Eight years ago, I was certainly at a different place in life. I know that everybody was also at a different place in life. I been a thinkin' about all this and all of that. I guess what's crazy is that I could have never predicted what I would have done. 8 years ago was different. I thought different about nearly everything. I wonder if I'll think differently in 8 more years. You might could ask....., "Why is 8 so important today?"
Last Wednesday I went to a church gathering at a pretty huge church with a friend. I mostly like it besides the fact that during prayer they mumble in some unknown language in my ear. Not really, but it sounds like a low rolling mess of random sounds. I guess everyone speaks a different language when they get into it. I put up with it since it only lasts about 4 minutes out of the entire time I'm there. 8 years ago, I would have never enjoyed it based on the 4 minutes of lameness.
After the group, I decided to go down and see the youth area with my friend just for laughs. It was funny to see hundreds of funny kids running around doing random stuff. They had tons of different stuff for them to do. I guess it is possible when you have a huge building with lots of kids and lots of adults to lead stuff to get cool stuff going for the kids. 8 years ago, I would have called it chaos, but today I just trust that God is in control of the randomness that I seen.
I walked into the skate area and some guy came up to me and shook my name as if he knew me. To be honest, I hadn't a clue who he was. Finally he said, "You don't even know who I am!" What is funny is I didn't until I heard his voice. I am better at remembering people's voice than their face or whatever. Luckily he give me a second to process and I was like, "Yeah, I know you. I used to talk to you about God at the gym." Some of you may remember a long time ago when I used to tell you about when people would ask me questions out to the blue about Jesus. Well, this guy was pretty curious about Jesus. Actually I was a bit annoyed when he would talk to me. I felt obligated to talk to him because it was what I thought I was supposed to do. That was 8 years ago. We must have talked for 4 or 5 hours total over a long period of time. Since then he has decided to follow Jesus and he leads the skate ministry. 8 years ago I would have never dreamt that it would happen. I was shocked that he wasn't just attending but leading 8 years after our last conversation. I guess the moral of the story you never know what a conversation is going to lead to 8 years in the future. 8 years ago I never had perspective on that sort of stuff.