The Power of Pizza and Knowing You Aren’t Alone

Last Sunday I was blessed with the opportunity to speak at a tent-meeting in the nearby island of Bequia and spend a few days with the missionary serving there.  The Lord used many things during  that time to encourage and challenge me, but the thing He used most was the Pizza.

Now Mac’s Pizza is absolutely amazing (I suggest the pepperoni and bacon) but it was the conversation over the pizza that ministered to my heart.

One of the greatest temptations for those in full-time ministry (Pastors and Missionaries) is to isolate themselves.

  1. Because Satan tells them that’s how its supposed to be (don’t share struggles)
  2. There is nobody who can “minister” to them the way they minister to others
  3. It seems that only those in that ministry can truly understand what you struggle with
  4. And sharing weakness or struggles destroys the persona of “having it all together.”

The problem is ministry can’t be done that way.  To Quote Paul Tripp “None of us is wired to live this Christian life alone. None of us is safe living separated and unknown

The truth is all Missionaries know this, but we also have the voice of Satan that says “there is something seriously wrong with you so don’t share those struggles with anyone, just work harder.”

On a ride around town Monday and during lunch we began to share stories and it didn’t take long to realize the challenges he faced in Bequia were the same things that I faced in Barrouaillie. 

in other words I wasn’t alone

The Lord reminded me Monday of how important it is for missionaries to share their struggles.  It’s no necessary to share all the gory details of course, but you simply make sure co-laborers know they aren’t the only ones who dealt with that issue.

One of the greatest ministries to my heart during my first years as a missionary came from veterans on the field who encouraged me to come and “vent” to them.  On more than a few occasions I would in discouragement and despair send a text saying  “I’m having a bad day” and less than an hour later we would be talking about it over cappuccino.

After pouring out my heart they would always smile and say “let me tell you how I responded when that happened to me”…and suddenly I knew everything would be okay.

Learning to Love Island Storms

The rain is pouring down as I write this…the kind of island storm that comes up  seemingly out of nowhere, then within about fifteen minutes leaves.  The island storms used to surprise me because many of them would start with a clear blue sky outside then stop two-minutes later.  However I’ve gotten used to them so now whenever leaving the house I try to bring an umbrella just in case 🙂

 

In a way I believe these island storms illustrate the unique challenge of  those serving the Lord (missions, pastor, Believers committed to Christ) because the attack of Satan can come at any time.  The purpose of these attacks or “ministry storms” is to discourage us from doing the work of God because a difference isn’t really being made.  An emotion that’s strengthened because in that moment all you can see is rain (discouraging things).

Island storms of life focus us on the heaviness of our hearts in the moment as the rain pours down.  However that emphasis on our present pain causes us to forget Gods future deliverance.

In other words, God takes great glory in delivering us when we cannot deliver ourselves.

Satan wants us to believe the island storms of life come because there is something wrong with us

  1. You aren’t working hard enough!
  2. Your just going to fail again (like last time)!
  3.  Make sure nobody finds out you feel this way because they certainly don’t!

But when we view the island storms from the perspective of God’s sovereignty it changes everything.

“That which should distinguish the suffering of believers from unbelievers is the confidence that our suffering is under the control of an all-powerful and all-loving God. Our suffering has meaning and purpose in God’s eternal plan, and He brings or allows to come into our lives only that which is for His glory and our good.” Jerry Bridges, “Trusting God;  even when life hurts”

So instead of “whats wrong with me?” our question should be

  1. What is God trying to teach me in this storm?
  2. How can I draw closer to Him in this storm?
  3. And how this storm helping me rest in Him instead of relying on my own strength?

It’s absolutely amazing what an impact this different perspective can make…

Last week I started going through an island storm ministry-wise because the end of School meant shutting down weekday Bible clubs.  During the year large groups would come by after school to attend Bible club and the Lord truly blessed.  But as you can imagine the more random summer schedule meant nobody showed up at the regular time.  This was definitely frustrating since the Lord had allowed me to develop a close relationship with many of those children, and I loved teaching them the Gospel.

However as the storms raindrops subsided earlier this week the Lord helped me realize Summer Bible Club (now called “Bible School”) allows me to create a ministry focused more on the teaching of Scripture one on one.  At this point only one boy comes by in the mornings so he can sing bible songs, read a book, listen to a Bible story, and review memory verses (he did bring a friend today) but that is a much deeper teaching ministry than I had with ten to twelve children in the afternoon.

The rain will fall sometimes in ministry and it will break our hearts.  But we can be thankful that eventually that island storm will end, and in that moment God will give us something much greater for His Glory.

Controlling the Chaos of a Children’s Ministry

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Editors Note:  As a general rule I don’t share pictures displaying the faces of chldren in my blog posts.  However because this post is about a Bible club that these children attend and it celebrates their maturity,  I’ve included the unedited photos.  I apologize to anyone who may be offended by my doing this.

Yesterday afternoon one of my missionary co-workers came by for a visit and since it was almost time for my Bible club, decided to stay and watch.  I began these clubs at the Church in January after school so kids could meet there before going home, but wasn’t able to start them again till last week since I wasn’t living in town.  The Lord blessed yesterday with a decent group (10-12 I believe) and they worked very hard for me.

My co-worker later told me he was impressed with how hard I was on them (was tougher than he expected me to be) and their obedience.  I’m grateful for the compliment but couldn’t help but smile because in the earlier days Bible Club was much more chaotic.

The truth is in the beginning my ministry with the children was far less structured…it started with glasses of water on the porch, and soon became glasses of juice (koolaid) with Bible stories

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Now I’ve worked with children long enough to know if you offer something they want for free lots of them would come, but to be honest I was surprised at how quickly as many as seventeen children started coming to the house after school.  Editors note:  Let me clarify only four to six glasses of juice were given to the best behaved children, I  wasn’t giving out seventeen glasses.

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As you can imagine having this many children in a small space meant things didn’t go as well as yesterday in the early days, in fact often it could be described as “chaotic.”  In order to combat this I made some big changes to the children’s ministry after returning from a two-week break in the States during Christmas 2015.  The biggest change was moving everything to the Church, but there were smaller ones that I honestly believe did more to help keep things under control, and hold chaotic days to a minimum.

  1. Let them be silly

One of the biggest challenges for children’s ministries (particularly those right after school) is the kids have way too much energy stored up. Most of them have been asked to sit down and be quiet all day long during school, so asking them to do the same thing in a Bible club is almost impossible if you don’t give them an outlet for energy.  I do this by allowing the kids to have five-minutes of “silly time” which just allows them to be active and loud children.

After this we always have a game…their favorite is “good morning mr. frog” where one sits in a chair with their back to us, then children sneak up and say “good morning mr. frog” in a disguised voice.  If the person guesses correctly then they get to stay in the chair, if they’re wrong the person who tricked them sits in the chair.  On days when they are particularly rowdy we also play simon-says, or red light-green light but I’ve learned from experience taking 10 to 15 minutes for fun and games makes them a much calmer bunch.

  1.  CONSTANTLY recognize and reward the right behavior

I’ll admit it took me a while to figure out a system for positive reinforcement for the right behavior, but finally started using the back of a cereal box for a “tick sheet”.  The idea was after someone got twenty good ticks they got to play with my tablet for 30 minutes, since returning we have turned into a monthly contest with extra ticks for people who come to Church.

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The tick sheet has really helped in a number of ways

  1. I don’t have to raise my voice in order to get kids to calm down, instead I just get the sheet and start giving ticks for those who are doing the right thing
  2. It allows me to personally call out children who are working especially hard (Samuel you are being really good today, I’m giving you two ticks!”)
  3. It adds a positive competitiveness since they all want to get the most ticks (so they listen and answer questions)
  4. This kind of reinforcement is done constantly and every time the children are reminded about their responsibility to listen and obey

The best part about the tick sheet is it makes the end absolutely painless.  Getting the kids to leave can be incredibly difficult because their having lots of fun.  In the past this may turn out into a game as they tried to get me to chase them around the building, now I just say “okay if you leave right now you get a tick.”

  1.  You must have a lesson/story that keeps their attention

 

One of the worst things that can possibly happen during a Bible club is for a child to get bored during the Bible lesson.  All it takes is one person to say “this is boring” and suddenly you’ve lost everybody!  This is why a lesson needs to be short (10 minutes max) and have pictures that capture attention.

I absolutely love using the “Jesus Storybook Bible” for clubs and the kids really enjoy it because of the pictures.  Unfortunately holding the book up so the kids can see the pictures means I have to read upside down (harder than it looks) but its worth the effort because not only the words but the pictures capture their attention.  This also helps because I’m able to constantly move the book and no children can say they didn’t see the pictures.

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Todays the last day of school in Barrouallie so tomorrow we are starting on a totally new adventure in Summer Bible club!!!  With the summer days I’m sure we will experience new challenges, problems, and forms of chaos but that’s okay.  Because with a bit of work that chaos can be controlled for the Glory of God.

The God Who Provides Luxuries

IMG_0027While preparing to move into my new rental property I made a list of things that were needed, and with the Lords help I’ve been able to check most of those off [1]. Part of preparing that list was thinking about things that I would like to have in my home, and then deciding which ones were legitimate needs.

During the brainstorming process air-conditioning came to mind, but I didn’t even list it as a possibility since;

  1. Fans and sea-breeze can keep a person cool
  2. The air-conditioning units you can buy here are WAY too expensive, and cost a lot to run
  3. And to be honest this was something I could just do without (along with Krispie Kreme donuts and Pepsi)

Thankfully the fact that I could live without air-conditioning didn’t keep God from providing it 🙂

While visiting my missionary partners in town last Friday they showed me an ad in the paper selling a window unit air-conditioner for less than $250 US dollars. At first I thought it was a mistake, but a phone call to the man selling it confirmed that was the price!

The reason it’s so cheap is he had bought it from the States so the voltage is different from SVG (they use 220) and hardly anybody here uses US appliances. After the man realized that air-conditioning unit wasn’t big enough for his house, he was forced to sell it for a low price.

The fact that I will soon have an air-conditioning unit (perhaps as early as tomorrow afternoon) is a reminder that God knows all of my needs…even the ones that I can live without.

Each of us have had to take give up on things we really wanted because those were “luxuries”- Something that would definitely bring happiness but isn’t absolutely necessary.  Most of the times we do without the luxuries of life.   In a sense this is a good thing because it teaches us many of the things we desire are luxuries, and can be lived without. At the same time giving up these things can make us believe God doesn’t want us to be comfortable.

When giving up luxuries (particularly ones important to us) we must remember God sees all of our needs….even the ones we can live without. This doesn’t mean that He will provide for all of them of course [2] but we can know God takes great joy in providing things that make us comfortable as we follow Him faithfully.

sometimes it’s frustrating being away from the comforts of home, but I’m so grateful that on those days I’ll be able to stand in an air-conditioned room, and know God loves me enough to provide the things I can live without.


  1. currently working on a car, which is the last big expense  ↩
  2. God’s goal is my spiritual growth instead of comfort  ↩

A Bachelors Hospitality

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Editors note: this post was originally written on June 1, 2016

According to my watch it’s 1:24 Wednesday afternoon, which means in just over three and a half hours Lord Willing, I’ll be officially moving into my new rental property in Barrouallie.

It was two-weeks ago today (Wednesday) when I signed a contract for the home and since then I’ve been very busy.

  1. Buying a stove and refrigerator then having it delivered
  2. Purchasing furniture and a mattress
  3. Getting internet hooked up
  4. And bringing over things from the other rental a little at a time, then one of my large barrels last Monday

When setting up a new home people always have a choice; they can either set it up in a bachelor [1] or family style (which has more comforts). The truth is because of the large amount of expenses (and the fact that I have to buy a car soon) I chose to begin setting my home up in a bachelor style, then raise it to family a little bit at a time over the next year.

Now to be honest keeping my home set up for a bachelor isn’t a very bad thing because I am one! However it’s meant to be a ministry tool for things like discipleship, counseling sessions, fellowships, and bible clubs for children. Unfortunately those things are kind of hard to do with cheap furniture :-), But at the same time I remember that hospitality speaks louder than comfy chairs.

the word “hospitality” makes us think of elaborate meals served on the finest china and desserts amazing enough to make everybody in town jealous. But it can also be a kind word, glass of water, bible story, snack, or glass of koolaid (if your lucky). The reason a culinary masterpiece and a glass of water can both be an act of hospitality is hospitality itself emphasizes acts of kindness.

Seeing hospitality as acts of kindness instead of world-class cuisine is hugely important for me since as a missionary (1) I don’t have the money to create these kinds of meals and (2) I definitely don’t have the cooking skill to do it! But anybody can give out glasses of water and jolly ranchers.

So with God’s help my new house will become known as a place where people can receive hospitality; it may not have the most comfortable furniture, delicious food, or surround sound system. But it will have an attitude of love that won’t turn people away…and in the end that’s what matters.


  1. very basic with small amounts of furniture and cheapest items  ↩

The Curse of My American Weight

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Tuesday night marked its being two-weeks since I returned to St. Vincent and I’ve been incredibly busy getting my barrels unpacked, signing a contract on a rental home in Barrouallie, and purchasing furniture along with appliances. Thankfully a Church member has allowed me to stay at her rental property for a few weeks in a nearby area pronounced “Curtain” while the house is getting set up…looking forward to moving in next Wednesday.

The only problem with the Curtain property is it happens to be a fifteen minute walk from Barrouallie and has no internet. So checking an email or sending updates meant I would arrive in town soaked with sweat and totally out of breath 🙂

**Though the walk from Curtain to Barrouallie wasn’t always fun, after doing it for two-weeks I can see how God is using it for His Glory,

While in the States I went out of my way to indulge in junk food, going as far as to instagram Krispie Creme donuts that went along with my pepperoni pizza the day before flying back. This is partly because you can’t get Krispie Creme or a Little Ceaser’s five-dollar pizza in St. Vincent, however I also knew it wouldn’t take long to lose all those pounds I packed on.

While the weight is coming off fast my being out of shape because of over-indulgence has affected the ministry in another unexpected way.

It hasn’t affected my relationships with the people though they greatly enjoy making fun of my added weight [1]and agreeing that America had made me fat. Instead those extra pounds kept me from having the self-discipline in other areas that are necessary for ministry.

It’s easy to forget that missions is a very active type of ministry with a long list of needs to meet, people to care for, and projects to complete. The need for physical fitness is even greater in SVG where you experience a tropical climate, and people normally walk from one place to another [2].

However this isn’t too serious of an issue because most of that extra weights lost within a month (I’ve already lost most of mine). The real issue is my American weight (indulging in junk food) got me out of the practice of self-discipline

Jerry Bridges in his classic book “A Pursuit of Holiness” says this about our connection with physical discipline and Holiness in other areas of life.

”As we become soft and lazy in our bodies, we tend to become soft and lazy spiritually. When Paul talked about making his body his slave, so that after having preached to others he himself would not be disqualified, he was not thinking about physical disqualification, but spiritual. He knew well that physical softness inevitably leads to spiritual softness. When the body is pampered and indulged, the instincts and passions of the body tend to get the upper hand and dominate our thoughts and actions. “ Bridges, Jerry (2014–02–01). The Pursuit of Holiness: Run in Such a Way as to Get the Prize 1 Corinthians 9:24 (Kindle Locations 1069–1073). NavPress. Kindle Edition.

To explain it another way every time I’m not able to turn down a Krispie Creme donut it makes choosing God’s way instead of my own in other areas more difficult. And if indulging in donuts becomes a habit (particularly in certain situations like when I’m emotional or frustrated) then it will be easier to develop habits of laziness or pampering myself in other ways.

Please understand I’m not saying eating a donut is a sin (I love them)! But I’m noticing a habit of physical indulgence I took part in during April is not just affecting me in physical ways.

Suddenly disciplining myself to do things like writing, Bible memorization, and reading Christian books that used to be easy require a lot more work and determination. It’s as if allowing one part of my life to become soft and undisciplined affected all the others!

Will I eat donuts again? You better believe it! And I can guarantee you the first thing I’ll want after seeing my family in the States is a Little Caesars pizza! But at the same time I know my American weight will be a lot less next time since with the Lord’s help I’ll use a lot more self-discipline when it comes to eating. Because it takes a lot longer than two-weeks to rebuild habits of self-discipline.


  1. a friend meeting me at the airport told me your overweight! At first I thought he was talking about my baggage…but he wasn’t  ↩
  2. there are vehicles in Barrouallie of course, but because its small most people just walk from place to place  ↩

Entering a Season of Studying

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A Season of Studying

About a week ago I finished my devotional at a Easter sunrise service by publicly referring to myself as a “spaz.” This earned a chuckle or two from the audience, but the truth is God’s definitely created me that way. Please understand I’m using the word spaz not in a disrespectful manner…instead it refers to someone whose “activity-cantered” or must always be doing something [1] and usually has a very short attention span.

Most of the time my activity-centred personality doesn’t create a problem since theres always plenty of work to do. However since coming back to the States for a two-month furlough its created challenges.

Oh don’t get me wrong I’m still working very hard. The difference is my ministry now is focused on studying, reading, writing and developing discipleship material while in St Vincent my ministry focused on teaching and discipleship ministries that involved lots of human interaction.

As a “spaz” I love those island ministries because they bring excitement and energy into my life. Most of all it gives me something encouraging to tangibly evaluate my day with [2]. This reading and lesson plan preparation ministry (or as I call it my season of study) on the other hand isn’t all that fun.

  1. I spend most of the day by myself [3]
  2. Lots of time reading and writing can become pretty boring
  3. And worst of all there aren’t many tangible things to celebrate [4]

Lately my Spastic personality has started to complain

  • Man this is boring!
  • Can’t we go do something fun?
  • Wouldn’t it be more important to volunteer somewhere instead of creating those evangelism lesson plans?
  • Wow you haven’t accomplished anything today…your pathetic.

Now of course I’m not pathetic but as someone whose geared for relationships working from home can be sort of discouraging. Yet when my impatient side speaks up I remind him the seasons of studying are an incredibly important part of ministry.

The thing is it’s almost impossible to go through this season while on the mission field because the problems are too pressing, and its difficult to study Hermeneutics with little kids ringing your bell all day 🙂

While this season of studying is helping me learn many truths about God’s Word one in particular has become precious to me.

Ministry isn’t always fun

It’s tempting to look at the fun parts of ministry [5] and forget that for each one of those there are others not enjoyable at all. Yet its only after we faithfully complete the study seasons of ministry that ministry can be truly effective.

Would I be rather playing football with kids in barrouallie than marking textbooks? Of course! But its the lessons learned in those textbooks that will raise a generation of Godly men and women on the island.

 

[1]: has a very hard time sitting still or relaxing

[2]: I had two Bible clubs today!

[3]: yes this is a good thing, but after coming from a ministry based on interaction it can be a big change

[4]: kind of hard to get fired up about reading twenty-five pages in a theology book

[5]: teaching, discipleship, leadership

The End of Bachelor Living

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A few weeks ago I was talking with my parents about the things to include in barrels being sent to St. Vincent and my mom suggested buying Correlle dishes.  This began a conversation that included pampered chef, Tupperware, the softness of towels, and how many thread counts would be in my sheets 🙂

 

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I didn’t question the need for kitchen items like pots and pans in my new home.  However the amount spent on such items was a different story.

You see though I’m in my forties part of me still embraces a part of bachelor living.  Not the part about being lazy, never cleaning up after yourself, and being cheap.  But the part that doesn’t have lots of people over for dinner.  It isn’t that my cooking is awful of course, there are just lots of people in town who cook better meals, with more variety.  In other words there is no reason for me to buy correlle wear for my ham sandwich or scrambled eggs.

Yet I found myself spending lots of money this week on Correlle, a toaster oven, microwave, fluffy towels, and 450 thread sheets.

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Why?  Because you can’t do missions and be a bachelor.

All ministries (and missions in particular) involve work in church on Sunday or Wednesday, but other teaching is done outside of church during the week.  This is where the majority of your evangelism, discipleship, and counseling takes place as we use teachable moments for God’s glory.  Unfortunately those kind of moments don’t necessarily arrive on their own, so we must create a place for them.

In a perfect world people would come to my house for a Bible study even if the only thing offered was slightly burned popcorn.  But we don’t live in a perfect world, so I need to offer hamburgers and hot-dogs with french fries and Pepsi while we discuss how the historical narrative of Acts affects our interpretation of the book.

Will it be the best food they ever taste? Of course not!  But that’s okay because eventually the will start coming for something much more important than hamburgers like Godly counsel, a challenge, encouragement, or listening ear.  Of course there will always be something I can whip up for them in the kitchen 🙂

Walking through Wal-Mart yesterday with a toaster oven in my hands I reached a moment of frustration.  “Lord I don’t need all of this stuff!” part of me said “I can live off peanut butter and grilled cheese sandwiches for the rest of my life!”  The Lords answer to me was “John this isn’t for you! This is for all the people who will enter your home not understanding the truth of the Gospel.  The people who want to study my word but don’t know how.  The people who just need someone to talk to.”

So in the end it isn’t about how good my cooking is but creating a place where people feel welcome and ministry can take place.

Even if they have to eat an occasional bowl of burned popcorn.

Walking Away From What I Love

IMG_0069Yesterday was one of those moments that involved incredible happiness and a heart of sadness at the same time since it was my last day ministering in the school system.

A little over a year ago the Lord allowed me to become involved in a one on one tutoring ministry. It didn’t take long for this to grow from one day a week to five involving three schools

Though the opportunities continued to grow it didn’t create a serious problem since it only took about two-hours of my time each day (from 8:00 to about 10:00) and was something I really looked forward to.

Or at least it was

About five weeks ago something amazing happened. I’m not sure of exact day but one morning while driving to a school a thought popped into my head…“I wish I didn’t have to do this.”

That thought shocked me since working with children is something I love to do, and God’s blessed me with gifts as well as abilities to do it.

“Oh well” I thought to myself, “maybe I am just tired or having a bad day.” But with every visit to a school that lack of satisfaction just grew. It took two weeks of this before I finally figured out what was going on.

God was closing the door to my school ministry

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There are moments in life when the Lord takes things we love away from us, in most cases these are actually good things (like ministering to children). The good news is when God closes a door it means that He is opening a new (and better) one to take it’s place.

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But that didn’t make walking away from those children for the last time any easier yesterday morning.

Gotta love the fact that a student couldn’t remember how to spell my name, but didn’t forget I am bald 🙂

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As I made the long walk back to my truck yesterday here are some things the Lord brought to my mind.

  1. Just because I love something doesn’t automatically make it God’s Will for my life
  2. This closed door gives more time to focus on returning to Australia
  3. This school ministry while good was fairly shallow (I ministered to many children for around an hour a week)
  4. The Lord may now give me an opportunity to have a deeper impact (minister to one or two children for longer amounts of time)

More than anything my heart was comforted by the fact that it was God who took away this ministry.  And as a loving Heavenly Father, I can trust Him to know what’s best for me.

The Triumphant Return of Silly John

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Last week a friend of mine asked if I was willing to speak at a local schools Elementary Chapel, and one of her biggest selling points was, “you get to be Silly John!”

She used this as the basis of her argument since she is one of the few adults who has ever seen “Silly John”, and knew how much I enjoy being that way.

Experience has taught me there are many different roles (positions) a person has to take when working with children. The specific role in each situation is decided by things like the amount of children in the room, their behavior, and what’s expected of you.  Because of this I have created different mindsets for specific situations, and jokingly refer to them as alter-egos. Some of my favorites are.

  1. Mr. John: My role when leading a group of children (emphasizes being their friend)
  2. Mr. Wilburn: My role when teaching or tutoring a child (emphasizes their understanding material)
  3. Mean John: My role when children are out of control (also called Sheriff John)
  4. And Silly John: My role when teaching younger children (emphasizing stories or entertainment [1])

As you can imagine Silly John just gives me an excuse to be loud and goofy. In other words it’s lots of fun 🙂

So last Wednesday I came and shared my calling to Australia with boys and girls from Kindergarten to thirdgrade. As much as I loved sharing the burden God has placed upon my heart, my favorite part was the question and answer session during which Silly John was in full effect [2].

This was especially enjoyable because I usually don’t share my silly side anymore. Normally Silly John is crammed into a box in the corner of my mind since there are so many other things that need to be dealt with.

  1. Discipleship of Believers
  2. Working on Visa Paperwork
  3. Teaching children
  4. Development or material and writing
  5. Not to mention the normal drama of life

Bottom line…I’m just too busy for Silly John

The truth is even if there is time for me to be silly I rarely do it because adults are supposed to be responsible and hardworking instead of goofy [3].

Leaving the school with a huge inflatable kangaroo under my arm and drenched in sweat [4] I couldn’t help but have a massive smile on my face since being silly was so much fun. Yet while stuffing the kangaroo in the back of my truck part of me thought “okay it’s time to stuff Silly John back in his box too.”

As I started to make myself “more serious” a thought occurred to me…there is a place in life for silliness.

Of course it would be wrong for me to act like a ten-year old all of the time. But isn’t taking that goofy part of my personality given to me by God and continually beat it into submission wrong as well?

I’m very grateful for the opportunity to be Silly John for about a half hour last week because it reminded me of some very important truths.

  1. God uses silliness [5]
  2. The world needs silly people
  3. And being silly is just plain fun 🙂

Last Wednesday has led me to be looking for strategic opportunities to unveil Silly John. I can’t promise you will see him, but I can promise you one thing. If you do see him…you won’t forget it.


  1. Silly John works very will with kindergarteners since they have short attention spans  ↩
  2. I particularly enjoyed it when a kindergartener with an incredibly serious face asked me if Santa came to Australia…and of course I said yes  ↩
  3. most adult’s who have witnessed Silly John (like my friend) only saw him because I was working with children at the time  ↩
  4. being Silly John is very hard work  ↩
  5. I’m referring here to controlled silliness that uses opportunities God gives to be silly  ↩