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We need to remember that we are saved by grace when we fail. But we need to remember it much more when we succeed.

- Tim Keller (via godmoves)

Jesus is greater than I have ever portrayed him to be.

- John Piper

What if the first time around is always every time around? What if it’s simply okay to feel like a rookie at life? Because even our very best doesn’t guarantee a great outcome, and every success has its own sloppiness.

Maybe we’ve been riding on a false sense of progress and hoping for some future “final” version of ourselves, instead of enjoying the suspense of the moment. We might have lost that childlike wonder which reaches for the sky instead of tracking the mileage. From where I’m standing, the horizon is no closer than the day I started. And maybe that’s okay. Going for the horizon has been really awesome.

- J.S. from this post

Everything Is Very Wrong With Everything, And We Know It
J.S. Park

jspark3000:

Hello beloved wonderful friends!

This is the first part of a new sermon series called “Why You Christian?”  It explores the question of why anyone would ever want to be a Christian.

This first message is titled: Everything Is Very Wrong With Everything, And We Know It.

It’s about that Christianese church-word “sin,” and how we all secretly know something is very wrong and all the ways we try to make it right.

Stream above or download here!

 

Some things I talk about are: That moment when you wonder why you ever need to learn calculus or the quadratic equation, the very goofy Christianese words “sin” and “wrath,” that weird dark secret thing we do that no one wants to talk about, how the world tries to save itself through try-more moralism and top-my-feelings therapy, slapping someone in the pulpit, and that time I almost cheated on my fiancé with a Starbucks barista.

Be blessed and love y’all!

— J

Hello, I would like to get your advice on something. For a while now I've had in my heart the desire to start a youtube channel with a focus on christian youth. The purpose would be to creat a channel where young people can learn more about Jesus and the bible. But I don't know if I should really do it or not. I'm not sure if it would really help anyone. I pray about it, and I've also tried to just ignore it, but year after year I still find that desire in my heart. What should I do?

Hey my friend, I want to encourage you: just go for it.  Life is short, time is short, your voice is unique, and looking back from now, you’ll have wanted to do it while you still could. 

May I also please point you to a few posts here:

- How Do You Do The Blog Thing? A Mega-Post-Testimony on Blogging

- Don’t Give Up On Your Blog

 

My main word of wisdom here is not to expect your channel to go viral or to get tons of hits right away.  Getting your content to people takes time, effort, patience, and a lot of endurance.  There will be long seasons when you wonder if you’re even reaching anyone.  I know tons of bloggers who expect their stuff to take off instantly, and they get discouraged when no one notices.  Then they quit, and it’s always too soon. 

The problem is that we see all these (rare) overnight success stories and we try to hit the blog-lottery, so part of our motives gets twisted up into thinking that “viral” means we’re doing it right.  It doesn’t.  If it does get a lot of views very fast, then awesome!  But most of the time, we over-romanticize the idea of followers and subscribers and site stats, and it just kills the actual core of what we’re trying to do.

I’ve been blogging for over ten years.  People only started noticing maybe a year or two ago, and even then, I’m not exactly a viral blogger.  The whole “Tumblr famous” title is not even a real thing. 

Go speak your voice into the world because God has uniquely wired you to speak something that no one else can.  Your blog, videos, and posts will be momentary snapshots of your mood, your heart, your life, spun into a tapestry of healing and light.  It doesn’t matter if only a few people see it: those few people could be encouraged, or even saved.  Be professional, work hard, stay consistent, and do this out of love.  Don’t sell out.  Don’t imitate.  Don’t worry.  Hand the glory to Him.

— J.S.

That moment you’re aware of a mosquito in the room and you begin madly clapping to the tune of hell.

Your podcasts have helped me so so much. Dealing with heart ache as every 17 year old will, saying that one phrase "you are not my life" in my head lifts a million burdens off my shoulder! Thank you for being you!

Thanks my friend!  You’re referring to this message.  Some of it was greatly inspired by Dr. Tim Keller who also preached on Colossians 3:2.  It’s one of my life-verses (along with Psalm 139:23-24) that I repeat to myself nearly everyday.  Appreciate you!

— J

Hey friend, I know it's been tough, but have heart! You are more loved, cherished and appreciated than you know. As cliched as the phrase is, I feel your pain - and it's okay to hurt for a little while. But don't keep looking down - as hard as it is, look up to the Cross. Jesus knows all the hurt you're experiencing - and more. He loves you exponentially. And loves that you're being His hands and feet in loving others, even when it's hard. Chin up, dear friend! Know that you're in my prayers :D

Thank you, my friend.  I do need the reminder that this is for His glory, from His power, and in His mission.  At times I look too long at myself, and I think such introspection gets morbid and somber.  Time to rejoice.  My chin is up! 

— J

"True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but urge to serve others at whatever the cost" - Arthur Ashe

A wonderful quote that I’m going to tattoo on my heart.

— J

I have appreciated and really thought about every piece of advice you've given me. Ultimately because I know it's coming out of a place of intimacy with the Lord. I will be praying that you get much rest while planning everything for your wedding, and speaking life over other brothers and sisters in Christ! You are MUCH appreciated :)

Thank you so much for your prayers.  You’ve always been a huge encouragement to me and you never hesitate to message me with kindness and care.  Appreciate YOU my friend!

— J

Hey pastor Park, I just saw your post people, being cynical about them and yourself, etc and i just wanted to let you know i'm in the same boat with you right now. Its been a rough week too, and you're not alone. Thank you for all the encouragement you give me with your blog sir, and i know other people get that from you lots too. its okay, we all feel like that at times

Hey my friend, you’re referring to this post.  It’s been a rough week and I appreciate you reaching and letting me know I’m not alone.  There are just some days where it feels like I’m serving and giving into a giant vacuum, and I have no idea if it’s making a difference.  I’m grateful for you, dear friend.

— J

jspark3000:

Hello there, Twitter-verse.

blakebaggott:

I’m gonna take a second to appreciate this twitter convo between jspark3000 and musiqchild007 that had me DYING

jspark3000:

At times I wonder when I’ll ever get it together and actually do all the stuff I said I would do, like when I’ll start waking up without snooze and praying at sunrise and get cracking on that novel and jog with my dog and make my own meals and finish the cool elaborate design on my blank-walled room.  I get dizzy in regret over the thousands of hours I let slip back there somewhere, lost in a haze of extra sleep or daydreaming or lazy nothing.  I wonder when life will actually start, because I keep wanting to catch up to the awesome version of me that I imagine finally settling into my skin. Soon, I hope.

— J

Endless ideological bickering is a sign of privilege because it requires time and resources to engage in, which most don’t have.

- Peter W. Chin

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Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.

- C.S. Lewis 

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