Tonight was one of those rare youth ministry times when things just seem to work out. It was like when the clouds break and you can actually see the rays of sunshine. OK, maybe I am getting a little flowery, but it was a cool night.
You see there is this guy who I have known for a while now. I met him at an in town event and put him on our mailing list. 3 years have gone by with me mailing him letter, and seeing him at school, but he has never been to Calvary. As far as I know he hasn’t been to church anywhere in that time. So finally he shows up at church tonight.
Tonight was a good night for him to be there because we were talking about acceptance and about how since God accepts us we can accept others. I had geared the whole thing as an evangelistic lesson because I have a crowd of people who are regular attenders, but who aren’t Christians and I would have a real old fashioned invitation.
So at the end of the talk I start the invitation and I stand there for a while looking at everyone and thinking I may have misjudged the situation and suddenly this guy comes walking down the isle and tells me he wants to give his life to God. It was remarkable. So we walk out in the hall and do some counseling and I don’t think he knows all that he is getting into just yet, but he became a Christian tonight. Those of you who don’t work with teenagers may not realize what a rare gift that really is for us workers. It was really cool.
I have been having a hard time recently and this really opened my eyes. I could write for a year about my life this week and how God has been teaching me that I am small and he is big and how I have been trying to let him have control and then cool stuff like this happens, but I have to head to bed. I am going to the Catalyst conference in the morning so I will write more on Saturday