Have you ever wondered what is God’s will for your life? In fact, there are times where I ask myself even to this day, “Am I doing God’s will?” But I don’t necessarily mean it in the sense of I’m lost and don’t know what to do with my life. It’s more in the way of am I doing everything possible to make sure I’m fulfilling God’s will for me.
You see, we spend a lot of time trying to figure out what our purpose in life is rather than just seek God and let the pieces fall into place. We waste a lot of time worrying about every little thing, that we kind of miss the point of God’s will.
So how do we do this letting the pieces fall into place? That seems awfully hard to do when life is not the easiest, or your home life is a pain, friends are bringing you down, or you are having a hard time not doing sinful things.
Look at what Romans 12:1-2 says in the Message Bible:
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
In order for us to truly know that we are following God’s will for our life, we have to give everything to Him, our mind, body, and will. When we do this, He begins the process of helping us be more like Jesus. To take it a step further though, for me to live in God’s will, is to be an influence to those around me. I know I make a ton of mistakes, but I want to strive everyday to show Jesus to those around me.
I believe it’s time for us to stop saying to others, and ourselves, “I can’t live this Christian life,” or “It’s too hard for me to give up certain things in my life.” It’s time for us to make a stand and live bold Christian lives. Let’s make an impact while we are here on this earth.
So you want to know God’s will for your life? I can tell you one thing, seek after God with everything you have, and His will for your life will be perfected in you. I’m not saying your life is not going to have its challenges, but God’s will for your life will be perfect. There’s no better place to be than in His will because then you know that He is always with you every step of the way. Make the decision today in your mind to live for God in every area of your life and see what happens next.
Youth Pastor - Ryan
So here we go, my first post on this blog. I don’t consider myself a major blogger; in fact, it seems like most blogs get started and then a year later you are like, “Whoa I forgot to post something.” I decided since I had the ability to use this blog that I would take advantage of it. Mainly because there are moments in my life where I get a brief moment of wisdom. Okay maybe not wisdom, maybe it’s more like enlightenment? Either way you get the point, from time to time my creative juices start to flow.
My role here at THRIVE is the youth pastor and I love being a part of this ministry. My wife, Fawn and I have been a part of THRIVE for over 7 years now. Hard to believe it has been that long. We have seen a lot of things take place here and have met a lot of great young people along the way. Even those who have gone to college or are no longer teenagers we still think about them. However, my rock and support in this ministry is my wife, and she means everything to me. Now she would probably say that without her this ministry would lack the funny appeal and I probably would agree with her on that one. Kidding aside though, we both love what we do and even though things can be difficult and sometimes we might even think that nothing is being accomplished, we know that is a lie from the enemy. Sometimes that can sound cliché, but I believe that with everything in me.
I also believe that God has a plan for each of our lives and the choices we make can lead us closer or farther away from His plan. This isn’t a plan that He is forcing on us, but one that He gives us a choice with. In the end, His plan is always better than anything we could ever choose. That is why I continue to motivate myself about our youth ministry because I know He has us here for a reason. Later I may talk a little more about how I decided to be involved in youth ministry, but for now I just want you to know that we are in this until God tells us otherwise.
I hope this page can just become a source of information of what is going on at THRIVE, maybe for those that are not on social media, and also just a place to express some of my thoughts. Appreciate all of you who support me on a daily basis and I hope I can continue to build some great relationships with more of you.
Youth Pastor - Ryan
Youth Pastor at People's Church in Arnold, MO.