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Ebenezer

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This is it.

Today is the day.

I don’t have time for could, woulda, or shoulda. I only have time for results.

I know the stats. I know the strategies. I know what it takes to get it done… it’s time to get it done.

[Insert whatever analogy you need to fire yourself up]

I’m a youth worker. It’s in my blood. It is who I’m called to be and it is who I am. And all youth workers are hard-wired to plan stuff out in August. August is our January. We plan vacations, mission trips, concerts, retreats, camps, and everything else. If it is going to happen in 2010-2011… now is when we lay it out.

In August, we lay out our dreams for the school year in August.

August is our ebenezer.

So that is what I’m doing this August. I’m laying down my dreams. I’m laying down my hopes. And I’m putting aside my excuses.

I’m tired of waiting for next year.

I don’t have time to build another year.

I am getting too old to sit around and wait for something good to happen. Or the right kid to show up. Or the wrong kid to “get it.

I don’t want to just hang out with kids anymore without a purpose. We’ve played enough video games, eaten enough pizza, and I’ve been to enough high school games.

This. is. it.

This year.

This day.

This moment.

Now is the only time that matters.

I’ve got no patience for coulda, woulda, or shoulda.

This is my ebenezer.

By Adam McLane

Kristen and Adam live in the San Diego neighborhood of Rolando with their three children.

3 replies on “Ebenezer”

Hey Adam,
I’ve got to tell you bro, I love this analogy!
I resonate with the post, but more so because I’ve experienced times when I had to raise my own ebenezer because of where I stood in life during that moment/hour/day/season.

I posted about one of those times back here – http://blog.roogles.com/2009/03/it-seems-fitting.html

There isn’t a day that passes that I’m not reminded about who God is and what he was doing in my life then.

Peace dude.

Well, if you’re gonna make some dreams and put um down on paper, the better be big, cause we serve a BIG GOD!!!! Seize the moment!!! Go out playing big!

Adam- I don’t comment much but I read your stuff pretty regularly. This is one of the best short posts I’ve read in a long time. Great point and something I have really been thinking about this month but haven’t been able to put it into words. Great post.

I’m geeky and know just enough hebrew that every time I hear Ebenezer in song that I always think about creating something out of stone.

Good work. Let’s pray that this year is amazing.

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