A New Thing: A Youth Leaders’ Musings

This is my first Blog! I’m delighted that you have decided to share my story with me and hopefully along the way you will be inspired, encouraged and strengthened in your faith.

I have wanted to blog for a long time but never quite had the courage or conviction to do so. It’s amazing what we can talk ourselves out of isn’t it! When the opportunity arose to contribute to Vinejuice and the amazing work they are doing, I simply couldn’t say “no”.

From an early age my passion for writing was evident. I wouldn‘t say I loved English lessons at school but it gave me the opportunity to express my creativity in a way that Maths and Science couldn‘t. Algebra and Physics are not the most enthralling subjects! In my late teens I decided to study English Literature at college and gained professional experience working with charities and local newspapers writing features.

So you would think blogging would be easy right? Wrong. When I sat down to put pen to paper I was filled with trepidation. Suddenly I began to doubt myself and questioned whether anyone would read my blog let alone like anything I had to say. Well, after a pint of coffee (it was more like two small cups) and encouraging myself with Philippians 4:13, I decided to start this new journey of sharing my world with you.

It‘s ironic that my first blog is in September. This month always feels like a turning point in the year. Our Summer holidays become distant memories as the dark nights begin to set in. Families begin to budget for Christmas (it should be illegal to mention the C-word in September), teenagers and young adults return to education and parents are thankful for a regular routine again.

I was recently having a conversation with a young person from my church that will be moving away in September to attend university. We discussed meeting new people, the demands of higher education and also his culinary skills. What struck me the most about our brief exchange was his confidence. He wasn’t apprehensive or afraid of moving to a new city and starting a new chapter in his life. There was an assured resignation that the days of depending on his parents for a lift or coming home to nice meal was over and he would now have to increase his personal responsibility and accountability. I sensed that he knew a season in his life was over and God was doing something new.

Reflecting on our discussion, I began to think about the transition of leadership between Moses and Joshua and how God will start something new. God was speaking to Joshua shortly after the death of Moses and said, “Moses my servant is dead, so now arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land which I am giving them, the Israelites”.

Moses was the greatest prophet that Israel had. He was their leader. The one that delivered them from Egypt. However, when God wants to a do a new thing, he will give us a timely reminder that the old system, the old routine, the old way of doing things is now over. Seasons change and we must be willing to let go of old or dead things in our life in order to embrace the new.

So with the start of my new blog, I have decided to let go and bury my old fears as God is doing a new thing in my life.

Let’s stay connected and let me know the new things God is doing for you.

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