Getting To The Heart Of It
Getting to the heart of it
As one of the “newbies” on team, these past few months have been quite a ride! There is plenty to learn, and not many dull moments. Already I have grown much from the constant “life-on-life” relationships with team members, church members, and friends from college that I have bumped into along the way. All in all, I am confident that travelling on team is what the Lord has for me right now, and I am so glad to be here.
But we know that life is not exclusively positive experiences. We live in a messed up world, and if we are honest, we are quite a mess ourselves. Once, G.K. Chesterton was asked “What’s wrong with the world today?”. His insightful reply was, “I am”. If you don’t believe there is anything wrong with yourself, try spending more time around people and see what happens! While travelling, the team community has acted as a mirror of my soul, and some of my ugly features have been coming to light. Although I probably still don’t recognize the full extent of my selfishness, I can see it more clearly as I travel the road of life with others.
Interestingly enough, we all naturally react differently when our flaws are revealed. Some common responses are anger, defensiveness, self-righteousness, and avoidance. Personally, I generally tend to despair and feel insecure. But Christ’s victory means that I can see my faults yet not be defeated. The gospel has not only saved me, but it is continually saving me. In fact, it is good to see my faults, for God is showing how He wants to grow me. Understanding what I have in Christ – complete acceptance and security that is not based on my performance – is gradually changing me from the inside out. I can truly change only if it is God that changes me. In a letter to the church of Corinth, Paul writes, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” Because of Christ, God not only accepts me as the sinner that I am, but wants me to behold Him and be changed because of it!
Team Training | Fall 2015
August 1 - September 19, 2015
For the past three weeks, our team has been chugging away with getting things done as we prepare to hit the road this weekend. Take a peek to see some things that we have been working on:
- Music Practice...and lots of it! Thanks to Christy, Daniel, and Shannon, everything has been very organized and efficient. We have been able to gel quite well together as we figured out who plays, who sings, and who needs to learn new instruments!
- Packing Prep: helping the Galkins organize, clean, and pack up their house; cleaning and packing their trailer; cleaning and re-organizing the vehicles and cargo trailer.
- Team Meetings: we meet every morning to pray, read from Scripture, and talk about a few specific topics. Every one of us have been so grateful for these times set aside for learning, which then leads to very practical application. It truly has been a blessing to learn together and to grow together as a team.
- GGC Ministry: our team has had several opportunities to serve with several ministry opportunities at Gospel Grace Church here in Salt Lake City. To see the burdens of church members and to partner with them for a time to serve in those areas has been both an encouragement and challenge for us. We had the opportunities of participating in a Rescue Mission service+dinner, witnessing outreaches, hiking and playing sports with students from the University of Utah, and being involved with Community Groups each Wednesday with the church body in different homes.
- The Galkins hosted a *Backyard Bluegrass* event at their home last weekend for friends, family, and neighbors in their community. The team performed some fun, Irish folk songs, we had some great conversations with those who attended, and everyone had plenty of incredible food! What could be better then fellowship, fun music, outdoor games, burgers, desserts, and a beautiful evening? Thankful for the opportunity to continue investing in individuals' lives for the Gospel in differet ways. (pc:AaronBoyce)
- CAMPING! (Post to follow) Honestly, is there truly a better way to bond as a team?
As we finish packing up and finalizing details, we would greatly appreciate prayer...that we all would stay focused on what matters, that we would love and serve each other despite the approaching deadline, that we would be preparing our hearts and minds--as a group and individually--for these next nine weeks, and that Christ would be glorified.