Let's see; a quick recap seems in order:
-All 3 of the Good News Clubs I was involved with are over for the year. Both Bible studies wrapped up this past week.
-We had our last Orientation for summer ministry last weekend, and training is in less than 3 weeks...a fact which is causing me a bit (okay, a lot) of panic...! (If you think of it, prayers would be appreciated...I have so much to do before camp...:-/)
-God is doing a lot in my life, as always. He is so faithful...
-I need to wrap this up...I know, I'm doing a terrible job of sharing anything substantial here...
At Orientation, one of our leaders closed with this passage of Scripture as our charge. I'll share it here, as it's been on my mind:
"I charge [you] in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, Who is to judge the living and the dead, and by (in the light of) His coming and His kingdom: Herald and preach the Word! Keep your sense of urgency [stand by, be at hand and ready], whether the opportunity seems to be favorable or unfavorable [Whether it is convenient or inconvenient, whether it is welcome or unwelcome, you as preacher of the Word are to show people in what way their lives are wrong.] And convince them, rebuking and correcting, warning and urging and encouraging them, being unflagging and inexhaustible in patience and teaching. For the time is coming when [people] will not tolerate (endure) sound and wholesome instruction, but, having ears itching [for something pleasing and gratifying], they will gather to themselves one teacher after another to a considerable number, chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors they hold, and will turn aside from hearing the truth and wander off into myths and man-made fictions. As for you, be calm and cool and steady, accept and suffer unflinchingly every hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fully perform all the duties of your ministry." -2 Timothy 4:1-5
What a sobering responsibility we have.
God, keep me focused as I prepare for this summer...instead of worrying and stressing out about all the things I have to finish, places I have to go, things I have to buy, help me to use this time wisely, to focus on making sure my heart is ready instead of only the lesser important things.