Mr. Shanks, the TeenPact guest director gave us a little message each night after worship. Two of them really hit me. One of them was about the red dot principle. You know how in airports they have these maps that say You are here, that is what he was talking about. Everybody needs to know where they are before they can go anywhere. God tells us just where we are when we pray and read His Word. Find out from Him where you are, and then follow where He leads you.
The second one that just struck me as so important was the one on prayer. Lately I have been praying more prayers petitionally that relationally. God wants us to have a relationship with Him, and prayer is the way we communicate with God. Often many of us just treat God like he is Santa Claus, just there to answer and give us and others what they want. He is not our butler.
Philippians 3:8 says: "What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Jesus Christ my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.
Paul considered anything he had been given as rubbish compared to knowing Christ. The relationship is what counts, not what you obtain from it. Just knowing Jesus more should be our focus. Try for a week to just pray because you want to spend time with Jesus and grow to love Him more. Believe me, it will be worth it. :)
TeenPact worship and messages in the evening are always inspiring and encouraging. That's just another plus :D I know, you get the point. I think TeenPact is amazing. And it is. Really. :D