His Story

23 Jun

At Quick start, we played the Newlywed Game where the students tried to guess the answers of their TLCs to various questions.  Blue School won.

Kyle then spoke about how we want God to be a part of Summer Excitement.  We are temples of God. Just like when Solomon built the temple.  When we invite Christ to be in us, it is incredible.  Our students are a part of an epic story where we collectively are a temple of God.  We support each other.  In addition, with our strong foundation in Christ Jesus, we are a dwelling in which God lives by His spirit.

For Wild ‘N’ Crazy games, students played “Cow Slobber Shot Put” and “Synchronized Flailing”.  During “Cow Slobber Shot Put”, students ran down their slip-n-slide to throw wet sponges with cow drool (diluted whipping cream) at one of their TLs.  One TL from each family sat in a kiddie pool in the middle of the tarp.  The school with the most sponges in their kiddie pool after 12 throws won.  A very simple, yet effectively Wild-N-Crazy game.  In “Synchronized Flailing,” families laid on the tarp, with one school in each of the four corners.  Family members had to hold the ankle of their family member in front of them, and then they held a pool noodle in their other hand.  In the middle of the tarp, there were a wide variety of sponges and water-filled beach balls.  Families had to use pool noodles only to scoop the items to their corner.  They could still from other families.  The school with the most items at the end of the round won.  We got some incredible pictures from both of these games.

For our final Rainbow Celebration, Doyle and the praise team led the students through a period of worship before David Langford spoke.  David proclaimed that we are part of God’s epic story.  A story that is living. A story that is still be written each and every day.  A story which tells us who we are, why we are, and what our purpose is.  Everything changes when we understand that God is writing His story right now in us and that we are unique and complex characters.

Students were then led to the library, where they walked through a hallways filled with the Summer Excitement community who affirmed that our students are a part of God’s story and that God’s story is living in them.  Once students entered the library, Kenneth Hawley spoke about characters from iconic stories: Frodo and Samwise from The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and the Pevensie children and Aslan from The Chronicles of Narnia.  Kenneth pointed out that in each of these stories; the characters grew throughout many trials.  They each depended on mentors, friends, and communities to learn from their mistakes to achieve their goals and purposes.  In addition, those beloved characters were influenced and impacted by stories previously lived.  For example, the origin of the Phial of Galadriel and The Tale of the Three Brothers.  In the same way, we remember the stories of others.  We remember the story of the great-grandmother who passed her faith along or the amazing TL who changed the trajectory of our life.  Their stories affect us just as our stories will influence others.  Will you allow God to be the author of your story?

Ricky Lewis spoke to us, recapping all of the themes and topics that were discussed this week.  (This will be discussed in a later blog to summarize the teachings for the week.)  Students then went into family time where they received their own storybook.  The books had five chapters.  Four of the chapters are tools to help students in their personal quiet time with detailed descriptions and thought-provoking questions pertaining to each of the topics in the teaching times.  The fifth chapter is open and blank to allow students to journal their thoughts and feelings about God’s story for them.

After family time, students were led through another period of worship.  David then spoke again revealing that we have four relationships with our Father.

  1. God, the Author.  As it is written in Psalm 139, “For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”  God is the inspiration to our story.  He gave us life and purpose.
  2. God, the Co-Author.  God is so sovereign.  He allows us to be co-authors.  While he created us and gave us purpose, He allows us to be a co-author.  He has given us free will.  While we are called to be free, Paul warns us in Galatians 5 not to misuse our freedom.
  3. God, the Editor.  We are humans.  We make mistakes and we sin.  God steps in at times to make needed changes.  Through the Spirit, the Word, the Body of Christ, and the consequences of the choices we make, God edits us.  He redeems us.  He uses our rough draft to create a better story.
  4. God, our biggest Reader/Fan.  Our Father loves us, and He is the most interested reader we have.  He is engaged for every step of our journey.  Some of our chapters bring Him joy, some bring Him sorrow, and others have Him banging His head against the wall as we exercise our free will.  However, He is always eager to read all the way to the end.  He is committed to being there for us.  He is with us always.

Throughout life, we experience an Epic Calling to join Christ in a lifetime journey, an Epic Battle.  We will experience Epic Pain as we fight against the evil one, yet we will experience God’s Epic Promises, Epic Patience, Epic Justice, and His faithful love.  We have the amazing opportunity to worship Him through every victory and every storm.  We are God’s masterpieces.  We are the poetry of God.  He is our wonderful Father who loves us with unconditional love.  Oh, how great it is to be a child of God in His Epic Story, which will continue to exist throughout all times.  Glory to God.

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