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Sacred Sundays – Rconciled 

Today I am pondering 2 Corinthians 5:

18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

I find it interesting that reconciliation is a ministry and that God has committed unto us the word of reconciliation.  I want to better understand how?   
This is how Safari defines reconcile:   

rec·on·cile  (ˈrekənˌsīl/). verb

  • restore friendly relations between.

synonyms: settle one’s differences, make (one’s) peace, make up, kiss and make up, bury the hatchet, declare a truce.

  • cause to coexist in harmony; make or show to be compatible.

synonyms: make compatible, harmonize, square, make congruent, balance; rare syncretize.

  • make (one account) consistent with another, especially by allowing for transactions begun but not yet completed.

When I hear or read the word reconcile, I tend think of the third meaning…Every month I reconcile my checkbook. Occasionally, I hear of two people reconciling their differences.   However, when it comes to my relationship with my Heavenly Father, my mind typically does not settle on the need for reconciliation.  (Mind you, I am not saying there is no need…I just would not use the word as part of the description.). But here it is written in the scripture and I am not sure how I feel about it.   

As I contemplate my feeling about the word of reconciliation…I find it actually has a negative connotation for me.   Perhaps, I have spent too many hours looking for a missing penny?!? Or maybe I do not fully trust a reconciliation when there are so many reasons to mistrust?!?  And in this realization I see the ministry.   

This is not about what I need to do to live in the presence of God. The ministry happens in The Atonement.  

He will restore relationships…if I let him.  He will always trust in me and my worth.   He will cause me to trust in Him, in others, and myself…if I ask him.  

Because he is always seeking after the one, and has paid the required ransom, He will. balance the accounts….if I let him.  He will make my actions consistent with his commandments.  His sacrifice will make up the difference when I am found lacking…If I ask him.

Ultimately, if I continue to receive the ministry and trust in God’s commitment to the word…reconciliation, I will be found worthy to coexist in harmony with my Heavenly Father.  Not because of my actions, but because of His.  His ministry and great commitment to the word…reconciliation.


Teaching Tuesday – YouTubers

I don’t know if you are aware of this or not, but there are Minecraft YouTube stars…I mean real celebrities who share nothing but Minecraft videos.  Mind-numbing Minecraft videos.  If you know any elementary students, ask them if they know Stampylongnose. Guaranteed, they will talk year off about him or someone else.  Currently Dustin’s favorite Minecraft Youtuber is SP737, but certainly Stampy introduced him to this world.  And now both boys are obsessed with becoming YouTubers also.

At first I resisted the pleas and made provided a list of reasons why I did not think it was a good idea.  But then I got to thinking.   I thought about the opening address Steve Wyborney delivered at the beginning of the school year and his subsequent reminders to create opportunities for students to produce.  And I wondered…wouldn’t producing YouTube videos count as such an opportunity?   So I set some ground rules and we set off on a Youtubing learning adventure.

Here is what I have found:    My boys consume the stars’ videos in a different way now.  They are no longer watching just for the entertainment.  Instead they watch to analyze the style of each YouTuber.   I have also watched Dustin, come out of his shell.  He is typically shy, but not when he is creating a video.   I have also seen the creativity of both boys increase.  They are considering new ideas and wanting to branch out.  They have started to learn coding and are considering other games to play.   What I really like, however, is the opportunities YouTubing has provided for us to have authentic conversations about the importance of learning to use our language as a tool.  We are having conversations about academics without resistance because they see the relevance.

If you have never considered it before, perhaps you will consider giving your children/students a similar experience.

As an added bonus…I have been able to use the software to create some screen cast videos to share on Math Mondays and Teaching Tuesdays.

So I have a request…If you are so inclined, checkout our channel and give the boys a like or comment.   Fair warning…we are beginners…all of us, so there are some very raw moments….you can expect the occasional melt down, and some yelling…and not just from me…ha, ha.

And when we are famous Youtubers, you can say you knew us when