Our changing schools situation has been the craziest thing. At the end of last year, I wasn’t ready for junior year to end. I knew leaving Bethel was God’s plan, but I was emotional about it. Over the summer, I was really struggling to be positive about starting my senior year. I wasn’t upset about changing schools. Rather, I was clinging onto my familiar schedule. Up until the day before school began, I stayed clenched onto summer. The night before school started, my class had a senior meeting at Starbucks. I was thankful God allowed me to meet most of my classmates before the first day of school! I also had to kill the kings of fear lingering around in my mind before starting a new chapter.
August 15, 2018 was a day I hope I’ll never forget! It was a day filled with God’s guidance, courage, boldness, and Presence! I walked the halls of a school that once felt like uncharted territory to me. Here I am now a few weeks later. My school feels like a home God has given to me for this season. I don’t feel like I am shadowing a class. Instead, I realize I play a vital role in my classmates’ lives! In the short time I have been at my new school, I’ve matured so much. I’m learning how to better share and defend what I believe without turning away people with different views. I have gone from being ready to finish high school to not really wanting it to end. I am enjoying school and finding many reasons to laugh each day.
I never would have thought that this transition could be so good. Once again, I knew it was God’s plan, but I had to trust Him with the details. I went from feeling in control to learning new ropes. God has been teaching me that unfamiliarity isn’t something to run from. It is actually something to run to if God has placed it in our paths.
While getting to know new people and forming new friendships, God has reminded me that only He is my joyometer. My joy isn’t dependent upon my interactions with other people. No friendship can take the place of God’s friendship in my life. While this is true, I have also been relying on God to give me balance in growing in these new friendships.
There are so many needs before me and you each day! Although I have had trouble opening my own locker (and even forgetting the right code), God has allowed me to help someone else open their locker. There are other new students at my school who are new to our country! When we take our eyes off of ourselves, God will show us Himself through countless other people!
God has placed us where we are at now because that is where He needs us most! That quote from Pastor Mitch Sugg constantly runs through my mind! If my family had not of been obedient to God and embraced a season of change, we would have missed out on so many opportunities God had for us! I encourage you to embrace whatever season you are in. One of my teachers, Mr. Paul, said a quote the other day that has really stuck with me. He said, “If you are living to please God, you can do kingdom work wherever you go.” Our Father is going to make sure we get to the places He has in store for us.
Because I have been spending a lot of time talking to a new friend at school, that person is most included in the stories I share with my loved ones in the afternoons. The Holy Spirit told me that this is my answer to talking about Jesus more in my everyday conversations. We are going to talk about who we spend the most time with. Are we seeking Jesus so much each day that He oozes out of us? Our time with God is more valuable than our time with anyone else. We don’t just get to go to church once a week. We get to live in God every day!
I challenge us to not just sit in a room with Jesus. Let’s look at Him face to face, share our hearts, and be intentional with our encounters with Him. We serve a God Who doesn’t leave us wondering how He feels about us. Jesus has made and continues to make His love for us known. He continues to pursue us even when we don’t realize it. He is always the answer to what our souls long for.
I pray that Jesus is our Core. He is our source for everything that we need. With Him, we lack no good thing. Psalm 34:9-10 says, “Fear the Lord, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.”
Luke 6:45 states, “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”
I want the overflow of our hearts to reflect Jesus because we have filled ourselves up with Him alone.
Keep living with Purpose, my friend! I would love to hear what God has been teaching you!