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Wes McGarrah – Mesa Campus High School Pastor

It’s a new semester here in Student Ministries (as well as the other ministries at Central) we are starting back up with Mid-Week Programming…THIS WEEK! It’s a chance to re-engage with our students in Life Groups and walk with them as they develop a deeper relationship with Jesus. This is the last semester before summer – totally crazy to think about! This semester is also, if you aren’t careful, an easy opportunity to start off strong but then lose yourself in the week to week of life. You can forget the real reason you joined a Life Group, or the real reason you decided to start reading your Bible consistently. Man, you could forget your kid at soccer practice trying to remember all the other things you’re forgetting. All the while – life is happening everyday. Staying on track can sometimes be easier said than done.

Sometimes we simply forget the whole reason we’re doing things in the first place. At work I could be executing programs and recruiting people and sending out e-mails galore (if you serve with me you know you just shook your head!) I could be on track. But if I lose sight of the bigger purpose behind it all and minimize what God can show me to a mere checklist, well then I’ve totally missed it. Whenever this happens, sometimes it takes me longer to realize than others, I quietly pray and ask God to remind me of the reason of it all and to gently lead me back. I typically do two things. 1. I read Psalm 23 – I encourage you to read it when you’re done with this. 2. I read a Franciscan Benediction (below) that I carry around in my Bible.

I don’t know what your week to week looks like, but if you’ve ever had a moment like I have from time to time – I encourage you to read Psalm 23 and the Benediction below. I hope you find some encouragement in them.

A Franciscan Benediction…

May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.

May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain in to joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.

Staying on track

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