You’re caught in a lifelong tug of war. Pulling you in one direction is your desire to be in control, do things your way and experience success in the eyes of the world. Pulling you in the other direction is God’s call on your life, your desire to get more serious about your relationship with God and your passion about going deeper in faith. Tired of the back and forth? If so, it’s time to let go, let God win and embrace the life God is offering as a free gift. Because when God wins, you win!
It’s at the very moment when life is most difficult that you often seek to exert control in hopes of fixing it. But that’s actually when you need to do the counterintuitive thing and be most vulnerable – with yourself, others and God. Why? It’s through this vulnerability that you are most open to experience God’s presence, strength and healing. Of course, this is a paradox that makes a little sense. And it’s certainly a challenge to pull off. But it’s also a miracle that changes everything. And most importantly, it can be your paradoxical miracle today
While it may seem in so many ways that Jesus was a victim, he actually was very much in charge. He chose to walk into all the sin in the world. Chose to open his heart to all people and cover them with love. And chose to let evil take its best shot on the cross. There – in that moment of his greatest pain and suffering and despair – the fullness of divine love that changes everything was unleashed. That’s how Jesus wins. Not just long ago on the cross for all humanity. But today for you.
There’s far more to life than checking items off your ‘to-do’ list day-after-day, week-after-week and year-after-year. Life is a gift from God, which means your top priority is living the God way. So how do you do this? Stop what you’re doing and start with God. Listen to God often and carefully. See every moment as an opportunity to love God and your neighbor with everything you’ve got. And end the day by giving everything back to God. Do this day-after-day, week-after-week and year-after-year and you’ll suddenly realize you’re already living the God way!
NASHVILLE, Tenn. May 21, 2019 /Discipleship Ministries/ – Volunteers are needed to help create an atmosphere of hospitality when 2,500 youth and their leaders descend on the Kansas City Convention Center in July for YOUTH 2019, the national gathering for United Methodist youth.
Youth from over 250 churches will be attending the four days of discipleship, worship, Bible study, service opportunities and life-changing fun July 10-14.
“Volunteering is simple, and we have roles for any adult age and giftedness,” said Chris Wilterdink, director of Young People’s Ministries at Discipleship Ministries.
While some volunteer roles will be in direct contact with youth at the event, many will involve set up, clean up, organization and support for adult leaders.
“Volunteers could be welcoming groups at the Kansas City airport, aiding the build-out of worship or exhibit areas, stuffing bags, making sure adult speakers have supplies, hanging out near our exhibit hall or onsite service projects, or even be working back stage in our big room worship area,” Wilterdink said.
YOUTH 2019 volunteers are needed July 9-13, and there will be no registration costs. Shifts will be as short as four hours or as long as a full day. Parking expenses will be covered, and meals will be provided.
Volunteers need to register and complete an online background check and simple Safe Sanctuaries guidelines review, powered by Safe Gatherings.
For more information and to volunteer, go to https://youth2019.com/volunteering.
For answers to questions, email Patrice Rullo at prullo@UMCdiscipleship.org or Taressa Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mission of Discipleship Ministries is to support annual conference and local church leaders for their task of equipping world-changing disciples. An agency of The United Methodist Church, Discipleship Ministries is located at 1908 Grand Ave. in Nashville, Tenn. For more information, visit www.UMCdiscipleship.org, the Press Center at www.UMCdiscipleship.org/about/