Dreams and Reality

I have big dreams.  But I must also live in reality.  I’m not saying this because I’m dissappointed with my reality.  I’m saying this because I need to remind myself that my reality is pretty amazing as well.  If I followed only my dreams then I would miss so much of what happens around me every day.

I used to think I could be a great actor (I went to college on a drama scholarship)

I used to dream about being a rock-star (I was in a band, [brace yourself for some pretty cheesy web-page-ry if you follow that link]we recorded three CD’s and played in 5 states, with some of the best friends I’ve ever known).

I think I’m funny and could be a stand-up comedian (I do open-mic every once in a while).

I want to write books (right now I’m happy writing papers).

All of my dreams I’ve been able to participate in to some degree, which I count as an amazing blessing.  I’ve just been doming to this realization that my reality today is enough.  I’ve learned to become content with whatever it is that God wants to do with me.

I think to most enjoy my present moment I have to embrace reality.  I cannot compare my reality today with the tomorrow of my dreams.  If I do that I will inevitably be disappointed with today, because dreams can always be so much better than reality.  But by living in my dreams I will also miss the opportunities that God brings into my life to live a part of my dream today.  I will probably never be a famous preacher/teacher/comedian/musician/author but I get to have a taste of those dreams every once in a while.  And for me . . . that’s more than enough.

Easter & Partnering with the City

This year, rather than doing our own thing we have decided to partner with the City of Mountlake Terrace  and the business community with their annual Easter Egg Hunt. We donated candy and eggs. Now we are looking for a few folks who would be willing to serve along side the city this Saturday morning.

This is one of the many ways that we get to show our community that we love them and want to do life with them.

Here are the details:

  • When? Saturday April 3rd Events starts at 10:00 so volunteers will need to be there by 9:30.
  • Where? Evergreen Playfield You can get directions by following this link: http://bit.ly/b481rl

  • What is going to be there? If you want to read more about the event you can read this article: http://bit.ly/dCfyEA
  • How Can I get involved? Please email jdeuman@thecreeksidechurch.org if you have any questions or would like to be involved.

This is going to be a great event for you and your kids, and a great opportunity to serve the city.

Why I Follow Jesus

I am not ashamed to call myself a Christian.  Something that I’ve been realizing while I practice my hobby stand-up comedy is that there are a lot of people who do not like Christians, Christianity or church.  This honestly breaks my heart because my relationship with Jesus has been so important to me, and I go to the open-mic and I always here something that is anti-Christian.

I can’t be ashamed of Jesus because as cheesy as it sounds he is never ashamed of me.  Even when I’m a complete idiot he still loves me and desires the best for me, more that I do for myself.  He is not afraid to associate with me.

Let me explain with Peter.

Jesus calls Peter by going fishing with him.  Peter was a fisherman.  Peter was having a horrible morning of fishing and Jesus said, “Hey Peter, through your net on the other side of the boat.”  Peter’s thoughts were probably, “Hey dude, what do you know about fishing?  Aren’t you a carpenter?  Why don’t you go and build something and leave the fishing to the professionals.”  But Peter obliged Jesus and threw his net on the other side of the boat, and they caught a boat load (literally) of fish.

From that moment on Peter decided that following Jesus was the way to go.  Now Peter wasn’t the sharpest tool in the shed.  He was impulsive, sometimes reckless, didn’t think before he spoke, said he would never desert Jesus, but he did.  Jesus was crucified, Peter probably watched him die from a distance.

So what does Peter do?  He goes back to work to fishing.  Jesus was died, rose from the dead, appeared to the disciples, spoke to them, but what does Peter do?  He went back to fishing.  Maybe he felt like Jesus was disappointed with him, maybe Peter felt like he was out of favor.  So he goes back to what he knew.

While he was fishing someone yells from the shore, “Cast your net on the other side.”  I wonder if that story had spread, and Peter may have been sick of it.  I don’t know. But he throws the net on the other side, and what do you know, they catch a ton of fish.

Peter jumps out of the boat and swims to shore and there’s Jesus.  Jesus restores Peter, even thought Peter was ashamed of Jesus, Jesus was not ashamed of Peter.  I love that story.  Because I’m an idiot and I need Jesus because he’s not ashamed of me.  His grace is enough.

I follow Jesus simply because he sees more in me than I see in myself.  He believes in me when I don’t.  Am I embarrassed by some things some christians do?  yeah.  Am I ashamed of somethings churches do in the name of Jesus?  sadly, yes.  Kind of like a crazy uncle.  I love them because we are family, but I wouldn’t say the things they say.

I can’t speak for them and Jesus.  I can only speak for me and my relationship with Jesus.  And I know that Jesus is not ashamed of me.

There is one person . . .

Who fills me with joy

Who deals with my insecurities

Who loves me no matter what

Whose opinion always matters to me

Who makes me laugh everyday

Who amazes me with her commitment to get the best for our family

Whose smile is all I need to remember how lucky I am

Who I am always more than happy to lose at board games to

Who I miss throughout the day

Who speaks truth to me all the time

Who lets me be who I am

Who believes in me

Who I would do anything for

Who makes the best meatloaf

Who helps me be better at everything

Whose blog I read all the way through, and am challenged every time.

Kathy thanks for being a source of joy and a great blessing in my life.  I thank God everyday for all you are and do and that he guided our two paths together.

Thank you for being an amazing mom.  Judah got your desire to be close and cuddle, and Joss got your go, go, go life.  I love them both mainly because they remind me of you.

You are amazing!

5 years

Today is the day after our 5 year anniversary at Creekside Church.  It’s been quite a tumultuous 5 years.  The journey has been challenging, inspiring, and life changing.  I’ve actually tried to write this post a couple of times, and each time I felt totally cheesy so I scrapped it.

The past five years have been incredibly important to my life as a Christian, husband and pastor.  Thanks Creekside for teaching me so much, and letting me learn with you.  I’m looking forward to more great years together.