Power of our Words


This is me putting myself out there.

I was  privileged  to speak and share with our congregation a few weeks ago, and was honored to see God speak through my message to so many people.  I’ve heard some great testimonies from our families in the days afterwards.  Remember, you can follow all my speaking on my Resources page.  Enjoy…or not.

My First World Problems and Perspective

I am a man plagued by first world problems.  Here are just a few of the things that I’ve complained about over the past week:

  • An uncharged macbook.
  • Having to fill my gas tank in freezing temperatures.
  • Netflix not having a current season of 30 Rock available.

In light of all my troubles I’m still trucking along in my (almost) paid off 1998 Honda Accord, with the peeling paint job.  I’m wearing whatever clothes I can get on sale at TJ Maxx or Ross, and I’m using computer equipment that my church pays for me to use.  I don’t even own the Macbook I’m typing this post on.  My world is really crazy, right?

Not so much.

If I’m not careful I find myself losing all perspective, and living out the garbage I see on Reality TV.  Perspective.  That’s some kind of word, huh?  How to get it?  How to maintain it?  How to keep it?

I’m not sure, but I know that this $100 backpack will sure help.  Or will it?  I struggle to live out my perfectly perfect life in an environment that is the envy of the rest of the world.  I struggle.  Struggle, really?  What the what?  It’s the great western world dilemma.  Living with gratitude for all that I have, while also having a perspective on the blessings I’ve been given.

I get to contemplate matters of great significance: Should I put my kids in that great new school in town? Should I go to graduate school? Is the new iPad a toy, or a work tool?  Just seeing those words makes me want to puke.  Is that significance?  It is, but it isn’t.  It isn’t, but it is.

Then this Bible verse goes and set’s me straight.

2 Corinthians 8:9 “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that  though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.”

My personal goal is to open my eyes to realities in the world that I would rather ignore and to let the Bible call me to look at those realities through the eyes of the one that gave up all to become poor.  And he did it so that I would become rich.  Not rich, like owning vacation homes and wearing expensive clothes rich.  Rich like not needing things of the world to define me.


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Kidmin 360 Search: Helping Great Leaders find Great Churches

I’ve started working with the great Kidmin360 Staffing team, to help great churches find great pastors to children and families.  We are currently looking for a  Pastor of Family Ministry  at a wonderful church in  Vancouver, Washington –  Crossroads Community Church.  

Visit our  Candidate Page  for details, including a downloadable  Position Profile  for this and other searches we are engaged with. If you or someone you know is interested in this position, or any of the opportunities we represent, please follow the links to upload your resume confidentially.

If you are interested or know someone who might be, please give me a DM on Twitter @jonathancliff or email me at jc at jonathancliff.com

And, of course, if you know of a church looking for a new children s or family ministry leaders, please let them know about  our services! We are affordable, solely focused on children s & family ministry (our  team  has over 75 years experience in this field), and offer a nationwide network from which to draw from.  We  connect children s & family ministry leaders with growing churches!  

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The wait is finally over. Yancy and friends have created a new collection of songs that are sure to warm the hearts of preschool kids and their parents too. You ll find lots of singalong fun including songs to celebrate some of the most special days of the year including Valentine s, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Birthdays.

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