Catch the Little Foxes Because...

Originally published in July 1995.

How long has it been since I’ve written about integrity?I realize it’s been less than a year but I have to bring it up again.After all as Solomon wrote, and he would know, “Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.”Song of Songs 2:15.Hopefully our youth ministries are in some sort of bloom stage and hopefully our lives are blooming.We’ve got to catch those little things.

Those little things slowly take away our edge in ministry.I know I need to constantly keep a spotlight on my life.It gets tiring and frustrating and it is tedious.It’s not always comfortable and sometimes in my selfishness I become stubborn.But Proverbs 20:7 reminds me, “The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him.”One thing that keeps me on that thin line of integrity is knowing that how I live my life will affect other teens.That is one of the responsibilities we took on when we chose to work with youth.

Life Without Purpose is Just an Experience

Originally published in March 1995.

Life without purpose is just an experience.Ponder that one for a while.

If there ever was a man’s life that had purpose it was Indiana Jones.His career was a college professor but his purpose was to find the Ark of the Covenant or the Holy Grail.Because of his purpose, his life as a college professor had meaning plus he had all kinds of adventures facing snakes and men with swinging swords that would shape him.

Then there is Batman.By day he was just a wealthy millionaire named Bruce Wayne.But his purpose is to protect Gotham City from crime and that’s when he would become Batman.His purpose gave meaning to his life and he was able to use his millions for good as well using all hose bat-gadgets.Here was a millionaire with integrity because his purpose shaped him.

Obedience and a Missed Field Goal

Originally published in January 1995

To start off, I know the Minnesota Vikings season is over with.And I know it ended in a bad way for the Vikes—which I am still trying to get over with.In fact, my first comment after that disappointing loss was “I can’t wait for July and for preseason football.”I love football and I love my Vikes—fanatically.

With that in mind, I still have to share this terrific story with you reported in the Viking Update, a weekly newspaper for Vikings fans.