Something Different

Last weekend was our Annual All Youth Retreat, which was called “Different”. Prior to the retreat I assigned a reading project to every person who is coming. The reading project was a book called “Same Kind of Different as Me” by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. It is an outstanding book that I suggest strongly to everyone to read.

I kept telling the teens that this is going to be a very different retreat than any other retreat that they had been on. I think that they agree that this is a very different retreat. We sang Christmas carols, studied art, made videos at night, and so much more. It was great fun and very unpredictable.

One thing that we looked at over and over again was the fact that God is always talking to us. He’s always telling us something. He’s always guiding us to do something. He’s always leading us somewhere. And with God, it will be different. It’s not predictable at all. But He is talking to us all the time.

In the world we are going so fast and so crazy that it’s hard sometimes to hear Him. You know what I mean? There’s so much noise it’s hard to hear anything. But God still speaks, and guides, and leads… can you hear him?

“Be still and know that I am God” says God in Psalm 46:10.

Being still is a very hard thing for us to do. It means you have to stop what you’re doing, stop what you’re talking about, stop what you’re watching, stop what you’re listening to…and listen to God. That, in this day and age, is very hard to do. But the Scripture hasn’t changed. God still calls for us to be still.

Be still…now that’s different.

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