This is the last of my Re-Effect wrap up posts and is full of information from the general session with speaker Amy Williams “Hope Dealer.”
Where is your hope?
We love hard because God loves hard. Loving people is MESSY and HARD.
Just be a light in someone’s darkness.
How do we keep our own hope alive and vibrant?
1. Know who you are and who you are not.
Allow God to be God and to do the work. Our responsibility is to walk life with people.
We get in God’s way – just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should.
Don’t presume that you know what God is doing in someone else’s life.
The job of the rooster is not to wake you up, he just announces that the sun has arrives. He doesn’t do the job of the sun, he just makes a lot of noise to get everyone’s attention.
2. See people the way God sees them.
The goal of changing people – if it is a healer to a patient – not a long term sustaining relationship.
Community is sitting with people in their mess and living with them through it.
When talking about a conversation with a young man on the gang-filled block where she lives he said, “We always have to go find a pastor, but you’re just here.”
3. Ask: What am I really putting my hope in?
If it is your obedience, your programming, your past successes, or our youth’s abilities to please us, then our hope is in the wrong things.
Psalm 39:7 “My only hope is in YOU.”
The glowstick – when does it do what it is created to do?
1. When it is broken
2. In the darkness
Be a light in the world to someone today!