Walking down the street, Jesus saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked, “Rabbi, who sinned: this man or his parents, causing him to be born blind? Jesus said, “You’re asking the wrong question. You’re looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause-effect here. Look instead for what God can do. We need to be energetically at work for the One who sent me here, working while the sun shines. When night falls, the workday is over. For as long as I am in the world, there is plenty of light. I am the world’s Light.” He said this and then spit in the dust, made a clay paste with the saliva, rubbed the paste on the blind man’s eyes, and said, “Go, wash at the Pool of Siloam” (Siloam means “Sent”). The man went and washed—and saw. -John 9-1-7
One of the five Hope principles is “Share your story”. At Hope and in student ministry we encourage students to sharer the ways God has impacted our lives, no matter where we are in the story. This can sometimes be a deterrent for middle school students; many of them feel like they don’t have a story yet.
The truth is, it can be hard to identify your story if you feel like you haven’t been on he earth long enough, but if God has changed your life that is a story worth telling; age 13 or 30.
“This guy was blind, but now he can see! He didn’t keep this to himself. Before Jesus his story was dark, it was lonely, and he was blind to the world. Jesus literally came into his life, into his story and gave him a new life a changed life and when Jesus came into his story he couldn’t help but share it with others. The same God who did this, is the same one who is writing your story. He is the same God who helped this man see again is the same God who wants to help you. You have a story with God. How many of us would want to have that as part of our story; but like I said earlier some of us are still in the “before God” part(of our story).” -CJ
Last night Raleigh campus coordinator CJ Barone shared a piece of his story, and how God has chosen him to be a part of a larger much greater one. His challenge to students was this:
“…Share your story. If you don’t think you have one, spend time just talking to God, praying to Him, asking Him to help you find yours. He has it for you, all you have to do is ask…Take some time and write it out, then, share it. I promise you that your story matters, that its important. Our story plays a part in God’s story.”
Sharing your story requires courage, it is something that we not only want students to be able to do, but have seen it happen first hand. The stories we’ve heard and the lives we’ve seen impacted are one of the many rewards of going to Hazardous. The baseball series continues next Wednesday where 5th grade students will have a chance to experience Hazardous for the very first time.