“…If you want to follow Me, you must deny yourself the things you think you want. You must pick up your cross and follow Me. The person who wants to save his life must lose it, and she who loses her life for Me will find it. Look, does it make sense to truly become successful, but then to hand over your very soul? What is your soul really worth? The Son of Man will come in His Father’s glory, with His heavenly messengers, and then He will reward each person for what has been done.” — Matthew 16: 24-27 (The Voice)
Let me give you a piece of my heart:
I have this passion that’s been awakened in me. It’s for my generation.
God has really laid on my heart that we are going to do GREAT things. We have that potential in us! He has equipped us to be world-changers, mind-blowers, heart-menders.
I know this. I know a few other people who know this.
But for the most part, the very people who I believe this about don’t even know about or understand it. There is no purpose in their life. Most of the time, they are not even aware of their true passions and gifts that God has given them.
Our culture has put blinders its youth. It brings them up telling them the only way to be happy and successful is to follow a certain formula: do well at school, go to college, get a well-paying job, get married, start a family, retire, and…..what’s next? What’s left of life?
If you stray from that path, people disapprove. They tell you you need to be reasonable, to have common-sense.
At the end of your life, what have you accomplished? Were you happy? Did you have true JOY in your life?
I love that I know my life is going to be exciting. I am expecting it to be crazy and ridiculous and sometimes really tough. But it puts on my smile on my face thinking about the adventures and experiences I’m going to have. I have made the decision to leave safe and familiar at the foot of the cross and choose to let God invade my soul and do His work through me. He has promised me that if I lose my life, give up comfort and culture-defined success, then I will gain a life that is beyond anything I could make for myself. He will take my voice, my actions, my circumstances to new levels. He will make me feel FULFILLED in all things.
Back to what my passion is…
I know that I need to share this truth with the youth of my generation. It breaks my heart to see where they COULD be, and where they’re really at.
My dream is to be somewhere where I can be pouring into youth, specifically young adults. Talking with them and uncovering the passions God has put on their hearts. Seeing how they can pursue them. Proclaiming truth that they have so much purpose through God. That He has empowered them to do ANYTHING they want because He and I believe in them.
My hope is that as I and others pass this knowledge down, a movement will start. Where this generation will RISE UP and accomplish the great things God has waiting for us. The truth will be passed down, shared around, and spread! It is my desire to enable many who will affect their friends, communities, and world.
And I believe God will work that through me.
How exciting is that??
I am sure of my future. I am sure God is going to immeasurably more than I can imagine.
I am so grateful that He has chosen me to accomplish His work on earth. I am so privileged. What did I do to deserve such incomprehensible grace?
My God is great.