Every Life

April 16, 2011 — 4 Comments

The following video was a part of my past training at Chick-Fil-A, and to be honest, it discouraged me. I was discouraged because I saw a lost, hurting, and dying world and all that I had the opportunity to do was smile, sell chicken, and maybe make a friend. I am well aware that there is more opportunity for ministry than just that, but my time working in the family friendly quick-service restaurant propelled me to a greater passion to offer people more than just a smile and a chicken sandwich. I have the gospel that each of these people need so desperately in their lives.

What is your response to this video?

Tim Sweetman

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Tim Sweetman is a 22-year-old writer, blogger, and student who lives near our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. He has been much more widely known by his “code-name,” Agent Tim. This name also served as the name of his popular blog, which received over 750,000 visits between 2005 to 2007. In 2005, he quickly rose to become a leading teenage spokesperson and cultural critic within the booming blogosphere, taking on issues such as MySpace, alcohol, homeschooling, pride, racism, tolerance, and other topics relating to our culture today. His blog has come to the attention of people such as Albert Mohler, C.J. Mahaney, Alex and Brett Harris, and La Shawn Barber. Tim’s written work has appeared in Lifeway’s Living With Teenagers (February 2012), Lookout Magazine, FUSION Magazine, The Brink Online, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Virtue Magazine, Regenerate Our Culture Online Magazine, and on many other blogs and websites across the internet like Marry Well and the Lies Young Women Believe Blog. He has also been featured in WORLD Magazine, The Towers Magazine, and Maryland Newsline. He is scheduled to have an article appear in Veritas Magazine this December. Most recently, his work can be found on Focus on the Family’s Boundless Webzine. His personal interests include writing (surprise!) and sports, both watching and playing. He is a die-hard Washington Redskins fan.

4 responses to Every Life

  1. I remember watching this video also. It is quite touching.

    I guess my response is the basically my outlook on life: talk to people, even if they are random strangers, and share Christ’s love with them in some small way. Be polite to every customer, and seek serve them as well as I know how. I guess the other thing is to listen to people – really listen, not just half-heartedly ask purposeless questions. If you listen carefully, you can hear the hurt and see the pain.

    Thanks for sharing, Tim.

  2. Great video and comment Tim but there is a very important message (a little off what you probably intended) in your observation which needs to be pointed out to church planters. Many church planters go to a city and rather than take the time to find financial backers they take a part-time job and use the “I can connect with the community better” line to support their poor efforts in fund-raising. What they fail to realize is that if they would take the time to raise their funds, they could stand or sit on the other side of the counter and effectively engage with the needs/hurts/desires, etc of people. Every minute they serve chicken or coffee is a moment/opportunity lost. You cannot engage with the needs of people if you are not available to them. Sorry to those who take offense to this but PT work to avoid fund-raising while in “ministry” is just a plain copout and a surefire way to prolong your initial church planting efforts.

    I should mention, I speak from having “been there” as I raised my funds for 4 1/2 years while doing international student outreach. NAMB has a fund-raising school that is a must for anyone needing to raise their own funds for ministry. Take the class, do your homework, work to find financial partners, and go engage full-time with people.

  3. Gods Jewel (Julie) October 26, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    Great video..
    to tell you the truth,,it made me cry..
    usually I never look around and wonder about people lives, but now I will be more careful of what I say..

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