Here we go again with another “Five Minute Friday” post! To learn more about “Five Minute Friday” (FMF), check out the linked image here. Basically, each week there’s a word given for you to write about. You start writing, no back-tracking, editing, etc. At the end of 5 minutes, you stop. Then you post it, and share in the community of words that were birthed during these 24-ish hours. It’s cool stuff.
So here’s this week’s response to the word: “ again ”
I’m pausing for a moment at the top of a twisty slide. I’m not sure what will happen on the way down, but I know when I get to the bottom, I’ll stand up and scream in triumph. Then I’ll go kiss my wife (and our lips will “shock” from the static build up on the way down), and we’ll laugh as we grab our kids and go home from the playground. Except it’s not a playground, it’s a weekend senior high winter retreat known to those who attend as “Frostbite”.
It’s my 6th? 7th? year of directing, planning, facilitating, etc….this retreat in the dead of winter. Over 100 teens and their leaders attend, and I never know what to expect. The bands change. The speaker changes. The teens change. And yet, it’s happening “again”. And…..it never gets old.
At some point this weekend, more than one teenager will find the strength they need to decide to follow Christ in a renewed way for the remainder of the school year. Someone will decide, perhaps for the first time, to accept what God has accomplished in Christ. Someone will hear the Word of God in a way that brings life and freedom like never before. Someone will be freed from the chains of sin and hopelessness or anxiety they’d been bound by in their world. Or maybe, someone will think to themselves….”hmm….it’s not so hokey after all”, and they’ll come to camp this summer where they’ll meet Jesus for the first time.
There are moments that I’m dead tired. Moments where I remind myself, that no matter what – Sunday afternoon will come. The bottom of this crazy twisty slide ride. But I’m not there yet……here we go, again…..:)
Sidenote: Whisper a quick prayer for us this weekend…the Kingdom is on the move! Thanks!!!