This past weekend our Jr. and Sr. Youth had an amazing opportunity to go on different youth retreats. The weekend was full of worship, games, and an opportunity to listen to some amazing speakers. Our goals for the weekend were to see how we are all unique, how we all have purpose, and what our mission is. We could go on for pages about the incredible stories that happened this weekend and how these different goals were achieved and exceeded! I’m sure our youth would love to share their favorite moments with you!
One story we thought would be amazing for our community to hear about happened at our East camp, Camp Medeba. The speaker for the weekend was Jimmy Rushton. He posed an interesting thought to the youth. Now is the time for you to make a decision about your faith. Either you are in or you are out. It’s time to make the call. Now some people may be overwhelmed with the idea of jumping head first into the pool of faith, but our youth took on the challenge! Christianity is about making the decision to dedicate your life to God. “Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13
As Jimmy discussed, either you are fully in or you are not. There is no in between when it comes to faith and we cannot be shy about it. To strike his point even more, Jimmy asked those who have made a choice to dedicate their lives, or who want to rededicate their lives to God, to stand up on their chairs so that everyone could be witness. For those who are shy or insecure, this may be a terrifying thought, but our youth proved to push against the fear. It all started with one boy from our Parry Sound site named Seth. Now someone could easily stand on their chair quietly, and not disturb the protocol. But with bravery and an overwhelming burst of passion, Seth stood on his chair and yelled, “I’m in!” These two words, although simple, started a movement. Soon kids from all over the sanctuary were proclaiming their desire for the Lord. By being vocal about their desire for God, it no longer became scary to make a public announcement of faith; it became a cry of encouragement. This revival started, all because of the faith and desire of one person. We live in a broken world, and some of us come from broken homes. This act of faith showed that all of that doesn’t matter. There is healing in the name of God, and there is support in the community of Christ. “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” Hebrews 4:16
We as a church community can look to this story as inspiration. Be bold in your faith, and let God speak life into dry bones. In the struggles and pain of life, we can seek first God’s reviving love. By boldly proclaiming our desire to love God, we make room for others to be affirmed in their faith. This week, remember to ask the youth about their weekend away and feel free to let us know if you hear of any share worthy stories!