There’s this lady I know……
I’ve known her for maybe 5 years.
The title of this post is a paraphrase of her personal mission statement (only because I can’t remember the exact words of how she says it.) But the point is clear……
In Christ – nothing is possible without Christ. He’s the reason for everything and He’s the source of everything good.
Your past – whether it’s mistakes you’ve made or bad things that have happened to you, your past is exactly that, it’s your past.
Your past does not direct your future. When you are in Christ, what has happened to you in the past or what you have done in the past doesn’t direct your future.
God directs your future.
For the last 15 years, this lady has been teaching that, has been living that and has been loving that into the teenagers at Madison Square Church. It has changed countless lives.
It has changed mine and I’m a LONG way from being a teenager.
And God has used her to be the hands and feet of the church. Through trials, and struggles, through very hard times and through extremely fun times, she has walked with teenagers and supported them in ways that will echo in their lives for generations.
While it makes me sad that she’s leaving her position at Madison Square Church, I’m excited to see what God has planned. She’s taking her vision for teenagers to another level. She’s going to be at New City Kids and helping countless more kids across our area.
Kids who live in tough areas of Grand Rapids.
Kids who need to know that in Christ, your past does not direct your future.
Christy, thank you. Thank you for being there, no matter where there is. Thank you for being a difference maker for teens in a time when it is very difficult to be a teenager. Thank you for being, as one teen said you like to say, “I’ll be awkward so you don’t have to.” Thanks for being awkward – our kids need that. Even if they don’t think they do.
As you move into this next chapter of being a difference maker, know that you’ve been a blessing and that there are many people waiting to see God through you.
Thank you, my friend.