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I Quit!!!!!!!!

March 22, 2009

This was gonna be the last time. The end was at hand. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired of being sick and tired. Something had to give. Let me explain.

I'm one of those people who hates to be late to stuff, especially stuff that I'm supposed to be in charge of. I hate to be late for appointments. I hate to be late for work. I hate to get home late. I hate to be late. Period. But as much as I hate being late for those things, nothing makes me more crazy than being late for church. Dude, I'm like a Nazi about that. My Pops is the same way, so I guess I got it from him. He doesn't even want to go to church, if he can't get there one time. We don't agree on a lot, but I feel Pops on this one.

I'm the teen Sabbath School teacher at my church. I have a back-up teacher, but I'm the guy who is supposed to be there--on time. Lately--since the birth of my son, DJ (below), four months ago--I can't seem to get to church on time. (As I'm writing this, he's laying right next to me about to wake up. He has no idea that I'm about to hang being late to church on him. Don't feel sorry for him, though. I'm sure he'll urinate on me sometime today to get me back.  But, I digress.)



Anyway, yesterday I came up with a solution to my problem. I had made up my mind to quit being the teen SS teacher. That's not that deep to you, but it's a big deal to me, because out of all the stuff I do--heading up Insight ministries, speaking to teen conferences, etc.--the thing I probably love most is being with my kids in teen Sabbath School. Sabbath School is hot to me. I know I'm weird, but it is.

I talked to one of the kids about my frustration, and he was like, "Yo, you can't quit. Who's gonna teach us?" I knew that God could send another person, so his little guilt0-trip wasn't about to move me. I "ain't" irreplaceable. He wasn't buying my justifications. Right after my class, something happened that made me re-think my decision.

One of the teen girls that I hadn't seen in a while pulled me aside. She needed to talk. I dropped everything to listen to her. Here's what she told me in a nutshell. She hadn't had her monthly period since January--she is pregnant. She got pregnant after she ran away from home and moved in with her boyfriend. Her mother is a prostitute and drug addict doing time in prison. Her father is not in her life. She knows that abortion is wrong, but she has been thinking about doing it, since she doesn't know how she would care for a child. Oh, and her boyfriend is in the middle of a divorce from his wife. When she got done catching me up on her life, I was speechless. What would you say to that?

I was angry about being late to church, like that's some big deal, when here was someone with real problems. (Dude, I felt so stupid, so ridiculous.) I believe God used her to kick me in the stomach, to get me to stop majoring in minors. I'm sure God would've sent someone else to help her, but I believe He sent her to me to warn me not to quit doing the work that He had called me to do, over something like being late.

I know what my purpose is. God put me on this earth to help young people get to know Jesus, and to help prepare them for His soon return. That's it. That's why I exist. Teaching SS is a part of my mission--until God calls me elsewhere.

There were things about saving the world that made Jesus wince--such as carrying the weight of the whole world's sins on His shoulders. But He didn't quit. Here's what he said to his Dad: "Father, if it's possible, let this cup [of suffering] be taken away from me. But let your will be done rather than mine" (Matthew 26:39). If Jesus didn't quit, the I ain't quittin' either.

What has God called you to do? Hit me up and let me know. I want to pray for you. Even if you're not sure what your calling is, drop me a line anyway. I want to ask God to show you.

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