This past weekend I went on a retreat with the rest of the High School youth group volunteer staff from my church. It was a really great time getting challenged and brain storming ways to do youth ministry better. But one of the biggest things which I was reminded of was that how we deal with sin in our own lives, and how we grow in our personal faith is the key to successful ministry. How we cultivate our own soul and live our lives as Christians is what will over flow into our ministry.
During the weekend we had a break out session with all the men and women and separate. One of the question’s during the guys time was “who keeps you accountable in different areas of your life and how?”. It’s great that as Christian’s we don’t stand as an island, but have others to help us along. Everyone went around and talked about the men they had in their lives who intentionally kept them accountable in different areas. But the coolest thing was that everyone who was married listed their wife as the first person who gave them input into where they had sin in their life. It was awesome the humility all of these men showed being willing to let their wives openly tell them where they sin, and how they need to grow. I’ve only been married 3 weeks now, but that was one of many things I was reminded of this weekend which I want to implement into my marriage. Praise God for His invention of marriage, and my beautiful and godly wife!
Just so this post doesn’t go without an image I collected most of the guys wedding bands for a group photo. Just think of the humility and commitment this little pile of symbols represents. =). The one by itself is mine!