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Get Out of the Way:

June 8, 2015 | Zach Belton

Sleep-deprived and joyful.

Returning late last night from Colorado, I had several hours of flight to reflect on the encouraging training conference hosted by ACMNP for our summer ministry teams. We received information, met our teammates, attended workshops, and practiced performing worship services as we prepare to serve in 29 national parks between May and September this year.

This weekend easily overcame my expectations of training and inspired me with determined purpose for our ministry this summer, and because of that there are so many things I could spend excessive time writing about. Instead, there's one theme that wove its way through every aspect of training.

There's a Tenth Avenue North song called House of Mirrors that puts it well. "A house of mirrors never helped you see any clearer: it's yourself you can't see past."

Instead of looking outward, our eyes are ever focused on ourselves; be it our appearance, our self-esteem, or personal gain. This conflict of self is a problem. When we are looking at the world through a mirror, we have to exert all our effort trying to see around our own reflection. The short glimpses we see of our surroundings are easily overshadowed by our own appearance.

So get out of the way.

This summer is not about us, certainly not about our ideas, and God save us from our good intentions. This summer is about Him. Plain and simple. If we choose to serve ourselves, our egos, or our own thoughts, we risk our ministry and its effectiveness.

"He must increase, but I must decrease." -John 3:30 NKJV

So break the mirror. Our eyes were meant to be fixed upward anyway. Let us turn our thoughts and desires over to Him and let His hand guide us to accomplish the "good works which God prepared in advance for us to do." -Ephesians 2:10 NIV

Prayer request: that God would be moving in our hearts and minds to prepare us for the works He has planned for us and that our thoughts would be centered on joining in the ministry He is already doing in Yellowstone. 

"I had Jewish, Muslim, Atheist, and Christian friends from France, Germany, Slovakia, Egypt, Jordan, Jamaica, China, Japan, and several other countries. Getting to know them was a great way to broaden my perspective and challenge my worldview. "
– Adam, Calvin Theological Seminary 2010

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