Jason started with some great personal hiking stories.
Our faith journey is ‘like a hike.’ There are many folks on the same trail. If we follow the wrong person we don’t wind up where we should/thought we would.
Our hike, pursuit/relationship with Christ, must be our own. So that we don’t follow another person and take ‘wrong’ turns.
We watched a short film. “Never Back Down” buffered but intended to make the point, never give up on your journey! Don’t allow others to deter you!
Matthew 7:13-14 – Two paths – Two choices
One leads to Christ -It won’t be easy. The path is narrow.
The second leads to destruction. It’s path is wide…….think about that. It’s easier, the one most folks choose, the one that allows us to walk it with others.
Phillipians 3:12-14 – Don’t look back
Jason chose two girls (Eppie & Kaitlin L)and two guys (Will & Jeremiah W). Had to walk backwards using a compact mirror only. Boys Won round one.
Round two- (Sarah & Grace/Chase and Brayden) – boys won the round again!
Jason asked, “Was it easy?” Satan wants us to look behind us. So that we cannot focus on what’s ahead……Jesus. To distract our attention from him.
Rene put a picture up (on the screen) of the girls from the “Parent Trap.” We then read Hebrews 12:1-2
“Who remembers the scene?” Saige answered……….”As the sisters are hiking they’re packing their dad’s girlfriend’s pack with rocks.” Jason added, “It’s getting heavier and heavier.” So it is with our sins. We all carry sin around. We keep filling our ‘sin pack’ as opposed to allowing God to empty it. To accept his forgiveness.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 – Run to win – Jason explained a competition he and his co-workers competed in. They beat all other teams by 12 minutes! How did they do it? They prepared themselves by training. They were ready.
You train as a believer.
“If you’re jogging and you see out of the corner of your eye running towards you, a dog. It jumps and clears the fence. Are you going to keep the same pace?” Jason’s Great Dane story……true story. It caught him, knocked him down and……….licked him! Jason ‘thought’ he was a goner when he was running from it. “Guys, that’s how we should be running our race for Christ.” Satan’s pursuing us like that dog. Satan’s not going to lick us.
Your training is going to allow you to help others. There may be those who need you. To carry a portion of their load for a time. Our youth group is a team. Always build one another up. Never tear one another down.