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I should have posted this a while ago, but this is a list of the things I heard most often while down at YWAM in San Jose. It’s in the style of the S*** People Say videos, but I didn’t have time to shoot a video while I was down there.  I bet it’s applicable to a few other YWAM bases as well. (YWAM is short for Youth With a Mission, an international Christian missionary network that both educates youth and gives them the opportunity to work in the service of Christian projects. See my earlier posts for more details.)

What’s for dinner tonight?
Rice and beans, I think. Oh, yep, I’m right.

If you get married I’m totally going to be invited to the wedding for introducing you..

Let’s pray for that.

Where are you from? Where are you from? Where are you from? Where are you from? Where are you from?

Yeah, well, I don’t say the A-word where I’m from.

No problem, I’ll just do my homework while I watch the movie.

So, you like her? How many kids are you going have?

The internet is down? Let me see if I can find Ryan, he knows how to fix it. Karen? Do you know where Ryan is? Joel knows? Where’s Joel? With Anabel? Where’s Anabel? Ask Ruth? Ok, I’ll go find Ruth… Where’s Ruth?

I’m totally going to do laundry today. For real.

I got a sunburn today, but it totally doesn’t hurt. I’m fine.

Is there more peanut butter? No? Drat.

I’ll do it right after I’m done journaling.

Do you want to trade mornings with me? Why not? I’ll totally owe you one.

Olà! ¿Como esta?

How long are you here? What team are you with? Do you know? How was the flight? When do you leave? See you!

Don’t worry, it’ll be back on soon. They’re working on it.

Has the rainy season started? (Sound of rain pouring down like a waterfall) No, not yet, it’ll get a lot worse.

It was a miracle. I can’t think of any other way to describe it.

Could you say that again, God? I wasn’t listening…

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.



“The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.”

...who said it?

“Almost every American I know does trade large portions of his life for entertainment, hour by weeknight hour, binge by Saturday binge, Facebook check by Facebook check. I’m one of them. In the course of writing this I’ve watched all 13 episodes of House of Cards and who knows how many more West Wing episodes, and I’ve spent any number of blurred hours falling down internet rabbit holes. All instead of reading, or writing, or working, or spending real time with people I love.”

...who said it?

“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

...who said it?

“I play with variables constantly.”

...who said it?

“Only the person who has learned Continual Love coming from a heart of Gratitude/Worship can effectively deal with the problem of loneliness.”

...who said it?




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