Monday, July 12, 2010
Youthful Leadership with April Berends and Drew Bunting
This past week began with fireworks in Grand Lake. Absolutely amazing! Grand Lake consistently puts on one of the best Fourth of July celebrations in the area, and they don’t seem to be keeping that a secret as thousands and thousands of people gather year after year. Most of the Calvin group found their place along the lake, amid the masses, to watch the boat pull the firework barge across the water for the entire crowd. Some bits of burning embers fell a little too close for comfort by the seated crowd, but I think that everyone would agree they witnessed a great display of explosive celebration.
On Monday, April Berends and Drew Bunting led the group in a discussion on Youthful Leadership—considering the strengths and difficulties of being a young leader. We were asked to consider Ephesians 3, specifically verses 20-21: Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than we could ask or imagine, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen
We discussed, as a group, thoughts on discernment about God’s plan for our lives, reflections on our personal gifts for leadership in God’s kingdom, ideas of a Ministry of Presence, and the concept of living in the present as participants in God’s future. Both April and Drew reminded us of the importance of paying attention to God’s work in our lives and that we should continually be humble and hopeful as the future belongs to God, not to our personal agendas.
We received a rare treat on Wednesday evening as Drew Bunting performed a concert for us. He played for us several of his songs that displayed both his self-ascribed quirky sense of humor and Christian beliefs. He plays in a way that surely demonstrates his love for God ad love for music. Finding that balance of being a Priest and song writer has not been without it’s challenges, as Drew himself said, but I believe, and I think everyone who attended his concert would agree, he has found it.
Friends and Family: though it might seem hard to believe, the Calvin College Leadership Challenge Institute is at its midpoint. We are entering into our sixth week and have our mid-summer retreat this coming Wednesday. Please pray that the words and wisdom of the speakers so far have been met with openness and discernment and that the speakers yet to come continue in the offering of their hearts to the Calvin Program. Pray that each member of the Calvin group is mindful of God’s presence and that their time here in the mountains is viewed as more than just a job for the summer. From April and Drew’s Presentation: Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever
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