Today we’re continuing our new series on the blog,
“Equip + Encourage.” It’s an opportunity for Young Life leaders and
staff to share articles, podcasts, videos, books, and songs that have helped
equip and encourage them- and will hopefully do the same for you!
Written by Ginny Hughes.
You are uniquely created and loved by God. I grew up with the false belief that
a Christian needed to look and act a specific way. I always walked to the beat
of my own drum, and while people appreciated me for it, I didn’t realize until
later that I was designed that way, and it was actually a gift from the Lord.
My hope is to live a life that reminds my high school friends, leaders, and the
random people I meet on the streets in The Netherlands that they are who they
are for a reason. God will use them in the unique ways He designed them if they
lean into who they are in Christ and hold fast to Him.
Importance of ‘Ordinary’ Faith and ‘Ordinary’ Lives” || Live into
who God created you to be, and encourage your YL friends to do that too. Even
moving out of the country, I’m reminded that following Jesus is 99% having a
regular life where I worship him in the ordinary, and 1% something crazy. And
usually that 1% is just our weekly YL club…
on the Heart by Gregory Boyles” || This book completely
changed the way I did ministry. You will be reminded that you are primarily
called to be present and faithful…everything else is up to the Lord.
Glorious in the Mundane # 10 Bob Goff” || We all know Bob is a
fan of Young Life, but this demonstrates how he utilizes his unique gifts to
further the Kingdom. It’s fun and encouraging and reminds me that there is
always place in ministry for the “me” that God created.
Daylight” || This song is just good for the soul. It’s out
of the overflow of God’s love that we do anything, even (and especially) in our
brokenness. Chase that light, people!
to Read the Bible” || The Bible Project is a great additional
resource as you read scripture to help give context and understanding as you
dive deeper. It is also helpful as you’re planning club talks and Campaigners
lessons. Be a tour guide and not a travel agent—let this help you bring kids
along with you as you discover more about Jesus!
Written by Ginny Hughes.
Ginny Hughes has been involved with Young Life
in North Carolina for the past 15 years and was recently asked to expand
her geography and start a new Young Life area in The Netherlands. You should pray for her because she’s (only slightly) in over her head. She loves coffee, traveling and she’s quickly becoming a wizard on a bicycle. She would love for you to come visit her!
If you would like to submit an E+E post, here’s
a link to learn more.