At one point in the night I looked around and realized the amazing work God was doing in each of our lives. I've been having a lot of conversations recently about what makes a team work well, and the best way to lead particularly in the context of church. Our church is going through A LOT of changes, and let me just tell you that it is not comfortable. But as I looked around the circle and saw my teammates from Impact and other brothers and sisters in Christ faces as they worshiped I suddenly had hope that we could get through this rough patch.
I'm starting to learn that the only thing we need is for God to be our focus 100% of the time. If we can continue to worship Him through all of the drama, politics and pain then He will come through. I'm starting to really grasp that God really does love our kids more than we do. When I looked at my friends in the circle I could remember a time when they each were one of my students (other than one of Chris' friends who has started to hangout with us, that is.) I can remember when the times when I wasn't a good friend or leader to them. None of it was ever on purpose, but there were times I hurt them, or they hurt me. If their spiritual maturity relied entirely on me, they would have been screwed. But that's not how God works, is it?
Over the last couple years I have watched God what has done in the lives of those high school students who were more interested in playing Ultimate Frisbee than they were learning something new about God. He is turning them into college kids who voluntarily pray for each other and who earnestly seek God's face.
When I think of where I was in my faith when I was their age I know that they are light years ahead of me. They are hearing God call them to do things, and they jump to it. Right now one of the boys (19) is in Slovenia doing a 6 week mission with Cru. Another guy (19) is getting ready to go to Haiti, this is after he went to India earlier this year. My sister (20) is studying the Bible with one of her friends, and is so comfortable inviting people to come to church with her. One of the other girls (19) in our group has been on mission in Russia 4 or 5 times now. Another girl (21) is getting ready to go to Burundi for a year. We have people studying to be teachers, and others who want to go into the military, another who wants to run tech at our church. All of these things are callings from God. They already are hearing him so much better than your average 20 year old.
I am so thankful that God has been doing such incredible work in their lives. If this is where they are now in their early 20s, I can't wait to see where they are when they are in their 40s. For now, though, I will enjoy watching them grow up, and continue to worship our God along with them.