Friends, our God is amazing…He is faithful and great! So many things over the past 3 days to be thankful for. So many excellent and praiseworthy moments, please allow me to share one of them.
I am blown away by a God who continues to surprise the world with His ways. It is no secret, Jesus told us how His Father operates, how he uses the weak of the world to shame the strong. How He uses that which the world disregards for His purposes…mainly bringing glory and honor to His name. This past weekend my wife, who is a youth pastor, took a group of students to Rochester, MN for an annual Youth Convention. Every year students from across the state gather in Rochester during the Education Minnesota break. And it looks like what you expect a youth gathering to look like. There are ridiculous videos, unbelievable music, and challenging speakers, not too mention late night activities in hotels and around the city. However, what you wouldn’t expect would be what the young people in our faith family were doing. These young people took advantage of their opportunities. They introduced themselves to their peers and persuaded many of them to start campus groups. They flooded the altars in excitement and brokenness. A few of them even took time out of their free time to pray for a friend of ours who had a stroke and was just out of neurosurgery. Friends, did you hear me? Teenagers, 17/18 years old! They forsook a trip to the mall to pray life into a body that was broken, lying in the hospital! Praiseworthy…Excellent…yep that is how I would describe these kids!
The theme of Youth Convention this year was “Finish.” Please, friends, hold these dear friends of mine up, asking our great God to grant them boldness and strength to endure and to finish their race. They have set a short term goal of raising over $5,000 for Speed the Light (missions). But more that finishing that goal, please hold these dear friends up, that they finish the race of faith…strong and closer to Jesus than ever!
Praise God for this excellent example of Christ-Like behavior.