Summer time can be a challenging time in life as it is often a time of transition. Whether you find yourself entering or leaving school, moving, or anything else, we can find this season of limbo to be challenging to navigate, making the decisions we make throughout this time heavy and often a little frightening. Finding the will of God is a point of wrestling for many of us as we make our way through life.
We consider it to be this process of finding the one right answer that will make everything else in life make sense. This causes us to nervously wrestle with decisions and stress over seasons when we lack understanding or clarity. If you are anything like me, these times caused me to live in fear of making the wrong choices and somehow messing up my … Read More »
Have you ever felt that heavy burden for the lost and hurting souls surrounding you as you walk through your school or you drive to work? Have you ever felt the urge to talk to the individual sitting next to you about Jesus? I know I have. But how often do we apply action beyond that burden or that urge? One of Pastor’s maxims that always inspires me is, “I’m living this day for that day.”
Whenever I hear that, I’m reminded of my responsibility as a Christian to act on that burden or that urge. It’s important that we don’t keep this amazing message to ourselves, but that we spend this day sharing it with others to help guide them for that day.
I was raised in church and attended public schools, but I didn’t become serious about my … Read More »
My senior year of high school started out with transition and change, just not the kind you have been planning for since your freshman year. I had just moved to a new church on my own without my mom but with her blessing. I was excited about all the new opportunities, friendships, and involvement a church in the UPCI could offer. A month or so into this transition, I was having dinner with some of the youth. It was just a normal night for me. I got home around 9:00 p.m. to hear the phone ringing. When I answered, there was a man on the other end telling us my brother had been arrested and there was a problem during transport. They had him at the local hospital and we needed to come as soon as possible.
We drove for what … Read More »
“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.”
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I’ve experienced many spiritual droughts in my life. I cannot tell you how those times are both debilitating and strengthening all at the same time. I have learned exponentially the closeness of God as well as His intentional silence in desert seasons that seem relentless.
A stark contrast we know to be true of desert wanderings is intense rain. I recently read this quote that made me stop and think: “I asked God to help me grow, it started raining.” Just like in nature, when it comes to spiritual growth, there cannot be development without watering. Droughts dry up what does not belong and banishes what need not be there and what is hindering us from progressing. These dry stages take time, but once … Read More »
As young adults, we often find ourselves searching and praying for the right job. You may also find yourself searching “available positions in ministry.”
When it comes to working in your church, sometimes you just have to take what you can get. This may sound scary because you may think you know what God has called you to do, but there is not really an opportunity right now for that specific position. Chances are God wants you to wait. He wants to see if you are truly allowing yourself to be a willing vessel. Ministry is NOT about you. It is about serving God and others. You are simply a tool that God has hand-picked, and sometimes that’s a tough pill to swallow; it’s also known as humility.
In Bible college I learned that many times when a student comes to … Read More »