Only 18 more hours to go. 18 more hours until I step on that plane and leave the beautiful state of Texas for 70 some odd days. Here we go…
For those of you who are not familiar with Student Life, let me give you a brief background so that you may understand how I will be serving this summer. Student Life is an organization that hosts youth camps (grades 6th-12th) at College campuses around the United States. Last summer, 64,000 youth and adults attended student life around the country. My job is to be a “Mission Site Coordinator.” Everyday I have the amazing opportunity to serve by doing local missions all around the United States. I will be leading a group of teenagers in local missions such as spending time with the elderly, children in need, and building repairs needed around the area. I was placed on the Orange Team, which means I will be traveling over 11,000 miles this summer…Wow. I didn’t realize how big of a number that was until I said it out loud.
Everything is packed, ready and sectioned accordingly. I have looked over everything time and time again, and made sure the essentials were present. Bible, check. Favorite Hoodie, check. Clothes, check…you get the picture. But the most important thing that I am bringing on my journey has been packed and ready to go for almost 19 years now, and that is my WHOLE heart.
Did you know that the NIV bible mentions the word “heart” 1,273 times? I think its obvious that God was trying to stress the importance of how important our hearts are in our lives and the lives of others. I will confess that the past few weeks, my heart has been in different things. School, personal ambition, church, and even to one individual person. I was beginning to notice a lot of things were falling apart and fading away. I began to question God about it. These things weren’t wrong, and as a matter of fact some glorified his name…why would he take them away from me? Today he revealed to me why. Luke 20:27 says “Love the lord your God with ALL your HEART and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.”
Its not that those things were bad, but if my heart were to be divided amongst all of them even just a little bit, what does that leave for God this summer? He surely doesn’t deserve the “leftovers” of my heart, and neither do the individuals I have the privilege of serving. I am happy to say that tomorrow I will be starting my journey with 100% of my heart, with nothing left to leave behind. My heart is already consumed completely by my Savior, and I can’t wait to make him proud this summer.