Time of Growth
This week we have been devoting most of our time to preparing for our upcoming outreach to Cold Lake!
We have really been learning how to identify and focus on our strengths this year, which have really caused us to look deeply at all we have planned for outreach and then narrow it down to what the core goal we are trying to accomplish.
We have learned that it is better to aim for excellence in the things that you do, rather than do average at many different things.
I am really excited for our outreach season and everyone on the team is putting in a lot of hard work and effort!
This year we are doing around 5 different skits that we have been working on, with very powerful messages behind them. One of the skits I am doing with Trisha is called “Baggage” and relates to many of the different struggles I have personally faced. The main concept of the skit shows that as we go through life we pick up “baggage” caused by things people say to us, or do to us, and we carry those memories around and allow them to have control over who we are. Ultimately we must learn that we need to look only to God for our self worth and not to other people. That is a concept that I personally need to remind myself daily, because all too often I can find myself stressed about what other people will think, but in the end their opinions cannot define who I am, because God defines who I am, and like the verse that Cody used in his morning inspiration today says:
“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.”
(Psalms 139:14 NKJV)
God has made each and everyone of us. He has made us unique and different from other people. Only God truly knows and understands who we are deep down. We cannot compare ourselves to each other, because we are not like each other. God’s plan and purposes for each of us is different. God has a unique relationship with every individual person, who I am, and my relationship with God looks different than it would for someone else. However each of us is fearfully and wonderfully made, and God loves us despite our short comings and failures. My strengths and weaknesses will look different than other peoples, but that doesn’t make me any more or less valuable than them. This is why we must remember that our worth does not come from what other people think about us, but only from God and Him alone. We have the opportunity to go to God with all our problems and surrender them to Him, for He loves and cares about us and is the one who ultimately gives us our worth,value, and approval.
The rest of the team is doing a skit called “Justin and Angela” which brings up the idea of how even though we have God in our life, we do not make Him the only one in our life. The skit puts a fun twist on this concept by relating it to a married woman who is openly dating all of these other men and invites them to all go on a date with her and her husband. This relates to how we treat God because we do not always make God number one in our life, He is having to compete with other things for our time and attention, when really if we view our relationship with God correctly, He should be our one and only.
We are also bringing back some of the skits we did last year, Quinn and Joel are doing there “God’s Chisel” skit which focuses on how God is constantly working on our character and even though it can be painful, it is ultimately for our growth, and how our worth and value in God’s sight does not change based on our mistakes. His love is unconditional and the only thing that can truly change us.
Trisha and Joel are also doing their “Trust Fall” skit which centers on trusting God even when it can be difficult, and Yasid and Cody are doing their comedic “Just a little bit” Skit. Which talks about how even if you view something as a small sin or just sinning a little bit, sin is sin.
Like I mentioned in the last blog post we are also doing our new painting skit! Which demonstrates in a artistic way how God is greater than all of our struggles and everything that we deal with in life such as depression, anxiety, anger, hurt, fear, pride, loneliness, and so much more. What Jesus Christ did on the cross for us paid it all.
We have also been spending time working on our testimonies and are looking at introducing both live and video testimonies this year! Sharing your testimony in public can be very intimidating, but I also need to remember that I am doing it to share what God has done in my life and bring Him glory, I cannot do it without Him.
This last week has been really hard because I constantly have to keep coming to the place where I have to remember that there is always room for improvement and room to grow. I can be really hard on myself and think that just because I am not perfect at something that I am a failure, and it can get frustrating practicing something over and over again and not getting the results you want. Through this however God has really been showing me that even through practical things like public speaking, I am here to grow. God has a way of bringing up things that He wants to work on through our everyday life. He has been showing me that even though sometimes I can struggle with not showing enough emotion in my skit or saying the word “like” to many times when I am doing a testimony or speaking, it does not diminish my value and God’s love for me. I am not a failure, I am just growing, and sometimes growing can hurt, but God never said that following Him would be easy. Correction is not rejection. God, and my friends and leaders want to see me grow and want what is best for me, even if at times I feel like it is impossible for me to accomplish and I can feel overwhelmed. God is always reminding us that:
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
(Phillippians 4:13 NKJV)
Whatever we are going through, everything that we face, from the big issues, to practical ones like what I am dealing with, God is using to work in us and help us grow. So embrace the growing pains and seek God above all else, because on our own we cannot accomplish anything, but with Christ we can do all things.
Something exciting that happened this week was that we had a special visit from Pastors Luc and Lorraine Portelance from High Prairie! They talked with us about different perspectives and viewpoints people have on the church and what church should be like, as well as spiritual maturity, and how we are always continuing to grow and mature and part of that is learning to recognize when we are at fault and our own limitations. We also got to talk about the culture of High Prairie and some of the cool things we might have the opportunity to be part of when we go!
We are so excited for this outreach season! We look forward to growing even more in God as well as sharing what God has done in our lives with others!
Thank you for your continued support!
Have a great week!