Wednesday, September 16, 2009

My new group

For those of you who don't know, about a month ago, I signed on to lead the 6th grade guys Student Community Group. Tonight was our first night and it was a lot of fun. We talked about expectations and how in order for you to have your expectations met, you have to be willing to do something to meet those expectations. In our group, in order to get something out of it, you have to be willing to answer questions, to invest in your relationship with God, and to connect with others so that you can learn about God, grow spiritually, and build friendships with others. That's what group is all about.

It's also exciting to be able to reach out to guys who are just beginning their walk with Christ. When I was their age, I knew how to find Bible verses and had even memorized some. But these guys are just learning about the Christian walk and I'm excited to help them grow closer to Christ not only through prayer and study of the Bible, but also by investing in their lives. I can't wait to see what's in store.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

One

One night, one purpose, one God. That's what last night was about. Starting next Wednesday, I'll be leading a community group of 6th grade guys, but yesterday, for one night only, the students of Waters Edge came together for a night of worship. To say it was good would be an understatement, it was awesome! After an opening video featuring 4 of the students that set the tone of the night, Phil and the band came out and gave a spectacular performance of one of my personal favorite songs: "We are One Tonight" by one of my absolute favorite bands, Switchfoot. After some giveaways by Stu and a powerful worship set, Rob came up and gave his sermon and left the students with a challenge to ask God to bless them. Many students answered the call that night.

I really felt God's presence that night and thought that if this is the beginning, I've got to see where God's going to take me next!

Monday, September 07, 2009

Labor Day and Isaiah

Ah, I love 3 day weekends. A time to unwind, relax, and have some fun. Today I've already seen a movie and gotten a free sandwich at Chick-Fil-A. Gotta love those promotions! I also have spent some time just relaxing and thinking about life. This morning I read from Isaiah 6 where God calls out to Isaiah after he has entered into His presence. Isaiah said what I think I would say if I were in His presence. "Woe is me, for I am slain!" That pretty much would sum up my feelings, that is if I could speak. But then God asks who he will send to give a message to Israel and Isaiah does the unthinkable and says, "Here am I."

One person told me that the scariest prayer you can ask God is "use me." Why? Because He will answer it and often he will call you to something that will test you and force you to come face to face with your fears. Will you be like Isaiah and be ready and willing or will you choose to let God pass by? The choice is up to you.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

6th Grade

Sixth grade was one of the most significant years of my life. Not because of what happened that year, but because of what it taught me. To say I went through trouble would be putting it lightly. But through it all God taught me 2 things:

1. Love and pray for your enemies
2. Love the outsiders and the outcast.


These 2 things are something that are part of who I am. And had I not gone through what I went through, I may have not learned those 2 things. Also, had I not had people who were there to encourage me, I definitely would not have been who I am today.

For this reason and several others, I am excited that I will be leading the 6th grade guys' community group at WEC. I know that 6th grade can be a hard time for a lot of guys. It's a new environment and there are new people, but more than anything else, 6th grade is a time where either you are identified by the way God sees you, or you get identified by what other people see. This was the reality I lived in. It was my parents and other adults and friends who had to remind me that it's how God looks at us that matters. This is who I want to be for the guys I lead, a person they can count on. A person who invests in their lives and pours into them truth and encouragement and support.

This is also a way God can use me. Before I accepted the job of leading the 6th grade boys group, I had been praying and looking for an opportunity for God to stretch me and a way to further glorify Him through what I do. This is why I'm most excited, I get to show Christ to the guys I'll be leading. I pray I will be used by Him to change their lives.