Meaningless, Meaningless..

So if you used your detective skills, you could probably figure out which book of the Bible I’m going to reference in this post. Got it?  That’s right! It’s Ecclesiastes.  If you have never read the book before, you should. It’s one of my favorite books. It is assumed that the book is written by Solomon, who was the wisest and richest man living during that time period.  Throughout the book he talks about how he has gained all of these things throughout his life and it has all amounted to nothing.  He gained the whole world and still wanted more. Everything was.. well.. you guessed it, meaningless.

I bring this up because we are studying Ecclesiastes at my church currently.  I have already gained so much though our study of it.  One thing in particular hit me hard today during the sermon that I was able to relate to my upcoming journey to mission school.  The statement Pastor Rod made today was this, “Are you living life for God, or for yourself?  If you are living without God, everything in your life is meaningless.”  There is so much truth in that Statement.

First of all, I know I need to live my life for God. Everyday. Period.  I am nothing without him, therefore, I should worship him with my life.  Second, I must not do anything from a selfish motive.  This is hard to do, but that is why we must daily repent and be born again though him.  Lastly, we must find the meaning in our life through him.  God blessed us with this world, so we should love what he created and worship him for it.

“Meaningless! Meaningless!”
    says the Teacher.
“Utterly meaningless!
    Everything is meaningless.”

Ecclesiastes 1:1

How does this relate to my Mission School you may wonder.  Well, honestly, it relates to every aspect of it.  This is a new time in my life where I am going to have to stop living for myself and start living for him and for others. Up until this point, I have been thinking of all the great things that will happen for me once I start this mission school and how it will change my life.  That is meaningless!  It’s not about me.  I shouldn’t be focusing on how much my life will change, but how much God can change others lives through me! I’m excited to be Gods tool as I live here on this earth.  What an awesome opportunity.  That doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate my life being changed, because that too is a blessing from God.  I just have to make sure God and his work stays my main focus.

God and serving others is what this  Mission School is about.  Actually, it’s what this LIFE is about. God gives our life meaning.  Anything without him is meaningless.

 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.  That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.  I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it.

Ecclesiastes 3: 11-14

Why wait?

For the longest time, I have had no idea what I want to be when I grow up.  If there is one thing I have learned so far in my early twenties, its this: It doesn’t matter.  What I want to be, what I major in, and where I work, it all doesn’t matter.  In the long run, none of it matters.  I have even met people much older and wiser who still don’t have it all figured out, and that’s okay.  We are told our whole life that by the time we are of college age, we are supposed to know what we want.  This has always been a struggle for me, until now.  Now,the only thing that matters is that I follow where I’m being lead and right now, that is exactly what I am doing.

I have two things I am passionate about.  One is my love for Jesus.  The other is my passion for serving others.  I firmly believe God put these passions in my heart so I would follow them.  When I first started telling people I was attending mission school, one womans reply caught me off guard.  She seemed genuinely offended that I would choose to take a year off school to do this.  She said, “Get your degree.  That is the most important.  After that, if you still want to, you can always do it later.”  That statement got me thinking.  Should I finish school first even though I don’t know what I want to do?  The answer to that is simple.  No.  The thing is, even though I don’t know what I want to be or where I want to go, I do know one thing.  I do want to follow and serve God.  This Mission School and awesome opportunity to do just that.  School will always be there, but this moment in my life won’t and I don’t want to waste it.

I feel a calling from God to help people and to share the joy I have found through him.  This is not something I have taken lightly.  I’m ready to go.  This mission school is a way to not only cater to my passions, but to follow my calling as well.  So does it really matter that I don’t know what I’m going to be 20 years from now? No, because 20 years from now I will still be striving to do what I know I can already do today and that is follow Christ.  Why wait?

Reality

I think it’s finally hitting me. The reality of it all is sinking in. In two short months I will be living in a new place, meeting new people, and serving in new ways. This is crazy. I can’t believe it. This is a dream come true. The more I think about it the more joyful I become.

Another aspect of it has also hit me. I need to raise a lot of money in those two short months. I’m not afraid that it will happen, because I trust God with it. I just know it’s going to be a challenging two months. I have realized that the journey doesn’t begin when I move in. It actually begins now. Now is the time I start my journey of fervent prayers, trusting God, and serving.  

I’m so ready for this challenge.  Are you?

 

Once again, I’m so excited to be able to share this experience with you.  Please consider joining me in this by visiting my FUNDRAISING page and learning how to donate.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6

 

 

 

Fundraising!

Clearly fundraising is going to be a huge project for my summer.  I have several ideas of things that might be fun to do.

  1. Pancake Breakfast
  2. T-Shirts
  3. Pop Can Drive

If you would be interested in doing any of those please let me know in the comment section or via Facebook.

Thanks Friends!  

Also Please remember to visit my FUNDRAISING page to find out how you can donate.

About it all..

The Bridge Street Mission School is an 8 month training built to prepare and release young people into a life of mission. Students are embedded in a lifestyle of intentional Christian community where they develop an intimate walk with Christ through a culture of fervent prayer, biblical teaching, and urban ministry experience. We are committed to seeing a generation of young people who know Jesus and make Him known. We not only give our students increased knowledge, but also support what is learned with first hand experience bringing the gospel to the darkest places on earth. (to learn more, visit my ABOUT page)

I am so excited to begin this Journey.  It does however require a lot of money.  I do trust God will provide with the help of my family and friends.

My Total need is $7500

I have 2 months to raise $3000 of that

I need your help and prayers as I work to raise these funds.  If you would like to help. Please visit my FUNDRAISING page.

 

Just Getting Started

You have no idea how excited I am to begin this journey.  I have felt God’s calling on my life for awhile.  I’m excited to be able to use God’s gifts he has given me to be able to serve him and others.  I have started this blog to be able to communicate with friends and family about my progress, my journey, and my fundraising.  I feel blessed to have this opportunity and I’m excited to be able to share in this with all of you.

To find out more about the mission school and what I’ll be doing, please visit my ABOUT page.

To partner with me financially please visit my FUNDRAISING page.

 

Please keep me in your prayers as I begin this journey that will be challenging and rewarding.

“In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.”  Proverbs 16:9