Youth News - March 2014
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Youth News
March 2014
by Hector Meza

Genesis 12:1 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.

2 “I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through your father’s household to the land I will show you.

Hopefully, as you are reading this I am not in a full body cast. That means that I have survived my first time skiing with our youth. Even though I grew up in the Poconos, in the very same town as the ski resort we went to, I had never been skiing and never did I imagine that I would be leading a Youth Group on a ski retreat. It really got me thinking about all the surprises that God has brought into my life. I never thought I’d want to teach in a high school, I never wanted to live in the city, I never wanted to preach, all of those things God called me to do. The Christian life, at least the kind that I believe God wants us to live, is one filled with adventure and surprises.

It’s amazing how God’s plans for us are always so much bigger than our own. I’m sure that Abram would have been content to just settle for a common life just as his father Terah had done (see Gen. 11:31) but God had bigger plans. We see this over and again in the Scriptures. The Disciples were mainly simple people or even scoundrels (I’m looking at you, Matthew!), Simon of Cyrene was just minding his business, David was just tending the sheep, yet God called all of them to a greater adventure. Even the bad things that happened to some Bible characters, like Joseph with his brothers or Daniel in Babylon, God used those bad things to bring even more glory to Himself.

Yet, we know that not all of these adventures are easy or fun. Many times we don’t get to see the directions on the map or an explanation for why things happen but God calls us to trust Him on the journey He sets us on. It reminds me of Aladdin asking Princess Jasmine to come on the magic carpet ride with him. It was exciting once she learned to let go and trust the one leading. Abram learning to trust God more on the journey led him to live a life of victory and of great blessing. His willingness to trust God changed not only his destiny but the destiny of generations, including those of us who have called Christ our Savior. He was able to rise above the societal expectations of a life filled with idolatry to have a genuine relationship with the living God.

My hope as we begin this 50 day adventure to recapture those dreams God has for us is that our youth would begin to desire God’s plan for their lives. That they would humble themselves and realize that God desires to use them in a bigger way than maybe they have imagined.

Hector Meza

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