I used to blog about a few of our leaders, this morning I felt so compelled to write about 'my sweet boy'.
I never say to him "i loveyou Jon", I always say "I loveyou Jon Whaley". (ever notice that I always type loveyou as one word?"
I have loved Jon Whaley for as long as I've known him. He intentionally loves Jesus and it shows in what he does. Is he perfect? Oh, no, sometimes I'd love to give him the spoon! (those of you who know anything about our youth ministry know about the spoon) You know what I like most about him? that he isn't perfect and that he is honest about it (even when it's hard!)
Jon has probably single handldly brought more girls to Alive than anyone. I've literally seen them take a picture with him and do that whole 'girly thing' and be so excited. It makes me laugh because I just think "you have no idea how great he really is, all you see is the outside". And I've said "if they come to Alive because of Jon, they'll hear about Jesus and stay".
Jon loves. He loves in what he does. He loves people, he loves Jesus.
He even loves in eating fruit snacks! makes me just want to buy them! makes me smile just by walking past them. Literally, I bought him a box for his birthday and he was so happy you would have thought I bought him a new tv or even car.
Jon has this ability to make me smile even when I don't want to. Sometimes I could just cry and I don't want to smile but I do because the love that shines through him.
Jon helps lead a choir of angels singing every Sunday at Alive and because of him, I get to hear a small portion of what God hears when our hearts are open to Him. Amazing.
I love to see Jon worship by singing. There are certain songs that I hear and think "oh my sweet boy". This past Sunday he sang "there is nothing like" and I don't know why but of all the songs he sings, that is one of my favorites.
He's a great guy. If you ever get to see him in action, the action of loving, you'll be blessed more than you could ever put into words.
Matthew 5:14 "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden