Being a larger church, we have these sort of messages often; for example, during the summer we had one called get in the sandbox, for the first time though, this message really hit me.
Step back a little with me, I've been a church girl my whole life. I was heavily involved in my youth group, and then in college I worked every Sunday in the children's ministry (love my childrens, they came to our wedding!). I loved being apart of the children's ministry, and I was comfortable there.
|Camp 2008, Our Senior Year|
|With my childrens...ie the walker class at Journey|
Jumping from being a part of the children's ministry to being a part of the college ministry was sort of hard on me. I was outside my element. Granted, I'd just come from college, it's not like I was drastically different than the college students but it was/is different. The more we've participated, the more I've grown to love it. Much like my heart was overjoyed in working with StudentLife (see more here) and watching youth students worship, watching college students worship/fellowship/commune in God's Name is incredible and I've become so honored to be a part of it.
|StudentLife this summer in Daytona|
|Working the camera at lifestream...definitely not a role I saw myself in|
To say that we were/are stepping into a role that neither of us felt oober confident in is an understatement. Journey makes it easy to lead groups...but still we felt totally out of our element. God is in control, we know, but it's been something we've been pretty nervous about up until this past Sunday.
Okay so now back to Sunday's message, Brian explained that there are not pastors and other people...there are minsters...and everyone is called to be a minister, to be a leader, to proclaim Christ's Name. He read out of 1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. We are each chosen. God chose each of us to declare the praise of Him! In addition, God prepares us for His work, He gives us each gifts/talents/abilities that uniquely fit to us alone. Sometimes those are easy to see...other times those grow but each of them is given by our God, to each of us and with His Spirit in us, we have the same power to use those gifts to declare His Name.
I heard all this, and for the first time felt confident about the path God was taking us into leading this small group. And, also for working in the college ministry. It isn't where we saw ourselves, but God is leading. His love, His grace, His patience, His wisdom, etc in us will mold us to be the best servants for Him.
We've only had one small group meeting, and it went pretty well but as we continue to step into this role, we ask for your prayers. We want to lead boldly and create an environment where couples like ourselves can bond and share life together...with Christ's name first.
So anyway, that's been on my heart lately. I wanted to share, to journal it out, and to remind myself of the confidence God has given me so that the devil cannot take a foothold.
I'm ready, Lord! Lead me! Use me! Send me out into your world!
You were made to lead, you weren't made for the bleachers.
|who wouldn't trust these faces to lead them in a small group?|
(StudentLife camp this summer)