just keep swimming, just keep swimming…

I just have to say, what a blessing it is to receive messages like this right now:

“So I know right now you’re having to trust God with a lot of things and some things that are really hard to put trust in someone else for because they are so important but I know God is going to provide for you… You’ve been following God’s plan for your life and your continuing to do that even though it’s definitely not the easiest thing and because of that he’ll provide for your needs and make it all worth it because what you’re doing has helped so many people and helped people find him”
-a former student from Bamberg

“We are overjoyed that you will be close to us and truly want to keep you involved with our lives. I feel like you could truly help be a spiritual mentor to ______ and _____ as they face this challenging world”
-a supporter from Chattanooga

“We are really looking forward to you being back in our town.  I pray that you will take this opportunity to reconnect with _____. She needs the positive influence you could provide.”
-a former NWGA YL parent

 

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what being in young life ministry ought to do for you

It ought to be so unreachably big that you can only see it through the eyes of Christ by faith.

It ought to be harder than you can handle on your own so as to make you more dependent on God.

It ought to give you enough disappointments to make you humble and break your spiritual pride.

It ought to be difficult enough to make you weep for others that you might become more compassionate.

It ought to have enough demanding,insensitive, ungrateful people in it to teach you to love like Jesus loves.

It ought to have enough impossible,insurmountable obstacles in it to teach you the goodness and power of God.

It ought to teach you how to love when you’re tired, give when you’re spent and pray when you’re weary.

It ought to teach you how to turn your mourning into dancing, your sadness into joy and your sorrow into laughter.

It ought to teach you the power and truth of God’s word, the strength of His voice and the might of His commands.

It ought to teach you to love the only One worthy of all our love; the One who became poor that we might become rich; the One who became sin that we might become the righteousness of God.

A true ministry is the ministry that helps you become:

more like Jesus Christ

more in love with God

more in love with people.

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children: and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you, and gave himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as fragrant aroma.” Ephesians 5:1-2

I sadly don’t know who wrote this, but if you do, please comment below.