Had the privilege of attending CIY Move in Holland, MI (Hope College) this past week with some of the high school & college age students from our church. I organize these trips becasue it helps our students learn a lot about Jesus and their relationship with Him. Leading up to the trip can be stressful for me. There are a lot of details that go into taking a trip like this and lining them up this year was a struggle. Also financially it is a big undertaking. This year more than years past was very difficult. I was close to canceling this trip on a few occasions for various reasons. Despite the road blocks we made it to Michigan last Monday, and I'm so glad we did. Not only did I get a chance to baptize 3 awesome students in Lake Michigan but God challenged all of us this past week.
I miss my wife while traveling, I don't sleep well in a college dorms with no a/c, the food isn't that great, and I carry a lot of responsibility while taking students hours away from home. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
THIS changes me. It does every year but more so this year. To be honest I needed this week more than my students did this year. The theme this year at Move was "This Changes Everthing" and we walked through the book of James. The "this" in that statement is the Resurrection of Jesus. What a great reminder that the ressuerction changes everything. And it needed to change me. Daily it needs to change me.
I miss hanging with our students already and I know the changes I want to make will be difficult once "regular" life gets rolling again. But THIS really does change everything and I want to remember THIS everyday. Jesus overcame the grave, in Him I can overcome as well.