How I Want To Change My World

Dear Jerry,

I was told to write a blog about how I would change the world. I see many things wrong in the world; there are many things I would change.
First, I would lower taxes on businesses, big and small. Fewer taxes would mean tremendous business growth I know from personal experience. My mother owned a Cake shop and I helped her with it. Business was exploding but taxes made the shop grow very slowly. Today I will support lowering taxes, I will vote once I am old enough.
Second, I would create a long term plan to pay back the debt. I would take 25% of all taxes and start to pay back the debt. I would cut all non-essential programs. I would pay the debt back little by little; it took us 100 years to build the debt and it will take quite a while to get rid of it. Today I will support getting rid of the debt, when I’m old enough I will vote for politicians that prove they want to get rid of debt. I will also be smart with my own money and lead by example.
Third, I would change the food stamp system. I think we need to stop feeding people that aren’t working that can work. You can’t say “think of the children” because, if you really cared about your child you would work to feed them instead of sitting back and being a moocher. I would revise the food stamp system, only if you were paralyzed to the point to which you couldnt work would you would qualify for food stamps. Today I will support the effort to get rid of food stamps for those who don’t work but could. I will also try to help others see my point of view. I will work hard and try to influence others to work hard with me.



How I Want To Change My World

Dear Jerry,

There are many things I see in this world that bother and sadden me. Here are the three top things that I would like to see changed. I have always been interested in the world of politics and morals. Many people say that to be a good politician you have to give up your morals. I completely disagree and would argue that the opposite is true. So, how would I like to see my world changed? I will start here.
The thought of the millions of babies that are killed every year, legally, under the excuse that the developing babies are just a clump of cells that is unfeeling and not living, breaks my heart. This so called “clump of cells” is a human being” Killing a human is murder. Abortion is wrong. I will say this boldly. I will say this without shame and without any apologies to anyone. So, the first thing I would change about my world would be to make all abortions, for any reason, illegal. (The only reason I would ever approve of an abortion is to save the life of the mother, but this situation is so rare that it is almost nonexistent.) I think any country that approves of a law that allows mothers get rid of a baby by killing it for any reason they please has sunk to a very low level.
The second thing I would like to change abut my world is the laws regarding guns. After writing a research paper on the topic of gun control and its effects where I gathered quite a bit of evidence for the fact that gun control, in every place where it is present, crimes are committed at a rate that is much higher than in the places where gun control is not present or not very strict. Many people have a strong bias against guns and refuse to acknowledge this simple truth. If I could change this mass disapproval against guns, I would do it in a heartbeat. Some may call me a Tea-Party terrorist or a radical gun-freak. But once again I say this with no apologies to anyone.
The third and last thing I would like to change about my world is general attitude about religion. I would love to see everyone tolerating religion and not trying to remove prayer and moral sentiment from the public arena. I would love to see the governing bodies pray before all their meetings. I would love to see the army using their chaplains more to pray and lead services for the men and women who are serving our country.
There is a long list of things I would change in my world. But, if I could change only three, these are the things I would change. I think that if these changes were effected, than America and the world would be a better and safer place to live in.



How I Want to Change My World

Dear Jerry,
This is an interesting topic to talk about, how would I like to change my world? Where do I start? First off I would like to say that I do not wish to offend anyone, these are just my views on how I personally feel. Well one major change that I think needs to happen is the stop of all abortions. Millions of babies are being killed and we are just letting it happen. We seem to put more emphasis on “saving the whales” and not saving living human babies, and that tears me apart. I have seen abortions be compared to the holocaust and I think that is exactly what this is, but the babies cannot defend themselves. Something that could help change this is just informing more people about what is really going on, these babies are not just fetuses, they are living human beings that could have futures just like us.
Another thing that I think would be a good change is to have all eligible adults to go through classes and own a gun. All this talk about gun control is scary. Think about it, if they take away all of our guns, who will have the guns? All of the criminals! They don’t obey the laws and when they know that no one has guns the crime rate will go way up because they know that no one will be able to protect themselves. I’m not saying that we give anyone and everyone a gun, because they are powerful tools, that’s why I feel people should go through classes for it so they know how to use it and be responsible with them. I strongly feel that teachers should be able to carry a gun, because we do live in a fallen world and as sad as it is, there are criminals out there that will go after the helpless ones. Look at all of the school shootings that could have been prevented. If the criminals knew that the teachers were armed they would think twice before going in to the schools. Some things that I myself am going to do to help this, is when I am old enough I am going to go through a CCW class, own a gun, and become a part of the NRA.
Lastly I would like to see more people stand up for what’s right and not just sit back and watch everything happen. We need to stand up for our freedoms and defend them, because if we don’t, who will? You are not as powerless as you feel. One thing that we could do help this, is informing more people about what is really going on in our country. If you don’t know what is going on, then how can you help it? You can’t, so just telling people would definitely help, and get people thinking.

– Maddy


Growing up in this messed up world

Dear Jerry,

Growing up is hard. You deal with a huge scale of challenges. Friendships, school, work, responsibility, pretty much all of your relationships will have struggles. It’s part of the growing up process. If you say you haven’t had ANY of these problems, you might be an alien. But more likely, you just haven’t experienced them yet or maybe you are just living in denial. There’s a better than good chance that you will face some of these struggles sometime in your life, maybe more than once.

Growing up as a Christian in this messed up world is even harder. There is even more of a struggle to fight against the flow of the stereotypical teenager crowd. We might fantasize about having a perfect life. We want to get perfect grades, not fight with our family, be good at what we do, and have friends with whom you always get along.

But at some point, we have to face reality. We live in a messed up world. You are going to mess up. People will let you down. Friendships will end. You will not always get along with your siblings or your parents. You will do stupid stuff. So the question is:

How do we, as christian teenagers, not only survive but also thrive, as we deal with the process of growing up in this messed up world?

I have struggled with this question for a while. And I’m not pretending to have all the answers by writing this. I just want to share my thoughts in the hope that I could encourage others who are going through the same spot in life.

I have found that growing up in the culture today can be difficult. There are stumbling blocks waiting for you wherever you go. The store, school, movies, restaurants, books, work. The list goes on. There are things screaming out at us at every turn. You can’t even turn on the T.V. for a few minutes without a commercial coming on with a provocative, half dressed person in it. I was at a gas station recently and there were some men using very vulgar speech. It’s all around us. The devil has so many opportunities to attack christians. And when you are a young christian already dealing with all the struggles that come with growing up, you can easily become quite vulnerable.

There is not a way to just make these problems go away. We are told in the Bible that we will be persecuted and we will have trials. (2 Tim. 3:12, 1 Peter 4:12-14) But we are told they will not overcome us. (2 Cor. 4:8-11) Christ is with us even the on darkest night and the hardest day. There are three things that help me deal with struggles in this world.

1.) Go to God’s word.

When you are in rough spot in life, you need to go to God’s word. God gave us his word to use and we need to use it. When it seems like everyone and everything is going against you, the Bible can help you get a new perspective. I have a set of key verses that I go to when I am feeling frustrated and alone. I would recommend making a list, or putting some verses by your bed or your mirror, wherever you can see them and remember truth.

~ Psalm 119:105
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

~ Psalm 119:9-11
How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

2.) Go to other believers.

God did not design the Christian life to be a solo act. He loves his church. We are a part of a body of believers. Go to another, probably older, believer and just be honest with them about your struggles. They can help you see truth, pray for you and build you up. Your parents can help you, even if you don’t always agree with them, they were put in your life to guide you and encourage you. Get an accountability partner to help keep you on track. You aren’t in this alone.

~ Hebrews 12:1-2
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

3.) Go to God.

We have a Heavenly Father who stands ready and willing to save us. Go to Him. He knows every struggle we have. Pray. Ask the Lord to help guide you. He will.

~ Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

~ Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you.  He will not leave you or forsake you.”

~ Jeremiah 29:11-13
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

~ Isaiah 40:30-31
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

I want to just leave my two of my favorites verses at the bottom. I hope God uses this to encourage anyone struggling with growing up right now. Remember truth and trust in the Lord.

– Hannah

~ 1 Timothy 4:12
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.

~ Philippians 4:4-8
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.

Being the Only Girl

Dear Jerry,

Being the only girl in the family, besides my Mom, is quiet interesting. I do get spoiled sometimes though. 🙂 Here are some of the good, and not so good, things about being the only girl.

The good things in being the only girl:
I get to go shopping with my Mom a lot and get stuff
I get to get pedicures
I get to get manicures
I get a really spoiled by my Dad a lot because I’m the only girl
I have three very protective brothers

The not so good things in being the only girl:
I have three brothers…enough said
I don’t have anyone to share clothes with
I don’t really wanna play football so I’m usually bored
My brothers always complain of how I get spoiled
We watch a LOT of football

Overall I love being the only girl, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love my brothers and how protective they are.

-Mya Marks

Chess and Me

Dear Jerry,

Chess is a game about thinking ahead. It’s a game of many challenges and many victories. You must think for both you and your opponent, you must always be one step ahead. Chess is played on an 8×8 checkered board. The standard pieces are black and white, and white always starts.
For me, playing Chess gets me thinking. If I move first, I think of all the different openings I have leaned and some of them have some very weird names. Some examples of opening names are Fried Liver, Falkbeard, Kings Gambit and Queens Gambit. After the first move the clock starts ticking, and usually both players get ten minutes each. The thrill of the game gets my blood pumping; I start to think two or three moves ahead. I always think what my opponents plan is and defend against it. The game is divided into three parts; opening, middle and endgame.
Whether I win or lose, I love it either way. For me, It’s always about learning and having fun. I play to have fun and teach, to help others enjoy the game also. Always have fun, face the challenge of your opponent and play fair.

Until next time,

Why I Think Bentleys Are The Best Cars In The World

Dear Jerry,

Like most boys my age, I like cars. This probably comes as no surprise to you as you undoubtedly hear me and the other boys at One Room Learning arguing passionately about which car manufacturer makes the best product. Some say Lamborghini’s are best because of their speed and bragging rights. Others say Rolls-Royce reigns supreme for their exclusivity and prestige. I always say Bentleys are best for three main reasons.
“What is a Bentley?” you might ask. Well Jerry, you probably already know it is a car, but Bentley produces large sedans and coupes that fulfill two conflicting roles: being fast and comfortable.
Bentley Motors Limited was founded in England by Walter Bentley in 1919. After several financial difficulties, the company was sold to its now main competitor, Rolls-Royce Motors, in 1931. From there, Bentley, acting largely independent of its new parent company, started to produce large, luxurious and expensive cars for civilian use. Bentley also participated in races such as the Indy 500, taking thirteenth place in their first major event. In 1998, Rolls-Royce announced that it wanted to sell Bentley. Two corporations responded (BMW and The Volkswagen Group). A small bidding war ensued and VW won at more than 10 million pounds over BMW’s highest bid. So Bentley was sold to the Volkswagen Group (which also includes Audi, Porsche, VW, and Bugatti.) As of now, Bentley is still owned by VW and their cars are assembled in a large factory located in Crewe, England. Bentley receives orders of around seven to ten thousand cars per year with around three thousand going to the United States.
So, when someone asks why I think Bentleys are best, I give them three reasons (good ones too!). First, they are fast. Secondly, they are extremely comfortable. Finally, they are beautiful. The biggest reason I love Bentleys is because they are fast. Seriously! How many 18 foot luxury sedans weighing in at five thousand seven hundred pounds can go 185 M.P.H.? (Bentley Mulsanne) How many four seat coupes can go zero to sixty in four seconds flat? (Bentley Continental GT) How could you NOT love a five seat sedan that can scoot along at a cool two hundred M.P.H.? (Bentley Continental Flying Spur) This is the primary and most important reason that I love Bentleys.
Secondly, I love Bentleys because they are very comfortable. Any car that has almost every interior surface coated in leather has got to be comfortable. The large slathering of technology from radar based cruise-control to a 360 degree camera system ensures that the car’s occupants are comfortable and safe, which is the most important kind of comfort. The diamond quilted seats and the beautiful chrome and hand polished wood interior trim gives everything a regal, rich sense of beauty and comfort. While relaxing in these sumptuous surroundings, you can even listen to your favorite song on a monster 1,100 Watt sound system running 15 Naim speakers. Wow!!! Even the most diehard Ferrari fan has to admit that this is pretty awesome!!
Last, but certainly not least, I love Bentleys because of their beauty. The cars have a simple, but commanding elegance surrounding them that other cars simply do not possess. Inside and out, the practical, yet beautiful British styling says volumes about the company’s dedication to the details. The color combinations of the exterior paint and the interior leather always compliment each other perfectly. Everything, inside or out is both practically and aesthetically useful.
So Jerry, have I given you enough reasons why Bentleys really are the best car ever? I hope one day to own one of these beautiful cars. Keep an eye out! You may see me one of these days speeding along in one of these cool cars!

Sincerely yours,



My World Turned Upside Down

Dear Jerry,

  Three and a half years ago my family and I moved from Michigan, where we lived our whole lives, to Florida where we currently live. I came home one day from my best friends house that lived right down the street from me and saw a for sale sign in our front yard. You can imagine the panic that I was in. I had lived in that house since the time I was three. I ran inside and asked my parents what was going on, and my dad told me not to worry because the market for selling houses wasn’t good.

  After that it went back to life as normal, but the sight of that sign out front still made me cringe because I knew it meant that when it did sell, we would be moving to Florida and away from everything I had ever known. It sure was weird letting people come in our house to look around to see if they wanted to buy it. Until one day three weeks later, my dad told us the house sold and we would be moving to Florida within a week. The packing process began. It was a really sad time because my older brother and sister were in college and they would be staying there, and then there was my best friend, who I had spent almost everyday with. After the very sad week was over and we said our goodbyes, we began our drive down here to Florida where our rental house was waiting.

  We got to Florida with our friends that were going to be helping us move in, before the moving truck was there, so we spent the night on the floor. The next day, the truck got there and it was time to start the unpacking process. It did not take as long as I had imagined it would take, but it sure was a lot of work.

  So there we were, in a brand new house, a thousand miles from family and friends with only knowing one family in the city that we were now living. Lucky for me, that family had two of my great friends in it. The first couple months was hard but as time went on it got easier, I started making new friends in our church . By the time fall had come around, one of my new friends told me about a basketball team that she was a part of here. The pastor of our church coached and invited me to play with them. I was a little hesitant at first, but I ended up saying yes. That was the best decision I ever made; that was were I met some of my best friends and became closer to the ones I already had made.

  Looking back now I can see how God worked in my life and led me to where I needed to be, and I really love it here in Florida now. He really does work in mysterious ways. 🙂


A Little Bit of Life in the Fish Bowl

Dear Jerry,

You are probably wondering by my title for this letter if I am going a little daft. Life in a fishbowl? How can I (clearly a human) possibly live and survive in a fishbowl? Well this is a theoretical fishbowl but it is a very insightful analogy into the life of a Pastor’s family, and more specifically, a pastor kid’s life (also know as PK). I have been a PK all my life, along with my 5 older siblings. It’s the only life I’ve ever known.  And honestly until recently I didn’t realize the full meaning of the effect that would have and is having on my life as I grow up. Being a PK has been an enormous blessing in my life. I have been pushed to high levels spiritually and mentally. I’ve learned a lot about humility, patience, flexibility… the list goes on and on. I’ve learned a lot about love. Loving the church. Loving your friends. Loving your enemies. Loving your family. Loving God. Believe it or not, these things don’t come any easier to a pastor’s family. In fact, in some ways they are harder.

Pastors and their families constantly live in that theoretical fishbowl. Their lives are very rarely secret. Everyone knows the pastor’s family and his kids. You are automatically born with a title. Not one of royalty but of status in the church. “Oh you’re the pastor’s kid!” or “You’re the pastor’s kid? Oooh.” I have received both of those statements directed toward me on more than one occasion. Everything you do, good or bad, gets credited to your title. You do something good? Well that makes sense because you’re a pastor’s kid. You mess up? Well you’re a pastor’s kid and you’re just being a rebel. This is the kind of stereotypical thinking that goes on regarding Pastor’s and their families. I’m not saying everyone thinks this way or even that those who think this way intend to do so, but it is a reality.

Pic from http://www.sd22.bc.caOne of the personal struggles I have had is questioning my salvation. Growing up, I’ve had more than one person tell me that I was saved because I have been in the church all my life or because I am a PK. But by God’s grace, he gave me parents who consistently reminded me that I was not saved by their salvation but only by faith in Jesus Christ. But it was something I struggled with, because when you are a 10 year old and people treat you like you are different, then you start to believe it. I fell into a lifestyle of thinking I was better because of what family God had placed me in. That was not true then, is still not true and will never be true. God looks at his all children with an equally high requirement of perfection. And we all equally fail to meet that requirement. There is only one person who can ever reach that requirement and he is the only way for anyone to get to God, PK or not. We all need the same savior.

I would highly recommend Barnabas Piper’s bog “Sinners in a Fishbowl.” He explains more in depth and more eloquently than I, the life of a PK. It is very insightful and helpful with seeing the struggles PK’s go through. The link is below.

– Hannah


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Dear Jerry,

I like to run. Running makes me happy. I try my hardest every time. Running is so much more to me than just running. It’s a matter of will and heart, it makes you push yourself. When I run, I run for a purpose, I have a reason to run. It may be I want to beat my fastest time; it might be I want to beat someone else’s time; all I need is a reason. When I run, I run with heart, I run while loving running. If you don’t like running, don’t run.
Some very good tips for running is to stay consistent. Don’t run one day then skip two weeks. (Like me) Create a goal, say I want to run every day for the month and don’t stop. Keep at it, staying consistent will create good habits that you can use in life. This is what I think of running.

Until next time,