This past Sunday I was at my mom's church..Wake Chapel in Fuquay-Varina, NC. It was "Youth Sunday." As a result, the youth pastor got up and shared about his youth program including a recent trip to a camp in the mountains with 60 or so anxious teens as well as a mission trip with World Changers to the shore of New Jersey.
One by one various teens got up and shared their testimonies. One young lady said that before she went on these trips, she really didn't know what was in her Bible. She was raised in church but for some reason, had never really spent much time reading and understanding the Bible. She challenged us to read John 3:16 and to learn what it means to us.
Another young man got up and shared how important it is to share your faith. He asked us why we didn't want to share ours? What were we afraid of? He also challenge us to take a risk and share why you follow Jesus today..why you love him..how has he made a difference in your life, etc.
Finally the pastor got back up and reminded us that as Christians, we need to stay adaptable and flexible in all ways and things. He said the one thing he learned on this trip with these young people was you have to allow the Lord to move him, shape him, change him, and redirect him. If you do not bend to His ways, if you do not allow flexibility in your direction, if you do not adapt to the changes He makes in your life, then you will never grow, never learn and never draw closer to God.
So are you flexible like a bendy straw? Adaptable? Start today and ask God what you need to change in your life? Maybe its your attitude, your submissiveness, how you spend your money, your time, or your energy. Maybe it's how you care and love others, especially those who have hurt you.
On a personal note, for years I was not very bendable...I was in a nut shell a control freak. I liked to control so I could determine the outcome. I wanted to guarantee the outcome so I could guarantee how I would feel. I didn't want to be disappointed. I didn't want to be rejected. I didn't want to hurt. Well, as you all know, we can't control everything. And the attempt to control can sometimes disconnect us from God and others. Following Jesus is simply living of life of Him controlling, not me. As I have grown in my walk, experienced what it is to submit to His authority, I have become more and more flexible. Now do I still prefer to drive? Ummm, yes. Do I still prefer some restaurants over others? Certain music on the radio on a long trip? Do I still have strong opinions? Yes, but I pray every day that what I want is what God wants. It's a journey folks...It's a journey.