Who Needs Sleep?

That was the motto for this past weekend at least. I spent the weekend at Oglebay Park, in Wheeling, West Virginia for Young Life Leader Weekend. It was quite honestly one of the most fun weekends I’ve had in a long time. We spent a good amount of time at Club, which was basically a lot of praise music and funny skits and cool people talking. Saturday, we had club and a lot of free time which was awesome because it turned into “How many people can we fit into a mini van?” (the answer is 13 if you stick five people in the trunk with their feet hanging out the back, in case you were wondering).

In addition to that, we were supposed to attend two seminars that morning. There were about 12 options to choose from. The first my friends and I chose was how to do a good Club talk (a five-ish minute talk about Jesus’ ministry). It was very interesting and gave me some pointers on how to get up in front of kids and share Jesus with them. We had planned on going to a seminar about how to deal with crisis in the school. Unfortunately, because there was a literal blizzard and we didn’t have a car, we couldn’t get to the other cabin group where the seminar was. Instead, we quite literally walked into a random cabin and hoped that they were holding a seminar. Luckily, the one we wandered into did have a seminar going on. We unknowingly walked into the most perfect seminar for my life.
The seminar was called “Jesus the Non-Negotiable.” Basically, the guy in charge, the area director for WVU, was talking about how important it is for a YL leader/Christian in general to have Jesus be the absolute first priority in their life. It’s something I have been struggling a lot with recently, trying to figure out how to practically apply the concept. The instructor told us a lot of really interesting stories, and was very real with us, giving us examples in his life. 
While he gave us many interesting things to think about, the one that has stuck with me was what he called a “20 mile march.” He told us a story of two groups of people in the Arctic, who both needed to get to a certain point. One group went as hard as they could the first two days, and then when the weather was bad on the third day, they didn’t go at all. The other group pledged to go at least 20 miles every day, no matter what the conditions. Ultimately, this group made it to their destination, proving the old axiom “slow and steady wins the race.” His point in telling us that story was that it is a good way to create what he calls “holy habits.” Holy habits are routine things that you do day to day that further your faith. If you apply the 20 mile march strategy by saying, for example, “I will go on a thirty minute prayer walk every morning, no matter what,” and you pledge to do it every day, even though it is only a small thing, it will become a holy habit. Those thirty minutes in tune with your creator can grow your faith and relationship with God exponentially.
This past week, I have been reflecting on what my 20 mile march will be. I have yet to come across an answer. Once I figure it out, I’ll update you all. In the meantime, I hope that this may spark something in each of you as well. What can you do today to further your faith and relationship with the One who made you? I’ll leave you with this quote until next week. While it isn’t a Bible verse, I think it applies to the concept of the 20 mile march.
“Be faithful in small things, for it is in them that your strength lies.”-Mother Teresa

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