I feel like I’ve been in recovery for the last nine days. March 10th came and went like a SHINEtastic whirlwind of emotion, exhilaration and exhaustion. Ministering to over 500 teen girls and their mamas is no easy task, but so very worth it.
Every time I invest myself in planning and executing an event, really of any scale, I always learn more than I’m privileged to teach. This time was no exception. While I could carry on for hours about all God taught me through the process, I just want to focus on one really important, foundational thing. It was point number one in my second session, SERVE, and the one point I’ve been stuck on and stuck to ever since.
Soak up the SON.
My goal was to challenge the girls to get serious about learning about Jesus and being willing to do whatever that takes. Go to church. Get in a Bible study. Download resources. Use those resources. Find a mentor. Whatever it takes, just soak up more of the Son of God. Why?
Jesus is simply the one and only. There are SO MANY topics, issues, struggles, choices, and voices our children face. Our culture is dark in many ways, but truly Jesus is the answer. Sounds so —cheesy—churchy, cliché, underwhelming, understated, underestimated, too simple; but nothing could be more profound and more true. You may be asking, “the answer to what exactly?” That’s just it. That’s the crazy thing. Jesus is the answer to whatever it is you need. Fill in the blank. Whatever “it” is, if you get Jesus involved you’ll figure it out. What we need most, what our children need most, what I NEED MOST is to soak up some more Jesus. I need His truth equally in my heart and mind. I need to know better who He was, what He did, what He said, how He lived and what it all means.
Then, BAM!, suddenly He becomes THE answer. He just is.
I just need Him. More of Him.
So do you.
Jesus being the answer is easy to claim, but hard to learn. Hard to teach and often even harder to convince others of. So, how do we begin? Or if you are like me, begin AGAIN.
Well, why not start here. Answer these questions:
1) Do I think I need Jesus? Like, really need Jesus. Or do I pretty much have things/life figured out on my own?
2) How desperate are you? So long as life is easy, smooth, COMFORTABLE, you won’t really seek Him and therefore, you won’t really know Him and therefore, the answer to whatever it is you’re missing will always allude you.
3) Do your actions match your claims? This one gets me. If I say I really need Him, what do I actually do to back that up. Do I study His word, His life, His story? Do I surround myself with the influence of other Jesus followers or am I too busy “following” everyone else and seeking to be “followed” myself? I mean, all those LIKES and SHARES matter. Right?
4) When I do learn about Jesus, does it matter to me? Do I change? Anything?
I hope you’ll take some time just to ponder these questions. Take a deep look inside. How is your heart? Who sits on the throne? The answers will come.
Perhaps it is time to consider something new. Make room and then there will be room for THE answer to come.
Soak Him up.