The best job in the world

One of my favorite parts of working with Discipleship Training Schools is being able to walk closely with a couple of the students, hearing about how God is challenging them and transforming them through the teachings and outside-of-class activities in one-on-one conversations and in reading their weekly journal assignments. One of the greatest challenges for me is not being able to have this opportunity with every single one of the students, because I love what comes from those one-on-one times – the quiet pauses, the bursts of laughter, the uncontrollable tears, and even the “uneventful” reflections on the “usual” of each week.

I have one of the best jobs in the world. I get to walk with incredible people, on a journey of them discovering their gifts and dreams and hopes. I get to pray for them and encourage them as they overcome their fears and learn more about who they were created to be. I get to affirm them as they discover truth, and I get to lift them up in the midst of their battles. I love how God created us to live in community, to each have a unique function that forces us, yet allows us to work together and never alone. I love finding myself in awe of the talents and gifts that God has given others, admiring the things they create and the dreams they imagine.

So today I want to give you a little glimpse of what I have the opportunity to be a part of. With their permission, I want to share with you some of the creations of two of my students.

Before DTS, Sandra didn’t draw, but nobody could have guessed that! One of my favorite things about reading her weekly journal is getting to admire the way she expresses herself and what God is speaking to her through her artistic creations.

The following is a form of poetry called a French Pantoum. The week before last, our teacher was John Ray, and in his teaching on Identity in Christ, he challenged the students to do this exercise. One of our students, Olivia, wrote this as her response:

I must endure burning
Jesus came to restore the oneness
Repent, the Kingdom of God is here
Constantly be adjusting

Jesus came to restore the oneness
Jesus came to demonstrate how to live
Constantly be adjusting
We get to live!

We get to live!
Repent, the Kingdom of God is here
Constantly be adjusting
I must endure burning

 

 

Something else that I really love about working with Discipleship Training Schools is that I am also challenged in my own walk with God, to go deeper and to keep discovering more about who He created me to be. John Ray’s week for me was so refreshing, and was challenged to write my own French Pantoum:

Only the obedient believe, only the believer obeys
Your hardship does not intimidate God
Your struggles and suffering help you speak a unique language
Leading and discipling is more about transparency and vulnerability than perfection

Your hardship does not intimidate God
We cannot think our way into a new way of living
Leading and discipling is more about transparency and vulnerability than perfection
We have to live our way into a new way of thinking

We cannot think our way into a new way of living
Your struggles and suffering help you speak a unique language
We have to live our way into a new way of thinking
Only the obedient believe, only the believer obeys

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