A guest post from Sarah McGlynn. Sarah is a brand new Young Life leader in Raleigh, NC and blogs here.
This is the week. In three days I find out where I will be leading Young Life for the next three years.
The count down started three years ago, the moment two weird college strangers stepped onto Middle Creek High School's campus and watched my lacrosse practice. I had no idea who they were and no idea why in the world they were coming to watch us...Middle Creek girl's lacrosse...run around a field acting like we knew what we were doing. But they showed up, time after time, and poured into me and my friends. They loved us, spent time with us, encouraged us, and showed us how to live a life for Jesus.
I knew something was different about Emily and Liza, I wanted to do whatever they did, I wanted to have the joy that they had, I wanted to live life like they lived life, I wanted to follow them. So that's what I did. I followed Liza and Emily... to Campaigners, to Club, and to camp-where my life was forever changed.
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I'm beyond thankful that the Lord chose them to usher me to the feet of Jesus, to show me how to live a life for the Kingdom, and how to love others unconditionally. I figured it out. Jesus was inside of them, they leaked Jesus wherever they went. I wanted that. So I began to run after and follow Jesus and they never left my side along the way. They are two of my best friends and now I get to follow in their footsteps and lead high school girls to the King. Wow.
The past few weeks have been filled with anticipation, wondering what school I will be placed at and wondering what lies ahead. It's been hard not trying to see myself at certain schools, or picking and choosing where I would want to be. But it's not my plan, it's the Lord's plan and sometimes that is hard to trust.
Acts 20:24 (The Message)
"I'm completely in the dark about what will happen when I get there. I do know that it won't be a picnic, for the Holy Spirit has let me know repeatedly and clearly that there are hard times and imprisonment ahead. But that matters little. What matters most to me is to finish what God started: the job the Master Jesus gave me of letting everyone I meet know all about this incredibly extravagant grace of God."
What boldness and selflessness Paul has. I am to consider my life nothing in comparison to the joy of spreading the Gospel. The Lord has set me apart. He has chosen me. He has chosen a school for me. A school that is full of brokenness. I'm on a mission to be bold and to pour out grace, love and truth. He has hand picked this school for me all for His glory. No matter the school I get, I pray that my heart will overflow with thankfulness and that I will fall to my knees in praise. What an honor that I'm on a mission for the Creator of this universe. What matters most is that I will live my life to finish the race that He started. I will trust in knowing that He has gone before me and that His plan is beyond perfect. That He delivers. I will cling to Him. Tightly. Never letting go, never losing sight of Him.||
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