We had the honor of hosting guest speaker, Jim Ramos, last week. He committed to this third week of lectures with a combination of raw personality and intense teachings that shook the class wide awake every morning!
The classes with Jim were light but revealing. Each of us had the opportunity to wake up to our spiritual gifts, personality type, and how our God wants to use us and everything we have to further his eternal Kingdom. We even crafted a mission statement for our lives! Some of the teachings were on all of the ways that God chooses to speak to us, as well as the many ways he can make himself known. God is personal, and he is present! We only need to be still, acknowledge this and let his Spirit draw us to His truths.
One of the more important lessons I learned this week was on personal values and priorities. Our weekly schedules and even daily body rhythms dictate our priorities in life. This at first came across as shallow and a bit mundane, but I quickly realized the kind of future for someone who, for example, spends most of their week watching TV, surfing the net, and buying a two four every weekend. What kind of life is being dictated by those values? We can agree that giving in to sin is no way to live, but staying stagnant in life is just as unproductive. God wants something so much greater for our lives. He makes it out choice of whether or not we decide to grow with Christ in this relationship!
Overall, it was a great week! Jim made an effort to spend some one-on-one time with every individual student here. I ended up going kayaking and snorkeling with this guy – enjoying deep conversation while simply taking in God’s natural beauty. I trust in the foundation we’re building up here at YWAM DP, and I can’t even wait for what’s next!
Mitchell Leschied – April 2014 Leadership DTS student