The prettiest little chapel in the world filled with 90 of the most beautiful people on earth praising God with music that touches the very depths of your soul… welcome to Project Transformation’s Tuesday night worship. And it’s just icing on the cake when you consider that it’s gospel night, my favorite worship theme.
I love music, plain and simple. I, however, was not given the gift of song, and I think that’s one of the reasons worshipping through music touches me like it does. I wish I could do what the choir does, and because I cannot, it just makes me stand even more in awe of those who bless me with their voices.
I love the way music speaks. I was reminded tonight that it’s not all about me. It’s so easy to get caught up in the busyness, especially during Week 3. On top of normal planning and program hours, the youth had their minor service project today, and Family Fun Night is Thursday. And I find that I get swept away by worries and end up almost drowning in my to-do list. But Tuesday nights allow God to stop me in my tracks and say, “Here’s the thing, Erin, it’s not about you. It’s about me.” There is something incredibly liberating when you remember that.
Not only did I receive a firm message to chill out, I received a message to keep going. That almost seems like a conflicting thought, but the two messages actually go very well together. I still have a purpose after God is done humbling me, one that I must do with patience and perseverance. And that is the second reminder we got tonight.
Luke 21:19 ”By standing firm, you will win your souls”
I’m not going to lie, sometimes this job is stressful. Sometimes your plans don’t go the way they’re supposed to. Sometimes the kids and youth test your patience to breaking point. But by making it through all of it, I will win my soul. Another version of the Bible uses the phrase “gain life” instead of “win your souls.” I like it better because the more I know these youth, the more I am realizing that they are where I find my purpose, my joy, my life.
Oak Cliff Youth Intern