3/01/2009

CIU Youth Ministry Grad Retreat '09...

This past week I had the great privilege of being invited to be a part of a special retreat for youth workers...

I graduated from Columbia International University in 2002. I can't even put into words how much I loved my time there and how much I took with me when I left. God blessed me with relationships that I still have to this day (more on those in a following post). Oh yeah, and I also got an education...

A special retreat was held for graduates who are in youth ministry this past week. Monday afternoon through Wednesday lunch I was able to gather with old friends and new and discuss our lives and our ministries. And on the last day, one of my former professors asked us this question: What have you appreciated about this time or what has been refreshing to you?

I thought for a few moments and then spoke up. For me, the most refreshing part of the week was hearing two simple words that carry with them a magnificently healing power; the words "me too".

There's something special about hearing that from someone. I think that we each carry within our broken souls a false assumption that we are unique in our hurts. We believe that we are singular in our struggle. Pioneers into a land of pain that no one has ever set foot in before. But that's just wrong...

We're not Neil Armstrongs of sin. In fact, God's Word says that we can't encounter any temptation or struggle that isn't common to others. But we forget this. Satan uses our shame to isolate us from the fellowship that God has designed us for. And sometimes, we need to hear someone who is walking a similar path as us say "me too".

There's something about those words that carries with it a power greater than even an answer to our problems can give. A power that builds a bridge between two people. A power that heals...

And I heard those words a lot this week. I said them too.

I hope that my new and old friends alike were able to experience something similar. Because for me, it was an experience i won't soon forget...

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