To Love & To Lead: Staff Discussions

Visions for 2015 : Brad Sneed

Posted on Jan 1, 2015 by Brad Sneed, Jr High Youth Pastor


I was at the mall the other day doing what some people do at the mall....walk for exercise.... and I noticed the map of the mall.

It had the star that said “You are here”.

Wouldn’t it be cool to have that sort of Big Picture perspective in our lives? John Eldridge, talking about our lives, writes, “For when we were born, we were born into the midst of a great story begun before the dawn of time. A story of adventure, of risk and loss, heroism...and betrayal. A story where good is warring against evil, danger lurks around every corner, and glorious deeds wait to be done.

Think of all those stories you’ve ever loved—there’s a reason they stirred your heart. They’ve been trying to tell you about the true Epic ever since you were young.” Since you were young, since you were young...hmmmm.

Madeline L’Engle said “All of life is a story.” Life for 6th , 7th , and 8th graders doesn’t happen like a long division problem (do they even have long division anymore?). It is a story that reveals itself page by page, chapter by chapter. Sometimes like a sitcom othertimes like a soap opera. They find themselves in the middle of a story that can be exciting yet confusing and not having a clue on how to make sense of it all or to understand the part they play.

No wonder some keep losing heart. They need to know as Paul Harvey used to say.... the rest of the story.

I am looking forward to 2015 where, through the power of the Holy Spirit and partnering with an incredible team of volunteers, we will create the right settings and circumstances for students to experience God’s ever unfolding plan for their lives and begin to understand “their story”.

We will be continuing to look at the lives of those people who have met Jesus, to hear their story. By hearing and interacting with other’s stories, students will better understand their story and the role that they play in their own epic.... God’s Story for them .

They will take hope in that fact that there is a plan and God knows what it is.

Jeremiah 29:11 says, “ For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord—. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” 

Brad Sneed, Jr High Youth Pastor

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