Last night, I served at the last night of Hillsong Conference 2016. The team I serve on is called VS. I serve on this team every Sunday at the 7:30 service and our main role is to protect one moment for that one person to encounter something so special.
In 2013, by the help of so many of my friends introducing me to God, I accepted him in my heart. I was 16 at the time when my friend, Lauren Badua, invited me to church and I fell in love with worship and became interested in the word of God. I say ‘interested’ because what came next was incredibly profound. Around the same time, my mother had decided to move to California and her plan was, obviously, to take me with her. Her plan was to leave in two weeks. At the time, I refused because of the opportunity to go to college completely for free in Indiana. Because of the bond I had built with my Mom over the last 16 years, I shut myself in my room alone every day for the next two weeks and spent my time after school just crying in my room. I listened to way too much John Mayer (comedic relief for you all) and watched a lot of romantic comedies to laugh and cry it out. The life of an american teenager — rad.
One Wednesday night, I finally gave into an invitation that had been given to me over and over again for 2 years to go to youth group with my friend, Kashi Wallace. I didn’t know it then, but when God wants to work through you to work in someones life, he gives you this indescribable & powerful ambition to pursue them relentlessly. Kashi, the son of a truly incredible Pastor, knew not to ignore the feeling that was within him and finally, when I let go of the resistance I read the lyrics on the screen during worship and God introduced himself to me. The words read, “His love never fails, it never gives up, it never runs out on me.”
It’s a pretty well known song, but it meant something different at the time. You see, when I read those words, each person in my family’s face began to appear and I felt the powerful love each of them had for me. Suddenly, I felt a huge hug and a wave of happiness took over. All I needed those two weeks was this hug and God said to me, “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” (Isiah 41:10)
All I needed those two weeks was this hug and God said to me, “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” (Isiah 41:10)
And as I looked up and remembered I had been lucky enough my sister, Briana, had just so happened to be there, I walked over to her and gave her the biggest hug with overwhelming tears running down my face. 2 weeks later, I was baptized by my friend Lauren and it was the most incredible moment in my life thus far.
At the last night of conference, I remembered this very moment all over again and that’s why I serve my church on the team that I do. That moment changed my life forever. Have I always been a person of good morals & consistent good character? No. Have I always considered myself THIS close in my relationship with God. Not exactly. But does the holy spirit always stir within me. Always. Is his work in me everlasting? Yes, I am always making progress. God’s strength & wisdom will be forever with me and every conference, he reveals his love to thousands more people that have yet to experienced him.
This is the beauty of serving at Hillsong. We are not paid. We are not showcased in any way. We are all here because we want people to experience the ocean of love God can and will reveal to you whether it’s through worship or his word. And know, that is only the beginning of the process.
He loves you. I love you. #come
Now go spread the word. #go #HillsongConference2016