FUN FRIDAY: “Goliath” Debuts At Six Flags Great America

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Confession:  I am a HUGE roller coaster fan!  If I hear of a death-defying roller coaster within driving distance, I am usually there pretty soon.  Well, I just caught wind of this one!  It’s in Chicago, so……maybe someday!

It’s called “GOLIATH!”  It’s the fastest, tallest, and steepest wooden roller coaster in the world!  If you dare, expect to plunge down 180 feet while rocketing through twists and turns at 72 miles per hour at a near vertical 85 degree angle.

Check out this front seat POV video:  

Definitely going to have to check this one out!  By the way, if you love roller coasters you ought to check out the Kids Curriculum series I did last year called “Roller Coaster Life.”  I rode six different coasters as the kids learned about the “ups and downs” of the life of Elijah!  It was a blast!  You can pick one up here and check out a sample video below:

What about you?  What’s your favorite roller coaster you’ve ever ridden?  Comment and post links if you can!  Let’s share the adrenaline rush!!!

How To Know The Difference Between Being “Careful” And “Fearful”

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I can’t tell you how many times FEAR has kept me from stepping out and doing something big for God!  Fear is a powerful emotion and many times is a major deterrent to us accomplishing what God has called us to do.

Some people pretend not to be afraid.  They talk big, but they aren’t fooling anyone. Others redefine it.  They claim, “I’m not afraid. I’m just being very careful.”  In his book, Next Generation LeaderAndy Stanley compared “careful” and “fearful.”

Careful is cerebral; fearful is emotional.

Careful is fueled by information; fearful is fueled by imagination.

Careful calculates risk; fearful avoids risk.

Careful wants to achieve success; fearful wants to avoid failure.

Careful is concerned about progress; fearful is concerned about protection.

As you look at this comparison, are you fearful or careful?  Be honest.

Playing it safe doesn’t take us where God wants us to go.  We don’t want to take insane risks, but we need to be willing to listen to the Spirit and go where He leads us.  I have to ask myself: Does what I’m doing today require God’s wisdom and power, or can I do it on my own?

My friend Kathy Creasy says, “It is tempting to maintain the status quo ministry—to do what we have always done, to do what others have had success doing, to do what will cause the least conflict, to do what is expected of us. But courageous faith seeks the mind of God then steps out to faithfully accomplish what God has spoken.”

Have you sensed God leading you to do something but you found a bunch of excuses to avoid it?  If you have, it’s time to face your fears, take God’s hand, and step out in faith.

What Are You Afraid Of?

Fear is a reality in all of our lives.  If you say you don’t have any fear at all, either you’re a liar or a psychopath—neither of these is a good option!  Some of us can’t admit our fears because they’re so terrifying we can’t face them.  Denial, though, never leads to growth, peace, joy, love, and strength.

Fear is a barrier between us and the things God is calling us to do.  It keeps us still when God wants us to move, keeps us quiet when God wants us to speak, and causes us to shrink back when God wants us to reach out.  Strong, creative spiritual leadership isn’t satisfied with the status quo.  Leaders don’t focus on excuses for inaction; they look at possibilities for God to do amazing things.  But leaders often have to overcome their fears.

Abraham left everything he had known to follow God into a distant land.  Moses had been tending sheep so long that he lost confidence in his leadership abilities, but God still had a mission for him.  After his initial hesitations, he marched boldly into Pharaoh’s presence and demanded, “Let my people go!” Joshua and Caleb believed God to lead the people into the Promised Land and conquer giants even when others cowered in terror.  David put down Saul’s armor and faced the colossal giant Goliath with a sling and five stones.

Courage isn’t the absence of fear, but the willingness to take action in the face of fear.  Every leader has to face very real fears.  The key is facing your fears with the RIGHT ammunition and in the right SPIRIT!  Never forget:

“God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7

What is Paul saying?  Crippling fear doesn’t come from God.  Instead, God pours out the solution to fear: power, love, and a sound mind.  So, face your fears in prayer – and let God give you the power, love, and sound mind that He has promised!

(for more on this subject, check out my book, “I Blew It!” chapter 10)

Here we go!

I have been asked the same question for several years, “When are you going to start blogging?”  I have always had a lot of different answers.  “I don’t have time.”  “It’s not my thing.”  “It’s a passing fad.”  All true thoughts, but not the real reasons.  Time to come clean.

The truth is, I have avoided getting into the BLOGosphere because:

1)  I didn’t think I had anything new to add.

There are already so many Kidmin bloggers out there like Sam Luce, Tony Kummer, Kenny Conley, Gina McClain, and others.  I wasn’t sure that ONE MORE VOICE was needed.  I respect and read what all of these Kidmin bloggers share on a weekly basis, and I wasn’t sure I had anything unique to add to the amazing stuff they were already sharing.

2)  I was afraid.

I have to admit, I thought things like “What if no one reads it?”  “What if it stinks?”  “What if I run out of things to say?”  I allowed all of these thoughts and feelings to keep me from stepping out into unknown territory.  Ever been there?

3)  I was procrastinating.

I was allowing myself to put off and postpone something that I really felt I should do.  I figured, “I will blog – SOME DAY.”  The problem is – as I was reminded by a recent movie quote – “SOME DAY is a code word for NEVER.”  We say “some day” because we never really intend to take the leap of faith and just DO IT.

So, that time is over.  I am now jumping in with both feet.  However, I am planning to do things a little differently.  I plan to use this blog not as a place to write about the things that I want to say – but, rather write about the things that YOU want to hear.

I have been blessed to be involved in Kids Ministry for nearly 20 years.  In that time, I have been blessed with many successes, and fallen on my face more times than I can count.  Through the highs and lows, mountains and valleys, successes and failures – I have learned many lessons.

I want to use this blog to answer questions from other fellow Kids Ministry leaders and volunteers.  I want you to submit questions about areas you are struggling with, are curious about, or need answers for.  EVERYTHING is open and fair game.

Each week, I will choose one question to answer here on the blog.  Be sure to subscribe and submit.  If your question is chosen, you will receive credit as well as a store credit to use in our High Voltage Kids Ministry web store.

So, thanks to all of you who encouraged me to do this.  Your prayers and support were felt and needed.  Here we go!  Let’s take this journey as a team – together!

– Brian Dollar

P.S.  The winner of the $200 coupon code will be announced in my very next post!  (sorry, the deadline to register and be eligible was midnight last night)