One of my favorite times of the year happened last weekend. I spent last weekend at TCX, the Upper Midwest regional conference of Cru. Even though it was my fourth time going, I feel that I still learned things that I might not have learned had I not went. I may be a leader on my campus, but God still allowed me to learn a lot.
The first full day, one speaker talked about us being Ambassadors for Christ, because since we have been given much, much is required. Since we are Ambassadors, we need to rely on the Gospel to change not only ourselves, but others as well. Before the next meeting, I went to a program on operations, something that I think God is giving me a heart for. I love maintaining this blog, but I love planning events, and social media as well. Since my words do not do justice, I love letting my actions speak. I’m not good with my words, but I want to show the Gospel through my actions. Another speaker talked about the character of God and how He is All-Knowing, All-Powerful who is everywhere, using Psalm 139. It’s amazing that God’s attention to detail is so immense, even we cannot be as deep as Him.
The next day was the day of outreach, a day that I used to dread, but now welcome it as a friend. As a introvert, it’s hard for me to talk to people about the Gospel, but I don’t need words and just be a positive light to the people I meet. I like talking to people about Jesus, but it’s hard for me to talk to strangers. The morning session’s talk was pretty appropriate. He talked about how instead of focusing on the Gospel and the lost, we tend to focus on ourselves and our things. Ten days removed, I want to elaborate on this because it is very appropriate to hear, especially when other things get in the way. My day of outreach experience was being around the elderly. Even though most of the people I met were already believers, it was neat listening to their stories and just being there for them.
New Years Eve morning we talked about holiness and (to a greater extent, humility) and how we are already holy before God and he loves us into it and not into being scared or guilty. I wanted to post something on this but did not because I did not feel qualified to talk about it. My only seminar I attended talked about the Great Commission and social justice. Because of my upbringing, I have always been interested in social justice. Now that I am making my faith my own, I wanted to see whether social justice was Biblical (dumb question I know…), while I still had questions about it, I wanted to see what it was about.
The last session walked about Jesus calling Simon and Andrew out of their boats and how they dropped everything to follow Him. It was thought provoking because since God calls us to leave our dreams and desires to follow Him, I needed to hear it after a rough year in school. I do not know what I am doing after graduation because it is up to God because He knows what to do. My life is just a vapor so I just want to follow Him.
I loved the main sessions of TCX this year and if you want to see the sessions the link is here: http://www.livestream.com/ccc_uppermidwest . Even though I am going through victory laps at school, I do plan on going to TCX this December. I loved going the last four times and I cannot wait to go back!