GRAHAM SPELL

Pointing to perfection in an imperfect world.

Author: Graham Spell

Mark! Mark! Mark!

I have a fun story from Young Life tonight. Our ministry is primarily to adolescents, but when it bleeds over to others, I can’t help but not share so here we go:

Tonight for club we did “Pizza Olympics.” I called three different pizza companies and ordered a pizza at the same exact time. I called Domino’s, Pizza Hut, & Papa Johns. Sure enough arriving 15 minutes early was the delivery guy from Domino’s, who happened to be an elderly man. As he walked up the stairs, he was greeted by over fifty students yelling “Dom-in-no’s! Dom-in-no’s!” He walks through a tunnel filled with more Domino’s cheers and abundant high-fives. It took him a solid minute to reach me. He finally meets me at the stage, and I explain to him that we were doing a competition and he came in first. I ask his name, and he says “Mark.” Immediately, all the students started cheering “Mark! Mark! Mark!” for a good few seconds. Once the crowd calmed down, I asked him what his strategy was, and he said: “Be fast.” Immediately, every kid once again started chanting, “Be fast! Be fast! Be fast!” Then he left with a HUGE smile on his face as kids continued to shout “Mark! Mark! Mark!”

At the end of the night, my leader that escorted him upstairs told me that as he was leaving, he said, “That was the first time in my life that I’ve ever been cheered for, and it was incredible.” Apparently, he drove off with a toothy grin while honking his horn.

Not only do I love telling students about Jesus but I love when others feel the love of Christ in unexpected ways.

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Podcast Preview

Student loans, credit card debt, car payments, college fund, mortgages, budgets, emergency fund… If you read any of these and it made you cringe a little bit, do yourself a favor and start listening to The Dave Ramsey Show podcast.

Life isn’t fun when you have $25,000 of student loan debt or $10,000 of credit card debt, or only $300 in your savings account (or all three of those scenarios). What’s even less fun is not knowing how to tackle your debt, start a college fund, or even hold true to a budget.

Listening to the Dave Ramsey Show will help you take control of your financial situation and learn to better steward your money. It has changed our life and has helped us simplify what we thought was a complex topic, and made it something we now understand and love to talk about!

If you aren’t interested in listening to a podcast, Dave’s book Total Money Makeover will also help you understand and win with money.

App Recommendation

This is a spur of the moment post, but one of our favorite apps just came out with a new version and it is 50% off for a limited time. If you are like me, you love the idea of journaling but if you write a lot, you fill up journals and journals take up space.

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I have never read a book about Walt Disney, but I would love to! The interesting thing about Walt is that you do not have to read a book about him to understand the man that he was. If you watch a Disney movie, go to a Disney park, or watch a short clip of Walt himself speaking, it doesn’t take long for you to realize that he was a man of innovation, fun, and adventure. That same spirit lives on today through the Disney “cast members” who work so hard to ensure that every Disney experience is magical. Walt has left a legacy that has continued on for 50 years and counting. One thing we have in common with Walt is that we too will leave a legacy. Here are 3 things we can all learn from Walt:

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Where dreams come true.” That’s the first thing you read as you roll onto the Disney property joining the thousands of people who are flocking to a Disney park with high hopes of riding every ride, meeting Cinderella, or basking in the sights and sounds of Disney. We scurried through the retro landing zone for the ferries and soon hopped aboard, along with hundreds of others, to embark on our journey to the Magic Kingdom. Cast members are smiling, pointing you in the right direction, and saying “have a magical day” as you hurry past. Even waiting in line for security to check your bag is pleasant. Soon you, and everyone else are entering the “happiest place on earth.”

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As someone who regularly gets coffee or lunch with high schoolers, I hear a lot of great questions about God. Once over a steaming Americano at Starbucks I was asked, “How could a loving God send people to Hell?” Another time as we were devouring perfectly crafted tacos from a local restaurant a guy asked, “Is there proof that Jesus actually rose from the dead?” Maybe you have been asked a similar question that, if you were being honest, stumped you. If we wanted to poke around a little deeper, maybe we have asked ourselves these same questions. These are great questions that deserve good answers. In this month’s book, questions like these and more are answered in such a way to give you confidence in the God of the Bible, and help you engage the tough questions rather than running from them.

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