Here's an article I wrote for this month's edition of our church newsletter - enjoy!
Last week Trisha, Grayson, and myself had the awesome opportunity to spend a week in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Being on vacation with a six-month-old is an interesting experience. In the past one of my favorite parts of vacation was being able to go to bed without setting an alarm clock and having the chance to sleep in till 10 or 11 if I wanted to. Well, I have a feeling that those days are long gone!
My wonderful son "provided" me the opportunity to get up several mornings to see the sunrise. As we sat on the beach together watching the sun break over the surface of the water, it was a great chance to pray, reflect, and seek God's heart for my own life and also for our ministry here at FBCCS. In those morning hours I really felt God impress upon me two things.
First, He reminded me that there is much work to be done here. There are so many things He wants to accomplish in our midst! I have a renewed heart and passion to see young people give their lives to Jesus, to see families restored and renewed with a passion to grow in their faith together, and to see our youth make a difference in their schools, their community, and their world!
I was also reminded that to achieve God's will both in life and in ministry, we've got to remember the simple truths that we are so often distracted from. The most important things an individual, a church, or a ministry can focus on is to:
These are biblical values (see Matt. 20:27-28; Mark 12:30, 15:16; Acts 1:8; Hebrews 10:25; and many, many others) that we have been working on imparting to students for the last five years. My hope is that over the next several months we can recapture a passion and a heart to live out these values in our everyday lives and in our efforts as a youth ministry.
It's back to the basics, and I'm excited for what God wants to do in Youth Ministry here at FBCCS! Will you join me in praying for, and possibly serving, the youth of our church and community?
Renewed, rededicated, refreshed,
- Tim Blake
Youth Minister, FBCCS