My last couple of months has seen a lot of change happen in my life.
After six years of being on staff at York Street Church of Christ, I finished up.
God was calling me to an exciting new adventure. I finished up in April, said goodbye to my friends, my family, and my gorgeous girlfriend. (To make sure you know, we are still together, have I ever mentioned how great planes and facetime are?)
This adventure can’t be summed up in one word, I’ve thought about it, and all of them fail to describe all that has happened adequately.
It is an adventure where I can say there have already been some important lessons learned that I would love to share with you.
These would be my three main points of learning.
God can do more through you than you ever thought possible.
I remember the exact moment that I was offered the job, when the words registered in my brain, the world felt like it was starting to spin. I was sitting, and yet I thought I was going to fall over.
Satan started getting into my head almost immediately, “Will you be able to do this job? There are probably volunteer leaders better than you.” “This is larger than you have dealt with before, this is more than you can handle.”
I tell you for a moment I believed the lies, but there has been this passage that has kept appearing in my life over the last couple of months, it’s Ephesians 3:20 which says
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, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.”
God has already been showing me that when it is him at work in me, nothing is beyond me, not because it is my strength shown, rather it is because God has chosen to show his power through me.
Which is freeing, knowing that no matter what challenge lies ahead, with God’s power at work in me, which can do so much more than I ask or imagine nothing will be too much.
The same goes for you when God calls you; he equips you, not with any extra gifts, but rather, he equips you with his power.
There are times God wants you to himself
This one has been the strangest one. I had a dear friend share a picture that God shared with him for me. It had me sitting at the bottom of the ocean, calm, relaxed as if I was preparing for something. There was nothing, no one around; just me immersed in the water, content. His final words from that picture were “Sometimes God wants you to himself.”
This adventure hasn’t always been fun, I have missed my girlfriend a lot, my family a bunch and my friends as well. I have to acknowledge that this has been a shaping adventure for God and I. He has had me to himself and it has been a time of growth, renewed intimacy, and contentedness with his presence, and it alone. What God has been doing in my life during this period has been valuable.
And my encouragement is, be aware that there are seasons God wants you to himself, don’t think it is a punishment, because the truth is, it’s a gift.
If new adventures arise, say YES!
Finally, this one is straight forward.
I had no idea, how it was all going to look when I said “Yes.”
I can safely say I am glad to have made the decision, while there have been times I have missed Ballarat, the people there, the comfort and safety that was there.
There have already been new opportunities, new experiences, new God moments, that would have never happened if I stayed.
Adventure is something that teaches us so many things about ourselves, about others and God and is something I now believe should be sought after.
Look for opportunities, do something crazy for a gap year, think outside the box when it comes to getting work, take a day with friends and do something none of you has done before. Whatever it is, seek out Adventure and when she comes knocking, always say YES!
You don’t know what is on the other side, but it will be new, and it will be exciting, and it will be challenging, but in the end, it will be worth it. You will learn things you would never have if you stayed safe, comfortable and said “No.”
All in all, this has been beautifully cathartic, helpful for me to articulate some of the adventures I have been on, but hopefully encouraging to those of you reading it as well.
As I finish up, I want to say lots of love to all of those back in Ballarat, I miss you, and I am so thankful for your encouragement and impact you had in shaping me up to this point. A huge thank you to all those in Brisbane who have welcomed me with arms wide open. You have made it easy for me in the early stages of this exciting adventure.
I’m excited for how the rest of this adventure unfolds, and to watch how your adventure unfolds. Whether from proximity or via social media. Go, seek adventure and remember God can do more through you than you think or imagine.