We all have a story to tell. Stories of pain, poor choices, missed steps, victories, failures, triumphs and tragedies; stories of hopelessness and helplessness or being misguided or misunderstood. One of the elements of Journey Church that I love is all of the stories. We come in and have tried to write a story for ourselves. We tell of our choices, or our circumstances and situations that led us to where we are now and somewhere – somehow – God gets a hold of us and begins to rewrite our story. He begins to take our mess and turn it into an incredible message. He begins to take our hurt and rock bottom moment and change it into a beautiful song for everyone to hear.
I love being able to watch change take place in peoples’ lives. I love to see the light go on in a student’s mind when they have that “for me” moment. The moment they realize the great lengths God has gone to for us to know Him and to be with Him and they know, “He did this FOR ME.” I love seeing people set free from the grip of addiction and beginning to live life like the new creation they are in Jesus Christ. Nothing can beat witnessing people experiencing freedom and forgiveness like they have never experienced before! WE ALL HAVE A STORY of how God has changed and/or is changing our lives.
Our church as a whole has a pretty incredible story. I have been blessed to witness the growth our church has experienced from the time Journey was 3 months old. The amazing and encouraging thing is, just like many of our personal stories, this church’s story has only just begun. We are still becoming who God wants us to be to this community and in no way is He close to being done. Our Pastor was given an incredible vision from God for what this church is going to be to this community and we GET to be a part of it. We get to play a role in the story God is writing.
I believe this weekend at Journey is going to be the beginning of a new chapter in the story of this church. It’s been a crazy, scary, awesome time for me personally for the past 4 years. I’m excited about what God has done, is doing, and is going to do in the lives of those in this church and for those in our community whose story has yet to begin to be rewritten by the God we put our faith in. Matthew 19:26 says, “…with God all things are possible.” We have an opportunity to live like that is true so others can have the opportunity to live like it’s true as well.