every little scenario.  I’m so thankful that even when we mess it all up and it seems like there’s no hope, that He can reach over and put His arms around us and clean up this little mess of ours.  He’s good like that….because He’s already thought of everything!

Isaiah 55:8-9 – “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.  As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.