So it seems like I will be going to youth camp as camp counselor for the third year in a row. I really hadn’t planned on going but there was absolutely no other female to go so I did some arranging and I got the kids places to stay so I’ll be headed to StudentLife camp the week of June 16 where Todd Agnew will be the worship leader. I’m getting pretty excited about it now that’s it’s starting to sink in. Camp is always a good time and I hope to enjoy the week. The kids were ECSTATIC when I told them where they were staying each night that Scott works so it’s always good to leave happy kids behind.
Matthew 7:24-28 24“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
OK, I have to give God lots of glory tonight. For long-time readers you may remember a girl that started our youth group about the same time I did and she had “issues”. She came from a bad home life, she herself had gotten into drugs and alcohol and she believed that she was gay. It’s been almost two years since I first met her and since then, she has admitted she had a crush on me when she first met me, come to my bible study high on cold medicine, come to my Sunday School class with a hangover and thrown up in the trash can, talked and texted with me endlessly, attended counseling sessions for anger management…gosh where do I stop? Let’s just say it’s been a long two years with her. But let me not forget the good stuff about her…even during this stuff. The girl is smart as a whip. She’s always the one wanting to read and ask questions. She’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. She will do anything anyone asks her to do. She’s respectful and mature and funny and well, she’s just great to be around.
The reason I’m saying all this is we had youth Sunday today and she gave her testimony. She talked about her family issues and growing up with just her dad and brother and how they hurt her and how all that led to her dressing like a boy and hating boys and acting like a boy and just getting confused about who and what she was. How she got messed up with drugs and alcohol with several different family members but then talked about how one day she came to our youth group and kept coming just to get away. How she had gone to church her whole life and she knew she was doing wrong and finally after over a year of attending our youth group, she finally realized how hypocritical it was to go to church week after week and then go home and do what she was doing. She decided to make a permanent change. Her testimony this morning basically ended there but I’ll continue for her….Her aunt and uncle decided to take her in last fall and her “inside” had finally changed at that point but she was still dressing like a boy and they bought her an entire new wardrobe and took her for manicures and pedicures and got her ears pierced and she bought a purse and suddenly her outside matched the beautiful young lady she had become on the inside.
As I listened to her stand up in front of hundreds of adults and tell this story and give God the glory for changing who she was, I couldn’t help but run up there with her. I about had Pentecostal church at the Baptist church this morning. I shook and I cried and I hugged her and told my church how proud I was of her. I told them how she was an outcast in our group because the boys didn’t like a girl that looked and acted like a boy (she literally was mistaken for a boy) and the girls felt uncomfortable around her but our youth leader was wise enough to tell her to keep coming and God got ahold of her and she is a completely different person inside and out .
The key to her story is she decided to stop doing what she was doing and live according to God’s plan. She chose to make Jesus Christ her foundation and now everyone knows how different she is. She’ll tell you, her family will tell you, the youth members will tell you, I will tell you. She is a different person. And God did it all.
And you know what? I am SO glad God chose me to be involved in that. This morning God got the glory for what He’d done in her life and I just want to use this as another vehicle to say that God is real, He’s alive, He can change your life if you just let Him. It’s an awesome thing.
I knew the changes were going to come to our youth group but yesterday’s surprised me. I met with K before church yesterday and basically we’re scrapping our entire web site and boiling it down to a one pager. Part of me bristled at the idea. I mean, I worked HARD on the current web site. But part of me knows that it’s not used like it could be and it really could be boiled down to a lot less than it is. I should look at it as on opportunity to develop a web site, learn something new and move on.
Under the advisement of G who has helped take over the band, we’re going to scrap the live band and sing to tracks for awhile while the band practices until they are more sure of themselves. I’m good with this as it needs done but it will be kind of weird doing it. Last night I didn’t sing as a new youth visitor has stepped in since last week and she has an AWESOME voice. Besides timing issues, they were great last night. I felt like the mother bird in the back of the room pushing them out of my nest.
Looks like there’s changes in the horizon on the Sunday School front as well but they may not come until the fall with the new church year.
I always like to say I’m progressive and don’t mind change a bit but I’d say my gut reaction to yesterday told a different story.
This evening we had our first very organized practice in awhile. The semi new leader G was able to make it last minute and our guitar player and bass player were there. And believe it or not, I kept beat on the drums. Seriously. We sang through three songs we all knew pretty well to prepare for tomorrow night.
Thursday is G’s big meeting with all the band including our lead guitarist who has been absent for awhile and a new lead guitarist who will backfill for him. I’m excited but somehow I see myself getting MORE roped into this than LESS roped into it.
BUT it was actually a lot of fun singing tonight. G played with some harmonies and since he sang so loudly, it let me sing louder and we actually sounded pretty good. Now if we can just pull that off tomorrow.
Tonight was actually enjoyable at youth. That sounds horrible but I’ve been dreading it recently because of the whole band thing. This week we talked to a guy in our church G who is apparently very passionate (and good) at singing and music in general. He is PSYCHED about it which makes me PSYCHED that he’s PSYCHED. Now we just need students that can come regularly to practices. I say “we” but I’m not really sure I mean “we”. I think I may hang in there and go to practices and maybe sing backup to him with a few other youth but ultimately I’d like to be out of the loop. We’ll see. I really do like singing so I don’t mind singing with someone who can lead which I know he can do. Yay!
I do have to say my feelings were a wee bit hurt tonight…K gave all the kids chances for Q&A and he asked what needed changed and in a split second a few said The Band! I was like OUCH. Part of me wanted to cry, part of me wanted to quit on the spot, part of me wanted to say you wouldn’t have had ANY band if I hadn’t stepped in to help and snapped my fingers and part of me wanted to say AMEN, the band sucks. I really do wish we could have been more successful on our own but you can only do so much with what talent your given.
So here I am again Interneting my life away…so much to do, so little time.