I don’t know you personally, but i feel like i’ve gotten to know you a lot better from reading many of your blogs. I found your blogs from checking out the WR, and my buddy being on Team Judah right now. My Professor Terry Linhart at Bethel College said he was also good friends of yours.
This blog meant a lot to me, as i struggle with this often. I feel deep inside of me an urge or calling to be great, or do something great. I feel as if there is something special deep inside of me to do something truly great for God – like those we read of in the OT, or even people like Rich Mullins, or even You. For so long i’ve struggled with whether this was a true feeling, like a prophecy, or if it was simply my spirit longing to do something successful; something worth being noted for God. In one instance i can imagine myself being a leader of some ministry – training men in the Body of Christ to become who they were called to be, and to fully understand their giftings… this would be great. I hear great names of Christian Authors, who have not only motivated us through their words, but also through their life experiences of being there, fighting the fight for Christ – again, truly great. But then, i think – maybe God’s view of great is different from my view. Becoming a famous author, or leader, who’s name is so familiar like Rob Bell, Louie Giglio, Billy Graham may not be what God wants from me. I believe, like you said, being great for God isn’t always the famous or the publically acclaimed.. in fact being great for God tends to be the opposite, more like Jonah. Being great for God is usually laying your life down and taking the low road… living with the beaten down, and simply loving the people who have to walk miles for a drink of water.
I graduated from Bethel College with a Youth Ministry degree. My senior year of college, God showed me The Church, and i believe He told me not to go into the church to be paid for ministry. I feel as if He called me to a life where ministry isn’t merely a job, but my life. I’m more prone to living off of Ramen noodles (even though they are extremely unhealthy), than having the money to eat like a king whenever i want (not that i do have that kind of money). I’m more prone to tents/ sleeping bags/ hard surfaces, than comfy beds. I’m more prone to a life of service for God, than a life of comfort. I could see myself working for a ministry like AIM… and raising up leaders. If anything i enjoy simply listening to your wisdom. My favorite verse as a child and to this day is Prov. 13:20, “He who walks among the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.” I can’t help but find people with Godly wisodm.
I usually don’t write this much, but felt urged at 7 in the morning to post on your blog. Keep Pressing on Seth… you are an inspiration to others.
– Adam Sloan