Hey this is Shawn from Ignite College and Young Adult Ministry and I have a question for you: What effects are your resolutions having on your relationships?
You know as I look at my own life, priorities and culture around me it seems like a lot of our resolutions are really focused on making us feel more secure. That is to say that a lot of the things I want to address in my life are really about my insecurities. I might want to look better so that people think better of me, or I might want to be nicer to people, but at the end of the day, if I’m honest, it can be more about addressing how I’m thought of instead of what another’s needs are.
See, while that’s understandable I think it can lead to us going into protection mode. I need to protect myself, protect the little energy I feel like I have left. We might think, I can’t go around caring for everyone all the time because I need time for me. I’m not picking on any one group, this includes church people too.
God has a slightly different perspective for us though. He says, "Hey, if you would just trust that I have everything that you will ever need, then you don’t have to worry about how much you give others, I’ll care for you." I’m not saying that you need to go sell everything and live destitute, but I have seen in my own life that when I selflessly give, even when it feels like there’s nothing left, God always provides what I need. It’s how I know I can trust him and how I can put that trust into action.
So if you’re a college student or young adult with questions, come talk to us at Ignite. We meet weekly to fearlessly ask questions about life, existence and purpose. Please know, no matter who you are or what you’ve done God wants to ignite life in you today.