Well, our first gathering utilizing our outdoor television was a success! We invited all of the youth and college kids from our church to watch the Super Bowl.
The game was excellent as the always humble Peyton Manning and the Broncos walked away with the well-deserved win. While the football was excellent, the group gathered in our home was far better! If you provide food, youth will come! They love to eat, and we love to open our home to this amazing group of young people. So often in churches today, the congregation loses sight of the responsibility we have to train these kids and show them love. Sadly, they are viewed as loud, a disruption, a hindrance, and disrespectful. Nothing could be further from the truth. In my experiences with young people, they are full of excellent ideas, eager to help, energetic, and most importantly, they long to be loved and want to learn from us. There are many things we can learn from them as well.
During the halftime show, we gathered in the living room and sang praise choruses and had an excellent time of devotion led by our youth pastor. He spoke about the endurance and dedication that goes into preparing for a game of this magnitude, but in the end, our lives would not be any different on Monday due to which team won or lost, but knowing and having a relationship with God is life-changing. It changes how you approach trials, how you live everyday, and most importantly, it changes your eternity! It was an absolute blast, and I hope we can host this event for many more years to come.
Just to brag on my husband a minute, we had told the kids to bring desserts or drinks, and we would provide the meal. Well, we considered a few different meal options, but Adam really wanted to use our smoker. So we purchased a brisket, and he smoked it for approximately 8 hours at about 150-200 degrees. We came home from church Sunday, and the entire neighborhood smelled absolutely amazing! After allowing it to rest for an hour, it was so tender, flavorful, and juicy. It was awesome! We had dinner rolls, and the kids made brisket sliders served with chips, dip, and a slough of other delicious treats. We will definitely be smoking another brisket sometime soon.
I hope you all have an amazing week and a happy Valentine’s Day. Next week I will share with you all how we celebrated this great day of love! Thanks for reading!