Hello Sweet Cheer: kids these days

2.07.2012

kids these days

     This weekend I had the incredible opportunity to help lead a disciple now here in town. It was a joint retreat with St. Luke's UMC, Wolfforth UMC and Aldersgate UMC of Lubbock. I was assigned to Wolfforth's high school girls. They were SO cool. 

     When I was in high school, I loved my youth group. I had great friends there, I learned a lot about the Bible, I practiced going out to the community and serving, but the one thing I'm not sure was portrayed to me is the following question: What does it mean to have a PERSONAL relationship with Jesus Christ? I've mentioned this in earlier posts so I'm not going to go into great detail.

     What I do want to say is that whatever these youth programs in Lubbock are doing is working. These students LOVE and KNOW Jesus Christ. They are listening for his voice, they know his fragrance. I was completely blown away by them. To look around during worship and see 10th grade boys raising their hands in worship without a care in the world for the people around them was life changing. To look around and see 7th grade girls praying over each other and crying with each other was mind blowing. These youth are on fire for Jesus. Just hanging out with them and getting to know them made my heart happy.

     But if I'm going to be real with you guys, the real subject here is Jesus. These youth kids blew my mind, but JESUS folks, HE is the one who blew me away this weekend. The Lord is doing HUGE things in Lubbock, TX, on the campus of Texas Tech, and in the YOUTH GROUPS in this city. I'm not sure if it's just me or if others see the BIGNESS of that statement. There is a revival beginning in youth groups that consist of 14, 15 year old high school students. 

How AWESOME is that!?

     On Saturday night we went up to the top floor of the tallest building in Lubbock (which is only like 20 floors). We could see the entire city and it was incredible. We had worship and prayer that was extremely powerful. There were students interceding for one another, students interceding for the lost at their schools, in their neighborhoods, etc. It was an awesome night of prayer and I could feel the presence of the Lord. As I stood by the window looking out over the city at all the lights, I could pick out where certain things were. I could pick out my street, Tech campus, Buddy Holly street, the Wesley, etc. As I laid my eyes on each location I prayed over it, prayed over the people who would be there and the conversation/activity that would take place. It was POWERFUL to say the least.

     Okay, I've bragged on these awesome youth, I've bragged on Jesus and what He's doing in Lubbock, and I want to brag on my friends a bit. I seriously have the BEST friends in the whole world. I know everyone says that, but I realllllly do have the best friends. I have girls in my life who love me and know my heart. They ask me how the Lord is working in my life and keep me accountable. These girls are genuinely interested in my closeness with Jesus. On the other hand, I have awesome guys in my life who assure me of my worth, beauty, and value. They love on me and demonstrate the role of godly men in my life. I couldn't be more blessed in the way of community. These people love me and take me as I am.

Boom. I have cool friends.



Peace & Blessings!

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