One of the more meaningful moments at CIY Move this year was the last group time together. I appreciate how CIY doesn’t just want to cram a bunch of content into students’ lives, but they want to spur students to action. We each were given an envelope with an ‘assignment’ that would could either take or leave. Everyone in our group was asked to commit to doing whatever was on the card before they opened it.
“How do I know I’ll want to do what it says?” You don’t. You have to trust that CIY didn’t just put a bunch of dumb ideas on the cards. You have to trust that whatever it is, God can use your efforts. Will you serve, ‘no matter what’?
“What if it’s hard?” It probably will be. When did anyone make a lasting impact by doing something easy?
“What if I can’t possibly do it?” We’ll help. God has pulled the church together, made up of people He’s uniquely crafted to work with each other. Our group will need to support each other and help each other in every possible way to do the work He calls us to do. This stuff will not be easy but it is all possible:
-Start or join a book reading program for other kids
-Take a foreign language class and go on a mission trip to a country that speaks that language
-Put together a 5K run to benefit ActiveWater
-Visit a nursing home for an hour each week for the upcoming year
-Adopt a single mom and include her family in your family’s special events/holidays
-Send an encouraging message to a different person each day for a year
-Build new relationships by joining a new club at school
-Find someone to mentor and find someone to be your mentor
-Read through the Bible in a year
I’m excited to see my students doing the Kingdom work these cards have brought to mind, and to see what else their actions will spark. Already, some of them have been laying the groundwork for what is to be done. The students are excitedly sharing what they’re up to and drawing other people into Kingdom work with them.
If you know the students who went, check in with them on how they’re doing. Ask them how you can help. Also check out WeAmplify to read more stories of students all over the country and how they’re being Kingdom workers no matter what.