On Sunday the churches had a commissioning service for Dan.
What a blessing. To be able to watch your husband stand before the congregations, committing himself to the work He feels called by God to do, with the support of the congregations behind him, just brought tears to my eyes. We sang the song “10,000 Reasons” and I couldn’t help but raise my hands in praise to God.
It was humbling to be surrounded by our fellow youth leaders in prayer – without them, a ministry would not be happening. The value of volunteers is indescribable. The hours and energy it takes to pour into youth, is irreplaceable. We are surrounded by such wonderful leaders!
April and Trapper have been the interim leaders and WOW. We will never fully know the full spectrum of what they have all done, but it is evident that they have made a tremendous impact. They are a true blessing, as well as all of the other leaders.
Dan had chosen the passage from Romans 12:1-2, as the verse that has impacted him and his call to youth ministry. As we ponder that passage, we can only think about how God is continuing to transform us from the inside out. As Easter approaches and in thinking about what Christ has sacrificed for us on the cross, I think about how HIS sacrifice has transformed me from the inside out. Conforming isn’t an option when you are a true follower of Christ. Conforming is boring in my mind. But being TRANSFORMED, is exciting, isn’t it? And here this week we think about how Christ’s death, is transforming all of creation, all the way down to you and me. We are all being restored/renewed because of Christ’s death. Just sit and think about that. That someone cared so much about YOU and ME, that they DIED for us, so that we might LIVE. I just can’t sing Easter songs without getting a tear in my eye. The love Christ has for us – a song just can’t do it justice. So then what? I think it’s in the daily living out of our faith, a life of thankfulness and gratitude for what God has done for us. I want to be TRANSFORMED, not CONFORMED.
As you think about Christ’s death, think about how it will impact your everyday life. The choices you make. The things you say. May we all take time to reflect this week.