I was conversing with one of our youth leaders about our upcoming youth leaders camp and was asking him if he had already talked to his Mother about it.
” I didn’t mention this to my mom yet, because I know she will be sad,” he said.
I asked, “Will she be sad because of the expense?” And he responded, “She may not know where to get the money.”
This is what I shared to him:
1. Involve your parents
This kid knows that the cost for the youth camp will be challenging for his mom, being a single parent and having to raise two more children in the family. Nevertheless, he can take this as an opportunity to boost her faith as well. I told him, “Maybe you can talk to your mom about the youth camp and the cost for it. You may not have the amount at this point, but you can ask your mom to be in faith for provision. Ask her to pray and believe with you that God can provide. As you step out in faith, your mom is stepping out in faith too.”
2. Go back to your provider
Times like this, we need to point people back to our Provider, our heavenly Father through Jesus Christ. We have to remind them of their identity. This kid’s dad may have left him, but he has a heavenly Father who is more than able to provide for his every need.
I shared to him Ephesians 3:20: Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,
The amount for this camp is nothing compared to what God is able to provide . Our heavenly Father is able to do immeasurably and abundantly more than what we ask or imagine.
I’m excited for this young leader as he and his mother believe for provision and wait expectantly for God’s surprises.
Everyday we wake up looking forward for a better day. By faith we live in expectation of good things and bigger things to come.
As for me I rely on Him who is my provider. My strength giver. Waiting expectantly on how He will move and orchestrate. I am expectant of His surprise.
Indeed He did surprise me today, I was celebrating, receiving a great news of what I received. My prayer partners was rejoicing at the great news. As I went on with the day. A call came in asking apology that there was a mistake and this blessing should be going to another person. I just responded, just do the necessary corrections and its fine with me. Oh He did surprised me on that one too. Well I said to myself I’ll wait again.
As the day ends. He did surprised me again. And He did replace almost twice what I received earlier.
Throughout the day I was thinking I can either have faith on things can go wrong and live by that lie or have faith in the truth. That God is more than able to provide abundantly more I can ask or imagine. That’s more mind blowing than the hopeless lie.
Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! We can be so caught up and captivated by life’s surprises that It may determine our emotions. But I was so captivated with the surprise giver, How He orchestrated every single detail. That gave me joy that He was there in everything. He was looking at my heart with how I would respond if He takes back, what He has given.
He wants to be involved in all things we do. He is so mindful of us, He is so crazy loving each of us. In every way He wants to communicate He is in love with each of us. That He is so willing to forget our past and gave us the identity of His son, Jesus Christ. That He may have that intimacy with us. His crazy Loving us.
On other hand made me reflect: What if bad things keep on happening? Will I still see His Love? Will I still recognized His orchestration? Can I still say He is in control?
May we go deeper into that intimacy with our heavenly Father through Jesus,That our trust in His sovereignty may go deeper. That when lie’s like accusations and deception hits us. We can say to it I know my God personally and I refuse that lie.
Just a thought for the day…
On my way home, a student shared to me that wrong mindsets about relationship was broken during the youth service.He opened up about his past mistakes and grateful of what he learned.
Our generation is challenged by different influences about relationship. Media and peers plays a key role.But. the only thing they need to hear is the word of God. We all have a role to play in fighting for the next generation.