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Friday, February 8th Devotion

Posted: February 8, 2013 by Disciples Young Adult Commission in Devotionals, Uncategorized, Young Adult Stories

Amy Austin
Global Ministries Short-Term Volunteer

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“The time has come, the time is now, to stop and feel the pull of the Lord. O Shepherd speak to me”

I am a huge believer in Paulo Coelho’s quote from the Alchemist saying, “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” However, what’s scary for me is the element of passivity required in this process, the opening and surrender to God’s ever creating presence. The control over every aspect of my life needs to leave my hands and be turned over to God. Because, as much as I feel I understand the desires of my heart, I must surrender to the Creator of those desires, the one who paints a picture larger than this moment can comprehend. It’s like throwing my life up into the air and waiting to see where it will land, with an ever present fear that it might all come crashing down on my head before it falls into place. But, it is exactly this throwing of life up into the air that creates space for sacred serendipity, for God’s overwhelming wisdom and creativity to take root.

As I find myself in a space of just having graduated from undergrad, it is all too tempting to put my nose to the grindstone and let my “accomplishment complex” take over to plan out what is next for my life. Yet, I feel God’s spirit stirring in me in ways that cause me to pause and take a little step of faith that maybe I don’t know everything about success, that maybe, just maybe, the universe is already conspiring.

One of the ways God seems to be at work in my life is by leading me to serve as a Global Ministries short-term volunteer next month in the Middle East. Fulfilling a childhood dream, I will spend a month teaching English in Nablus, Palestine through an organization called Project Hope. Yet, as I am scurrying around to get ready for my trip, cross items off my to-do list, and come up with creative lesson plans and gather materials, I am forced to remind myself that no amount of my own struggle and strife to be “ready” or “worthy” can compare to the quiet whisper that draws me to and through this experience. Even when I sense God’s direction in my life, it is easy for my “monkey-brain” to take over and to forget to rest in the knowing that I am called to be in this space, and that sometimes being in this present moment is enough. I have no way of predicting what will come next, or how this experience will shape me. All I know is that I am in the midst of a God of great wisdom and creativity who is continually at work within me and within the world to bring about goodness and wholeness. May it be so.

“The time has come, the time is now, to stop and feel the pull of the Lord. O Shepherd speak to me”

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Thursday, February 7th Devotional

Posted: February 7, 2013 by Disciples Young Adult Commission in Devotionals, Uncategorized, Young Adult Stories

Alison Lasher 
Student at Eureka College

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There is nothing as valuable as a community of faith that contains your closest friends. I never intended to become such close friends with the other Disciple students, it just happened organically. It could be that we had similar ideologies, we both were far from home, or that we had a similar sense of humor. Maybe God just has a way of bringing friends together.

The second day of orientation week was very hectic. As I stood alone in the lunch line, I noticed the kid in front of me was wearing a shirt that said CYF on the back. I tapped him on the shoulder and mentioned the shirt. He smiled and let out one of his infectious laughs, starting in on the story of how he got the shirt at church camp. He invited me to sit with him and his friends at lunch, and I knew Alex Cooper and I would be good friends.

On the third day of orientation, there was a picnic lunch for new students. I got my meal and looked around for a friendly face to sit with when I spotted Alex and his roommate Isaac sitting in a group of students chatting effortlessly. I invited myself to sit with them, determined to be friends with them. After a pleasant lunch, Isaac invited me to go back to their room to hang out more.

Both Disciples, Alex and Isaac have been blessings in my life.

Changing of the Seasons

Posted: September 16, 2011 by Disciples Young Adult Commission in Church, Devotionals, Prayer, Uncategorized, Worship, Young Adult Stories

“I don’t like this cold…” SERIOUSLY not even two weeks ago some of the same people who are saying this were more recently saying “I can’t stand this heat, I wish it was cooler.” You got your wish, quit complaining! 

 Why is it we are never happy in the moment? It is too hot, too cold, too boring, too silly, too dry, too wet, too overwhelming, not overwhelming enough…the list continues. As I sit in my office this afternoon, reflecting on the past few week’s events (funerals, Sunday school starting, children and youth activities starting, countless meetings, and moments(very few moments) of silence) I hear in the back of my mind a voice not my own reciting the beginning of Ecclesiastes 3 

  1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: 2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; 3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6 a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; 7 a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8 a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace. (NRSV)

 When I get to the end of verse 8 I think to myself I can reword this so that people will hear it in a way that causes them to stop and think and maybe STOP complaining…Here is my attempt at re-sounding the gospel for a new ear to hear.

 “For every part of life that spans the universe there is a purpose. A time to come to life in the Spirit of God and a time to retreat from being alive to recuperate; a time for it to be warm enough and wet enough that creation can bloom and a time for it to be cool enough and dry enough to harvest the creation God has granted us. A time to be bored and a time to have fun; a time to seek out friends and a time for friends to seek us out; a time be overwhelmed and a time to find solace in our Maker. The possibilities are endless because of God every part of life that spans the universe there is a purpose.”

 When we read the scriptures we have to keep in mind the context of the text we are reading; texts that were written in a particular time, for a particular group of people, for a particular reason…which we are not connected. This means in order for us to live into scripture today we must be aware of our own context and who we are a children of God. The scriptures are still speaking if we are willing to open our ears in a new way to hear them.

 Now is the time to re-tune our hearing. In the changing of the seasons God is very present and WE (you and I- NOT God) just need to be aware of it! Instead of complaining that it is too hot or too cold or too whatever it is today…Thank God for the changing of creation, for the opportunity to experience the power and grace of God in the world around you.

For every season- FIND YOUR PURPOSE!

I hope this post offers you a moment of reflection and prayer as the seasons change!

(posted by Andrea Brownlee YAC Member)