By Jessica Amon
Change is either the word you want to hear or the word you don’t want to hear, there is hardly a happy medium. Your boss says it’s time for a change and you lost your job, your spouse says it’s time for a change and they quit their job or a student tells you it’s time to make a change and they want to take their grades more seriously and stop getting into trouble. To you: are any of these a good change? Change means to “make or become different” or “take or use another instead of.”
Every so often change sneaks up on us and surprises us all in a positive way. I know this may be something people don’t usually think of: good change. Maybe we are fearful of change, fearful of the things that are yet to come? For me, I am fearful of change. Change scares the daylights out of me. Half the time, it always works out to my advantage and the other half I don’t think it does. In the past few years I have had more major life changes than I ever pictured for myself. I went from teaching preschoolers to leading small groups and then to planning events. Slowly but surely my role in the youth ministry evolved and changed without me noticing! God was leading as long as I let him lead the change.
In Joshua 1:9 it says “I’ve commanded you to be brave and strong, haven’t I? Don’t be alarmed or terrified, because the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” We were commanded to be brave and strong. So think about if the change in your life is to find somewhere to serve, where are we called to make a difference? What if the change is to serve? Maybe your life revolves around trying to find the answers to the questions, when the answers are right in front of you. What if the answer is serving somewhere at Lighthouse or in your community? Maybe the change you need is spending your Sunday mornings welcoming guests to Lighthouse, teaching Sunday School lessons or spending time with students talking about their days and bonding. The most rewarding thing about serving is, no matter if it is a hello, a meal or a lesson, if you are doing God’s work, it is rewarding enough. When a teenager says “thanks for listening” or “will you help me with this?” you are building the bridges for them to face the much needed change they need in their lives. The change to stand up for themselves to do what is right or to let Jesus into their hearts. I encourage you to be brave and strong, to make the change God is pushing you to do.
If you are itching for your change, maybe it’s to serve in the Lighthouse Youth Ministries. There are many opportunities and avenues for you whether big or small. Because here at Lighthouse, Every Preteen Matters, Every Youth Matters and Every Volunteer Matters.
Come be brave with me, you won’t look back once you do.