Monthly Archives: July 2017

The Infamous Skateboarding Accident of 2017

Hey everyone, hope you all are doing well.


Yes I will be explaining what happened to my left thumb. 

Soooo…..yeah

I was riding my skateboard in the dark, in a not very well lit neighborhood, and I hit this pothole.

Let me tell you I went down… like I went down…

When you fall, your normal reaction is to hold your hands out in front of you, and I did just that…

Problem..

I went down and sorta rolled in a way that caused my thumb to fracture. 

Next thing I know, I’m on the ground, I’m in shock for a few mintues, then the pain rushes in like a rush of water. I see blood on my elbow, there was blood on my hands, I had some serious road burn on my shoulder and back. 

All those hurt, but what hurt the most was my thumb. I even cracked it, I was scared I broke it or something. That was on the 7th of Friday, on my birthday…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! 🎉🎈 

#suckiestbirthdayever

On the 10th I went to an urgent care center and they told me I fractured it and recently just went to an orthopedist and they told me that I have a displaced fracture at the base of my thumb. Fun stuff.

So why in the world am I telling you all this??

Brokenness..

This injury is teaching me a lot about true brokenness, how our world is truly broken and I’m not talking just about corrupt justice systems, or sex trafficking and the like, although those are part of the brokenness we live in. 

I’m talking about not willing to forgive someone that did something horrible to someone, or even holding a grudge against someone. 

When things are broken, it takes time for it to heal, doesn’t matter what it is, brokenness always takes time to heal. 

I used to believe that forgiveness was a one time thing and that you had to feel forgiveness in order to forgive. 

Forgiveness is a choice, it’s possible, but sometimes it takes more than one time to forgive. 

Hard lesson to learn.

There is only One who can bind up our brokenness. One who can heal us from our brokenness, make us new and whole. 

Stay awesome people, love y’all

Austin Jenkins

Joy & Passion

For the one who lacks Confidence #Icanrelate


Hey everyone,

Another honest post, let’s do it…

For years I’ve lacked confidence in myself, in fact I’ve never really had confidence. 

I’ve heard all the sayings, “fake it til you make it” “have confidence in yourself” etc.

In all honesty, fear and insecurity have been very close friends of mine for quite sometime, confidence is something that is built up over time, but I feel its so far out there in the universe. 

I can’t fake confidence either, and I don’t think confidence is meant to be faked. I believe its meant to be authentic and real. Fakin it til I make it doesn’t do it for me.. 

sorry to disappoint you world… 🌎 #sorrynotsorry

I also know there are others like myself who lack confidence in themselves. I’m here to tell you that its okay, I’m right there with you, and we may never measure up to whatever other people’s expectations of us are, but we can still try our best, step out and watch what happens.

We may succeed, we may fail, failure shouldn’t stop or paralyze us from trying, failure is the point where we are meant to learn, grow and move the frick on. 

WE CANNOT STAY IN OUR FAILURES, WE MUST MOVE FORWARD! 
I read something saying if you are scared to do something, do it scared.

As a musician, I’m a perfectionist, I gotta make sure everything is played right, in the key I need it to be, which chords to play, etc. I think that’s ultimately why I don’t like playing music out in public because I’m afraid of messing up, but that’s all part of the process. 

Last but not least, confidence doesn’t come from us alone, ask God to give you confidence, he’s the One who ultimately gives confidence, He is our confidence and our strength, so let’s rely on Him. 

Love y’all and stay awesome!

Austin Jenkins over and out

Joyandpassionlifestyle 

#joyandpassionlifestyle

The Angry Christian Pt. 2 (Slowly Letting Go)


Hey beautiful people, hope everyone is having a good day.

First off I want to tell you that this post is gonna be an honest post on the ‘Americanized church’ but more about how I got more involved in my church but then slowly going back to just participating in church i.e. ‘Church attendance’

Lets do it..

So in 2015 I was on the worship team at my church for a good couple months. Then after months on end I didn’t receive any emails or any other form of communication   saying when the next time I would be on worship team. 

One day a guy that helps lead worship was at my house and I blantatly asked him what was going on, and he told me that they need people that are able to commit, even though I did tell them my job requires me to be there and that I can’t be on the worship team EVERY DAG ON SUNDAY!

The guy also said that I wasn’t experienced enough or some bs like that and maybe a good majority of it is true. 

Point is there was no communication and honestly it sort of made me angry that no one told me earlier on in the year. 

So the past couple years I’ve been learning to painfully and slowly let go and let God be God over that particular circumstance. There have been moments where I felt God took away the worship team, but He didn’t, life just tends to get in the way. 

Two things I learned that I want to share is that:

1. Worship isn’t about the music, it’s actually has less to do with us, and more about our Savior.

2. Worship is also about where your heart is at, what you desire the most.

For so long I’ve wanted to be on the worship team I guess not just for music or my Savior but more for people to accept me, to tell me “good job” or “thank you.”

I guess you could say I was on the worship team for acceptance and approval from others, not fully realizing or understanding that God fully loves me and accepts me despite where I’m at. 

I’m grateful for our God who is faithful, He gave me a small bible study group ran by a close friend and sister in the Lord, and I help lead worship with that group and its been such a blessing to do that. 

Two lessons here:

1. KNOW You are accepted and loved by your Creator God, Yaweh, the Great I AM, it doesn’t matter what season you are in, just know and rest in God

2. If you lead worship at your church or are on a worship team, Do it for God and for God alone, you don’t need approval from others.

I love you all, stay safe out there, and know you are LOVED. God bless

I love you, stay awesome ❤️

Austin Jenkins

Joy & Passion Lifestyle 

Whole-Hearted Devotion


Hey beautiful people, you’re making it, its almost the end of this week, and would also like to point out I’m gonna be 25 in a few days and lets say I have mixed feelings about that- nuff said…

Anyways, I’ve been really thinking about whole-hearted devotion, and leadership this week. Honestly I’ve been thinking about leadership for quite some time and how Our Lord and Savior Jesus exuded such incredible leadership. 

One of the many things that he taught was if you want to be great, you must be a servant, you must be willing to be like a child, you must be willing to have humility. In this world, leadership is all about getting things done, stepping on the other guy’s back… you get the idea, another blog, another time.

Worldly leadership says that you gotta claim what’s yours, maybe even take it by force if need be. The problem with this type of leadership is the fact that its a heart issue, in terms of it being a selfish heart issue, its a very self-centered focus. 

Being wholeheartedly devoted to something or to someone takes time, patience, it even requires sacrifice. Being wholehearted means having humility ,and willing to be vulnerable. 

Its not easy being whole-hearted, most days its just damn hard to be whole-hearted. If we are honest, most of us would probably say we are half-heartedly devoted, but that’s not true commitment. We must be willing to commit to whatever it is we do and stick it out, all the way, 110%, nothing less, and all the more. 

I have a hard time keeping my commitments, this blog is one of those commitments, same with my music, even my commitment to God and the people in my life. 

Now let me get off the accelerator for a second and let me just encourage someone and say that YOU ARE AWESOME! YOU GOT THIS, NOBODY HAS ANYTHING ON YOU, THIS WORLD HAS GOT NOTHING ON YOU!

That’s right, you got this, being whole-heartedly is hard but you can do it. Whatever you do as long as its an honest living, a hobby, maybe even a dream or a passion you are pursuing, go hard or go home. Better yet don’t even go home, slam the door and run far away, haha! 😂

(I know, that was stupid, I get stupid when I’ve had Redbull.)

Point is we all have commitments, so lets keep those commitments and keep on continuing to live whole-heartedly. I’m saying this more for myself than anyone else who might be reading this.

Love y’all ❤️

Stay awesome 

Austin Jenkins

Joy & Passion