I have just returned from the Fusion weekend and caught up on my sleep. It was a super time away with a fantastic bunch of young people and leaders. What did I learn during this time away? Never to eat from KFC in Coleraine, never to eat from the Chinese in Articlave, Mark Kirkwood makes a mean curried carrot soup, I suck at dodge ball, everyone loves a free t-shirt and last but not least PCI need to invest in new mattresses for Guysmere, I could feel every spring!
Ecclesiastes 3 says that there is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven. This chapter also says that ‘everything God does will endure forever. ‘
Last night I met with some young people in North Street to let them know that my ‘season’ as Youth Pastor there was coming to an end and that a ‘new season’ is in store for them and for me. This was one of the most difficult things I have ever had to do. I have no doubt that God’s timing is perfect and I have been so aware of His hand guiding me over these last few months, as I look back I have great hope and comfort in the fact that the things God has done will endure forever.
I also know that God is always at work and does not need me but has chosen me to join Him in the work He is doing. His work will continue and His Kingdom will come. It has been an unbelievable privilege to serve God in my home town and congregation, something I will always be grateful to God for and reflect upon. He is a faithful God who keeps His promises and a loving God who loves us unconditionally. “God did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because the LORD loved you and kept the oath he swore to your forefathers…” (Deut 7:7-8)
Being a Christian is about becoming a new creation and therefore change in the Christian life is inevitable, we don’t always like it but the change God brings about is always for our good.
Tony Blair and Thierry Henry also say goodbye this summer but I’m not replacing either of them! I’m going to Carnmoney Presbyterian in September to be their Youth Associate and am looking forward to a new season with a new team under the same God.