More thoughts on Tanner………….


I shared a picture on Facebook in our closed group for FBC youth this morning.  It is a picture posted by a mother yesterday – See You at the Pole – of her son, Tanner, standing alone at the flagpole on his campus, praying.  As of now this picture has received approximately 55,500 likes and 8,800 shares.

I think we can sometimes find ourselves wondering “what does it matter?”  “It’s no big deal if I’m not there.”  “I’m just one person.  No one will notice if I don’t go.”  This picture is an illustration of what God can do with one willing person.  I doubt that this student woke up and said “I’m going to SYATP so I can get my picture on FB and reach thousands.”  I assume this student was so burdened about praying for his school and his friends that he didn’t care if it was raining or not.  It didn’t matter whether he would be standing alone or with others.  He was going to pray.  From there, God took his willing and surrendered heart, and in 24 hours He used this boy’s testimony to speak to others.

Is Tanner’s story glamorous or dramatic?  No.  Did God use it to speak to thousands?  Yes, He did.  There is no end to what God will do with hearts determined to follow Him.

This blog is called “The Ripple” for a reason.  Do you get it?  I think Tanner would.

“Enter through the narrow gate.  For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”                                         Matthew 7:13-14

The link

That link to Jonathan’s blog is Go to “blog”

The Ripple

Flashback – Fifteen years ago – Tall and lanky high school senior is coming to Sunday night youth group, youth choir, and lunch bunch just because he was invited by a friend. In fact he was one of many who came with friends – it was sort of like a ripple effect. One invited another and so on….. but back to tall, lanky guy… his name is Jonathan. He grew up in Gobbler country, like many of you. I remember him playing sports, but I don’t recall how gifted an athlete he was, but I am thinking basketball was his game. What I do remember is his “likability” and his gentle giant approach to life. He seemed to have a passion for life that he pursued vigorously. He was very artistic, and a very charming young man. I believe he had a hunch he was quite charming because he always knew exactly when to flash his great smile. I remember he liked to debate and did so well. Now – 15 years later – God is using his persuasive talents and the obvious passion he has for HIM to reach out to others. I have been following Jonathan’s ministry for several years. Recently he has posted two blogs related to messages he apparently has preached regarding what you should look for in a mate and who you should be for your mate. Follow the link below and look at “10 things a man should look for in a woman,” and the other is “10 things a woman should look for in a man.”

So why am I sharing this with you? First of all, his message is good. The list he gives is the same one you should use when you are considering dating someone. The other thing I want you to realize is Jonathan is no different than any of you. He was a teen who came to youth group with a friend. Somewhere along the way, God took hold of Jonathan’s heart and now he is using those passions and gifts in light of eternity. You can too.

More of CHRISTmas

The ripple

I’m not an expert in any language, but I do know if you remove “Christ” from Christmas, you are left with nothing. Literally, if you take those letters from the word, “mas” is what is left. In Spanish, “mas” means more. Ironically, that is exactly what the world tells us we need for Christmas – more. As Christians we know we get more of Christ which means we have it all – that is what we celebrate at Christmas. When we remove Christ from Christmas what we really get is “more” of nothing. Think about it…….

The Ripple


Are you the type to jump right into cold water so you can adjust to the shock more quickly, or do you ease into it, so your body can get used to the cold gradually?  Either way is ok – there is no right or wrong.  One way or another you are going to get wet and you will cause a ripple.  Have you thought about that?  No matter how hard you try, there is no way to get into the water without causing a ripple. 

Really, there is no way to go through your daily routine without causing a ripple.  You may be one to cause a big splash wherever you are, or you may be the one who tries to move in and out of class without being noticed.  It doesn’t matter, you still cause a ripple.  So the bigger question might be “is the ripple I leave evidence of the Christ who lives in me?”

“In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”