So today I'm restarting my blog...but with a whole new spin on things. I feel as though my life changed recently and I want to start recording that journey here. Can you dig it?
The LORD has recently been moving in some big ways around my hometown and current residence of Liberty, Missouri, specifically in the neighborhood of Liberty United Methodist Church. Last week, Andrew and Sarah Beard (youth directors) announced they are moving to Dallas, Texas. (Andrew will be the youth worship leader at Highland Park United Methodist and attending seminary, and Sarah will be the Promotions Director for His Voice Global.) For people my age who aren't sure where they'll be in the coming years post-college, that may not seem like that big of a deal. But I assure you, their move is a complete act of obedience to the LORD and against everything that makes sense in terms of the world we live in.
All kinds of reactions have come in response to this announcement. I'd like to focus on one of those reactions, that not only I had, but that several other adults and students have had in response as well. That is the reaction of wondering, "Wow, they are doing as they've always taught. Being obedient to the LORD. And He is doing awesome things with them. How can I be obedient like that?"
Well, on February 14, 2011, I had the pleasure of sitting down for a 3 hour conversation with Sarah Beard on her couch. Sorting out my own walk with the Lord. Talking about what the future holds. And right around 4:30pm that day, truth that Sarah was speaking into my life as well as another mentor of mine all came weaving perfectly together to communicate to me MY CALL: FULL TIME YOUTH MINISTRY.
Now, if you have known me for any time at all, you may be thinking (as many have) that this is not surprising. I led YoungLife for all 4 years of college. I have worked for and volunteered with LUMY. I love youth. And I used to want to work for YL. But it has been almost 3 years since then. Ever since my few month bout of depression a few years ago, I've been running away from that in so many ways, running in search of new and "better" plans.
So when those conversations all came together that day at 4:30....I cannot describe to you the peace, joy, and excitement that came over me! It was an incredible moment that I will NEVER forget. And although I get it, it's not surprising, I wish more people would be EXCITED about the LORD's movement and call on my life!
All of this story is basically to say: BE EXCITED ABOUT THE CALL. Whether it's you, your best friend, your sibling, your parent, your youth student, your partner in ministry...whether it's surprising or expected, BE EXCITED when the LORD moves in their life and clearly calls them in a certain direction. That person is excited...so why not be excited with them???
"I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even GREATER things than these..." John 14:12