“I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.”—C.S. Lewis (via chasingthedaylight18)
A summary of my time during Manifest Revolution Leadership Institute
As some people may know, for the ones who actually talk to me, I have been a part of an internship called Manifest Revolution Leadership Institute. The aim for this program is to help people grow closer to God while getting an insight to what ministry is really like. So for the past nine months I have been cleaning, writing/giving sermons, helped around different ministries,worked for hours on end at the VBC, and finally as our last hurrah we went to Guatemala for a mission trip. This whole year has really changed me as a person, no longer am I the boy that all he did was go to shows and acted a fool with friends for whom you can’t get serious when it came down to it. Though I still have a lot of growing up to do God has really showed me a lot through this entire internship of just who He is, how He loves us (including myself), how God can use anyone and everyone to get his message across, and just how much I can’t do anything outside of Him. As an introvert and one who deals with social anxiety it took a lot of effort on my part to open up because of how people would judge me because in the “scene” you have to be a tough, hard as nails guy to get any respect. If I hadn’t have opened up to my troubles and turmoils that I have and still am going through I would not have come out of this program with some of the best friends I have ever had that have my best interest in mind and met some of the most amazing, Godly people. Though I am going back again I won’t be going back the same person that I was nine months ago because God has a calling and a purpose in my life that I have to prepare because through my trip to Guatemala God revealed that my life is missions and to be on the mission field which is what most people would do due to sheer cost and the hazards of living there and honestly I wouldn’t do it if it wasn’t from God and right now I just need prayer from you guys for God to further reveal and work in myself. Though it may sound selfish to say “pray for me so God can reveal something to me.” but honestly it means a lot knowing that someone has my back and that they care because though I may not know you I love you, with a love that only a human, a father, a friend, and a brother can give.