August 12, 2018
This week has been largely uneventful. On one hand, it’s left me eager for the next challenge. On the other hand, I’m more wise than I used to be, and realize that this is a time to gather strength before the next storm arrives.
I caught last week’s broadcast of our church service, we were starting a focus on The Sermon on the mount. It was very interesting to understand that those who were the least fortunate in the world were those in greatest attendance. This week, in Bible Study, Tanya led us in a focus on the book of Hosea. It was a good lesson, and the myth she went over that resonated most with me was “God cannot use me.” I immediately opened my mind to the question “Have I been making myself available for God to use?” I can say that I was in the right place at the right time last night, as there was a young man who I believe was stranded and already had to leave two hotels while trying to get his situation under control. He asked if he could stay and charge his phone, and I pointed out a place to him, then we went over what was going on. I put myself in his shoes, and knew he needed a safe place to sort out the trouble he was in. I told him about some of the trouble I had up North, and we were immediately sympathetic with one another.
This week’s worship service was focused on Camp Ridgecrest, and after seeing some young people in attendance making the decision to commit their lives to Christ and become baptized, I’m deeply motivated to volunteer next year. After that, Pastor Bobby explained that he had failed his Father’s expectation, to put God first, Family second, and the Church third. It made me take notice that I may have not been in enough communication through prayer lately, and indeed, prayer being our communication with God, from that flows making God the primary source of everything in our lives. I must make the effort more concentrated.
I believe, with our new young Christians from Camp Ridgecrest, that this is the perfect time to give a testimonial about Starting Point, as the new class will begin in September. I’ve already taken some notes about what I want to share, and now I need to focus on bringing it entirely together. Addressing the congregation, at this moment, feels like an intimidating prospect, but given that this is my Church family, I know I have nothing to worry about. I just need to pray to have my words guided by Christ as I did when I wrote the story of my journey in Faith.
In retrospect, the last eight months has gone by so quickly, and so many good things have happened. I’m not sure if I want the next four to go by as fast, but I know I stand ready for what’s on the horizon.