Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Losing yourself sometimes means "FINDING YOURSELF"

Have you ever gone on a church trip in order to "lose yourself and "surrender" because people tell you it will help you?

Have you ever found that in working hard to "lose yourself" you actually found the real you?
Was it an uncomfortable discovery?
Did you let the real you stay after the trip or did you lose that by the time you got home?

 If your first concern is to look after yourself, you'll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me, you'll find both yourself and me. Matthew 10:39

We often forget to keep in mind what makes us who we are and we try to find this ideal of who we believe we are to be.  We want to fit this mold, but what if the mold is not a clean cut, well dressed, well groomed teenager?

Are you a molded by someone telling you what you should be or what God is calling you to be?  Have you taken the time to listen or look around to see what God wants you to be molded to be?


Sunday, June 30, 2013

On the Road Again

When you make the decision to push aside your daily responsibilities and surrender yourself to a week in the Appalachian Mountains, you never truly know what to expect. Whether its your first trip or twenty-first, it is safer to expect the unexpected once you start crossing state lines. The showers could be glorified garden hoses, your air bed could spring some holes, your crew could be mostly strangers, it might be 95 all week or thunderstorms. You may be expecting the week to include a lot of construction while you make some new friends or strengthen bonds with old ones. You may even anticipate meeting God once or twice. But if there is one thing I've learned, it's that no matter what you are expecting or hoping for, you will undoubtedly come away with so much more.

Today's daily devotional began with the tag line, "Radical Reversal means living by God's plans, not our own," radical reversal being the theme for the summer. What a fantastic way to get the week started. As both veterans and rookies make our way to Johnson City, TN, (home of Mountain Dew and lyrics of Wagon Wheel) there are emotions ranging from scared or anxious to excited or even joyous, some are more energetic and eager to share and talk than others, and everyone has their own unique expectations for the week. The most important thing as we head towards evening gathering, meeting the other groups, meeting our families, and getting ready to kick off construction on Mosey Monday, is that our expectations and plans are not the ones that matter this week. God has a plan for each of us on this trip and I look forward to us surrendering to those plans and seeing where they take us this week.