Growing up with God in House on the Rock
by Jazzy, president of House on the Rock
At this age, we don’t usually equate “growing up” with walking with God. “Growing up” is usually associated with college and careers and money, but I think if I’ve learned anything in the past 10 months, I have learned that growing up means learning to truly walk with God on a completely unpredictable journey. It’s trusting in God, even when you don’t understand anything that’s happening in front of you.
In February of this year, at the Winterfest Conference, God began to speak to me so clearly about my priorities. During that weekend, God called me to IV leadership for our BCM chapter and to participate in the summer Chicago Urban Program in Lawndale. These two very big decisions have shaped who I am today more than I could have ever imagined.
Since that weekend I have been transformed through true encounters with the love of Jesus Christ and I’ve seen what it means to love God and to love people. My experience in the Chicago Urban Program taught me to understand not only my own culture, but to appreciate and celebrate cultural differences. As the President of an IV chapter I have had the pleasure and also struggled with witnessing my peers battle with the obstacles life throws at them but also triumph through strengthened faith in Christ.
The more comfortable I become with God, the more comfortable I become with who I am as His child. It’s not easy, it’s definitely a struggle, but every step I have taken this year (even when it felt like I was moving backwards) has brought me closer to becoming the person God intends me to be.