Tomatos... DANG IT!

Yesterday we took a moment out of the crazy summer and walked around the OKC memorial. Time well spent. #nofilter #ozarktravels @bicebicebayb (at Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum)

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This dog.. Too much energy.

4:24 pm, by jaygrider

Happy birthday to my amazing girlfriend!!! @sshannon16

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9:20 am, by jaygrider

Not exactly a pro setup. But its something.!

12:53 pm, by jaygrider

#latergram #sunrise #nofilter

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This place: where God changes lives every summer. Be part of that. #rushozark

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Only appropriate that my study guide from heck is for a test on Halloween. #writtenfromscratch #thistestisthedecideringtest #therecanonlybe7

10:30 pm, by jaygrider


My father brought up the idea of fear to me this morning in a completely unrelated conversation. He called it a temptation, the Bible calls it a temptation, being afraid is not something that you should do as a follower of Christ. Honestly, its hard to look at fear as a lack of faith in day to day situations. As a 90’s kid I grew up knowing what was then the second wave of the American dream. Clinton had budgeted the country and we were no longer bleeding money, the news wasn’t the worst thing ever, or at least I didn’t know it was. Life was good. 

Then we got in a war, something I didn’t understand as an eleven year old boy sitting on a couch watching flashes in the sky over a country on the other side of the globe. It was foreign to me. I saw all these flags though, and I knew I loved my country, and I wanted all those soldiers to come home safe.

Its now twelve years after that day, those weeks, that month, that news cast with the bearded guy who “hated america” on it. Where the doctors shone a flashlight in his mouth on TV and the announcers were so excited. They were saying that it was the beginning of the end. Its still not over though, and as any person my age will tell anyone, I am so tired of hearing that we are losing Americans in that war.

Thinking back to that day it all started, I don’t know if I was scared. That day, and I know all those who saw it will agree, is burned into my mind for the rest of my life. From the moment my grandmother called telling my mother to turn on the TV, to when the second plane hit. To when my mother told my father to get me out of the house, and we went to Taco Bell, and the streets were desolate, the Taco Bell workers crowded around a small TV on the counter. The same thing was going on at the science center when we went there next.

At eleven I was witnessing an event that would change the country I call home forever.

Really it was fear that changed things. I wan’t to say that fear is to blame for everything we read about today. Why are there CEO’s making billions while their companies products are made by starving Chinese workers? Fear. Why did we start that war? Fear. Why is there talk of starting another war? Fear.

So, what do we see about fear in the Bible? What does Christ tell us about fear?

4 “Dear friends, don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot do any more to you after that. 5 But I’ll tell you whom to fear. Fear God, who has the power to kill you and then throw you into hell.[a] Yes, he’s the one to fear. Luke12:4-5

So lets never forget that God is Good, He will provide, and that He loves us. 

10:39 pm, by jaygrider