Last week I was blessed to spend time with a young man who is seeking clarity about a call to ministry. It is always a unique blessing to hear about a journey of faith that is beginning to bloom with excitement and purpose.
I was blessed to hear about his journey and to know that the adventure of faith and service is in the early stages of development. He described his discovery of faith while taking part in a camp experience as a participant. His eyes lit up when he talked about the fact that he would now be serving as a counselor and leader at that same camp while others come under his leadership and influence. His eyes had the sparkle of hope that arrives when the Spirit begins to open the door to new relationships that are centered in mission and ministry.
I also heard about the influence of his family, his church, and his classmates. He has surrounded himself with believers who are seeking and serving together. It sounded like a garden of faith that was fertile, well nourished, and excited about growth that will produce fruit.
The conversation motivated me to take a look back at my own journey. The rear view mirror is a great place to see the activity of God as it unfolds through relationships, experiences, opportunities, and even the painful journeys of life.
I celebrate the freshness of faith and am grateful for the reminder that God can always use that freshness of faith to teach an old dog a new trick! Thanks Patrick!