I had the pleasure of spending 24 hours with some of the greatest people you’ll ever meet. The MNYD Committee. These people are some of my greatest friends, and I cherish all the time we spend together. Recently we were planning events and details for the rest of 2016, and some of 2017. What? Did you think Sr. Camp and Youth convention just happen all by themselves? We started off a little different this time. We took some test beforehand that identify key characteristics that each one of us has. I was not surprised in the slightest of my results. It said that I’m very quiet, super organized, and I don’t really like to be the center of attention. (HA! Yeah right!)
The thing that was most interesting to me was the wide mix of personalities we have as a group. Our committee is made up of 12 individuals, and yet we have a great mix of personality types. There is one common denominator through it all. Passion. Each one of us is very passionate about our calling and the job that we’ve been entrusted with. God has called us into this job at this time for a reason. As much as I think I’ve got a lot of great ideas and I know what will work best. My ideas and understanding of what works is nothing compared to God. His ways are higher than mine and His thoughts are higher than mine.
You are in your family, in your school, in your city, in your church because that is where God has placed you. I can imagine seeing some the things he had to see, and endure some of the things he had to endure, that Jeremiah sometimes wished he was somewhere else. But in Jeremiah 1:5 the Lord said to Jeremiah, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”
You are currently right where God wants you to be. You are made the way God designed you. He doesn’t make mistakes, and He doesn’t do anything accidentally.
But you are made and called TODAY for a purpose. God doesn’t design and call specific personality types, or students from specific regions of the world, or specific families. He has called each and every one of us.
Ecclesiates 9:10 “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might…” So whether you’re working on a P7 club, or reaching that one friend, or trying to give a bible study to your family, or preaching Sr. Camp 2025. Remember that God has given each of us a task, and that we should put forth our whole heart in everything that we do.
– Nick Caflisch
Section 1 Youth Director