Manage Conflict Or It Will Manage You!

Written by: Nathan Hill

Conflict is never fun—at home, at work, at play…it is just plain terrible. Some people love a good fight. Others, like me, would prefer that everyone just play nice and fair all of the time. No matter our personality, however, we will all experience conflict and we will need to manage it or else it will manage us.

I received a specific question this week from a family where both the mom and the dad are involved in ministry positions and constantly feel as though they are in a spiritual battle. I gather from the email I received that pieces of their life are continually coming unglued despite their best efforts to put them back together.

Mandy and I have experienced difficult seasons of ministry along the way. Some have been longer than others, yet all have been incredibly difficult. The temptation in ministry is also that you never leave the office at the office—life, conflict, work…they all get mixed together. There have been a few occasions when I have been determined to go a different path—back to the med school pathway, or even a two-year B.Ed. to then teach high school physics, which would be amazing! Nevertheless, when I step back and look at life as a whole, I can see that this is where God has placed me for now, and he will sustain me throughout.

Now, this does not mean that we sit back and do nothing in the face of continual conflict. We have to pick our battles, but there is a time to do battle. In seasons of ministry where things are coming unglued all over the place, here are some practical questions to ask.

Who has my back?

You need to have people who believe in you and people who are praying for you. It is best if your lead pastor and the deacon/elder leadership at your church have your back. If the lead pastor and/or other leadership do not completely have your back, as a staff pastor you are navigating some difficult waters. Ultimately the lead pastor sets the tone and vision for the church, and if there are difficult dynamics in the deacon/elder leadership it is the lead pastor’s responsibility to right the ship, so to speak. As a staff pastor, you need to let the lead pastor do his or her job without overstepping your position, even if you have great things to offer. If things are not moving according to your liking, you need to seriously consider if you can submit to the leadership above you and work in these conditions for the present season…or if this is a Paul and Barnabas moment where the path will diverge. If you cannot minister within the parameters of your job description and under the covering of your lead pastor and deacon/elder leaders, it might be time to sail on to a new ministry context.

When are you off?

It doesn’t matter who you are, how much you love Jesus, how great you are at your job, and how much going to work feels like a hobby—you need time away from church conversation and even church people. Mandy and I have a date night every Tuesday night and we have a rule that we are not allowed to talk about anything to do with church. I cannot even so much as say, “Guess what happened today?” without getting completely shut down. (Mandy runs a tight ship in many areas, and this is one of them!)

When is your time off? If you are having difficulty or even hesitation answering this you probably could improve here. So, join a gym or a bowling league. Audition for a musical! Go see a movie. Do something that regular people do, or something that you used to do before ministry.

Can you survive?

If ministry next month is like ministry was this month, can you survive? If the answer is yes, I think I can do it for one more month, then put Ephesians 6 to work in your life, pull up your bootstraps, and step back into the battle. If you decide that you cannot survive another month like you just had, that is ok. But you need to do something about it. Take a leave of absence, take a sabbatical, speak to a life coach or counselor, take a vacation—take all of your vacation time at once even! Do something that will get you out of the rat race for a short time so that you can regain some perspective and balance. Otherwise you will be out of the rat race for a much longer time.

Everyone needs balance in their mental/emotional life, their physical life, and their spiritual life. When one area is out of balance it affects all of the other areas as they try to compensate for what is lacking. Ask yourself these questions and then be courageous to take big steps to greater/higher functioning.

Everyone will have conflict, but you need to manage it or else it will manage you. That is a fact!

Without Rival—Week Four, Post Two

“Wishes Are Dreams Without Courage”

Written by: Nathan Hill

We continue along in our study and discussion of chapters 7 & 8 in Without Rival by Lisa Bevere

Everyone fears something. When we were growing up it was perhaps the boogie man or a monster under our bed. Perhaps it was being in the dark or being alone. Fear is a normal human reaction (emotion) to things that could cause us harm. However, like so many other emotions, it can run amuck and do harm where it was meant to do good. Sadness run amuck can become depression, and fear run amuck can become a paralyzing lack of courage. You will know when this takes place in your life because the desires of your heart rarely come to pass—they are just wishes without the courage to try.

Lisa Bevere shares with us in chapter seven that she wonders how many opportunities to share Christ she has walked away from because of fear. How many things did God have in store for her and John that remained unaccomplished because of fear? Lisa rightly states that we will never know for sure this side of heaven—and so there is no need to dwell on the what ifs. What we ought to do, however, is evaluate our dreams and ask ourselves why some of them remain wishes.

Lisa continues to share in chapter eight about deep wells—people whose lives are marked by mystery and wonder brought about by Jesus. Without saying this explicitly, I think that Lisa makes this great point—deep wells have identified their fear, confronted their fear, and have more than overcome. Another speaker I heard once stated this more poignantly—to be more than an overcomer (as Paul says we ought to be in Romans 8:37) means that we ought to more than overcome in our situations. We do not have to limp through and just barely drag ourselves over the finish line—when we are in Christ, we can run the race set before us and more than overcome any obstacle that we find in our way.

Press against fear in your life in 2017, and take stock of the dreams that have resorted to simple wishes to the man on the moon for a piece of his pie in the sky. It is time for you to get up, step out, and do something that you have put off for some time. It’s going to be hard, but I tell students all the time that hard things are valuable things—the things that come easy are probably not that valuable. Nevertheless, you will overcome. And, when you make a pattern of being more than an overcomer in your life, you will dig a deep well that others will want to come and drink from because the evidence of God’s favor and grace will be found all over everything you do.

So, there you have it. Punch fear in the face and move forward with the dreams on your heart in 2017. Become a deep well.

Please choose one of the questions from our conversation cafe and answer it in the comment section below!


Conversation Cafe:

  1.  What is something that you have dreamed of doing all of your life?
  2. What fears have held you back from achieving this dream?

 

Without Rival—Week Two, Post Two

Mud Pies and a Carnival Cruise

We are continuing along in our study and discussion of chapters 3 & 4 from Without Rival by Lisa Bevere.

Written by: Nathan Hill

The third chapter of Without Rival begins with a quote from C.S. Lewis—and this is where my mind remained throughout the remainder of the chapter. You may recall that Lewis contrasted making mud pies in a slum with a holiday at the sea. If you do not recall the quote, read it again and think about how we are often pleased by things in our life that are far less than divine or miraculous. We are sometimes content with far less than we need to be content with simply because we have not dreamed bigger than our present understanding and circumstance.

Let me share a story that illustrates this principle. When Mandy and I were having our third child, Spencer, we decided that our small house was not going to be large enough for all five of us. As it was, I felt like I was tripping over toys from the moment I walked through the front door, and our small 10×10 living room/family room/play room was getting full fast. So, we surveyed the properties that were for sale in our area and set our sights on the home of our dreams. We made an offer (conditional on the sale of our house), and the owners accepted our offer! We were content with this new and larger home that we felt the Lord had provided.

Several weeks passed and our house did not sell. Then, we received a call from our realtor telling us that another family placed a cash offer on our dream house—if we did not sell our house within seven days, our offer would become void. When the seven days passed and our house did not sell, we were upset. It seems that the Lord took away this home that we were quite pleased with.

Eventually Spencer was born and we lived an entire year in our small house with him sleeping in our room with us. We were tired of house hunting but had been watching a home that we loved but could not afford. While we watched, and waited, the sellers began to reduce the price, and after the second reduction we placed an offer and agreed on a price that we could afford. Years later when I drive by the house that had first captured our affection I notice that the fence was rotten and had fallen, and the small pool off the deck was old and had to be removed. Moreover, the small one-car garage would certainly not have held the onslaught of bikes, sleds, toys, hockey gear, and our van…and in the winter, I insist the van be parked in the garage!

We were enthralled with mud pies in a slum, completely unaware that a holiday by the sea was even a reality—maybe not our reality, but the Lord’s reality and in his timing. Where are the mud pies in your life?

Please choose one of the questions from the conversation cafe and answer it in the comment section below!


Conversation Café

1. Are there areas of your life where you realize that you may have settled for less than God had for you?

2. What do you dream of that feels impossible by your own estimation? Are you brave enough to pray into that dream and see if it is perhaps from God?


 

Peace Out!

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img_7653Written by: Nathan Hill

Last night we had a small group gathering at our house. It was the final gathering after a fall semester of weekly studies, and so while our conversation involved aspects of our faith, the setting was more light hearted and a touch festive. We shared food, laughs, stories from our week, and even let the kids stay up late.

While my wife and I were sitting on the couch visiting with our small group, we both noticed several things about our family room. First, the dusting liquid and cloth were still sitting on the book shelf—evidence that we had cleaned but not put away the cleaning products. Next, several Christmas decorations were strewn about on a different shelf, because I had put them up there just for a moment so that our two-year-old boy did not grab them. One moment ended up being days I guess. Four Rubbermaid bins were stacked in a corner, each of them holding a variety of Christmas décor that still needs to be hung, and a box of lights that I need to return to Canadian Tire was sitting on yet another shelf. To top it all off, I took the handrail for the basement stairs off the wall so that I did not spill paint on it while we painted…last fall…and I took it out of the crawl space recently to put back on the wall but never actually did it. The rail was lying on top of the piano.

The scene that I have just described for you might be something like nightmare meets social gathering. However, I’m not sure anyone noticed or—hopefully—even cared. You see, Mandy and I were away all weekend at a youth retreat and just arrived home a few hours before the small group event. We could have said “Hi” to the kids and then ran off the clean the family room. Instead, Mandy took a peaceful shower, and I laid on a bed while my daughter demonstrated a variety of back massage techniques she had picked up from a cartoon she watched (the turtle massage was the best).

Mandy and I took a “peace out,” because sometimes the biggest obstacles to peaceful moments in our lives are the obstacles we create ourselves.

I recently invited two ministry colleagues to a youth pastors’ meeting I was hosting to share wisdom about their journey in pastoral ministry. They reminded us about the Israelites and the manna—there was fresh food for gather each morning that would be sufficient for the day. However, some high-capacity and perhaps entrepreneurial Israelites decided they would gather extra manna to save it for a future day. The next morning, however, the extra manna they collected had gone rotten. The point is this—if we fail to distinguish what needs to be done from what we would like to have done, every moment we steal from what could be “peace out” time in our life will cause rot to set in at some level.

We might experience physical, mental, emotional, and even spiritual symptoms of rot because we failed to “peace out” when the opportunity was presented to us.

Start a new trend this season of advent, and determine to “peace out” at least once each day. Just sit in your chair, sip on tea, stare into the lighted tree, and feel the warmth of the fireplace (or the furnace vent). Dishes, laundry, cooking, and clutter will always be with you. But this Christmas moment, this year, these memories, they are only for right now. Peace out!

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Define Necessity

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Written by: Nathan Hill

My wife and I had a unique first experience on American thanksgiving 2011: we experienced Black Friday shopping in Michigan for the first time in our lives. It was exhilarating, it was intense, it was LOUD, it was late…(we had to line up)…it was crazy…and at the same time I had so much fun. We picked up some really great deals on Christmas presents for our kids, presents for other people, and a few things for us.

There were people present at WalMart that evening, however, who did not handle this shopping trip in the same light hearted nature that Mandy and I approached it with. There was swearing, pushing, light punching, diving on top of merchandise, evictions from the store by security and shopping carts EVERYWHERE.

Let’s fast forward to Christmas morning: our kids got up and were amazed at the number of wrapped packages that filled the living room! We skyped with some family and then began to open presents. It went something like this: rip paper, look, set aside…rip paper, look, set aside…cry and scream because you want to play with a toy you just opened (me included)…but instead get another wrapped package placed into your lap to open.

As Mandy and I reflected on this first Christmas in our own home with our children we realized that it did not play out quite like we had wanted. We envisioned a quiet and peaceful time opening presents, making organized piles of everything and then playing with toys later in the day in an organized fashion. We were naïve…and quite wrong!

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Recently I ran into the photo that I included in this blog post. I was immediately reminded of my Black Friday shopping experience and subsequent Christmas morning chaos. There is a poignant truth conveyed by this photo that is quite impossible to relate in words. I guess a photo really is worth 1000 words.

I am not writing so as to condemn us for enjoying the blessings of life in North America. I too enjoy a warm bed, more food than I need and many toys and gadgets that make life easier. I even enjoyed Black Friday shopping…and the 40” television in my living room that came as a result.

However…I also enjoy being a good steward of the blessings God has given me. I enjoy receiving our charitable donations receipts at the end of each year to see that with what God has given us we have been able to return a tithe and then some. I enjoy speaking with Phil and Donna Williams of Servant Heart Ministries; our church supports their medical and relief work in the Dominican Republic. I enjoy visiting the Dominican Republic and hanging out with people like Sandra Torino; though she has nothing, she gives everything back to those in her village of Auga Negra. She is a modern day Dorcas (Acts 9:36-42). I enjoyed taking Sandra out for ice cream one afternoon with our youth missions team in 2010, and hearing her describe how special this was for her.

I enjoy the talk of giving a young girl in our community a baby shower to show her that we still care deeply no matter the choices she has made. I enjoy having friends over when part of their family is out of town and I enjoy hanging out with Benjamin’s friends for an evening while their family attends to a medical emergency.

These are the things that are necessary in life.

When we define necessity with greater depth than what can be found in a department store we suddenly find many more things to enjoy in this life and much more fulfillment in the way that we live.

When we become aware of the blessings that we can pass on to others we suddenly realize that in so many ways we can bring much joy and fulfillment to those that live around us.

Luke 12:48 “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”

A Tale of Two Students

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img_7656Written by: Nathan Hill

Once upon a time there were two regular, ordinary students from a local high school that attended their local youth group. Both students were good kids, got decent grades, and were never sent to the principal’s office. Both students also struggled with common teenage issues—self-esteem, peer pressure, and things like that. At the end of high school, one student graduated with honours and pursued their destiny in a career that matched their talent and passions. The other student, however, endured a vicious cycle of addiction and insecurity that left him paralyzed by fear and a lack of ability to move forward. How did two students who seemed so alike end up so different?

In the gospel of Luke, Jesus tells a parable about impure spirits being cast out of one house only to return with seven other impure spirits to resume residence in the same house that had been swept clean and put in order. (The house is a metaphor for a person in this parable.) How is it possible that the impure spirits could return to the house they had left and overtake it sevenfold? How can we be sure that we remain free when set free by Christ? One of the key elements in this story is that the impure spirits found the house clean…but not guarded. The house was put back into proper order, but no protection had been put in place to prevent any future attack, and so the impure spirits returned sevenfold and the final condition of the house was worse than the former.

Many times, in our Christian lives we focus on what is out of order in our lives. We stress over our thoughts, our motives, our impure desires, our poor reactions, our unfair circumstances. However, we hardly ever focus on protecting the things that are in order, the areas where we thrive and are strong. In our thirst to be set free from the acts of the sinful nature (Galatians 5), we forget to put on the armour of God (Ephesians 6). Sometimes we experience amazing breakthroughs where in a moment or over time we put off some of the things we know are not beneficial for us—we celebrate this, and rightly so! But then we walk forward with this fragile new treasure and fail to put on the things that will protect it and prevent it from becoming damaged or stolen from us again.

Perhaps the Christian life is not about putting off or running away from bad things. Maybe, more importantly, the Christian life is about putting on or running toward better things.

This is certainly true for the house Jesus spoke of in the gospel of Luke. The house was clean but not protected. When it comes to the students I mentioned earlier, while their story was made up, I know the names and faces of so many who could play the part. They want to be set free…but that is all. They do not want to do the necessary things to protect the very freedom they so craved. The result is that they experience damaging cycles of worsening destruction—all because they focused on putting off instead of putting on.

The opposite of sin is not “not sinning.” The opposite of sin is life. Read John 10:10, and then ask the Holy Spirit how you can experience life today, not how you can avoid sin.

John 10:10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

The Art of Doing Nothing

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img_7656Written by: Nathan Hill

My wife has a new favourite saying, and it goes like this: “Not my zoo, not my monkeys.” She uses this phrase as a way to say that she is not planning to meddle with things that are none of her business, and that is sound wisdom. I have often told young pastors that I work with to pick their battles wisely, and only fight the ones they know they can win or are prepared to die for. I think everyone knows someone who has a tendency to stick their nose into everything—and I think we all find that equally annoying.

There are times, however, when it is our zoo, they are our monkeys, and it is a battle that we should die for. In these cases, the art of doing nothing is neither wise nor expedient. Rather, it is destructive and foolhardy.

The book of 2 Kings, chapter 15, records the story of Azariah, King of Israel. As king, it was his responsibility to ensure that Israel was well-managed in terms of resources, defense, and religious practices, just to name a few. We learn here that Azariah was a godly man—“he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord”—yet he did not remove the “high places.” These “high places” were pagan alters where Israelites would offer worship and prayers to gods other than Yahweh as well as engage in sexually immoral behaviour. Although Azariah himself was not involved in these practices, because he was a godly man, members of the nation of Israel that were under his reign continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense on these pagan alters.

They very next thing we learn about Azariah is that the Lord afflicted him with leprosy until the day he died, and because of this his son Jotham had charge or the palace and governed the people of the land. The text does not explicitly say “because Azariah did not remove the high places, the Lord afflicted him with leprosy,” yet the implication is there and I believe it is a responsible interpretation of what happened. Though Azariah was a godly man, his lack of action in areas under his influence and responsibility caused him to be set aside (by illness in this case) and another person was given charge of Azariah’s kingdom.

The wisdom of Solomon from Ecclesiastes is pertinent here: there is a season for all things under the sun. There is a season to be quiet (i.e., when it really is none of our business), yet there is also a season to speak and act (i.e., when we have been given the authority to do so, or we are prompted by God to respectfully offer a new perspective on things).

Ultimately, the changing of hearts is the business of God by his Holy Spirit, and so we have dispensed our role once we speak or act, regardless if the words or the actions are taken seriously. When we act responsibility within our channels of authority and influence, or when we respectfully offer a new perspective when prompted by God, there should be very little room for offense (at least directed at us and the way we handled the situation), and we should have no need to become defensive of our stance if we are truly hearing the voice of God. Our role is simply to make the change, share the perspective, and then live the change with integrity. The rest is up to the Holy Spirit—and that is really quite a relief, don’t you think?

Would You Believe In A God Who…

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img_7656Written by: Nathan Hill

Would you believe in an addictions councilor who was arrested for drug trafficking? Would you believe in a marriage councilor who was getting divorced? Would you believe in a fireman whose house burned down or farmer who never harvested a crop?

Would you believe in a God who does not always do what you would expect him to do? Would you believe in a God who allows some people to choose eternal separation and torment (i.e. hell)?

Would you believe in a God who created some people destined for destruction…all so that he could demonstrate to you and I the blessing of a relationship with him and the peril of lacking that relationship? The apostle Paul asks this question of the church in Rome.

This line of questioning has become quite popular these days especially within the writing of Rob Bell and others and I think that it is having a damaging and confusing impact on our faith. These questions play on our natural sense of morality as they cause us to question what WE think is good and loving…which leads us into dangerous grounds.

I once thought that our natural sense of morality was evidence of God’s fingerprints on our lives. I think we can all agree that things like violence toward children is one of the most depraved things a human being could engage in…God would agree. But I now see how cursed even this seemingly good moral sense is for it tricks us into being sympathetic for the things that WE deem moral with no regard for whether God has said it is moral or not.

I dare say there are many in the church today, even good God fearing people, that when pressed on some areas of morality in our society today would find it very conflicting in their spirit to uphold God’s morality when our own morality seems to just make more sense.

Some Christians and other well meaning people wonder why we are so down on same-sex marriage and abortion; can we not just go with the flow on these issues? What is so wrong with loving whom you want to and choosing to have a baby (or not to) when you want? Is not the right to personal choice and unique personal expression a fundamental aspect of human freedom?

The problem with this line of questioning is that it puts us in God’s place and makes us the supreme judge of what creation was made to be and what potential it has to become. Do we really think that we know enough about love and enough about God to fill in for him from time to time?

Paul says to the Roman church, “But who are you, a mere human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who form it, ‘why did you make me like this”. (Romans 9:20) God speaks through Moses in the Old Testament when he says, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” (Ex 33:19)

God did not say we would always understand everything about this world and everything about Him. However, He did say that He would always be good and in that we can have faith.

Romans 8:28And we know in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

If you are ever confronted with the “how can you believe in a God who…” line of questioning you can tell them that your faith in God does not mean that you can always understand all of God’s ways. Having faith in God does not always mean that what seems logical and good to you is what is best for creation.

Instead, our faith is such that we trust that God’s ways are still good even when we cannot understand them!

Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way that seems right to man, but in the end it leads to death”.

Anger

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When channeled properly anger can motivate us to cure injustice and accomplish great things. When left to its own devices anger can tear us apart from the inside out. That is the difference between controlled anger and controlling anger.

There is a story in the Bible that goes something like this…

Once upon a time there was a guy named David. He and his men were out working and they ran out of food and provisions. So…they sent some people to ask a friendly neighbor if he could provide them with what they needed. The friendly neighbor turned out not to be so friendly after all. Nabal turned away the messengers and sent them back empty handed.

David was angry…and he decided to kill Nabal and all of his family. Not the best course of action but that is what he decided to do. Abagail was Nabal’s wife and she was a little more generous than her husband. Although she was angry that her husband was bringing David’s anger upon their family she decided not to take it out on her husband but rather to make the situation right. She loaded provisions on her donkey and rode them out to meet David…while he was on the war path to murder her family.

David received Abagail and her provisions with happiness; his anger was subsided. Thanks to God, said David, his anger would no longer cause him to murder an entire family.

The moral of the story is this: Abagail controlled her anger, David allowed his anger to control him. Abagail did what was best with her anger, David was on the verge of murder.

There are going to be many things that anger you throughout your life. Anger is not a sin but rather it is a natural reaction to situations that are not pleasing to us. The way we handle anger is where the problems lie. Anger that controls you grows inside of you like mold on last week’s leftovers. It spreads to other areas of your life and makes you angry at those things too. Though your anger might start with one small thing it can end with you angry at friends, school, studying, exams…all the way to the crossing guard on the way home.

Control your anger… “…in your anger do not sin”. If you find yourself in an angry situation take a moment to read what the book of Proverbs says about anger and then, like David, allow God to redirect your anger in a positive direction.

If You Want It…Go and Get It

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NathanWritten by: Nathan Hill

Lyrics from a song that I just heard recently say this: “…if you want it then go and get it…”. This is a song called “I Love Your Presence” that one of the music team members from Emergency Ministries shared with me a few weeks ago. It’s a shame that we didn’t use that song this past week because it summed up quite well what our guest speaker, Pastor Mark Colwell, shared with the students.

The Gospel of Mark records the story of a man named Jairus and an unnamed woman that was ill (commonly referred to as the woman with the issue of blood). Jairus was a well-respected man in the community and was a natural leader or trendsetter because of his position. The ill woman was an outcast because of her issue with blood; to bleed continually was to be unclean and this woman had been bleeding for 12 years. Enough said about that.

Jesus was a threat to Jairus’ authority because Jesus seemed to be presenting a spiritual message that overturned much of the Jewish legalism of the day. Therefore, when Jesus visited town Jairus would not pay much attention. Consequently, neither did the woman who had been bleeding for 12 year.

Something different happened one day; Jairus’ daughter was sick and dying and he had exhausted all the avenues that he knew of to make her well. And then Jesus came to town…there were rumors about the miracles that Jesus had done and Jairus thought that perhaps Jesus could help his daughter. In desperation he ran out to meet Jesus and plead with him to come heal his daughter. This was quite a statement because on Jesus’ other visits Jairus had likely seen him as a threat and not as an ally.

Jairus’ boldness in approaching Jesus inspired something else; the woman that had been bleeding for 12 years snuck up and touched Jesus’ clothes. Immediately she was healed from her issue of blood! Jesus turned around and said, “Who touched me?”. It was not enough that this woman had been healed by Jesus…what was most important is that she knew Jesus and had a relationship with him.

And all of this was possible simply because one man saw something he wanted and went after it.

The touch of Jesus is present and waiting for everyone. There is no one too ill, too bad, too stubborn, too prideful or too poor and depressed that Jesus cannot reach them. The challenge is this: if you want it, go and get it. It’s that simple.

Many people underestimate their influence on those around them. Many people think that if they choose to ignore God or refuse to open their lives to God it is only them that miss out. Imagine if Jairus had remained stubborn despite his daughter’s illness. Imagine if he had not acknowledged Jesus. Not only would his daughter have died and been buried…but the unnamed woman with the issue of blood would never have been inspired to reach out and touch Jesus to receive her healing and ultimately her relationship with Jesus.

If you want it, just go and get it. If you want to impact your friends and your school for Christ…go and get him in your life. The way you live for Christ will give permission and inspiration for those around you to live that way too!