Adolescent Mind Renewal

Hello friends! It has been awhile since my last post and I’ve been praying about a specific topic for quite some time now. So, I am starting off by saying how much I have loved my last few summers. Growing up, my time off from school would be filled with endless days of watching television and trying to fill the day with something different. I would have fun swimming, hanging out with friends, and staying up late playing video games. During these last two summers, the situation has been completely different because of an amazing opportunity given to me by one of my youth pastors/great friend. It was something that I had been wanting since 7th grade and it excited me so much to get the chance to see God work in so many ways. I started at the beginning of summer after my freshman year and it was incredible. At this time I was at a place where I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I got older. It was obviously ridiculous  I would worry about something so far away because of students that already decided where they wanted to go to medical school. But It was at the end of this first interning summer when I felt God call me to something big. It was brought to my attention after I had gone as a leader with The to Camp Fuego. During this week at the camp, I felt called to comfort hurting people at a traditional night event called “Campfire.” This event is a time to worship in silence and to pray to God about whatever has been happening in your life. I went in the room with God telling me that I wouldn’t regret the chance of serving for Christ. I sat down and a few minutes later I saw one of the middle schoolers with his head down. I got a strange feeling to put my hand on his shoulder and to listen to what God said. After that, I went on with my night without even thinking about it. Later on, a leader came up and told me something that gives me goosebumps to this day. He began talking about the student God had told me to comfort, and said that the student was praying for a sign from God that he had needed. Well, at that time of his prayer was when my hand touched his shoulder. It blew my mind when I found this out and was the beginning of when I really felt called to ministry. This previous summer was a time of when I started getting aches for the middle schoolers and how much I wanted them to experience Christ. I heard all of these incredible testimonies of how Jesus changed their life. I remember breaking down to my parents about the large aching I had to lead and the large lump in my throat that went along with it. It was great to see how much God had done for these students at Camp Fuego. But it wasn’t until the internship when I REALLY realized that old habits can come back to us when we get in the environment of the world. One verse that talks about this is one of my favorite verses. Romans 12:2 says: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” In these last few weeks, I have been seeing a lot of people going back to their old ways, and I’ve even been noticing some of mine trying to come back. My main point in this is that I have been seeing so many old habits come back of the ones that had the amazing testimonies/eye openers. It hurts to see the stuff they are letting back into their head and the things they are posting/saying/listening to. I realized how much music, media, and movies can change your ways of thinking. Now, I’m not saying to that the right answer is to turn off everything and stay in your house for the rest of your life but I am saying on how much better we can respond to a lot of the stupid things in the world. It is hurting me right at this moment as I write this and I felt like it was the right thing to share with you all. Because I realized as I was going into high school on how much reading the Word helps you be “In the world, but not of it” and how it is the best support for everything. It is so crazy to think about how we let small, pointless, desires have the chance to control our whole life when we can let Christ lead us instead. So with all of this written I just want to pray that we rely on the only constant thing in this world.  In this, I’m just a creation trying to live for The Creator.