Jesus is the only name that makes you flinch…

Now if you look back through my blog you won’t see me talking about my faith a lot, which is kinda bad really as it’s such a big part of my life. So I was at Soul Net a few weekends ago and I was really inspired by a few of the talks.

Basically Soul Net is mainly for those who work with the youth of the UK, organised by Soul Survivor which is a Christian organisation that wants to spread the Good News. So you might well wonder what on earth a 25 year old Marketing officer for a large group of estate agents was doing in such a place… the answer; ‘the wife’ (and probably God)!

Mairi has been working in youth work for the last (mumbles) years and now teaches youth workers to …youth work. So I really didn’t know what to expect, so what happened? I hear you ask…(in my head).

Well it was all fairly informal and laid back, we had a bit worship but then got down to a talk, and I was stunned that a lot of the talks although aimed at youth workers really spoke to me. We talked about the importance of providing community where the kids need a sense of it. We talked about really trying to listen to God and take risks in what he says.

It really wasn’t soo much about the subjects covered but more about the feeling it gave me. I’m not sure what it was but I felt like a sense of I should be better as a Christian but not to worry that I mess up (often). Which is a great feeling to have, an optimistic outlook without barriers of failure – what a great place to be!

The weekend also taught me not to want too much; so often we can go to church and think “why aren’t I leading, why aren’t I reading the prayers or why aren’t I doing this and that. But we need to enter church wanting to serve others in what ever that might be, some people for a long time do the ‘background’ jobs but in the end God will play your skill when he desires, and we have to be ready sure, but at the same time we also need to be prepared to be his servant in what ever that might be.

So it was great to get away; which makes me sound like I had things to get away from. What I mean is it was great to experience a different environment and see things done differently. It effected me so much that during the weekend I sent a text to the people who God used to show me God’s love, was great to thank them after all these years.

Much love and God’s peace -RG

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