There are three main things God showed me this summer. First, not to rely too much on my own strength to do the things I want to do, but to rely and listen to God and look forward to what he has prepared for me for each day. Second, I learned how important it is to work as a team and to look after each other during the day, because each individual person can influence the whole team. For me it became a picture of how the body of Christ works (like Romans 12:5). Thirdly I learned to take each day as it comes and to see what God has provided for me.
I have been mowing lawns at Capernwray for the past two summers. During my time serving here, God has taught me that we can do nothing on our own, but that we need to trust in him, and once we surrender, he will renew our strength and do great things through us. In all this he has also showed me that we need to be humble about what we do, because it is not us, but all him.
When I first started working on the domestic team here at Capernwray
, I thought I wouldn't really learn that much. After
all, how difficult is it to clean and serve?
Well, only a few weeks later, I met
some challenges which the Lord used to teach me lessons about
service. I realized how easy it was for me to smile on the
outside, but my heart wasn't always matching what I was portraying.
Especially when people weren't grateful for the work us D-team
girls had done.
The Lord used that to show me the
importance of letting Him work through me and serve through
me. He also showed me that I often forget to be grateful towards
Him for all He does for me and gives me - and yet he still
loves me and serves me.
I am so happy I've been able to join
the summer seasonal staff - I've learned a lot after all and
look forward to what He still has to teach me, one lesson at
a time, one day at a time.
So I have learned so much this summer and have really grown in my walk with the Lord. I am so glad that I led that devotion because it was such a different experience going deep into his word and relating it to modern life instead of just reading it as a surface level story. I will continue doing that.
Being surrounded by Christian people
who cared and had good attitudes was a good example to me and
it's encouraging to see what God can do in people's lives.
These last six weeks have been amazing
and God has really pressed on me what a servant heart looks
like and that I need to work on obtaining that and I've been
working on it. The Christian fellowship of this sub-culture
at Capernwray is important and I wish I could have that atmosphere
at school or at soccer.
Teaching a class during one of my
Dan Horne weeks was cool. It was stellar and Steph and I did
a pretty good job of portraying the outline we'd prepared.
Other things God has said:
-think less of myself and be more
-think before I talk and make sure
it pleases God -show God's glory and be more open about my
-I can talk to people about God easier
-I take my family life for granted
Working in the gardens these last four months was surely a challenge but far more an opportunity to grow in my personal relationship with our Lord Jesus. In gardening you do a lot of the same things everyday - mostly by yourself.
Not to have the right perspective
and focus in that can be very easy, but the Lord taught me
to be content and I learned a lot about persistence. More that
once I had to be reminded that I'm here to serve the Lord,
as it says in Col. 3:24, "It is the Lord Christ whom you serve."
But it's not merely just us serving
him in our own strength but the Lord is the source of our service.
He provided everything I needed this summer and so he does
in all our circumstances. His love, his patience, his strength,
his humility and his joy!
This summer has been filled with lessons and at times the lessons came with steep learning curves.
I've struggled throughout the summer
to let myself be reminded that it's not me that can serve guests
day after day, week after week, month after month with a cheerful
disposition, and energy to boot.
It's only by the power of Christ living
in me and with that the promise that he will live out through
me if I yield my will to him.
Knowing without at doubt that
God had me serving here this summer is one thing, it's another
to wake up daily and walk in that same faith, knowing that
today he has you serving with a toilet bowl and brush in hand.
James 1:2-3 says, "Consider it all joy, my brethren when you
encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your
faith produces endurance."
This summer God has tested my faith
and then tested my willingness to follow through and walk with
that same faith.
Looking back at this summer I have to say that it was full of experiences. Working in a department that deals with the entertainment and teaching of teenagers different age groups requires a lot in many unique ways.
The thing that stands out the most
is more so the role that individuals play in that. It was clearly
shown to me that people are not what it's all about.
are people, they make mistakes, they react based on emotions,
they disrespect, they are selfish, and that also includes me.
The only consistency we can find in Jesus Christ. Therefore
it was and is important to scatter the "seed."
Truth is absolute
and God's way of communication. Truth changes people, brings
people together, but also raises the bar, sets a standard that
not everyone is willing to accept. To scatter the seed though,
to invest and pour out, is what it comes down to when you are
involved in a ministry. And to embrace that requires conscious
steps, endurance and a vision.
All of it is found in Christ,
and my challenge this summer was to walk in that.
The main thing I learned while working on the children's ministry
team this summer was about teamwork. I really came to realize
that we are working together as the body of Christ.
We have each
been given our own unique talents and skills which we can use
for the benefit of the body. Instead of focusing on others
weaknesses, I must focus on their strengths. I cannot accomplish
a task without the body and they cannot complete something
I also learned to have joy despite
my circumstances because the Lord is my joy. Although my circumstances
may change, He never will. Thus, with Christ being my joy,
I can have joy regardless of my situation.
Thank you for the
privilege and joy to serve on the Kids Ministry Team this summer!