I woke up one special morning in September of 1988. This day had meaning, and I knew it was going to be awesome. You look on the calendar that’s hanging on the side of the refrigerator and you see your name in big red letters, circled, with arrows pointing to it. That’s right, that day was my tenth birthday. It was the day I went from single digits to double digits. The day my parents heard me talk about for months and months...but between you and me, I started looking forward to this day as soon as I turned nine. Turning nine was nice but ten...ten was so much better! It was monumental, it was memorable. I remember waking up knowing that I had a purpose. My purpose was to make it through the day till 3:00pm. That was when my friends from down the street and my cousins were coming over to celebrate my big day.
Have you ever had one of those days that you know you're gonna remember for the rest of your life? Maybe it was the day you turned ten or eighteen, or the day you asked the love of your life to marry you, or the day your children were born, or maybe even a tragedy. I know I have had many of those moments. Some of them bring a huge smile to our faces and some of them we want to forget, but those moments are part of our story. They take us back to the experience, the emotions and even the lessons we have learned because of them.
We can all go right back there at any moment because special memories last a lifetime. There's a lot of life that happens between the big moments that we don't recall as quickly. Maybe because it was just the everyday mundane or lost in the routine of life. But whatever came I always strived to make the most of every situation in the hopes that one of them would end up being a moment that I would carry with me for the rest of my life.
That day in September of 1988 I received a birthday gift that I had begged for countless times. I finally received the hermit crab that I had wanted. My first pet and the first chance to prove I was growing up and could handle responsibility. What a great memory! I can still remember opening up the box with that bright yellow cage inside and the joy I felt in that moment. But...that joy quickly faded with what happened next. I took the hermit crab out of the cage and as I brought him up towards my lips to give my first pet a big kiss, he opened up his pincers and grabbed a hold of my nose and wouldn't let go.
There I stood in the middle of my backyard, surrounded by my friends screaming in pain as my dream come true became a nightmare. I started swinging my nose around trying to loosen the crab's grip when all of a sudden he went flying across my backyard never to be seen again.
I’m sharing this memory with you because I believe it was one that God used to begin the process of placing a calling on my life, to help make memories. Memories of the most important thing in life, Jesus. I began teaching kids about Jesus in fun, creative and exciting ways to build a memory in their life. My calling is to make Jesus and His Word come alive for kids in a memorable way so that when they grow up those memories will take them back to the truth they learned at church when they were a kid. Shouldn't Jesus be part of some of your best memories in life? Like, the day you first heard about Him, the day you accepted His gift of eternal life, the day you were baptized or maybe when you heard a message that seemed to be exactly what you needed in that moment. Those are the memories we want to last a lifetime.
Do you remember when Jesus became real to you and it changed your life? Would you like to be a memory maker in a child’s life? To make an impact that will shape their life in such a way that it becomes a lifetime memory pointing them to Jesus? John 10:10 says “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
God desires us to live a full life, filled with memories and stories of love and joy, and full of moments that point back to Him. Do you want to be a memory maker and help kids live a life full of Jesus moments? Just email me at: and say “I want to create memories!” and I will help you get started.