Two weeks ago we kicked of the 2016/17 Fusion school year with a simple, yet, massive challenge: “Make The Hike.” We desire for all our students to make some kind of movement forward toward God this school year. We want them to move and we thought the imagery of a hike illustrated this well.
Before I start a hiking trip, I have to choose my destination. We asked our students, at the end of this school year, where do you want to be? What is the destination? It could have been a “small step” or something huge that put them “miles” down the road. The important thing wasn’t the destination, but that they had a goal in their minds, something to strive for.
What about you? Where do you want to be in May of 2017? Do you want to start leading your family spiritually, start a Bible study at the office, serve within the local church or start a community outreach? Paul tells us in Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” God has plans for you this year. He has created you to do awesome things for His glory!
Secondly, hikers prepare. They map out a course and pack what they need to help them get to their destination. We asked students to list 3 things that they needed “to pack” to help them reach their destination. Some listed a Bible and signing up for a life group, others said they needed to have a conversation with their parents about bringing them to church on Sunday mornings.
What do you need “to pack in your bag?” Maybe it’s an accountability partner or getting into Soul Care, or having a conversation with your boss. Joshua 1:9 says, “Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Make a list, write it down, and trust God to move.
Experienced hikers always do a pre-hike with their pack to determine what they need to unload. A light pack is necessary when hiking long distances. A hiker doesn’t want to be weighed down. Again, we asked our students to list three things they felt they needed to unpack before making this hike. Some wrote they needed to have a conversation with their coach about missing practices or even taking a break for a a season. Others said Instagram or a friend that is a poor influence.
What do you need to unpack in your life to make this hike? Do you need to unpack fear, anger, bitterness, a relationship, a habit? In Colossians 3:5 Paul says, “So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.”
Look, I am on this hike with our students this year and I want you to join us. My destination is trust! I have to trust God by packing more of Him and less of me. May you join me and our students as make the hike.